How much can we do in a day in Central Park?
I guess that would depend on how well we can read a map.
We were up, showered, dressed, ate a delicious breakfast, and out the door rather quickly. In typical New York style, we stuck up an arm and within seconds we had a taxi.
“American Museum of Natural History, please.”
No drama and we were off to the magical spot where they filmed “Night at the Museum,” conveniently located in Central Park. We had a plan. We would spend the morning finding the spots from our favorite scenes, head outside for a street vendor hot dog, take the short walk across the park to the Met for the afternoon, then take a horse and carriage ride through the park. Sounds simple enough, doesn’t it?
We entered the museum and headed straight for the information table, asking for the information sheet to find the items from the movie. I think our request actually annoyed the volunteer as they keep the pages in a drawer, rather than on the desk alongside other museum literature.
Turns out the movie utilized the exterior and built sets to emulate the interior. However, our sheet gave us the information we needed. Map in hand we prepared our route, hitting only the highlights to stay on schedule. Here are a few of my favorites:
Next, a Central Park street vendor hot dog, exactly the way I remembered it.
Walking from the museum, hubby reminds me the title of a book on our shelf, “Why Men Don’t Listen and Women Can’t Read Maps. Then he took charge of the map to get us to The Met, only half a kilometer away. He even had a friend from his high school days meeting us at the Met in about 30 minutes.
This was enough time for a casual stroll, so we enjoyed a few street performers and did a bit of people watching. Central Park is wonderful in the summer time. Finally he realized we had walked nearly a mile in the wrong direction (south instead of east). It was at that moment that his phone rang and he explained to his friend his map reading error, only it sounded more like this, “Sorry we are late, my wife decided to stop and watch a street performance.”
Are you kidding me????
Twenty minutes later he had apologized, we met up with his friend and we enjoyed the Metropolitan Museum of Art (The Met)- the express version. Here are a few highlights:
Sadly there was no time for our carriage ride as one of our teens lost a contact lens and we needed to head back to our Times Square hotel for a replacement. Somehow in all our confusion we forget to return and sneak into the museum to find out if the creatures actually come to life like they did in the movie.
Travel Tips for Central Park:
- Get the big map at the park information booth, don’t use the small central park portion of the city map they give you in the hotels.
- Remember the cost of entry at the American Museum of Natural History and the Metropolitan Museum of Art is only a suggestion. You can pay as little as $1 and they don’t bat an eyelash if you do.
- Stop at the information counter of the American Museum of Natural History before entering the museum for a listing of the items used in Night at the Museum.
All photos on this page ©Rhonda Albom 2013. All Rights Reserved.
Have you been to Central Park lately? Do you prefer history or art museums? Do you pay full suggested price when you enter a museum?
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