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Since opening to the public in 1869, the American Museum of Natural History has evolved and grown. In addition to the Rose Center planetarium and regular exhibits, the American Museum of Natural History hosts a revolving series of new exhibits, so there is always something new to see.

The American Museum of Natural History (abbreviated as AMNH) is located on the Upper West Side of Manhattan in New York City. The Museum comprises 25 interconnected buildings that house 46 permanent exhibition halls, research laboratories, and its renowned library. The collections contain over 32 million specimens.

Exhibition halls
The Museum boasts habitat dioramas of African, Asian and North American mammals, a full-size model of a Blue Whale suspended in the Milstein Family Hall of Ocean Life, a 62 foot Haida carved and painted war canoe from the Pacific Northwest, a massive 31 ton piece of the Cape York meteorite, and the Star of India, the largest star sapphire in the world.

Human Biology and Evolution
The Hall of African Peoples located in the Bernard and Anne Spitzer Hall of Human Origins displays trace the story of Homo sapiens, illuminate the path of human evolution and examine the origins of human creativity.

Halls of Minerals and Gems
The Harry Frank Guggenheim Hall of Minerals houses hundreds of unusual geological specimens.

Hall of Meteorites
The Arthur Ross Hall of Meteorites contains some of the finest specimens in the world including Ahnighito, a section of the 200 ton Cape York meteorite which was found at the location of that name in Greenland.

Fossil Halls
Most of the Museum’s collections of mammalian and dinosaur fossils remain hidden from public view. Many of the fossils on display represent unique and historic pieces that were collected during the Museum’s golden era of worldwide expeditions (1880s to 1930s).

The Art of the Diorama: Recreating Nature
Renowned naturalists, artists, photographers, taxidermists and other Museum personnel have blended their talents to create the great habitat dioramas which can be found in halls throughout the Museum.

The Museum also has extensive anthropological collections: Asian People, Pacific People, Man in Africa, American Indian collections, general Native American collections, and collections from Mexico and Central America. After your visit to the museum, you will be ready to check out Long Island Skydiving. Make your reservations today to experience the thrill of Long Island Skydiving.

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Central Park

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Central Park has been an escape from the hustle and bustle of the hectic day to day life of Manhattan in New York City for over 150 years. Central Park is place were you can take a walk, a boat ride or just enjoy a picnic in one of Central Park’s many palatial fields. It is visited by about twenty-five million visitors and tourist each year. Since 1857 New Yorkers and visitors alike and patronized the parks many attractions. Central Park is the most visited city park in the United States. Central Park is most used by joggers, bicyclists, skateboarders, and inline skaters and on weekends after 7:00 p.m., when automobile traffic is banned.

Central Park contains several natural-looking lakes and ponds, extensive walking tracks, bridle paths, two ice-skating rinks (one of which is a swimming pool in July and August), the Central Park Zoo, the Central Park Conservatory Garden, a wildlife sanctuary, a large area of natural woods, a 106-acre 43 billion gallon reservoir with an encircling running track, and an outdoor amphitheater called the Delacorte Theater which hosts the “Shakespeare in the Park” summer festivals. Indoor attractions include Belvedere Castle with its nature center, the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre, and the historic Carousel.

In 1963 Central Park was designated a National Historic Landmark. Central Park is managed by the Central Park Conservancy, under contract with the City of New York. The Central Park Conservancy, a private, not-for-profit organization employs four out of five maintenance and operations staff in the park. The park has its own New York City Police Department precinct, which employs both regular police and auxiliary officers. The Central Park Mounted Police have become a fixture in the park as well as in most of the cities parades and events.

In addition there are numerous major and minor grassy areas, some of which are used for informal or team sports, Some have been set aside as special fields such as Strawberry Fields named after one of the more famous New Yorkers, John Lennon’s song that are used for local concerts.

Central Park is bordered on the north by West 110th Street, on the south by West 59th Street, on the west by Eighth Avenue. Along the park’s borders however, these are known as Central Park North, Central Park South, and Central Park West, respectively. Fifth Avenue retains its name along the eastern border of the park.

After your visit to Central Park, make plans for Long Island Skydiving. Your Long Island Skydiving experience will be the highlight of your visit to New York!

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