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5 Perks of Staying Near Central Park

May 27 2019 | The Upper West Side

Central Park is more than a green space in Manhattan. It’s a breathtaking refuge for inhabitants and our feathered friends. The 840-acre park stretches from 59th Street to 110th Street and boasts museums, expertly-manicured gardens, concert spaces, lakes, and other recreational activities.

The perks of booking your hotel close to Central Park are as endless. Here at the historic Hotel Beacon, we’ve highlighted all the reasons you’ll enjoy the most-visited park in the United States. If you stay with us, it’s located just five minutes from your hotel room on Manhattan’s charming Upper West Side. Here’s a look.

1. Free Concerts at Rumsey Playfield

Rumsey Playfield in Central Park is home to the SummerStage series, which is the best part of summer in New York City. Live, free performances are offered nearly every day of the season, from orchestral performances to DJ sets. This is a huge plus to staying near the park – a premier outdoor concert venue with oustanding acts is just a quick walk away. See this year’s upcoming schedule on the SummerStage website. SummerStage is located near the Fifth Avenue and 72nd Street entrance to Central Park.

2. Keep up with your fitness routine

The fitness center at Hotel Beacon is open 24/7, but a morning jog around the Reservoir in Central Park offers a new kind of perspective to your fitness routine. The popular loop used by Bill Clinton and Jackie Onassis is 1.58 miles and is treasured for its breathtaking views of the Manhattan skyline. For a zen start to the day, sign up for outdoor yoga classes in the park. Reserve your place in advance! 

3. People watching at Bethesda Terrace and the Great Lawn

There’s never a dull moment in New York City, and the diverse population usually converges in Central Park – to sunbathe, practice capoeira, play frisbee, picnic, you name it. You’ll be amazed by all the things going on in the park, and it’s nice to sit back and take in the scene. Pick a sunny spot on the Great Lawn to watch people play sports, or head to the gorgeous Bethesda Terrace that overlooks the lake for a great vantage point. 

4. Plan a picnic

Taking a breather from the fast-paced rhythm of New York City does the body good. Pick up food to-go from some of our favorite delis on the Upper West Side and use Central Park as your dining room. See our guide to planning an excellent picnic in Central Park.

5. Recreation for the whole family

Central Park has endless recreational activities and points of interest for all ages! For starters, you can rent a rowboat, visit the zoo, go for a ride on a carousel, and visit the Conservatory Garden. Make sure to let your little ones run off energy at the park’s oldest and largest playground, Heckscher Playground.

Where to Book on the Upper West Side

The historic Hotel Beacon is in the heart of Manhattan's Upper West Side neighborhood and offers apartment-style rooms and two-bedroom suites - perfect for families. Stretch out, relax, and surround yourself with culture and experiences. Check out special rates on our website.