Just feet away from bustling Fifth Avenue, the Pond provides visitors with a dramatic entrance to the Park as they stroll below street level into the hush of this natural retreat.
As you circle the Pond the landscape is constantly changing, offering new scenic views and the chance to see ducks and other wildlife.
While today the Pond is a site of contemplation and sanctuary, visitors in the past also used it as a center for more vigorous athletic pursuits. In the winter, 19th-century visitors glided over the Pond in ice skates—then a novelty for New Yorkers. Skating can still be enjoyed nearby at Wollman Rink. In the summers, early Park visitors could experience the woodland surroundings from a swan boat similar to those found now in the Boston Public Gardens. The swan boats left the Pond in 1924.
Things you can do here
Explore one of the most popular areas of Central Park — from the Children’s District to the smallest of the Park’s woodland landscapes.
Explore the south end of Central Park and the rich history of the area.
Tags: Weekly Walks
Escape to the oasis within the City and enjoy newly restored landscapes full of blooming flowers.
Each year, more than 210 bird species make an appearance in Central Park, a popular stopover along the Atlantic Flyway.
Just steps from the bustling midtown streets are some of Central Park’s most serene and exquisite landmarks.
Tags: Staff Picks
Rediscover one of the Park’s most popular areas through its beautiful tree population.
Tags: Tree Walks
Things to See and Do
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
The mammals, birds, and reptiles that call Central Park home have adapted to survive the cold.
Here are 10 ways to combine a desire for a new you in 2020 with the joy of spending time in Central Park.
Restoration and Maintenance
Tags: Summer / Conservancy Staff