Whether you’re visiting the Park in person (socially distanced, of course) or enjoying it from afar, our OFFICIAL Central Park Conservancy Spring Guide will help you make the most of this new season in the Park.
Looking to find the most colorful flowers, enjoy a self-guided walk through nature, or take a virtual tour from home? Our Spring Guide has everything you need to know about appreciating this stunning season in the Park.
Before you go, bookmark these handy resources: our alerts page contains updates on major disruptions and scheduled closures in Central Park. You can also follow us on Twitter for the latest on Park news and happenings. And as you visit this season, be sure to use the hashtag #myCentralPark on social media to share your stories.
Get to Know Central Park's Spring Blooms
A diverse range of flowers bloom in Central Park each spring. Learn more about a few popular favorites below—or browse our Bloom & Tree Guide for more. Wherever you find yourself admiring spring blooms in the Park, share the stunning colors with us by using the hashtag #CentralParkBloomWatch.
Bloom & Tree GuideThe Latin name for the daffodil is “Narcissus,” which comes from a Greek myth about a man who fell in love with his reflection. Daffodil flowers have nodding heads, which makes them look like they are gazing downwards and admiring themselves. They can be spotted throughout the Park, including the Conservatory Garden and Shakespeare Garden.
Bloom & Tree GuideWisteria is a climbing woody vine with fragrant blooms that range in color from blue to lavender to white. This plant is notable not only for its attractive hanging clusters of flowers, but also for its vigorous growth—the vine may grow 10 feet or more in one year! Find wisteria on the pergolas in the Conservatory Garden and behind Naumburg Bandshell.
Bloom & Tree GuideThese spring-flowering shrubs display shades of white, magenta, peach, purple, and pink. There are many azalea festivals throughout the world that celebrate their beauty, but you can find these flowers throughout the Park, including Rhododendron Mile, a stretch of the East Drive between 86th and 94th Streets.
Go Deeper with Spring in the Park
The Dene Slope and Shakespeare Garden feature some of the Park’s most impressive blooms each spring—and the Park’s flowers mean that some of its most beloved residents, monarch butterflies, are back! Become a spring in Central Park expert with these informative reads.
Get to know this growing meadow, peaceful rest stop for visitors, and hub for diverse wildlife in the Park’s south end.
Learn why Shakespeare Garden is a spring destination and what unique attractions it offers for visitors. No matter when you stop by, you’re bound to find something new—the Garden has many regulars who visit daily.
Help us welcome monarch butterflies back to New York City and learn about the Conservancy’s work to protect their homes in Central Park.
Calling All Runners, Dog Owners, and Birders
With warmer weather—and a new season of bird migration—finally here, it's the perfect time to hit the pavement, grab those birding binoculars, or explore the Park’s 843 acres on a long walk with your furry friend. For more ways to explore the Park, visit our Things to Do page.
Daily ActivitiesThe Park offers a wide variety of loops and paths, and there’s no shortage of groups that use the Park as their running hub. Enjoy this runner’s guide to Central Park—where you can also download our official running map before you hit the ground running.
Daily ActivitiesNew York City’s dogs love Central Park! To ensure visitors and pets alike stay safe, discover where dogs are allowed in the Park, when on- and off-leash hours are, and more.
NatureCentral Park is a popular stopover for birds during spring and fall migration thanks to its diverse habitats. Learn how to spot and appreciate the many birds of the Park with our exclusive tips and resources for birders.
Explore the Park Virtually
Get an insider’s look at the world’s greatest urban park from the people who know it best. These programs allow you to explore the Park from home.
Each Wednesday, we bring the Park’s stunning vistas, sublime natural wonders, and thriving wildlife to you. Register just once for our Weekly Walks series and you’ll receive an update for each upcoming virtual stroll.
Hear from Conservancy staff for a peek behind the Park. Each Behind the Park conversation features a Q&A with Conservancy experts and shows how the Conservancy restores, maintains, and enhances Central Park.
From corner to corner, Central Park is filled with fascinating destinations and secrets. Get a behind-the-scenes perspective on the history, design, and ecology of the Park with our expert staff.
Support the Park
Show your support for Central Park with a Conservancy membership. Our members help keep Central Park beautiful and blooming throughout the spring season. Benefits include reduced ticket prices, discounts in Central Park, and access to exclusive members-only events and programs.