Bird Watching

Every spring millions of birds migrate from their wintering grounds in Latin America and the Caribbean to breeding areas as far north as Canada and each fall the birds make the return trip. The best bred of these avian travelers make sure to stop by the park to see, and more importantly, be seen. This makes all of Central Park a bird sanctuary. This is especially true for our local varieties that build their nests, lay eggs, and raise their young all in the safe confines of Central Park (near the best schools). In late spring and summer it is especially fascinating to watch for young birds learning to fly. Almost 200 different species of birds can be found in Central Park during the year. Most birds are more active in the early morning and late afternoon, although there will be some activity throughout the day.

Probably the most famous of all the birds that make Central Park their home are the Red Tailed Hawks Pale Male and his mate Lola. They both became celebrities briefly last fall when they were evicted from their nest on the ledge of a Fifth Avenue mansion. Despite the fact that they didn’t have rent control rights public opinion was able to force the residents to invite them back. For pictures, and more in the story, go to

Where : The best place to find warblers and other songbirds in early May are the Ramble (mid-Park from 74th to 79th Streets), the North Woods (mid-Park from 102nd to 106th Streets), and the Great Hill (West 104th Streetoff Central Park West). In the fall, visit the Ranger Hawk Watch at Belvedere Castle (mid-Park at 79th Street) to see and learn about migrating hawks.

How : Discovery Kit backpacks containing binoculars, a guidebook, maps, and sketching materials are available free of charge from the Central Park Conservancy at the Henry Luce Nature Observatory at Belvedere Castle (mid-Park at 79th Street) on an ongoing, year-round basis. Two pieces of identification are required. Ages 6 and up; an adult must accompany children under 12 years of age. Call (212) 772-0210 to reserve a Discovery Kit.

When : Tuesday through Sunday, 10:00am to 4:30pm.

Permit Requirement : No permit required.

Related Class :
Experimental Science and Nature Fun Program is an ongoing year-round Central Park Conservancy program for all ages at Belvedere Castle. Observe science experiments as the whole family is introduced to the basics of Central Park ecology. Learn about botany, geology, weather, and animal habitats through demonstrations that use elements from the Ramble and Turtle Pond as the laboratory. Classes held at: Belvedere Castle, Tuesdays through Sundays, 10:00am to 4:30pm.

Central Park Birding Map
Birding Map
From Cal Vornberger, author of “Birds of Central Park” comes this amazing map of Central Park Birding locations.  The map contains the exact locations of where Cal shot the photos in the book. This is a great resource for everyone who loves Central Park bird watching.

Walking Tour Overview

  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Book Risk Free: Free cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
  • Free reschedule or full refund in case of bad weather
  • Tickets: Both printed and mobile tickets accepted

The walking tour covers all most beautiful sights of the southern half of Central Park. You will walk through some of the 58 miles of trails the park has to offer passing a lake, rocky outcrops, bridges, arches, sculptures and more.
This tour takes you off the beaten path to sights both the bikes and pedicabs cannot reach - book here.

Bicycle Tour Overview

  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Book Risk Free: Free cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
  • Free reschedule or full refund in case of bad weather
  • Tickets: Both printed and mobile tickets accepted

The bicycle tour provides a complete journey through 843 acres of Central Park, guaranteeing that you will see the most out of any tour available. Your tour guide will provide background information, historical insight, and point out some of the most photogenic sites for you to capture photos!
This tour covers about six miles in a casual, smooth pace with lots of stops for walking and photos. It's the ultimate way to discover Central Park - book here.

Pedicab Tour Overview

  • Duration: 1 hour, 2 hours or 3 hours
  • Book Risk Free: Free cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
  • Free reschedule or full refund in case of bad weather
  • Tickets: Both printed and mobile tickets accepted

The most comfortable way to explore Central Park. No need to walk or peddle - just sit, lay back and enjoy beautiful views and insightful commentary.
This is a private tour for you and your party. A complete, relaxed, and personalized experience of Central Park. You can choose from 1 hour, 2 hours or 3 hours tour options.  Custom pick up/drop off spots are available too - book here.

Combination Tour Overview

  • Duration: 2 hours or 3 hours
  • Book Risk Free: Free cancellation up to 48 hours in advance
  • Free reschedule or full refund in case of bad weather
  • Tickets: Both printed and mobile tickets accepted

The Combined Pedicab & Bicycle Tour is ideal for parties when one part part prefers to ride their own bikes, and another part prefers the comfort of the pedicab – on this tour all the group will stay together and have stops for walking and group pictures - book here.


About Central Park

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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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