NY – Sunday afternoons are meant for strolling, so head on over to the Upper East Side for an afternoon that’s sure to delight animal lovers and art historians alike.
1. Start the afternoon off with a trip to Central Park to visit the Central Park Zoo, a locale that’s sure to put a smile on your face and bring out the big kid that lies within. The zoo has a myriad of animals that span the globe from polar bears to snow leopards to tropical birds. At 2:00 p.m. catch the sea lion feeding and presentation. If you are more of a penguin person, stop by the penguin feeding and presentation at 2:30 p.m. Make sure to visit the Tisch Children’s Zoo (no extra cost) to feed the animals. The goats, sheep, and llamas are sure to delight in your company.
2. After feeding the animals, head a few blocks north to The Frick on Fifth Avenue, where you can admire the splendors of a mansion designed to be a museum. As you travel from room to room, you have the chance to step into the Gilded Age and the world of Henry Frick. The museum flows wonderfully, always giving enough, but never overwhelming and is a true art treat with works by artists including Turner, Whistler, Fragonard, Gilbert Stuart, and Titian. Be sure to view The Frick’s recently opened Portico Gallery – the museum’s first new gallery in over thirty years. It’s stunning. You can also enjoy live music on selected Sundays at 5. If you’re a student (and this is from one student to another), make sure to bring your school id for the student discount.
3. You’ve probably worked up quite the appetite by now. Being that it is Sunday, the best way to cap off a quintessential New York Sunday Stroll is with what else, Chinese! Although a bit of a stroll, head a few blocks south and three avenues east to Lilli and Loo for Chinese and Asian Fusion that is delicious and won’t break the budget. The restaurant has something for everyone, including an extensive gluten-free menu. Grab a table with a view of Lexington Avenue and relish in a day that’s taken you from a zoo, to a mansion, to an egg roll. As they say, only in New York!
TDP Contributor: Susan Cohen
Central Park Zoo
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