A walk in the Arthur Ross Pinetum in Central Park at West 85th Street is always a surprise because of the wonderful scent of pine which surrounds the visitor as they walk among the trees. This collection of pine trees features 14 different species and more than 450 magnificent trees.
The Arthur Ross Pinetum is situated at the northwestern corner of the Great Lawn. This area of Central Park features several playgrounds for kids, including the Ross Pinetum Playground for children of all ages. The large picnic area surrounded by pine trees is a perfect spot for a family picnic in the summer.
In the winter, birdwatchers often spot migrating long-eared and saw-whet owls sleeping in the pine trees during the day.
The Great Lawn, stretching from 79th to 85th street in the middle of Central Park, is the largest open space in the Park and the site of numerous New York City events, especially in the summer.
The New York Philharmonic and the Metropolitan Opera each present two free performances on the newly-restored Great Lawn in the summer. Visitors enjoy music performances surrounded by fresh green grass and outlines of city skyscrapers. You can get the schedule from the offices in Lincoln Center.
During the day, people play or watch a game of softball, soccer, basketball, or volleyball. At the south end of the Great Lawn, you will find the Delacorte Theater with its famous statue of Romeo and Juliet.
Nearby attractions include the American Museum of Natural History, Swedish Cottage Marionette Theater, Strawberry Fields and The Ramble. Browse our page on romantic things to see and do in Central Park and other New York City vacation ideas.