There is no better place to escape the city than Central Park. Just take a few steps into the green oasis, and the sounds of Manhattan begin to fade away. Designed by Frederick Olmstead and Calvert Vaux in 1858, Central Park was the first public park in America and it is one of the most frequently visited, with more than 25 million visitors annually. The park’s 843 acres offer endless discoveries and adventures. You could spend an entire day roaming the grounds, admiring the park’s bridges, arches and monuments, or gliding across the lake on a rented paddle boat. If basking in the park’s beauty isn’t enough for you, the park boasts a zoo, nature centers, horseback riding, sports fields for every game imaginable, eateries, and dozens of different events, ranging from bird watching to yoga to Shakespeare in the Park.