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Sheep Meadow - Central Park

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Central Park, New York
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  • The experts at Time Out New York and Village Voice recommend this place
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  • Village Voice
    "Winner of Best Picnic Spot in the Village Voice 2011 Best Of issue!"(15 Tips)
    Sara .
    "A great place to picnic, sunbathe, read, play Frisbee...whatever!"(6 Tips)
    DeRose Method USA
    "Enjoy the open DeRose Method classes every Summer."(2 Tips)
    Sean S.
    "Great for hanging out with friends, relaxing and/or people watching."(6 Tips)
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  • Rewan P.
    Rewan PartiJuly 17, 2016
    Summer is the best time to be here on the weekends. Sit and have a fun picnic with your friends or just relax and sunbath. Vendors will come and offer drinks and food. 15 acres of green pasture!
  • Time Out New York
    Time Out New YorkJuly 11, 2013
    Prime sunbathing time is between 10:30am and 3pm; we suggest you claim your spot early on this 15-acre expanse, one of the most popular ray-catching spots in NYC. Read more
  • Damian B.
    Damian BayonaSeptember 22, 2015
    THE summer tanning spot in the city. Be careful sitting under some of the trees near the perimeter as they drop berries and can cause unfortunately placed stains 😣
  • Joe M.
    Joe MeleJanuary 31
    I wish I could describe in 200 letters all the magic and energy that this place has, whether it's crowded or empty, it fills you with the joy of a beautiful park and an incredible city. Come!
  • M. Silver Associates
    M. Silver AssociatesJanuary 11, 2012
    This spot in the park - beautiful and cozy in all seasons. In winter, it's close to the skating rink, summer/spring/fall - easy access to volleyball/baseball courts. We like to just lay and read here!
  • The Corcoran Group
    The Corcoran GroupMarch 1, 2013
    Break out your cross country skis and enjoy a wintery jaunt through the park. Skiing is allowed only when there is a base of snow of at least six inches - or so we've heard.
  • Sally S.
    Sally SchmidtFebruary 13, 2013
    Been here 50+ times
    Great free spot to hang with a beverage, snack and/or good read. Shady in the summer and a good spot to watch the pickup soccer game most evenings in the summer.
  • Andrew C.
    Andrew ChoiMarch 15, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    One of the best spots in Central Park to wind down during your lunch break or have a picnic with friends.
  • Stephanie I.
    Stephanie IsaacsonSeptember 5, 2016
    Online it says dogs are allowed but the fence has a sign that says no dogs allowed. I brought my dog in the restricted area and no one bothered us and there was other dogs there as well.
  • Alicia L.
    Alicia LuqueSeptember 4, 2011
    Grab some sushi takeout from Whole Foods, bring a blanket, find a nice and grassy spot and prepare yourself for one of the best 'siestas' in your life! A MUST! :)
  • Katharine M.
    Great place to escape the city streets and get some sun. Bring a blanket and book/magazine to do some reading, but don't forget to people watch!
  • Karen D.
    Karen DuganApril 5, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Just take the time to lie in the middle, soaking in the energy of the grand space. Originally, this was were sheep grazed and the designer intended for military use in the early years.
  • ✨#IamRomdelacrème✨
    ✨#IamRomdelacrème✨August 4, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    The park spends $30,000 a month to treat the grass from pest for everyone to enjoy. Now, let's lay on the grass without worries! Ouch! I got bitten by a mosquito!
  • Jess M.
    Jess MApril 17, 2013
    On a sunny day this is a place to sit and relax with a picnic. An oasis right smack in the middle of the concrete jungle of NYC.
  • Corey P.
    Corey PasseroAugust 20, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Pack a small cooler of beer, party cups, snacks, football, frisbee, iPod, speakers and a blanket. Mix all of them together and enjoy a summer weekend day.
  • David M.
    David MilbergAugust 8, 2016
    Great picnic spot and easy to find if you're not well acquainted with the park. It can get a little crowded on the weekends.
  • Sammie O.
    Sammie OtanoMay 29, 2011
    bring a lover to share in the joy of writing poetry and sitting in trendy clothes on your grandmother's blanket under a tree when the weather is warm.
  • Compass
    CompassApril 21, 2014
    The 15 acres of lush green fields used to actually house sheep, but now is a haven for sunbathers and picnics.
  • Village Voice
    Village VoiceNovember 11, 2011
    Winner of Best Picnic Spot in the Village Voice 2011 Best Of issue! There's a Whole Foods nearby at Lincoln Center for all your munchie needs.
  • Penguin Teen
    Penguin TeenAugust 13, 2012
    Bring a blanket, a picnic and grab a spot under a shady tree to read your favorite book for hours!
  • Davidson H.
    Davidson HangJune 14, 2014
    Grab some takeout at the local Thai fusion restaurant and sit at the benches while watching people stare at your delicious food!
  • Emily K.
    Emily KaneJuly 6, 2015
    No matter how many thousands of people are here, there is always enough room for you to have a picnic.
  • Z W.
    Z WangJuly 30, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Great lawn to enjoy some sunshine and get a little tanned. Watch for the flying balls or freebies or whatever.
  • KristiaMarie P.
    Nice big lawn with lots of big shady trees. Great for getting away from the noise of the city.
  • Crystal H.
    Crystal HarrisonJune 11, 2014
    If you want a quite picnic location look else where. This place is crowded when other lawns are practically empty. Great place for people watching though.
  • Teresa W.
    Teresa WMay 28, 2011
    bring a bottle of wine and a blanket, grab a couple of sandwiches from Bouchon in Columbus Circle and have a picnic in this grassy meadow
  • Erin P.
    Erin PettigrewJune 2, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    When friends are trying to find you in this giant meadow with no landmarks, text them a dropped Google Maps pin of your blanket location. Then lie back and take a nap while they look for you.
  • Sean S.
    Sean SmithJuly 10, 2015
    Great for hanging out with friends, relaxing and/or people watching.
  • Mike H.
    Mike HopkinsAugust 15, 2015
    Although usually crowded on weekends, there's almost always a spot!
  • Rebecca W.
    Rebecca WJuly 29, 2015
    Not as good as the great lawn but still very beautiful. You cannot play games here.
  • Kimmie O.
    Kimmie OhhApril 12, 2015
    Great place to take lovely pictures. Have a picnic here & enjoy the delightful weather ❤️
  • CollegeCandy
    CollegeCandyDecember 1, 2011
    The BEST for people watching during the summer. Go to Whole Foods first in Columbus Circle and pick up a picnic.
  • Kathryn I.
    Kathryn IJuly 19, 2016
    Lots of space and gorgeous skyline views
  • Fei J.
    Fei JinMay 28, 2012
    For six packs- check out the guys with the soccer balls. For one to two packs- check out the ultimate frisbee players.
  • The New York Daily News
    PHOTO: Anti-Vietnam war demonstrators burning the American flag during 1967 demonstration in Central Park, at the link! Read more
  • Sara .
    Sara 🌈⚔🍾August 19, 2015
    A great place to picnic, sunbathe, read, play Frisbee...whatever!
  • David Yurman
    David YurmanJune 24, 2011
    For a Summer in the City, lunch alfresco and sunbathe in the park. Keep it simple with Cable Classics. Read more
  • Jared W.
    Jared WickFebruary 20, 2015
    As good as the beach if you live in Manhattan. Take a good book.
  • Lauren P.
    Lauren PresserApril 30, 2012
    Pick up a picnic from Whole Foods Columbus Circle and stretch out in the sun... with thousands of your NYC neighbors :)
  • Nathen M.
    Nathen McVittieJune 13, 2012
    When it isn't busy, it's a great place. Kick back and enjoy the weather!
  • Kristine Y.
    Kristine YappJanuary 16, 2012
    Sheeps Medow is like the North Avenue Beach in Chicago in the summer. So many people are out.
  • Marian E.
    Marian ElbertOctober 8, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Great place to people-watch, sunbathe, read, eat, etc.
  • Karin R.
    Karin RendelmanJune 12, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Have a bottomless brunch and then spend the rest of the day here...it's perfection!!
  • Paige C.
    Paige CApril 4, 2015
    Beautiful section of Central Park!
  • Karina C.
    Karina CuevasJuly 25, 2011
    Try Fitness Fight Camp with Ben and Laurel! Awesome muay thai class held outdoors in Central Park!
  • Debra W.
    Debra WelchMay 3, 2015
    Overheard-"I'm at the Great Lawn, be there in a second." Ummm, no you won't, because you are at Sheep Meadow.
  • Bradley R.
    Bradley RhyinsAugust 26, 2011
    Bring a big fluffy blanket because the grass isn't that comfortable.
  • Bruno B.
    Bruno BassoJune 10, 2015
    Lay down on the grass and enjoy the sun :)
  • Central Park
    Central ParkOctober 2, 2012
    Did you know, that actual sheep maintained this meadow from 1884 until 1934?
  • April M.
    April MoatesJune 16, 2015
    The best place to tan in the city.
  • Brendan M.
    Brendan MMay 25, 2015
    Wine and seltzer and three best friends
  • Dan D.
    Dan DurkinJune 30, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Come for the sun, stay for the hunky dudes throwing footballs
  • Aaron R.
    Aaron RydenApril 8, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Bring a blanket if you plan on sitting down. The field is full of goose s#%&
  • J L.
    J LAugust 8, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Best lawn to lay out and enjoy a perfect summer's day in NYC.
  • Lauren D.
    Lauren DJanuary 31
    Been here 50+ times
    Lots of people sheep here in the summer!!
  • Elysia M.
    Elysia MannApril 27, 2015
    On the first nice days, it's like a college quad lawn up in here
  • Yousif D.
    Yousif DMay 26, 2015
    Bring your food!! Take your trash with you 😅
  • Tee C.
    Tee CharlesOctober 31, 2011
    Just on the "lamb" lol. Get it? Sheep Meadow, on the lamb?
  • Crystal W.
    Crystal WillisApril 7, 2013
    Grab a blanket and sandwich and enjoy the afternoon
  • Joe B.
    Joe BertinoAugust 19, 2011
    bring a football and paper bags/plastic cups for your booze.
  • DeRose Method USA
    DeRose Method USAFebruary 15, 2012
    Enjoy the open DeRose Method classes every Summer.
  • Meg D.
    Meg D.December 3, 2012
    Only spot to tan in the summer :)
  • NCM
    NCMMay 18, 2012
    Have a great chillin time at the park. Looking to buy real estate around here-->https://newconstructionmanhattan.com/
  • Rachel L.
    Rachel LodinApril 4, 2016
    Beautiful field to lie out in the park
  • aurore q.
    aurore quercyApril 22, 2015
    Too busy. So many other nice meeting point in central park.
  • Rachael Q.
    Rachael QuiselAugust 3, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Storm yoga Tuesdays at 6:30pm by the giant rock!
  • Uwvie O.
    Uwvie ObodoAugust 19, 2015
    Just a great place to lay down and chill
  • Meghan B.
    Meghan BurekJanuary 24, 2012
    Perfect place for a Picnic in the Park!
  • Guido S.
    Guido SJune 3, 2014
    Best place to relax and read a book
  • Niels S.
    Niels SwimbergheMay 13, 2015
    Great place to relax, maybe pic nic
  • Randall H.
    Randall HuntJune 24, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Frisbee. That's what sheep's meadow is really for.
  • John C.
    John ChisenhallJune 12, 2011
    Free DeRose Method classes every summer Sunday at 6pm
  • Ashley S.
    Ashley SamsApril 18, 2013
    Grab some grass space and people watch!
  • Sarah W.
    Sarah WarpinskiJune 17, 2012
    Used to actual be a sheep's meadow.
  • Rob S.
    Rob SpectreJuly 30, 2011
    Enjoy yourself - it's later than you think.
  • Mattles R.
    Mattles ReturnsJune 14, 2012
    Bring ya boardies if your gunna sunbake. Nobody wants to see a white man in grundies!
  • Héctor B.
    Héctor BerroMay 24, 2015
    You cannot drink wine
  • May N.
    May NguyenMay 19, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Download all your ebooks before coming here. Reception is spotty.
  • Fred I.
    Fred IsquithAugust 24, 2013
    Hook playing now and free popcorn
  • Marija N.
    Marija NaumoskiJune 24, 2015
    Enjoy the space and the green
  • Clarice M.
    Clarice MishJune 22, 2015
    Wow is this place huge!
  • Gabriel S.
    Gabriel SwaidnerAugust 27, 2014
    I Love This Place !
  • Michael H.
    Michael HarrisAugust 17, 2016
    Just go and relax
  • Ryan Y.
    Ryan YunMarch 14, 2016
    Central Park at its finest.
  • Ravi S.
    Ravi ShrivastavaAugust 30, 2014
    This is great!
  • Leila
    LeilaJuly 23, 2016
    Get ur suning on!
  • Garrett E.
    Garrett EdelsteinJuly 31, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Bring water! :)
  • ✰ David M.
    If you've got the time, I've got a frisbee
  • The Mark Hotel
    The Mark HotelJune 20, 2012
    Pause for a break at Sheep Meadow.
  • Yera H.
    Yera HaSeptember 28, 2014
    Everyone here is half naked
  • Rodrigo A.
    Rodrigo ArtaviaMay 18, 2015
    People watching
  • Frankie W.
    Frankie WarrenJuly 9, 2011
    Love life.
  • Shawn A.
    Shawn AdelsbergJuly 10, 2011
    Don't bring a black blanket!
  • Balgis
    BalgisAugust 4, 2012
    just stay ...
  • Daniel N.
    Daniel NakhlaJanuary 6, 2013
    its closed
  • Natalia C.
    Natalia CruzMay 1, 2015
    The best place at the city to take a picnic. Even when you are under 10°C it worth it/ el mejor lugar en la ciudad para un picnic sin importar las temperaturas frías, vale la pena totalmente
  • Driss S.
    Driss SlaouiSeptember 6, 2013
    Courir, travailler ou se détendre dans l'un des endroits où plusieurs films américains ont été tournés. Le Central Park est un must mais il faut y consacrer au minimum une demi-journée.
  • Daniella B.
    Daniella B.October 25, 2014
    Perfeito para dar uma pausa na caminhada e descansar um pouquinho! E de brinde: uma vista linda!!!
  • Isabel V.
    Isabel ValeroJune 29, 2015
    Mi sitio preferido de Central Park. Ideal para tomar el sol y hacer picnic con los amigos.
  • Omar L.
    Omar LoggiaAugust 16, 2016
    El nombre de esta gran área verde se debe a que en los inicios del parque, había ovejas que pastaban en esta zona.
  • Kıvanç N.
    Kıvanç NalezenJuly 20, 2015
    Sehrin ortasindan adeta bir portalla hoop diye dogala ve dogaya kavustugun essiz buyuklukteki alan. Veri gut
  • Luis María
    Luis MaríaAugust 13, 2015
    En verano imperdible la siesta, amigos y linda gente ❤️
  • Silvina G.
    Silvina GutierrezJune 5, 2015
    Para oxigenar los pulmones con tanto verde!
  • Djan A.
    Djan AmorimFebruary 25, 2015
    Mesmo com muito frio é fascinante!!!
  • Can
    CanSeptember 23, 2015
    Muthis. Alkol yasak,gizli icin.
  • Sophie W.
    Sophie WanderlustMarch 1, 2016
    Très jolie vue!
  • Jay L.
    Jay LeeOctober 31, 2014
    산책하는 사람, 피크닉 나온 사람, 관광객 등
  • Vlademir S.
    Vlademir SilvaApril 20, 2015
    Primavera e inverno encantam os olhos
  • João C.
    João CoelhoMarch 21, 2016
    Nesta altura do ano anda se encontrava fechado.
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