The Top 20 Best Places to visit in Central Park before the leaves start changing colors. Central Park, one of the most famous parks in the world, was built by Frederick Olmstead and Calvert Vaux in 1873. Located in the middle of Manhattan, in the heart of New York City. It has miles of paths and roads, a zoo, horse-drawn carriage rides, old-fashion Carousel, Ponds, Lakes, a Castle and a Reservoir. It’s not only Sammy’s favorite place—children, adults and pets come to explore, picnic, bike, run, bird-watch, go to concerts on the Great Lawn, sunbathe, row a boat at the Boat Pond, throw a Frisbee, take great photos, relax, play, rollerblade, skate, and take in the beauty.