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Sheep Meadow - Central Park

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  • Village Voice
    "Winner of Best Picnic Spot in the Village Voice 2011 Best Of issue!"(15 Tips)
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    "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 😣
  • Jorge M.
    Jorge Meléndez2 weeks ago
    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!
  • ✨#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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • KristiaMarie P.
    Nice big lawn with lots of big shady trees. Great for getting away from the noise of the city.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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 ❤️
  • 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.
  • Kathryn I.
    Kathryn IJuly 19, 2016
    Lots of space and gorgeous skyline views
  • 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
  • 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
  • Nathen M.
    Nathen McVittieJune 13, 2012
    When it isn't busy, it's a great place. Kick back and enjoy the weather!
  • Sara .
    Sara 🌈⚔🍾August 19, 2015
    A great place to picnic, sunbathe, read, play Frisbee...whatever!
  • 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 :)
  • 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!!
  • 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.
  • Karina C.
    Karina CuevasJuly 25, 2011
    Try Fitness Fight Camp with Ben and Laurel! Awesome muay thai class held outdoors in Central Park!
  • Paige C.
    Paige CApril 4, 2015
    Beautiful section of Central Park!
  • Kristine Y.
    Kristine YappJanuary 16, 2012
    Sheeps Medow is like the North Avenue Beach in Chicago in the summer. So many people are out.
  • 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.
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