Summer Guide

Dust off those picnic blankets, grab your SPF, and step into the magic of summer in Central Park!

Whether you’re planning to set a PR around the newly restored Reservoir running track or prefer laid-back lawn lounging with family and friends, the Central Park Conservancy’s Summer Guide is here to help you have an unforgettable season.

Don't forget to stay in the loop on all things Central Park! Follow us on social media and tag us from the Park @CentralParkNYC as you enjoy the sunshine.

Activities to Explore

Check out our interactive summer map, curated by Central Park Conservancy experts to help you enjoy the bright months ahead. From lively summer activities to picturesque picnic spots, find everything you’ll need for fun-filled days in the Park.

Better Than a Beach Read

Just because school’s out for the summer doesn’t mean learning has to stop! Explore these summer reads or head to our magazine for more deep dives into the history, landscapes, and art of NYC’s backyard.

Get to Know the Park with a Conservancy Guide

Want a more tailored experience of Central Park? Our dedicated team of expert guides are eager to share decades of Park research. We offer in-person and virtual tours, including handy maps for your self-guided tours.

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Recycling Built for New Yorkers

Few things scream New York more than pizza and Central Park. But pizza boxes can be challenging to dispose of in traditional recycling containers. On a busy day, the Conservancy can count more than 100 pizza boxes discarded in the Park! So, we’re piloting a special recycling bin made just for New Yorkers’ favorite food. Watch NY1’s Roger Clark as he joins us in the Park to check it out.

Watch Now

Remember to bookmark our Alerts page for information on scheduled or weather-related Park closures. And, as much as we love to see visitors out enjoying the Park as much as possible, please follow the advice of health professionals and stay inside on extremely high-heat days. Pets are even more susceptible to heat than humans, so be mindful of your furry friends.