What are the five best things to do near The Ritz-Carlton New York, Central Park?

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The Ritz-Carlton New York, Central Park’s choice Midtown location means many of New York City’s hottest sights and sounds are within walking distance of your guestroom. Here are the five best things to do near the New York luxury hotel:

1. Take a closer look at Central Park. Sure, you can likely admire Manhattan’s largest green space from the cozy confines of your guest room, but there’s too much to see and do in the park not to spend at least a few hours taking it all in. Pack a picnic basket and enjoy a leisurely meal on the Great Lawn. March with penguins at the Central Park Zoo or take a guided ride courtesy of the many horse-drawn carriages lining the park’s entrances.

2. Go the way of the Great White Way. With approximately three dozen Broadway shows playing at any given time, there’s a musical, drama or comedy to suit nearly everyone’s taste. From classics such as The Lion King and Wicked to newer buzz-worthy fare such as Spider-Man, Turn Off the Dark and The Book of Mormon, you’ll be hard pressed to pick just one.

3. Shop 'til you drop. With Fifth Avenue and the Shops at Columbus Circle just steps away, your credit card could get a serious workout. Whether you’re looking for the latest gadget (hello, Apple Store) or a designer handbag (good to see you again, Bergdorf Goodman), you’ll get your fill of retail therapy quick browsing the shops near the Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star hotel.

4. Browse the Museum of Modern Art. Just south of the Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star hotel is one of Manhattan’s most iconic museums — the Museum of Modern Art. Why not spend an afternoon making friends with Picasso and Monet? Or marveling at a work of performance art? Or simply squinting, head cocked, wondering, “What’s that supposed to be?”

5. Roam Rockefeller Center. If you didn’t satisfy your retail itch shopping along Fifth Avenue, there’s always Rockefeller Center and its host of retailers including J.Crew, Anthropologie, Banana Republic and Brooks Brothers. You could also catch a glimpse of Matt Lauer, Ann Curry or Al Roker as they film the Today show in Rockefeller Plaza. And there’s always the Top of the Rock observation deck — Midtown’s answer to the Empire State Building’s epic views.

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