Check Out the Best Events Held in Central Park This Season

 

Central Park is just one part of the beating heart that makes up New York City and as the colors are consistently changing, this time of year makes for one of the prettiest times to visit. The park, which covers an area of 840 acres, is one of the main tourist attractions and this month there are a number of events and activities that have been scheduled for the season and to kick off the start of the holidays; From Christmas Lighting Ceremony’s to a Memorial Walk, check out the best events happening this fall in Central Park.

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FALL FOLIAGE WALK


Wednesday, November 7 at 2:00 pm / Saturday, November 10 at 11:00 am
Central Park Conservancy Guides will lead these walks from the Pool through the North Woods’ Ravine to view some of the Park’s most colorful fall foliage. These two special guided tree walks will offer visitors an opportunity to learn about the landscapes, discover easy tips for identifying trees, and appreciate the Park’s fall foliage more than ever. 

Tickets: $15 (Members $10).
Meet: Inside the Park at 100th Street and Central Park West. 


THE RAMBLE TOUR
 

November 11, 21, 25 at 2:00 pm / November 18 at 10:00 am 
Coined the ‘wild garden’ by designer Frederick Law Olmsted, the Ramble offers visitors an opportunity to leave the city behind and get completely lost in this tranquil woodland area. Meander along winding paths and discover hidden forest gardens with the help of Central Park Conservancy guides, seeing highlights such as the Lake’s quiet coves, Bow Bridge, the Ramble Arch, Oak Bridge, and Azalea Pond, surrounded by fall foliage. 

Tickets: $15 (Members $10). Last tour of the month is free with registration.

Meet: Alexander von Humbolt statue (West 77th Street and Central Park West). 

THE NORTH WOODS TOUR

Wednesday, November 21 at 2:00 pm
Last one of the year! Central Park’s North Woods is a 40-acre forest retreat right in the middle of New York City. Join Central Park Conservancy Guides for this tour of tumbling waterfalls, rustic bridges, and picturesque pools. See the North Woods’ recently-restored Ravine landscape and highlights including Huddlestone Arch, the Loch, Glen Span Arch, and the Pool. 

FREE. Last tour of the month is free with registration.

Meet: Charles A. Dana Discovery Center (inside the Park at 110th Street between Fifth and Lenox Avenues). 

DISCOVERY WALKS FOR FAMILIES – THE NORTH WOODS

Tuesday, November 6 at 10:00 am & 2:00 pm / Monday, November 12 at 10:00 am & 2:00 pm / Saturdays, November 17 at 2:00 pm / Families with children ages 5+ only
Take a kid-friendly hike through the North Woods and learn how to tell a maple from an oak. Discover how trees – from seeds and leaves to logs – contribute to the health of an urban park woodland community. 

Free. Space is limited, registration required; no groups. Please arrive 15 minutes before the start of the Discovery Walk to allow time for check in. 

Meet: Charles A. Dana Discovery Center (inside the Park at 110th Street between Fifth and Lenox Avenues).

21st ANNUAL CENTRAL PARK HOLIDAY LIGHTING

Thursday, November 29, 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Meet Santa and friends, watch a live ice carving demonstration, sing carols on the Plaza, and warm up with hot cocoa and cookies.

Location: Charles A. Dana Discovery Center (inside the Park at 110th Street between Fifth and Lenox Avenues).

MEMORIAL WALK

Sunday, November 11, 11:00am
Celebrate Veteran’s Day on this walk through time to see how generations of New Yorkers have used Central Park as a place to remember our nation’s military history. Highlights of this tour include Maine Monument, 7th Regiment Memorial, Navy Terrace and Navy Walk, 307th Infantry Regiment Memorial, 107th Infantry Regiment Memorial, and the Arsenal. 

FREE.

NORTHERN FORTS TOUR

Thursday, December 13 / Friday, December 14th
Only two dates! Did you know that the north end of Central Park has a rich history that includes the British having been stationed here during the American Revolution, and American troops stationed there during the War of 1812? Recent archaeological and historical investigations in the area have revealed even more information about how the “Fort Landscape” was used in the late 18th and early 19th centuries, before this area was part of Central Park. Join our guides and learn how this part of the Park played a role in our nation’s early history and discover the remnants of that time, with highlights that include McGowan’s Pass, Fort Clinton, Nutter’s Battery, and the Harlem Meer.
Tickets: $15 (Members $10). 

Meet: Charles A. Dana Discovery Center (inside the Park at 110th Street between Lenox and Fifth Avenues). Tour ends near the Park perimeter at 106th Street and Fifth Avenue. 

ICONIC VIEWS OF CENTRAL PARK

English: 11am Daily, Additional 2PM Tour Saturday & Sunday
Take our signature tour and let Central Park Conservancy Guides give you an insider’s look at some of the most iconic features of the world’s greatest urban park. Learn how rocky, swampy land was built into the living work of art that is Central Park today. Visit some of the Park’s most iconic landmarks including, Sheep Meadow, the Lake, Bow Bridge, Bethesda Terrace, and the Mall. Dates and times subject to change. Tours in additional languages are available.

Tickets: $15 (Members $10). 

Location: Dairy Visitor Center & Gift Shop (mid-Park between 64th and 65th Streets).

All dates and times of the events could be subject to change. You can visit centralparknyc.org/calendar for up-to-date information, cancellations and more detailed directions.

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