The Pond, the centerpiece of a serene landscape, is the first experience of Central Park for many visitors.
Surrounded by small lawns for sunbathing and picnicking, paths for strolling, and numerous benches, the Pond is a perfect place to relax. Rock outcrops and other spots along the shore offer views of the water and its resident waterfowl, which often includes egrets, black-crowned night herons, and several types of ducks. The u-shaped water body wraps around the Hallett Nature Sanctuary, a wooded, rocky hill traversed by rustic trails.
The Pond is just steps from the bustle of Fifth Avenue but set below the level of the street, so visitors literally descend into a landscape that provides an abrupt and immediate escape—the Park’s primary purpose. While visitors may feel transported out of the City, its skyline adds to the scenic drama of this section of the Park, with striking skyscrapers towering over the Park’s rocks, trees, and hills.
Things you can do here
A Walk Through Vibrant Blooms and Secluded Trails
Escape to the oasis within the City and enjoy newly restored landscapes full of blooming flowers.
Tags: Art & Architecture / Plants and Trees
Interested in birdwatching? Learn how to respectfully spot the more than 210 bird species that make an appearance in Central Park.
Hallett Nature Sanctuary Tour11:00 am
Discover one of Central Park’s best-kept secrets, home to many native plant species and wildlife, on this guided tour of the Hallett Nature Sanctuary and its surrounding landscapes.
Tags: Wildlife / Plants and Trees
South End Tour
Explore one of the most popular areas of Central Park — from the Children’s District to the smallest of the Park’s woodland landscapes.
Tags: History / Art & Architecture
A Guide to Summering Safely in Central Park
Central Park provides New Yorkers a welcome escape from the intensity of NYC summers, but Park-goers should still take necessary precautions to stay cool, healthy, and hydrated during their visits.
Tags: Kids and Families / Health & Fitness / Wildlife
59th Street Tree Walk
Rediscover one of the Park’s most popular areas through its beautiful tree population.
Tags: Plants and Trees
Also in the area
Restoration and Maintenance
A Growing Challenge: Harmful Algal Blooms in Central Park
Tags: Summer / Conservancy Staff / Nature Lovers / Water Feature
10 New Year’s Resolutions for a Central Park-Lover
Here are 10 ways to combine a desire for a new you in the new year with the joy of spending time in Central Park.
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.
Tags: Tips for Visiting / First-Time Visitors
Wintering in Central Park: How Urban Wildlife Survives Seasonal Change
The mammals, birds, and reptiles that call Central Park home have adapted to survive the cold.
Tags: Winter / Nature Lovers