Winter Guide

Evergreen trees are showing off their colors, turtles are brumating at the Lake, and the grounds are quiet and calm. It’s winter in Central Park, and we’re celebrating the season with an OFFICIAL Central Park Conservancy Winter Guide.

To many, winter in New York City is a season to be endured on the path to spring, summer, and fall. But in Central Park, it’s a season to be enjoyed. Winter’s bare branches, dormant wildlife, and resting lawns make room for more of the Park’s details to be noticed and treasured.

Looking for spots to exercise or meditate? Want to learn about the Park wildlife that brave winter’s cold? Need to get out of the house for an impromptu date night or sledding adventure with the kids? We’ve got you—and your New Year’s resolutions—covered.

Before we begin, don’t forget to bookmark our Alerts page for all the info you’ll need on scheduled or weather-related Park closures. Another great spot for Central Park updates? Our Twitter feed. Give us a follow, tag us from the Park, and keep up to date on all the goings-on in these 843 acres.

Reading in a Winter Wonderland

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.

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Pique Your Interest in the Park’s Plants

In the field of horticulture, many plants are lauded for their “winter interest”—the bright colors, textures, and even scents that stand in stark contrast to otherwise bare, wintry landscapes. Try your hand at tree and shrub identification this season with our comprehensive guide!

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Get to Know the Park with a Conservancy Guide

Conservancy tours are back and better than ever! In celebration of Black History Month in February, join our expert guides to learn about Seneca Village—the largest community of free African-American property owners in pre–Civil War New York—and explore its current landscape.

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Enjoy the Great Indoors This Season

While there’s nothing like experiencing Central Park in person, our Conservancy guides have curated the next best option. If you’re unable to join us this winter, check out our extensive catalog of virtual content to help you explore the Park from home. Register for a virtual tour or a Weekly Walk with our guides and be sure to follow us on social for new content!

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Hurricane Ida brought a record 3.15 inches of rain to Central Park in one hour on September 1, 2021, beating the record set just 10 days prior, and flooded Bethesda Fountain.

The Park Needs Us—All of Us

As much as we each depend on the Park—for solace, community, and inspiration—the Park depends on us, too. Support our work to care for these 843 acres and share your Park story with our Conservancy staff. We’d love to learn how the Park has loved you back when you most needed it. #TheParkNeedUs

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