Summer Guide

Sprawling lawns. Green trees. Picnics with friends. It’s summer in Central Park. Experience a sublime season with our OFFICIAL Central Park Conservancy Summer Guide.

There’s nothing quite like summer in the City…and at the heart of it all is Central Park. As the temperature rises, New Yorkers eagerly take to its expansive lawns and enjoy the cooling shade of its mighty trees.

Want to make this your greatest summer yet in the Park, while also keeping in mind what NYC’s iconic backyard needs to stay healthy, clean, and green? Pull out that picnic blanket, grab your birding binoculars, and explore our OFFICIAL Central Park Conservancy Summer Guide. Because it’s summer, in the City, in Central Park.

Before you go, bookmark these handy resources: Our alerts page contains updates on major disruptions and scheduled closures in Central Park. You can also follow us on Twitter for the latest on Park news and happenings.

Perfect your Park-Time with Insider Tips

Make the most of this lively season in Central Park—and discover how you can keep the Park a clean and thriving greenspace—by diving into these engaging reads from the Conservancy’s online magazine.

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Plan the Perfect Picnic

What are the ingredients for a fantastic summer day? A picnic basket, a blanket, and Central Park, of course! The Park is home to lawns, benches, and picnic tables across its 843 acres, providing countless great picnic spots.

Please carry out your trash and recycling with you back to your home base, or better yet, pack your picnic in reusable containers. And save your snacks for yourself! Although they mean well, Park visitors who feed the wildlife—especially ducks and geese—cause malnourishment, disease, and injury.

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Explore the Park with the Conservancy as Your Guide

In-person tours are back! Get to know Central Park from the people who know it best—our Conservancy guides are excited to show you the hidden wonders within these 843 acres.

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Can’t make it to the Park?

If you’re unable to join us in person, check out our extensive catalog of virtual content to help you explore the Park from home. Register for a virtual tour or a Weekly Walk with our guides!

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The Park Needs Us

Our dedication to the Park—with your support—ensures that lawns and trees are healthy, flowers bloom, wildlife habitats thrive, and New Yorkers and visitors from around the globe have a place for recreation, rest, and renewal. If you listen closely, you'll hear the Park has some ideas about how you can help.

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