A proper day in the park means loading yourself down with food, drinks, blankets, games, and other supplies, right? Not in New York. Located just a block from Times Square, Bryant Park offers everything you need—and a few things you’ll just want—for a perfect park experience, making it a great place for an open-air outing with friends. Challenge your mates to a game of chess or backgammon, which are available for free at the Bryant Park Games Center, or roll a few boules in a game of pétanque (French lawn bowling). The loser has to buy sandwiches and coffee for everybody from ‘wichcraft. And make sure your camera’s ready to capture some of the park’s museum-quality works of art, from the Josephine Shaw Lowell Memorial Fountain at the western gate to a bust of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, the German writer, on the south side. Ultimately, Bryant Park is best for relaxing on a beautiful afternoon, so grab a book from the outdoor reading room, find yourselves a couple of rocking chairs, and enjoy an oasis of tranquility as the city buzzes around you.