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The Beginner’s Guide to Birdwatching in Central Park

Central Park welcomes more than 270 bird species each year. Many birds live in the Park year-round, with others making an important stop in the Park to rest and feed during spring and fall migrations. Discover how to spot and appreciate the many birds of Central Park.

Glen Span Arch

Park Information

From the Mailbag: Bridges, Arches, and Fall Foliage

Have questions about Central Park? On occasion, we gather curious inquiries from Park lovers on our Instagram Story. Read our responses below to some recent questions — on everything from the Park’s bridges and arches to when you can expect colorful fall foliage.

Frederick Douglass

Park History

A History of Monuments in Central Park

The original design for Central Park did not include any monuments, but soon after Central Park opened, New Yorkers began proposing a variety of additions, including monument.

Park History

The Woman Suffrage Monument in Context

Slated to be installed in Central Park in 2020, the monument will depict Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony and will honor the many others who contributed to the advancement of women’s rights.

Blooms in Shakespeare's Garden

Things to See and Do

What’s Blooming This Summer in Central Park

Visit these must-see spots in the Park this summer to find picturesque blooms.

Bethesda Terrace

Park History

How Central Park Was Designed as a Park for the People

When Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux were chosen to plan the new park, they set out to create a space designed to bring all people together regardless of their backgrounds.

North End Landscape

Park History

The History of Central Park’s North End

In celebration of Independence Day, get to know this area’s rich past, which includes appearances from General George Washington and several military fortifications — one of which can still be visited today.

Things to See and Do

10 Ways to Be Active This Summer in Central Park

It’s the perfect time to be active in the Park! Want to get moving in New York City’s backyard? We’ve got you covered with these 10 ideas.

Ladle from the 1800's

Things to See and Do

8 Secrets of Central Park

Central Park can surprise even lifelong New Yorkers with secluded spots and enthralling secrets.

Elizabeth W. Smith

About the Conservancy

Our New CEO and the Conservancy’s Next Era

Elizabeth (“Betsy”) W. Smith, an enthusiastic supporter of urban green spaces, recently began her new position as President & CEO of the Central Park Conservancy. Get to know Betsy and learn how Central Park has been a part of her everyday life for decades.