There is nothing better than a Saturday in New York City with nothing to do but explore. One of the best places to spend your time exploring is in Central Park. Most triathletes may know this park to be the home of the New York City Triathlon, but there is much more to the park than just that.

Take a paddle around the Lake (one-hour $15, each additional 15 minutes $4, plus a $20 deposit)—or let someone else do the work during a Venetian gondola ride (half hour $45, up to six people) at Loeb Boathouse (available April through November). After your boat ride enjoy some drinks, seafood, and other appetizers at the Central Park Boathouse Restaurant.

If you are looking for a place to relax and catch some rays, Sheep Meadows is the place for you. The 15-acre field is located along the southwestern edge of the park. Expect thousands of locals to take over the area on weekends for a spot to hang out and relax. If you are wanting a spot in the shade it is suggested to arrive at Sheep Meadows by 11 AM.

Walk under the shade of the largest American Elm trees in North America. A pocket hidden from the hustle and bustle of the city, you truly will feel like you have escaped the busy city life. The area is filled with many artists and performers that liven up the afternoon. Be sure to grab a bench, some food, and enjoy the show.

Tavern on the Green is a must for tourists. The restaurant was featured in “Ghostbusters”, “Wall Street”, and “Mr. Poppers Penguins.” The view and not to mention the structure of the building are hard to beat. Tavern on the Green is a great place to sit down and enjoy a meal after a long day exploring the park.