Phlox (pronounced “flocks” and meaning ‘flame’ in Latin) is one of 67 similar species of annual or perennial flowering plants. Some variaties flower in early spring while others flower in summer into fall. This is an extremely hardy palnt that can thrive happily in a widely divergent range of habitats, from alpine locations to open woodlands and prairies.  The lovely flowers range in color from pale blue to bright red to white and bloom in Central Park from July to September, the plants providing some of the most vibrantly colorful blooms that can be found in Conservatory Garden in early fall. Some species such as Phlox glaberrima (Smooth Phlox) grow to three feet tall, while others, such as Phlox stolonifera (Creeping Phlox), form low mats only a few centimetres in height.  This is a species that knows how to take advantage of whatever limited housing is available.



Phlox is a very popular perennial for borders and beds and performs in this role admirably in the Conservatory Garden. Its robust appearance, upright posture, long blooming period, and colorful flowers ensure that it never goes unnoticed. The wild species, Phlox paniculata, is seldom found in cultivation, but does grace many an American highway in its uncultivated from.

One of the most delightful things about Phlox is that not only is it a lovely and colorful addition to the Conservatory Garden that will bloom well into the fall, it is also local talent.  Unlike so many of the other flowers that are cultivated by the very talented horticulturalists of the Conservancy, Phlox is a plant species that is actually indigenous to North America.  No Old World antecedents here, just a beautiful flower from the neighborhood (relatively speaking) that made good in the big city.


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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