Winter in New York City’s Central Park

Central Park Ice Snowflake

Central Park is my favorite park in New York City. 

While there are other parks that I love in New York City as well including Riverside Park that overlooks the Hudson River, the green spaces on Governors Island, and Brooklyn Bridge Park with its stunning views of Downtown Manhattan, none of them even compare to my beloved Central Park.

As you stroll through the park at a leisurely pace beginning at the 59th street entrance and head north, you will notice that the crowds start to dissipate before you hit the Reservoir, and more opportunities become available to find peace and solitude.

Outside of the annual holiday market held at the entrance to the park and various events and festivals that occur in the park in the winter, the park still has a lot to offer.

Bow Bridge Central Park

The lake under the bow bridge is completely frozen

Bow Bridge: Bow Bridge earned its name by being reminiscent of a bow held by an archer or a violinist. Located mid-park near 74th Street, the Bow Bridge is one of the most romantic destinations within the park. In addition, Bow Bridge is one of the park’s most photographed bridges and is one of the most filmed locations in all of Central Park.

The Ramble Central Park

The Ramble in Central Park

Belvedere Castle Central Park

Belvedere Castle

Belvedere Castle: Located mid-park at 79th Street, the Belvedere Castle was created in 1869 by Calvert Vaux, the co-designer of Central Park. Sitting at the highest point in the park, the castle plays an important role in the park as it records both the temperature and rainfall in the park using scientific equipment.

Ovenbird Central Park

An Ovenbird scurries away from me and hops from branch to branch

Central Park Reservoir

The Resevoir

The Reservoir: Walking around the perimeter of the 1.58 mile Reservoir is one of my favorite things to do in Central Park. Despite the water freezing over in the winter, the Reservoir is still one of Central Park’s most picturesque landscapes. The Reservoir is located between 85th and 96th Street and runs from the east side of the park to the west side of the park.

Central Park Reservoir Winter

Looking out over the Reservoir to the west side of the park

Southeast Reservoir Bridge

Southeast Reservoir Bridge located at 85 Street

Reservoir Bridge (85th Street): Located to the south of the Reservoir around 85th Street, this picturesque bridge has a lovely wooden footpath and a delicate floral design.

Reservoir Bridge Central Park

Reservoir Bridge (94th Street)

Reservoir Bridge (94th Street): Located to the west of the Reservoir at 94th street, this bridge was built in 1864 by Calvert Vaux, a British-American architect and landscape designer who co-designed Central Park.

Pinebank Arch Central Park

The Pinebank Arch

The Pinebank Arch: The Pinebank Arch is one of the five remaining cast-iron bridges located Central Park, and is one of my favorites to photograph. The Pinebank Arch is located on the west side of the park at 62nd Street.

Pinebank Arch Central Park

The Pinebank Arch

Central Park ice fort

Frolicking in an ice fort created by some local children in Central Park

Have you ever visited Central Park in the winter? What did you do?


Winter in Central Park

By |2015-02-15T22:12:13+00:00March 2nd, 2015|New York City|14 Comments


  1. lindsaypunk Mar 2, 2015 at 10:10 pm - Reply

    AHHH that ice fort is so cool!! Though I hate winter, I can admit that Central Park looks gorgeous covered in snow. PS love the new logo! 😀

  2. Nadeen Mar 3, 2015 at 1:05 am - Reply

    What a winter wonderland! I love Central Park and have been there in the winter but not when it is totally covered in snow like this! Such a beautiful place!

  3. Lydia Mar 3, 2015 at 10:05 am - Reply

    This is a great round-up! I’m a big fan of the castle too, the views are beautiful from the top. Another spot I love is the Harlem Meer, right in the top northeast corner. I love how one park connects so many different parts of the city.

    • Chanel | Cultural Xplorer Mar 3, 2015 at 10:24 am - Reply

      Thank you Lydia 😀 I too love how you can literally traverse through half of the island and still be in the park!

  4. Used York City Mar 3, 2015 at 10:28 am - Reply

    Beautiful post, Chanel! We have a special bench in the park where we bring coffee and bagels every weekend morning during the summer–Central Park is truly such a wonderful place!

    • Chanel | Cultural Xplorer Mar 4, 2015 at 8:37 pm - Reply

      Thanks Jessica 😀 That sounds like a really special spot! In the summer, I prefer a little hidden field way uptown, where there are barely any people ~

  5. Best Bits Worldwide Mar 4, 2015 at 11:43 am - Reply

    Incredible! What great photos and I love the look of your site!!

  6. Emily Sabo Mar 4, 2015 at 2:15 pm - Reply

    I’ve only visited New York in the summer, but Central Park was definitely one of my favourite spots we took in. The park looks so beautiful covered in snow. I am certain I’ll spend some time of each season in NYC – it’s one of my favourite cities!

    • Chanel | Cultural Xplorer Mar 4, 2015 at 8:38 pm - Reply

      Yes, it is so lovely covered in snow and I can totally understand why it is one of your favorite spots Emily 😀

  7. Tim UrbanDuniya Apr 2, 2015 at 10:17 pm - Reply

    Beautiful! Coming from Australia, I always love to see pictures of places like New York in winter! Although it astounds me at how bleak the winter looks, yet how civilised the place actually is – interesting juxtaposition! Thanks for sharing this lovely post 🙂

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