Fall Guide

There’s a new crispness in the air, which means one thing: It’s time for some fabulous foliage! It’s fall in Central Park, and we’re celebrating with the Central Park Conservancy’s OFFICIAL guide to the season.

When the days start getting shorter and the weather grows crisp, there’s nothing quite as exquisite as the sight of scarlet oak and sweetgum trees putting on their glorious autumn displays. Get a front-row seat at the foliage fashion show with our new interactive map that tracks peak foliage throughout the season.

But while the trees may be the Park’s stars come autumn, Central Park is still full of activity, with plants, animals, and humans alike preparing for the winter ahead. Whether you're hoping to check out migrating birds, take a fall foliage tour, or just sip hot cider on a Park bench, this guide has you covered.

Before we begin, don’t forget to bookmark our Alerts page for all the info you’ll need on scheduled or weather-related Park closures. Another great spot for Central Park updates? Our social channels. Give us a follow, tag us from the Park @CentralParkNYC, and keep up to date on all the goings-on in these 843 acres.

Leaf Your Cares Behind

The foliage is fabulous, but that’s not all there is to Central Park in autumn. From larger-than-life monuments and kid-sized playgrounds to luxuriant lawns and woodlands that let all five senses come alive, there’s something for everyone in the Park this season.

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The Park Needs Us

Trees are environmental superheroes. They clean our air, filter our water, and boost our mood. To thank these arboreal wonders, consider endowing an existing Park tree or gifting a sapling! Each tree is expertly planted and cared for by our Conservancy experts.

Want to be an honorary member of our Tree Care team? Remember this one rule: Never climb on trees or their branches, pick their flowers or leaves, or etch into their bark. Trees may seem sturdy, but they need to be treated with care. Leaves, branches, bark, and roots all play a crucial role in keeping trees healthy. We need the Park’s trees, and #TheParkNeedsUs!

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