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Monday, December 25, 2023

Central Park Meadows: Sheep Meadow, Great Lawn & North Meadow

  Rajesh Kumar Rana       Monday, December 25, 2023

Central Park, NYC


In the meadows of Central Park you will notice that this park is a 320-hectare plant island surrounded by concrete. These green areas bustle with life with the arrival of good weather.

There you will see people sunbathing in summer, children and athletes playing, couples and hipsters having a picnic, and obviously, hundreds of tourists like us taking photos of these bucolic and urban scenes.

Below I will give you details of the most famous meadows, ordered from south to north: Sheep Meadow, Great Lawn and North Meadow.

1.Sheep Meadow

The Sheep Meadow is only open in the warm months, that is, from May to October. It's also a great green expanse but much more relaxed than the Great Lawn and North Meadow.

Sheep Meadow Central Park
Sheep Meadow Central Park
Image source: Flickr/Joe Shlabotnik

This is the favorite place for New Yorkers to sunbathe, to fly kites and play Frisbee, and above all to have picnics.

If you want very New York photos of Central Park this is a good place.

But the Sheep Meadow was not always peaceful, in the sixties and seventies it was the center of protests, demonstrations and concerts - many of them with the inevitable presence of Bob Dylan - as well as being the meeting place of the hippie community for its controversial love affairs.

To give you an idea of ​​the symbolic importance of Sheep Meadow in New York, the Apollo 11 moon landing in 1969 was seen live here.

Where is?

The Sheep Meadow is in the western sector of the park, between 66th and 69th streets

2.Great Lawn

The Great Lawn in Central Park
The Great Lawn in Central Park
seen from Belvedere Castle 
Image source: Wikimedia

A historic New York City landmark, the Great Lawn has been the venue for a string of high-profile concerts over the years. Located in Central Park, the luxurious green pasture has always been a soothing presence in the skyscraper city. The 55-acre (22-hectare) area remains active and fascinating, with a wide variety of sporting and cultural activities.

The Great Lawn is also renowned for hosting huge free events, such as the New York Philharmonic Orchestra summer concerts.

There have been legendary shows such as that of Barbra Streisand, who in 1967 smoked marijuana in front of the audience, or that of Diana Ross in 1983, who sang in inclement rain until a thunderstorm began that put her hair extensions at risk.

Where is?

It is very easy to locate it as it is next to the MET and the Natural History Museum (between 79th and 85th streets)

3.North Meadow

It measures half of the Great Lawn and is fundamentally a large outdoor sports center, since it has 12 courts for multiple disciplines, so its visitors are usually families with children.

 If you want to see authentic American soccer mums live and direct - those cheerleaders for your children who appear in every American film and series there is- this is the place.

Where is?

The North Meadow is north of the Great Lawn at 97th Street.

Sheep Meadow Central Park Map

Other Central Park Attractions:

  • Central Park Statues
  • Sports in Central Park
  • Events in Central Park


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