Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir

Upper West Side & Central Park

Don’t miss your chance to run or walk around this 1.58-mile track, which draws a slew of joggers in the warmer months. The 106-acre body of water no longer distributes drinking water to residents, but serves as a gorgeous reflecting pool for the surrounding skyline and flowering trees.

The most beautiful time to be here is at sunset, when you can watch the sky turn from a brilliant shade of pink and orange to cobalt blue, just as the city’s lights slowly flicker to life.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby Upper West Side & Central Park attractions

2. Guggenheim Museum

0.27 MILES

A New York icon, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, more commonly known as the Guggenheim, is an internationally-renowned art museum and one of the most…

3. Jewish Museum

0.28 MILES

This gem occupies a French-Gothic mansion from 1908, housing 30,000 items of Judaica including torah shields and Hannukah lamps, as well as sculpture,…

4. Central Park


One of the world’s most renowned green spaces, Central Park comprises 843 acres of rolling meadows, boulder-studded outcroppings, elm-lined walkways,…

5. Neue Galerie

0.34 MILES

This restored Carrère and Hastings mansion from 1914 is a resplendent showcase for Austrian and German art, featuring works by Paul Klee and Ernst Ludwig…

6. Great Lawn

0.41 MILES

Located between 79th and 85th Sts, this massive emerald carpet at the center of Central Park is many a New Yorker's unofficial backyard. Created in 1931…

7. Metropolitan Museum of Art

0.47 MILES

What started with a handful of paintings brought over from Europe or donated by a coterie of philanthropically minded robber barons in the 19th century…

8. American Museum of Natural History

0.69 MILES

Founded back in 1869, this venerable museum contains a veritable wonderland of more than 34 million objects, specimens and artifacts – including armies of…