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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.

10 Ways to Be Active This Summer in Central Park

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.

Shakespeare Garden

Things to See and Do

Where to Find Spring Blooms in Central Park

Looking for some of this season’s most photogenic landscapes? Here are your must-see destinations for beautiful spring blooms in the Park.

Shakespeare Garden Plaque

Things to See and Do

Secrets of Shakespeare Garden

Named for poet and playwright William Shakespeare, this Garden is designed to evoke the Bard’s native English countryside.

Volunteer

Things to See and Do

Tips from Central Park's Volunteers

With so much time spent in New York City’s backyard, volunteers quickly discover helpful tips and special spots. They’re sharing some of their favorite recommendations.

Bethesda Arcade

Things to See and Do

From the Mailbag: Solitude, Sports, and Skyline Views

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. Read our responses.