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.
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Fall in Love with Central Park
We could go on and on about why we love caring for Central Park—and we have! Check out our robust online magazine to learn about the Conservancy’s work, how we care for this space, and the history behind the creation of the Park.
How can you make the most of fall’s ephemeral beauty? Use this interactive map to track where peak foliage is happening throughout Central Park. We're continually updating this throughout the season, so don't forget to check back for updates!
Plants and TreesStatement-maker, over-achiever, relaxed and going with the flow…whatever your personality is like, there’s a tree in the Park for you.
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Plants and TreesCentral Park’s autumn wardrobe is a sight to behold—but as with any fashionable gathering, there are always a few standouts. Learn more about four species of trees whose fall foliage is among the most beautiful in the Park.
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Things to See and DoEver wanted to know what a professional arborist thinks of the fall foliage? Curious about the science behind the changing leaves? Maybe you just want to drop the word “abscission” at Thanksgiving dinner? Learn all this (and more) in this conversation with Conservancy arborist Alan Clark.
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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.
Get to Know the Park with a Conservancy Guide
Interested in an even more tailored Park experience? Look no further than our expert Conservancy staff and their decades of Park research. Our staff offers in-person and virtual tours, online weekly walks, and handy maps for your self-guided tours.
Want one tour that has it all? This is the excursion for you! Join Central Park Conservancy guides as we visit the Park’s most famous sites, from Sheep Meadow’s views of the Manhattan skyline to the majestic American elms along the Mall.
Only a few steps from the hustle and bustle of Midtown Manhattan, the Hallett Nature Sanctuary is a little slice of native-woodland paradise. Take a guided tour through one of Central Park’s best-kept secrets and admire not only the autumn foliage but also the birds—including egrets and black-crowned night herons—that reside in the Pond nearby.
A lush woodland that hosts more than 210 species of migrating birds each year, the North Woods is a paradise for birdwatchers and leaf-peepers alike. Take a stroll through this vibrant habitat with one of our Conservancy guides.
Let the Park be your classroom! These family-friendly tours are a great way for parents and children of all ages to learn about the ecology and history of Central Park, and tickets include a complimentary Discovery Journal for each child.