French Lilac (Syringa vulgaris)

French Lilacs The French Lilac is one of the most popular spring flowers in New York, prized not only for its lovely blossoms, but for it almost intoxicating fragrance.  In fact there is a path in Central Park known as Lilac Walk that runs along the north edge of the Sheep Meadow on the way to the Mineral Springs refreshment stand.  It is home to more than fifteen types of Lilacs and is a great place to continue your education about these lovely shrubs.  In fact if you are really fascinated by lilacs you can attend the largest lilac festival in North America in Rochester.  That’s if you are really, really fascinated.

A French lilac is a deciduous large shrub, or small tree, growing to about fifteen feet high and is a popular addition to parks and gardens throughout the temperate zone.  The flowers are a bright purple and grow in large panicles amid the branches. The term French Lilac is used to refer to modern double-flowered cultivars, or species.  This is thanks to the life work of prolific lilac breeder Victor Lemoine.  Lilacs are known to flower on old wood (This term refers to whether the plant is pruned, or not.  Old wood means the shrub is not cut back each year.  New wood signifies that the plant must be pruned to produce blooms.)  This means that the gardener must be careful when pruning, lest he discourage the plant from producing flowers.

The French Lilacs in Conservatory Garden are easily the most fragrant of all the spring shrubs and are considered by many garden visitors to be the highlight of the early summer display.  In any case they certainly make for a hard act to follow.

 

 

Conservatory Garden

One of the hidden wonders of Central Park is the Conservatory Garden at Fifth Avenue and 105th St. A secluded oasis, just a few steps down from one of the City’s busiest thoroughfares; the garden offers a fragrant respite from the gasp and clatter of the urban afternoon.

Central Park Bike Tour

  • Our bicycle tour has been ranked as one the top 5 things to do in Central Park by TripAdvisor. It is the only tour that covers the entire length of Central Park and it provides an excellent overview of the whole park.
  • The tour takes approximately 2 hours and it includes various stops along the way. On those stops, you can park the bicycle and go for a short stroll along some of the most stunning views of Central Park.
  • Including Bethesda Terrace, Strawberry Fields, The Bow Bridge, Balto and many more. In addition, you will also visit some of the hidden places in Central Park - the Ravine, the secret waterfall and of course our team’s favorite - the Central Park Ramble!
  • 2 Hours - $53 - Prices are per person
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Central Park Pedicab Tour

  • Allow one of our experienced tour guides to show you the beauty of the park from the back of a pedicab. Those iconic NYC pedicabs are one of the best things to do in Central Park!
  • Sit down and relax while your tour guide tells you about the history of the park, architecture, interesting trivia and of course points out the exact location of all those blockbuster movies filmed in Central Park
  • Reserve either 1 hour or 2 hour guided pedicab tour. If you are already in the park, don’t worry, we can send the tour guide to pick you up from one of the many designated pick up zones inside Central Park.
  • 1 Hour - $53 - 2 Hours - $89 - Prices are per person
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Central Park Bike Rental

  • Biking in Central Park is one of the most enjoyable ways to explore the park and do it at your own pace.
  • You can pick up your bike from one of our convenient locations around the park. In case you are already inside the park, no worries, we can send our concierge to deliver the bike(s) to one of the many designated bike zones inside the park. At the time of booking, we will direct you to the nearest bike pick up station in the park.
  • Pack some light snacks and a water bottle, take one of the park maps we provide. When reserving your bike rental, you will have an option to include an audio guided tour.
  • 1 Hour $15 - 2 Hours $20 - 3 Hours $25 - All Day (9am -7pm) $40
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Things To Do

From The Philharmonic on the Great Lawn to Shakespeare in the Park to SummerStage, Central Park offers an endless array of things to do, see, hear – and, with two full service restaurants and several cafes, taste.  You can visit The Shakespeare Garden, take in a performance at the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theater, take a ride on the Carousel – or just sit and people watch at Bethesda Terrace!

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