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
Each year, more than 210 bird species make an appearance in Central Park, a popular stopover along the Atlantic Flyway.
Explore one of the most popular areas of Central Park — from the Children’s District to the smallest of the Park’s woodland landscapes.
Just steps from the bustling Midtown streets are some of Central Park’s most serene and exquisite landmarks.
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Rediscover one of the Park’s most popular areas through its beautiful tree population.
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Escape to the oasis within the City and enjoy newly restored landscapes full of blooming flowers.
Things to See and Do
With so much time spent in New York City’s backyard, volunteers quickly discover helpful tips and special spots.
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The mammals, birds, and reptiles that call Central Park home have adapted to survive the cold.
Restoration and Maintenance
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Here are 10 ways to combine a desire for a new you in 2020 with the joy of spending time in Central Park.