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Named Gates

Landscapes & Points of Interest

Named Gates

Mid-Park

There are 20 original entrances to Central Park, each bearing an inscription so subtle visitors might miss it. These named gates honor groups of New Yorkers such as Scholars, Artisans, Merchants, and Artists—all the variety of hard-working people who make New York a world-class city.

Naturalists Walk

Landscapes & Points of Interest

Naturalists' Walk

West Side at 77th-81st Streets

Across from the American Museum of Natural History, Naturalists' Walk offers visitors a shaded landscape with wandering paths and rustic benches. Visitors can wander north to see massive royal paulownia trees and impressive rock outcrops.

Naumberg Bandshell

Recreation & Cultural Facilities

Naumburg Bandshell

Mid-Park at 71st Street

An outdoor concert venue at the eastern edge of the Mall, Naumburg Bandshell hosts classical and popular music performances. Music-lovers have enjoyed shows from masters such as Benny Goodman, Irving Berlin, Duke Ellington, and the Grateful Dead.

Nell Singer Lilac Walk

Nell Singer Lilac Walk

Mid-Park at 69th Street

On the northern edge of Sheep Meadow, the artfully composed Lilac Walk boasts many varieties of its signature fragrant flower from around the world.

North Meadow

Landscapes & Points of Interest

North Meadow

Mid-Park at 97th-102nd Streets

At 23 acres, the North Meadow is the largest pastoral area in Central Park. Its open spaces and slopes are bordered by 700 trees that display gorgeous foliage in the fall. Sports-lovers in the spring and summer play at twelve ballfields; in the fall, games abound at the six fields used for soccer and touch football.

North Meadow Butterfly Gardens

Landscapes & Points of Interest

North Meadow Butterfly Gardens

Mid-Park at 103rd Street

The North Meadow Butterfly Gardens provide habitat for the more than 50 species of butterflies that pass through Central Park. The four planting beds feature two species of milkweed (essential to caterpillars and butterflies), amid an array of colorful and fragrant plant life.

North Meadow Recreation Center

Recreation & Cultural Facilities

North Meadow Recreation Center

Mid-Park at 97th Street

The facility is open to all, and commonly used by schools and community organizations. Basketball and handball courts are available first-come, first-served basis; there are 12 fields for baseball, softball, and soccer. Guests can borrow basketballs, handballs, and Field Day Kits.

North Woods

Landscapes & Points of Interest

North Woods

West Side at 101st-110th Streets

Found in the northwest corner of Central Park, the 40-acre North Woods offers a taste of the peaceful Adirondack Mountains. Under the cover of soaring treetops, visitors can wander along winding paths to enjoy the wilderness of the Ravine, birdwatch, or gaze over the waters of the Loch.

Nutters Battery

Landscapes & Points of Interest

Nutter's Battery

East Side at 108th Street

Nutter's Battery is an overlook with sweeping views across the landscape and the Harlem Meer. New Yorkers built a fortification here during the War of 1812, fearing a British attack. The fort itself is marked with a low wall, pavings, and plantings, all built to emphasize the rugged rock outcrop and scenic views.

Oak Bridge

Bridges & Arches

Oak Bridge at Bank Rock Bay

West Side at 77th Street

The charming and elegant Oak Bridge at Bank Rock Bay stretches from the northern edge of the Lake into the western edge of the wild Ramble, offering stunning views of the Midtown skyline.

Obelisk

Statues, Monuments & Ornamental Features

Obelisk

East Side at 81st Street

The Obelisk, known by some as “Cleopatra's Needle,” has several superlatives to its name—including the oldest man-made object in Central Park, and the oldest outdoor monument in New York City. More than 3,000 years old, this timeless beauty towers 69 feet high and weighs a staggering 220 tons.

Olmsted Flower Bed

Landscapes & Points of Interest

Olmsted Flower Bed

Mid-Park at 66th Street

Found at the south end of the Mall, the Olmsted Flower Bed commemorates the 150th birthday of Central Park co-designer, Frederick Law Olmsted. In a fitting tribute, the flowerbed was placed among magnificent American elms, Olmsted's favorite tree. It offers year-round color from tulips, pansies, phlox, azaleas, and other blooms.