It’s spring in Central Park, and we’re celebrating with the Central Park Conservancy’s official guide to the season.
We love all the seasons in Central Park, but there’s something about this time of year that really puts a spring in our step. True, we had a warm winter in NYC, but we're all for budding trees and blooming flowers.
Looking for a formal flower garden? Want to take a walk on the wildflower side? Ready to bow to the Park’s most royal migrating pollinator? In search of cherry blossoms? However you celebrate spring, Central Park has you covered. It's time to head out to the Park with our Official Spring Guide.
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Let Your Park Knowledge Blossom
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.
About the Conservancy
Hope Springs EternalLots of things have changed over the years: clothes, hair styles, the way we take photos. But one thing that’s stayed the same is the glory of this season in the Park! Check out these photos from the Conservancy archive for a time capsule of spring in Central Park.
Tags: Conservancy Staff / Spring / Flowers / Tips for Visiting / History
Monarch of the ParkWhen winter sets in, we all start dreaming about flying somewhere warm; the monarch butterfly actually does it! In the autumn, these tiny wonders travel 3,000 miles from Central Park to Mexico, and now it’s time for their return journey. Read up on these amazing, endangered insects, their crucial work as pollinators, and the gardens the Conservancy is planting just for them.
Tags: Conservancy Staff / Spring / Flowers / Pollinators / Nature Lovers
About the Conservancy
A Community EffortWhen the weather gets nicer and sun stays up longer, appreciation for—and use of—Central Park increases. How do we manage so much trash and recycling, while accommodating the millions of people who rely on this iconic public space? Read about how we keep the Park clean and green all spring (and year) long, and what you can do to help.
Tags: Conservancy Staff / Tips for Visiting / Park Experts / First-Time Visitors
The Animal InsideWhen spring arrives, hibernating critters begin to awaken, and migrating birds start passing through the Park on their way back north. With all this animal activity, you might start to wonder: If I were one of Central Park’s animals, which would I be? Take our (totally scientific!) quiz to find the answer.
Tags: Nature Lovers
Azaleas, bluebells, cherries, daisies… There’s a whole alphabet of flowers in Central Park at this time of year! No matter where you go, spring in the Park is glorious. But here are a few of our favorite springtime spots:
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 offer in-person and virtual tours, online weekly walks, and handy maps for your self-guided tours.
Cherry Blossoms on the Reservoir2:00 pmThe pink and white cherry trees ringing the Reservoir are one of the Park’s most stunning springtime sights. Visit with our Conservancy guides and learn how these trees came to New York.
Tags: History / Staff Picks / Plants and Trees
Discovery Walks for Families: The North Woods Tour11:00 amAfter being cooped up all winter, there’s nothing better than an outdoor adventure for the whole family to enjoy. The rocky landscape surrounding the Harlem Meer has a storied history and more than a few secret nooks for young explorers to enjoy.
Tags: Kids and Families / Plants and Trees
Hidden History: Women in Central Park Tour11:00 amJoin us to discover the hidden history of women who influenced Central Park sites such as the Pulitzer Fountain, Doris C. Freedman Plaza, Wollman Rink, and Bethesda Terrace.
Tags: History / Staff Picks
Heart of the Park Tour2:00 pmSay cheese! Spring is one of the Park’s most photogenic periods, and we recommend our Heart of the Park tour for our first-time visitors or those interested in Central Park’s most iconic and photographed sites.
Tags: History / Staff Picks / Art & Architecture