Telling you about my favorite spots in Central Park, from north to south. I tend to stay clear of the park south of 79th street during the weekends and summer because of how crowded those areas get, so most of these recommendations are for quieter areas to go for a walk or relax with a picnic and book.
The North Woods
This is located at the most northern end of the park. Its quiet and wooded, as the name implies. It is significantly the least touristy area, so if you are looking for some peace and quiet, and to completely forget you’re in NYC, this is it!
Located on the east side at 105th street, the garden is a sweet escape and the only formal garden in the park. You enter from 5th avenue through tall iron gates and descend the steps towards a fountain. Walk through tree lined paths and up the stairs and you’re surrounded by wisteria the flows over a trellis. This one of my favorite spots to escape to with a book.
Around the Reservoir
The reservoir boasts amazing views of the city skyline from the north, west and east ends. Anywhere in the grass along the reservoir is a great, quiet and un-crowded spot for a picnic. Note that in early-mid April the west end is also a great spot to see the cherry blossoms.
I went to high school right across from Cedar Hill so it brings back many memories. It’s a popular spot, but not too at all crazy, and is close to the Met. If you’re looking for a fun activity, I suggest going to the Met, then heading to Butterfield Market (Madison Ave) to pick up lunch, then taking it over to Cedar Hill. It’s also a great spot for sledding in the winter!
Located just north of the Imagine memorial, I used to play for hours on end here as a kid. It’s a great spot for a picnic just above the Lake.
I adore it here, but strictly only very early in the mornings or on rainy days. It’s a huge tourist attraction and can get extremely crowded, so if you’re looking for a quiet peaceful spot, this is NOT it. I will say that it’s touristy for a reason, it is so beautiful. You’re right by Bow Bridge, Bethesda Terrace and the Lake where you can rent a row boat.