Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Colorful Trees and Ice Skating in Central Park

November is the most beautiful month of the year in New York (although December in New York is supposed to be pretty spectacular too). On Sunday we took a stroll through Central Park to take in the views of the stunning Fall trees before the leaves completely fall off. If you're planning a trip to NYC, doing it in the first three weeks of November is highly recommended.

Central Park is an unbelievably beautiful park (and a whopping 843 acres). And add the red, orange, and yellow trees, and you feel so thankful to be alive. Please click on these photos to enlarge.

The yellow trees were my favorite. Some were gentle, pastel yellows (it looked like there were a million yellow butterflies fluttering on the trees). . .

And others were bright canary yellow. In order to witness the full glory of the Fall trees, you have to go on a sunny day. The sun's rays made some of the trees look like gold.

These photos don't capture the magnitude of the beauty and experience of walking through this wonderland.

We couldn't have picked a more perfect day to have our Fall day in Central Park. It had been raining so we were scared that by the time it got sunny, the only views we would have would be on the grass. It was fun to see people tossing around the leaves.

We lost track of the horse carriages through the park. There must have been at least 100 horse carriages that we saw. We would have wanted a ride through the park as well if not for its steep $40 ride for 20 minutes (not including tip). (Who knows, we might splurge during Christmas time for one of these rides).

Last, but certainly not least, in our glorious day at Central Park is the Wollman Skating Rink. How beautiful is this outdoor ice skating rink in Central Park, surrounded by gorgeous trees, in the middle of skycrapers?

And we did it! We went ice skating!!! Our first ice skating experience in New York City. It was so much fun!!! The ice rink was waaaay bigger than the Rockefeller rink and the views were stunning. They were also playing music (there was even a DJ booth), which actually helped ease our worries about falling. It was crowded and it made us pretty nervous every time we saw people fall or when the kids were zooming by us. Many of us adults were very wobbly. But we miraculously didn't fall once. Another great thing about Wollman Skating Rink is there is no time limit so you can skate for hours and hours (until your ankles start to hurt thanks to the painfully uncomfortable rental skates). They also sell food and beverages so in between your ice skating twirls and falls, you can have some hot dog and drink some hot apple cider.

Walking through Central Park among the Crayola of trees and ice skating at Central Park is an experience we will never forget for the rest of our lives - one of our happiest days. Again, if you are ever planning a trip to NYC, do so around this time of year and go ice skating at Wollman. It is a phenomenal experience. We will go back to ice skate at Wollman, as well as Bryant Park and Rockefeller after the Christmas lights go up. Another reason we are happy to have made the journey to NYC.