During these uncertain times for New Yorkers, Central Park can still provide comfort and solace from a distance. If you’re looking to explore the Park from afar, here are a few ways to bring the outdoors to you.
A masterpiece of architecture and sculpture, Bethesda Terrace is considered the heart of Central Park. In this video, enjoy an up-close view of the Terrace and hear the Conservancy’s Historian Emerita Sara Cedar Miller describe how its intricate carvings touch on themes of nature, art, science, love, and the four seasons.
Discovery Journals, best for ages 6 to 10, help kids investigate the connections between the design, plants, wildlife, and people in the Park using trivia, puzzles, writing prompts, and more. Every Discovery Journal is available for download and focuses on a different Park landscape, such as the Harlem Meer or Turtle Pond.
Central Park is home to more than 18,000 trees, from American beech to Yoshino cherry. Learn about these woody plants by browsing our Tree Guide, which features photos and fun facts on several species.
During the first half of the 19th century, what is now Central Park's perimeter from West 82nd to West 89th Street was home to Seneca Village. Earlier this year, the Conservancy explored the community’s history by speaking to historians and Ariel Williams, a descendant of Seneca Village resident Andrew Williams.
The Conservancy is constantly restoring landscapes and features across the Park’s 843 acres. View never-before-seen photos of many projects and learn how our team of historians, designers, planners, and architects works with the public to continually improve the Park.
The original drawings and plans that were created to build the Park—by the likes of architects Calvert Vaux and Jacob Wrey Mould—offer hidden secrets about both the built and unbuilt aspects of the Park. Take a step back in time with the insight of Cynthia Brenwall, Conservator at the NYC Municipal Archives.
Named for the famed poet and playwright, Shakespeare Garden is designed to evoke the Bard’s native English countryside. Its tulips and magnolia trees may not be in full bloom yet this year—but in anticipation of what’s to come, explore its flowers in this video from a previous spring with Conservancy Gardener Larry Boes.
We’ve compiled a variety of games for different ages—fun for adults and kids alike! Test your knowledge and see if you know Central Park like a native New Yorker or take a peaceful break with some coloring pages.
As always, stay connected to Central Park from afar by following us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, or browsing our blog archive. Stay tuned to our updates page for the latest on Park operations.
Things to See and Do
We received curious inquiries on everything from the best places to take skyline photos to the history of the Minton tile ceiling in the Bethesda Terrace Arcade.
Tags: Tips for Visiting
Health and Fitness
The colorful display of tulips and daffodils is made possible every year by months of thoughtful planning, design, and planting by the Central Park Conservancy’s gardening team.
Tags: Conservancy Staff / Park Design / Spring / Flowers / Nature Lovers
In celebration of Women’s History Month, we highlight some important contributions by women who have helped make the Park a welcoming and thriving public space.
Tags: Conservancy Staff / Monuments / History / Park Experts
Programs and Events
The Halloween Pumpkin Flotilla returns to the Harlem Meer in late October with family-friendly entertainment, crafts, and more.
Tags: Fall / Best for Kids