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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.


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.

Dating Ideas

Things to See and Do

10 Date Ideas in Central Park

Whether you're visiting for a first date or a longtime anniversary, here are 10 ideas for a fun getaway in the Park.

The Obelisk

Park History

How the Obelisk Made Its Home in Central Park

Standing between the Great Lawn and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Obelisk is the oldest outdoor monument in New York City and the oldest man-made object in Central Park.

Seneca Village Site

Park History

The Story of Seneca Village

Discover how Seneca Village, the largest community of free African-American property owners in pre-Civil War New York, began and what we know about its residents.