Upicnic | Best NYC Picnic Spots: Sheep Meadow

Best NYC Picnic Spots: Sheep Meadow

BY KATE
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5/30/2016

Picture the quintessential Central Park lawn where you’ve most likely played catch with your little sibling, tanned during the summer or enjoyed a good ol’ nap-a-thon in the middle of a hectic work week. Chances are, the image that comes to mind is Sheep Meadow, which happens to be the largest lawn in Central park, running from West 66th to 69th street.

During the late nineteenth to early twentieth century, the lawn was used to graze hundreds of sheep, giving it its name, Sheep Meadow. Close to two-hundred sheep were housed in what is now the world-famous Tavern on the Green restaurant that has been visited by celebrities, presidents and locals alike. There we have it—sheep were the first to claim the park as their “picnic & chill” spot.

Sheep’s Meadow caters best to the group picnicker—serving as the largest lawn in the park, it’s your go-to spot for an afternoon of straight chilling with a group of your best pals.

Aside from picnics (which happen to be our favorite pastime, duh), this spot can also best be used for sunbathing, lounging, people-watching, napping, flying a kite,  binge-reading Buzzfeed articles,  playing Frisbee, catch or any other individual sport and finally, people-watching.

Transportation is easy- you can take the B, C train to 72nd and Central Park West and walk about two blocks eastward.

If you somehow manage to exhaust the luxury of lounging, you can always check out the following spots nearby: the Mall, the Bethesda Fountain, the Carousel and the Rumsey Playfield for weekly summer concerts and Heckscher Playground.

If you’re feeling urban and want to leave the park (but let’s be real, why would you want to?), Columbus Circle, Lincoln Center and The Museum of Natural History are all within a ten-minute walk.

Closest bathrooms? Take a stroll to the North end of the meadow next to Le Pain Quitidienne, or  Westward at Tavern on the Green if you’ve found yourself regretting those five bottles of water you’ve drank throughout the day.

Rules you should know about - Sheep Meadow is a designated quiet zone, which means the following isn’t cool to do: riding your bike, blasting your favorite playlists, organizing sports competitions, or bringing your pets (service dogs are allowed though).

Sheep Meadow is open from 11am to dusk, spring through fall (the winter is dedicated to lawn maintenance).

That being said- take some time out this weekend and make your way over to Sheep Meadow and treat yourself to some unwinding.

Have fun and happy picnicking!        

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