New York’s Central Park in Springtime

posted by Sharon May 7, 2017 54 Comments

New York’s Central Park is world renowned as a green, relaxing oasis found amid the bustling city of high rises. Central Park provides a place for New Yorkers – and visitors to the city – to go to enjoy nature. Its lawns, lakes, flowers, and leafy trees whisk you away from the sidewalks of New York to a fairy tale land. And it’s especially enchanting in the spring, when flowers bloom and the lawns come back to signal new life. Here are a few of my favorites in Central Park.Central Park, New York

Central Park, New YorkThe John Lennon Memorial

We scored an Airbnb apartment a half block from Central Park. So every day we wandered through parts of Central Park and took in the springtime color and newness. We were by the entrance known as Strawberry Fields, where you’ll find the John Lennon memorial. John and Yoko Ono lived adjacent to this area in The Dakota Apartments. People decorate the memorial, then it’s cleaned each evening so new flowers can be left the next day. Central Park New York

The Lake

The park is bordered on all sides by the city. Reflections on the water of the The Lake (that’s really the official name) show just how close you are to civilization. Central Park, New York

Locals and Their Pups

One morning I got up at sunrise and strolled along with locals who were out running, walking to catch public transportation to work, chatting with friends, and exercising their dogs. I wasn’t sure of the protocol, but I did talk with some of the dog owners and meet their pooches. My favorite was sweet Lilly, who loves chin rubs, in case you ever run across her in the park. Central Park New York

So Many Lovely Blooms

Pink blossoms are everywhere. They compliment the bright green grass. These trees were bare just a few short weeks earlier. It’s really quite a miracle.Central Park New YorkCentral Park New YorkCentral Park, New YorkCentral Park, New York

Shakespeare Garden

Tulips bloom in Central Park’s Shakespeare Garden in early spring.  Central Park New YorkCentral Park New YorkCentral Park New York

The Mall

The Central Park Mall is one wide avenue through the middle of park. And it’s lined with imposing sculptures of literary figures and statesmen. The Mall runs from 66th to 73rd Streets inside the park.New York Central ParkNew York Central ParkNew York Central Park

And there’s Balto! He, along with Togo and other dogs, pulled sleds through harrowing conditions in snowy Alaska in 1925. The team risked their lives and successfully delivered diphtheria medicine to isolated ill children.New York Central Park Balto

The Bethesda Fountain New York Central Park Bethesda Fountain

Near the Central Park Mall is the well known Bethesda Fountain, also called Angel of the Waters. It’s worth a slight detour to find the fountain.

Tavern on the Green

One evening we happened on the iconic Tavern on the Green. I never thought we would be able to dine there (expensive, probably needing a reservation), but we checked and got right in. The food is fabulous, the wine delicate, the chocolate bombe dessert a masterpiece. And the price tag was reasonable. Our dinner here was a highlight of our trip. Central Park New York, Tavern on the GreenCentral Park New York, Tavern on the GreenCentral Park New York, Tavern on the Green

Central Park, New York, Tavern on the GreenBow Bridge

In our crisscrossing of Central Park, we still covered only a small part. Built in the 1850s, the park today covers about 840 acres. Through the decades, it slipped into disrepair, but it has been rescued and updated. Today it is maintained by the Central Park Conservancy, a non-profit that offers tours and runs information kiosks. We learned that the elegant Bow Bridge was built before the Civil War and then was refurbished not long ago. Central Park, New York

Central Park, New YorkHow to Find Your Way Around Central Park

Pick up a map or bring up an online map on your phone to help you navigate. When the trees are leafy, it’s difficult to see too far in any direction. You can just wander if you like, but if you’re trying to find something in the park, a map will help. Then you can and head toward The Lake, Shakespeare Garden, or The Metropolitan Museum of Art, on the east side. So many areas of the park are waiting to be explored!

These guides will help you plan a trip to fabulous New York City!

Central Park is a treat in any season, but it seems to me that Spring must be the most beautiful.New York Central Park Central Park, New York

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How about you? Have you been to Central Park in New York? Do you have a favorite city park?



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54 Comments

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Tamar Strauss-Benjamin May 8, 2017 at 1:04 am

These are so gorgeous!!! I love Central Park!

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Sandy La Flair May 8, 2017 at 3:57 am

I love every single picture. This exact trip is on my ‘bucket list’!

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jesh StG May 8, 2017 at 7:15 am

The pink blooms are breathtaking, Sharon! Central Park is much more beautiful than I had imagined (probably so too much crime stories on TV that are supposedly are taking place in Central Park:) ). And I love the white bridge – beautiful design. Somehow it looks more like Europe than than The South and South West of the USA. Many thanks for sharing your walk in the park with all the pooches with All Seasons:) Have a good one!

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Mersad May 8, 2017 at 7:51 am

I have been there in Autumn and it was a great sight. But nothing beats Springtime. Your images are amazing. Thanks so much for linking in with “Through My Lens”

Mersad
Mersad Donko Photography

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Carol May 8, 2017 at 2:23 pm

A fabulous post and I loved all your photos.

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Mitzi May 8, 2017 at 3:05 pm

Breathtaking….I have no other words!

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Photo(Geo)grapher May 8, 2017 at 4:44 pm

Central Park is beautiful, even in bad weather

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artmusedog and carol May 8, 2017 at 10:36 pm

Gorgeous photography of Central Park ‘in bloom’ ~ love Lily and the circular ‘Imagine’ with flowers ~ will wish and imagine how it could be ~ thanks ~

Happy Week to you ~ ^_^

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Haylee May 9, 2017 at 12:13 am

Your pictures are so beautiful! I was just in Central Park a few weeks ago, and spent hours wandering around. Spring is most definitely my favourite time of the year to visit Central Park.

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Yogi May 9, 2017 at 2:19 am

Wow, beautiful photographs and great commentary about the park. I’ve seen lots of excellent blog posts about the park and this is the best.

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yukti May 9, 2017 at 3:50 am

will visit New York in spring. Lovely flowers n gardens.

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bettyl - NZ May 9, 2017 at 6:01 am

I knew there was a lot to Central Park but never saw it up close like this, so thanks for your wonderful photos and narrative.

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Liz Scott-Branagan May 9, 2017 at 7:01 am

Gorgeous images of Central Park! Such a picturesque place. I hope to visit one day!

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Lady Fi May 9, 2017 at 10:06 am

Oh wow! How very pretty!

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April Berry May 9, 2017 at 1:00 pm

Absolutely lovely! I could browse through these beautiful pictures all day long. #CityTripping

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Gentle Joy Photography May 9, 2017 at 1:19 pm

Beautiful pictures… what wonderful places to visit! 🙂

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Marie-OR May 9, 2017 at 1:24 pm

Central Park in NY is a gorgeous place! I have never been in spring, unfortunately. Wow! Your pictures show some stunning sights! Oh, I’ve eaten at Tavern on the Green!

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Tanja (the Red phone box travels) May 9, 2017 at 2:24 pm

very nice! #citytripping

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Jane @ Raincity Librarian May 9, 2017 at 4:55 pm

It’s just something straight out of a film! I’ve never been to NYC, but like so many people I’ve experienced it through movies, and it would be so exciting to actually stroll through Central Park. 🙂

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Jo May 9, 2017 at 5:15 pm

Beautiful photos. We loved Central Park when we visited NYC although we found it very hard to navigate around even with a map! We’d love to return one day and see more of the park. It’s so vast that you don’t realise how big it is until you see it from the top of one of the skyscrapers. #CityTripping

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Sarah May 9, 2017 at 9:46 pm

Absolutely love how bright and colorful your photos are. And, of course I have to mention Lily!! What a cutie!!

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Fiona Cambouropoulos May 9, 2017 at 10:38 pm

All your photos look breathtaking, but the first is my favourite, I love the depth of field you achieve. #citytripping

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Hilary May 9, 2017 at 10:57 pm

I just love NYC and I love this post! The photos are so beautiful, especially the ones with the city and reflections! #citytripping

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Kit Graham May 10, 2017 at 2:55 am

I love all of these photos! I used to live in NYC and haven’t been back during the springtime for years and years.

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riitta k May 10, 2017 at 5:30 am

Gorgeous photos – way!

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Mandy May 10, 2017 at 5:29 pm

Beautiful images of Central Park. You have me wanting to visit in the spring. 🙂

With Love,
Mandy

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Corey at fifi + hop May 10, 2017 at 6:39 pm

You’ve really captured Central Park so beautifully! There’s so much to explore – I grew up outside of NYC, lived there for 12 years, and now live in the suburbs, and I still don’t know all of it. So nice you got to experience Tavern on the Green! #city tripping

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Molly May 10, 2017 at 7:48 pm

Love the reflections

Mollyx

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Keri | Ladies What Travel May 11, 2017 at 2:14 pm

That blossom, so pink! Looks beautiful there in Spring, now I want to go back! #FarawayFiles

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Kelly May 11, 2017 at 11:51 pm

Ohhhh-I already LOVE Central Park-but I’ve never been in the spring. Talk about swooning! These are gorgeous. Visiting from Tamars

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Clare (Suitcases and Sandcastles) May 12, 2017 at 6:44 pm

Stunning photos! What a great time of year to visit Central Park. There’s always something to see but springtime looks particularly wonderful. Thanks for sharing on #FarawayFiles

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Elizabeth (Wander Mum) May 12, 2017 at 7:30 pm

Beautiful pictures! I got engaged in Central Park – near the Shakespeare Garden – so it holds a very special place in my heart. Great to learn a bit more about its history. Thanks for linking to #citytripping

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Liana Moore May 13, 2017 at 2:03 am

I’ve only been to New York and Central Park in January and it didn’t look anything like this, So spectacular! #WeekendWanderlust

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Brooke of Passport Couture May 13, 2017 at 4:00 am

Your photos are amazing! The pink blossoms and tulips are breathtaking. I wish I could see Central Park this time of year. I guess I’ll have to arrange a visit now that I’ve read your post! #WeekendWanderlust

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Jim ~ Reflections Enroute May 13, 2017 at 5:05 am

You made some beautiful photographs! I love Central Park in the springtime. Well, let’s face it, I love springtime! Thanks for the inspiration and for linking up this weekend at #wkendtravelinspiration!

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Lady Fi May 13, 2017 at 6:29 am

Goodness me – so much beauty!

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Edith &Juan May 14, 2017 at 5:40 am

Your pictures are amazing! Central Park is one of my favorite places in New York and I’ve seen it in Spring. However, I didn’t get to see it fully bloomed as in your pictures. So pretty!

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Chiera May 14, 2017 at 8:10 am

WOW! I leave for NYC in 6 days I AM SO EXCITED to get to explore Central park! #FarawayFiles

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Rhonda Albom May 14, 2017 at 9:21 am

Central Park in spring looks gorgeous. It’s great to have such a large park in the middle of a major city. I wish I had eaten at Tavern on the Green.

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Katy Clarke May 14, 2017 at 2:28 pm

A visit to NY without stopping by Central Park would be incomplete. Gorgeous photos Sharon – do you happen to know the name of the tree with purple flowers in your first pic? Thanks for joining #FarawayFiles

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eileen g May 15, 2017 at 5:33 pm

These are great photos. Calvert & Vaux intended for the park to be a place that you could step into and really feel you were in nature and apart from the surrounding city. And your photos capture that well. you definitely picked a good to go with all the flowers in bloom!

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Bryna | Dotted Line Travels May 16, 2017 at 3:22 am

So beautiful! I loved Central Park. I visited NYC during a heat wave, and it just felt like a nice, cooler oasis. I’m a huge Beatles fan too, so seeing the John Lennon memorial in person meant a lot to me!

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soma @ whimsandfancies.com May 18, 2017 at 12:56 am

What a beautiful place. Thank you so much for the wonderful photographic tour. I would love to visit it one day.

-Soma

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Erin Gustafson May 18, 2017 at 8:45 am

What an iconic visit! I think Paris and New York must be visited in springtime – all the flowers and atmosphere and life outside again! I did not know they clean the flowers away every night from the Imagine memorial. That is cool. Thanks for sharing with #FarawayFiles – always love your photos! Erin

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Nancy | MapandFamily May 27, 2017 at 3:18 pm

Great post and lovely images. We went to NYC in high summer and only visited the park once. I’d love to see it in other seasons!

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Agness of eTramping May 30, 2017 at 1:06 pm

Spring seems so spectacular and breathtaking at this place! Loved the pictures!

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Julie March 7, 2020 at 8:10 am

Ok your photos are gorgeous!! Makes me want to book a trip to NYC this spring!!

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menty March 7, 2020 at 8:17 am

haha, I like the point of local and their pups, even they give a sculpture to doggie friend, that’s super cute!

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Lauren March 8, 2020 at 4:33 am

This is on my agenda now! Those cherry blossom trees are gorgeous. Can’t wait to see central park in spring!

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Ryan Biddulph March 8, 2020 at 4:53 am

This is a glorious spot. One of my favorite places. Super post.

Ryan

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Melissa March 8, 2020 at 8:50 am

Oh I would love to visit NYC during spring! Those flowers look amazing.

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Jennifer rankin March 8, 2020 at 10:22 am

Very I teresrti g post and I love the photos! I’m going to have a 10 hour layover at jfk next Monday day and now might go to Central Park!

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Loredana March 9, 2020 at 12:42 am

This is beautiful! Love Central Park 🙂 Great oasis in the ‘concrete jungle.’

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Patti March 9, 2020 at 8:02 am

Wow! I’m not a big city girl and don’t like visiting big cities. But Central Park in the spring would totally entice me to visit NY,NY! How beautiful!

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