Upicnic | Best NYC Picnic Spots: Cherry Hill

Best NYC Picnic Spots: Cherry Hill

BY KATE
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6/13/2016

The first time I had a picnic in Cherry Hill was last summer after a disastrous try at boating with a friend of mine. The biggest take-away from that afternoon was that rowing a boat looks much easier than it actually is. Both my friend and I were wildly inexperienced, and spent the entire hour frantically moving the oars in the wrong direction, not to mention bumping into other boats and intruding on couples’ dates. Yes, we were those people. After throwing in the towel and accepting our defeat, we decided a pick-me-up would be a picnic nearby, and Cherry Hill was just the place to do that.

Located in the middle of the park on 72nd Street and near the Lake, Cherry Hill is my favorite picnic spot in all of Central Park. Aside from its prime location, Cherry Hill is known for its abundance of cherry trees (go figure), as well as azaleas and forsythias, creating an aesthetically pleasing sight.

Plan your picnic here if you’re looking to: impress your date. This one’s for the romantics. While Cherry Hill welcomes group picnics and sports (see rules you should know about), it’s especially appropriate if you’re looking for a picnic date spot. The flora and nearby park attractions really set the mood for romance on a beautiful New York City day.

What’s nearby: Cherry Hill is a short little walk away from Bethesda Terrace, one of the most famous areas of the park. Here, you’re always guaranteed to listen to some of the city’s most talented local musicians, who usually set up under the terrace and play for passersby. The Terrace is also a few steps away from the Cherry Hill water fountain, as well as the Lake (people-watchers: take note).

How to get there: Take the B or C to 72nd Street and Central Park West and walk east into the park.

Closest bathrooms? Bethesda Terrace! It’s a public bathroom, so make sure you bring some hand sanitizer along with you.

Rules you should know about: Cherry Hill is not a designated quiet zone. You already know what this means at this point- sports, music and group-friendly.

This Central Park staple is open all year-round, from dawn ‘til dusk.

Happy picnicking! And for those planning a date here, not to worry, you’ve already scored some bonus points. 

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