Central Park’s North End

As much as I love the city, sometimes I need to spend some time in a quieter, slower green space (especially during stressful times like it’s been recently here). Thankfully, that’s possible to find even in the midst of the city. There are some great parks throughout the city, but last weekend I wanted to see if the leaves were changing in Central Park. Most people who visit Central Park visit the southern end of the park (and I’ve previously written about that part of the park here), but the northern end is a hidden gem. That’s where we decided to head this time.

Central Park stretches from 59th Street all the way to 110th Street, and we headed towards the entrance to the park at 105th Street and Fifth Avenue, on the east side of the park. Here, visitors can walk through the Vanderbilt Gate into the Conservatory Garden, one of my favorite sections of Central Park.





Even though it is Autumn, the conservatory garden still offers a variety of colorful flowers – all with a fall vibe.







And there are also two special fountains located at opposite parts of the garden. First, there’s this delightful fountain, known as the Burnett Fountain, which can be found in the South Garden. The fountain is a tribute to children’s book author Frances Hodgson Burnett and is surrounded by a lily pond.



In the North Garden there’s also this vibrant, joyful fountain, known as the Untermyer Fountain.


Throughout all of Central Park, including the Conservatory Garden, you can find benches where you can sit and take a break. They are great locations for people-watching (and dog-watching, as many locals walk their dogs in Central Park). Many of the benches have been sponsored, and small plaques give information about the sponsorship. (In fact, there’s an entire Instagram account dedicated entirely to sponsored benches: @centralparkbenches)





The formality of the Conservatory Gardens is restful and appeals to my orderly mind, but the walk doesn’t have to end there. If you continue further north, you will soon stumble upon the Harlem Meer. Across the water sits the Charles A. Dana Discovery Center, which offers a variety of special park programming.



After meandering around the Harlem Meer, if you keep walking you can explore the shaded North Woods. This is one of the hillier parts of the parks, and it periodically offers small clearings with rocks, fallen trees, or benches to rest on. Eventually, you’ll crest the top of the Great Hill, an open area where local New Yorkers play a variety of sports. It’s fun to sit and people watch, and through the trees it’s possible to spy some of the iconic apartment buildings on the city’s Upper West Side. Continue along the path traveling south once again, and there are more waterways, quaint wooden bridges and benches, and fall foliage.






I think this post would be a good one for Jo’s Monday Walks. If you haven’t checked out Jo’s blog, I recommend it!

22 thoughts on “Central Park’s North End

  1. A lovely walk in sunshine: there’s snow on the trees outside the apartment window here and it’s mizzling. I love the fountains, especially the Burnett one with its peaceful palette and those pink grasses; the autumn colours and reflections; the prospects along pathways; and among the flowers that amazing rose with its centre alight. Another NY incentive.

    1. I can’t believe you already have snow – the weather here keeps teasing us. It will be a little cooler for a day or two, and I will debate putting my winter coat on instead of a heavy jacket, and then it will be warm for a few days and I can go out in a sweater.

  2. What a wonderful ramble, Susan! 🙂 You hit several challenges in there- the Friday Fountains and, of course, Jude’s gardens. 🙂 The fountains are so different but equally beautiful. Too many challenges to keep up but I’m so happy you’ve contributed to mine. Thanks a lot! 🙂

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    1. Glad that you liked the post, especially with your own fabulous garden posts. I somehow didn’t even think of connecting to your challenge until Jo mentioned it. I hadn’t discovered Poli’s blog until now – another good one I will be following. I will have to link as you suggest.

  4. This is so true, twice we have visited Central Park and we stay to the southern part. Thank you for this post we’ll make an effort to discover the northern parts the photos are wonderful. Agree with S.V. Cambria (@SVCambria) – truly an oasis .

  5. Never have been to Central Park (or NY for that matter!) I was totally surprised to read your post and realize how huge and beautiful this place is. What is its overall size? It looks like you could spend the whole day here and still leave unexplored areas, is that true?

    1. The park is huge, with many winding trails and points of interest. It’s 2.5 miles long and .5 miles wide. I’ve definitely spent 4 or 5 hours in the park without covering half if it. And, of course, every season makes it different. Fall is my favorite! Maybe sometime you will visit NYC and be able to explore it firsthand!

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