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By: Erica Baker On: September 03, 2014 In: Our Life, Travel Comments: 6

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I swear there is just something magical about New York City. I feel it every time we step out of Penn Station and on to the streets. Anyone else feel this way??

I was the lucky winner of some hotel credits through this lovely blog a few months ago and couldn’t wait to escape somewhere with Dave for a weekend. We decided on New York because of the friends we could visit while we were there, the convenient commute, and our love for the city. We took advantage of the long weekend and decided to just spend a few days wandering around and relaxing.

Our hotel was just a few minute walk to Central Park so we ended up spending Saturday afternoon meandering through the park. It looks like a very gloomy day in the photos, but the breeze and temperature were so wonderful that we didn’t mind one bit. Neither of us had spent much time in the park so we tried to hit as many of the popular attractions as we could without ruining the relaxed vibe of the weekend. I think we succeeded.

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We started at the “bottom” of the park and worked our way up. I used this city guide as a reference for hitting the best spots in the park. After walking through many playgrounds, softball fields, and bridges we found ourselves at the famous boathouse. It was quite charming, though the holiday weekend brought droves of tourists.

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I won’t list every place that we visited while walking around, but we hit the castle, Jackie O reservoir, and the sail boats too. I still can’t get over how massive park really is.

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And then Dave’s highlight of our trip to Central Park: The Balto Statue. He was a huge Balto and Iditarod fan as a child and has always wanted to see the statue. He waited for a few kids to get their photos taken first and then stepped in for his. No shame.

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Central Park is such an odd place. I couldn’t get over how strange it felt to sit on a rock in front of a zoo and see skyscrapers above me, but I suppose that’s part of the magic.

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We stumbled upon the Wafels & Dinges cart on our way out of the park and were super excited to try their desserts after witnessing their glory in the City Guide film we watched.

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They did not disappoint.

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YUM.

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I wish we could pick up Central Park and put it by my house here in Washington, DC. What’s your favorite place in Central Park?

PS – See photos from our other trips to New York in Times Square at Midnight, NYC in iPhone photos, and a Production Weekend.

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