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59th Street Walk

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59th Street Walk

Learn more about the trees in Central Park’s popular south end.

Arthur Ross Pinetum

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Arthur Ross Pinetum

The Arthur Ross Pinetum is a four-acre arboretum north of the Great Lawn, featuring a collection of 17 species of pine trees. A walk through this hushed landscape is like stepping into the center of an evergreen forest. Visitors will also find several picnic tables and the all-ages Pinetum Playground.

Azalea Walk

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Azalea Walk

Just south under Eaglevale Arch, Azalea Walk blooms in the springtime with a colorful variety of azaleas and rhododendrons.

Bethesda Walk

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Bethesda Walk

The Bethesda Tree Walk takes you on a tour of popular sites like Strawberry Fields and Bethesda Terrace.

Cedar Hill

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Cedar Hill

Cedar Hill is a classic pastoral landscape offering sledding in the winter and picnicking in warmer months. It takes its name from the stand of evergreens dotting the crest of the hill. At the southern border, the stone Glade Arch connects Cedar Hill to the south end of the Park.

Zoo Panda

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Central Park Zoo

Open year-round, the Central Park Zoo is home to animals from tropical, temperate, and polar parts of the world. This state-of-the-art facility features a sea lion pool in the center courtyard; glass walls offer a glimpse of their underwater acrobatics.

Cherry Hill

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Cherry Hill

Named for the cherry trees that bloom across the landscape each spring, Cherry Hill is a quiet, gentle slope overlooking the Lake. Offering plenty of benches and shade, it is a popular spot to picnic, relax, and take in the views of rowboats and nearby Bow Bridge.

Chess and Checkers House

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Chess & Checkers House

Surrounding the octagonal Chess & Checkers House visitor center are 24 permanent tables with inlaid chess boards, attracting master players and newcomers alike. Game pieces are available inside, along with dominoes, backgammon, and other board games.

Conservatory Garden

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Conservatory Garden

Conservatory Garden is a respite from the adjacent 5th Avenue and its bustling Museum Mile. Divided into three distinct sections—the French-style North Garden, Italianate Center Garden, and the English-style South Garden—it offers a taste of Europe in the heart of Manhattan.

The Dene

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Dene

The Dene is noted for its rolling hills and magnificent rocks. Head to the southeastern end to spot the rustic summerhouse at the very top of a massive rock outcrop. At the southwestern corner visitors can find the Dene Slope, a 1.25-acre native meadow with seating and a trail through colorful wildflowers.