Central Park Shadows
Credit: Michael Lee

If you think Central Park is only good for its slightly quieter reprieve from the hustle and bustle of the Big Apple, you're missing out.

As it turns out, the park can actually be used as a giant sundial. Understandably, this isn't a universally accessible perk of the park—you'd need to be in an airplane or helicopter to truly appreciate the functionality.

Real estate blog Cube Cities points out the fun fact in a video breaking down the shadow effect on the 842-acre space throughout the various seasons.

This comes especially in handy for those looking for a break from the heat under a good, dark shadow. "Billionaire's Row," the name given to the skyscrapers lining the two blocks south of the park between Fifth Avenue and Central Park West gives off plenty of shadows to take advantage of during sunny days. Check out their video to see how the natural sundial works.

Erika Owen is the Audience Engagement Editor at Travel + Leisure. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram at @erikaraeowen.