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Monthly Mile Tours

There are endless paths to travel in Central Park. Even lifelong New Yorkers can discover something new in the Park's 843 acres. We've curated these mile-long self-guided walks — one for each month of the year — to feature Central Park's most spectacular landmarks and best kept secrets. Browse the tours below and download the PDF to get started!

January: Snow Day in Central Park

January Monthly Mile

This January, our Monthly Mile invites you to take advantage of some of the Park’s best winter activities in a single afternoon stroll. You’ll start at Turtle Pond (where we’ll answer the question, “What happens to the turtles in winter?”), and — conditions permitting — you’ll end your self-guided tour with ice skating at Conservatory Water and sledding on Pilgrim Hill.

Tour Highlights:

  • Turtle Pond
  • Belvedere Castle
  • Alice in Wonderland
  • Conservatory Water
  • Pilgrim Hill

February: A Walk Through History and Culture

February Monthly Mile

February’s mile invites you on a walk through history and culture, visiting destinations that highlight famous figures, beautiful backdrops, and black history in New York City, while learning more about the Conservancy’s mission to restore, manage, and enhance Central Park.

Tour Highlights:

  • Alexander Hamilton Statue
  • Delacorte Theater
  • Winterdale Arch
  • Diana Ross Playground
  • Summit Rock
  • Seneca Village

March: The Heart of Central Park

March Monthly Mile

March’s mile takes you to the heart of Central Park. Begin with a visit to the penguins, seals, and snow leopards at the Zoo, and then marvel at the details of the Delacorte Clock, which plays tunes every half hour. Pass the iconic Balto statue on your way to the Park’s entertainment area, Rumsey Playfield, and then take a stroll under the tree canopy on the Mall. Finally, conclude your mile at Bethesda Terrace, the spiritual and social core of Central Park.

Tour Highlights:

  • Central Park Zoo
  • Delacorte Clock
  • Balto Statue
  • Rumsey Playfield
  • The Mall
  • Bethesda Terrace

April: Spring Blooms in Central Park

April Monthly Mile

Explore some of the best places to enjoy springtime blooms in Central Park. You'll stop by Shakespeare Garden, which is bound to be full of color. This walk will also lead you to one of the oldest cast iron bridges in the country and a world-famous running destination.

Tour Highlights:

  • Swedish Cottage
  • Shakespeare Garden
  • King Jagiello Statue
  • Bridge No. 24
  • Stephanie and Fred Shuman Running Track
  • Kwanzan and Yoshino Cherry Trees

May: A Walk Around the Lake

May Monthly Mile

Visit the newly rebuilt boat landings around the Lake – recreated with their original designs from the 19th century in mind -- and learn about the Park's rich history. You’ll also visit the Ramble, one of the Park’s woodland landscapes.

Tour Highlights:

  • Loeb Boathouse
  • The Ramble
  • Bow Bridge Landing
  • Chambers Landing
  • Hernshead Landing
  • Western Shore Landing
  • Wagner Cove Landing

June: Wandering in the North Woods

June Monthly Mile

The woodlands are among the best-kept secrets of Central Park, and summer is the perfect time to get out and explore them. On this walk, you’ll get to know the North Woods, the northernmost woodland landscape, and the stunning areas nearby.

Tour Highlights:

  • The Pool
  • Glen Span Arch
  • Huddlestone Arch
  • The North Woods
  • The Blockhouse
  • The Great Hill

July: Exploring the North End

July Monthly Mile

The Harlem Meer ("meer" means "lake" in Dutch) is the Park's second-largest water body and the centerpiece of a stunning landscape of wooded hills, meandering paths, and elegant gardens. It's a perfect escape from urban life. You’ll also discover the Fort Landscape and the Park’s only formal garden.

Tour Highlights:

  • Conservatory Garden
  • Fort Clinton
  • Nutter's Battery
  • Harlem Meer
  • Charles A. Dana Discovery Center
  • Duke Ellington Statue

August: Vibrant Blooms and Secluded Trails

August Monthly Mile

You'll pass areas that are newly restored by Conservancy staff – from the Dene Slope (featuring an in-process wildflower meadow planted with native New York grasses and wildflowers) to the secluded trails of the Hallett Nature Sanctuary.

Tour Highlights:

  • The Arsenal
  • The Dene Slope
  • Olmsted Flower Bed
  • Dairy Visitor Center & Gift Shop
  • Hallett Nature Sanctuary
  • The Pond

September: Notable Statues and Monuments

September Monthly Mile

Central Park is home to dozens of statues, monuments, arches, and bridges. This month's mile takes you from The Pilgrim (standing on his lookout for more than 130 years), past the Hans Christian Andersen statue (be sure to check out the note Hans is holding in his left hand…), and up to the Obelisk.

Tour Highlights:

  • The Pilgrim Statue
  • Waldo Hutchins Bench
  • Hans Christian Andersen Statue
  • Glade Arch
  • Cedar Hill
  • The Obelisk

October: Admiring the Open Landscapes

October Monthly Mile

Enjoy the fresh air and the changing season as you walk along the scenic route through the East Meadow, North Meadow, and Bridle Path. Ever wonder where the fallen leaves in Central Park end up? The Mount is Central Park's composting site! The tour ends at the Andrew Haswell Green Bench, where we encourage you to sit and reflect.

Tour Highlights:

  • Albert Bertel Thorvaldsen Statue
  • East Meadow
  • North Meadow
  • Bridle Path
  • The Mount
  • Andrew Haswell Green Bench

November: Peace, Quiet, and a Dose of History

November Monthly Mile

November’s mile takes you along the west side of Central Park, starting at Adventure Playground, a site that promotes exploration and creative play. Next, observe a moment of silence at Strawberry Fields, a designated quiet zone and living memorial to singer and songwriter, John Lennon. Then head over to Naturalists’ Gate, before taking in the fall foliage along Naturalists’ Walk. Finally, your mile concludes at the Arthur Ross Pinetum, a small arboretum that is home to the largest collection of pine trees in Central Park.

Tour Highlights:

  • Adventure Playground
  • Strawberry Fields
  • Alexander von Humboldt Statue
  • Naturalists’ Walk
  • Arthur Ross Pinetum

December: Walking in a Winter Wonderland

December Monthly Mile

December’s mile-long stroll takes you through the southern end of Central Park, which fills with holiday cheer every December (hot apple cider optional, but highly recommended). Your walk starts at Grand Army Plaza, where you’ll feast your eyes on the festive tree display at Pulitzer Fountain. Then, you’ll traverse a trail of wintry pines and swirling ice skaters, ultimately leading you to the glittering booths of the popular Columbus Circle Holiday Market.

Tour Highlights:

  • Grand Army Plaza
  • Gapstow Bridge
  • Wollman Rink
  • Pinebank Arch
  • Columbus Circle Holiday Market

Discover more and see the complete list of Self-Guided tours.