Petting Turtles! Central Park’s Magical Turtle Pond Is “Hands On” And Here’s Proof!

Welcome To New York’s Magical Central Park!

I mean, look at this view! I am shooting toward the west side of New York, from Central Park, where New Yorkers and tourists alike flock during the hot summer months to enjoy this magical oasis in the middle of the Big Apple…

I love to walk around the lake that is home to “The Boathouse” and the iconic Bethesda Fountain as well….

The central fountain has a sculpture called “The Angel Of The Waters”: Bethesda Fountain sits at the southern edge of a small lake, where boaters can rent rowboats and leisurely float along with the city looming overhead…

Now, about the lake and the fountain…the “Angel” in the fountain draws lots of visitors, and buskers perform all over the park, and adds a nice lyrical touch to the scenery…

Oh, the location draws some other unique visitors as well…

Central Park’s Turtles!

Yes, the lake is absolutely brimming with Turtles…don’t believe me? Here’s proof:

It’s wild to see them all swimming up to the edge of the lake – in fact, some even like to be petted!

Check out this very happy child and curious Turtles as they meet:

It’ helped that the little girl’s Mom had sprinkled a few breadcrumbs into the lake, but even without that prompting, Central Park’s Turtles are EVERYWHERE:

Around on the north side of the lake, they were also hanging out, and I even caught a small group of three Turtles eyeing me warily…

This is just one of the many magical sights in this incredible park:

Alex and I were amazed by the proliferation of “skinny skyscrapers” that rise high above the park…see more on them here:

Of course, with all of the hiking and walking around, we had to have some food:

And that meant oyster shooters and shots!

See what I consumed and how fast I consumed it by clicking on my story here:

I love exploring everything in this great city.

I ate at one of the New York’s most iconic restaurants!

This is the massive Pastrami sandwich from Katz’s Deli, where they filmed THAT scene from “When Harry Met Sally!”

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19 replies

  1. I have been to NY, but not to Central Park.
    The turtles are amazing – really not what you’d expect to see.
    A bit like the flocks of non-native green parrots in London’s Richmond Park!

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  2. How lovely! I’ve never been to New York, but now know what Central Park looks like. Thanks John.


  3. Nice! I didn’t know all of this was in Central Park. I visited the area twice years ago, but don’t remember seeing turtles. Looks like a great time!

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  4. I am always amazed at Central Park. It is truly an oasis in the middle of the city. And, who wouldn’t want to watch and pet turtles, right? The two twin buildings in your first photo- they remind me of the apartment building in Ghostbusters. Love the old architecture!

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  5. The turtles are quite extraordinary, John. It is wonderful to have them in the middle of the city. A gorgeous fountain too.

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  6. We have some rain showers forecast, and a maximum of 75 degrees. I will be busy getting things ready for our trip away next week. Back to the Lincolnshire seaside again. 🙂

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  7. I have only visited NYC once and I loved Central Park. An oasis in the middle of a huge city. How wonderful that the children can pet the turtles.

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  8. I would have to take bread to feed the turtles. We don’t have them swimming around like that over here. I always enjoyed feeding the ducks and geese in Regent’s Park in London. They would take bread from your hand, in or out ot the water.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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