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The Sherry-Netherland

Central Park

One Grand Army Plaza

The Sherry-Netherland is located directly across from Grand Army Plaza, Central Park’s main entrance and an attraction in and of itself. Completed in 1916, the plaza takes its name from the Union Army in the Civil War. A bronze statue of Union General William Techumseh Sherman stands at its entrance. During your stay at The Sherry-Netherland, take a stroll (or a guided walking tour) through Central Park, where a number of fountains, monuments and sculptures honor past lives.

Central Park Zoo

Nestled on more than 6 acres, the Central Park Zoo is tucked in the southeast corner of the park, just a five-minute walk from The Sherry-Netherland. Here, the 155-year-old zoo is home to animals from all over the world. The zoo’s newest arrivals are Betty and Veronica, a pair of rescued grizzly bears. Betty is the “blonde” in the bunch with a lighter head of hair. A new petting zoo addition, the Tisch Children’s Zoo lets visitors get close to goats, sheep and a Vietnamese pot-bellied pig for some feeding time.

Belvedere Castle Central Park

Belvedere Castle, a miniature castle made of gray granite built in 1869, provides some of the park’s best views, looking onto the reservoir. A 25-minute stroll from The Sherry-Netherland, Belvedere Castle sits with its enchanting architecture just past Loeb Boathouse, where recreationists can enjoy a number of varied boat rides on the lake. Belvedere Castle has been the backdrop for a dozen movies, and at one time, the National Weather Service took New York City’s weather measurements from the castle tower.

Central Park ice skating

Skating at Wollman Rink is a wintertime tradition. When Central Park first opened in 1858, the lake was among the opening attractions, filling with skaters that winter. Soon after, skaters also took to the 59th Street Pond. A century later, those areas were closed to skating, but Wollman Rink opened in 1950, a 33,000-square-foot venue built thanks to a $600,000 donation from New York philanthropist Kate Wollman. The rink was renamed Trump Skating Rink when entrepreneur Donald Trump helped salvage the rink in a ’s 1980s restoration. Like Belvedere Castle, this Central Park ice skating rink has had its share of spotlight moments in big-screen movies.