When I am home in NYC between trips abroad, my love and I like to go exploring around the boroughs. Our latest little field trip was to the Central Park Conservatory Garden. It’s a place I have never been in the city, not in all the years I have used it as a home base. So I was pleasantly surprised to find there is really a lot to see.
It features formal French, Italian and English sections and feels very insulated from the skyscrapers and residential buildings of the rest of the city.
There is also a wisteria pergola with benches in the shade that called us to rest and relax for a few minutes. On the walkway under the pergola are medallions inscribed with the names of the original 13 states.
A large fountain in the central part of the garden cooled me off with its mists and the fountain in the formal French section provided a welcome relief for our tired feet when we dipped our toes in for just a minute!!
It’s a place I highly recommend visiting. And just outside its gates is another one of the many lakes that Central Park boasts, yet another lovely place to rest for a while and take a break from the city.
The Conservatory Garden is an officially designated Quiet Zone that does not have an entrance fee, and is located on the East Side between 104th and 106th Streets. You can enter at Fifth Avenue and 105th Street, or through the 106th Street gate inside the Park. It is open from 8 am to dusk every day.
The top 3 images in this post were taken with my Samsung NX30 camera, part of the #Imagelogger program. The rest were captured with my iPhone 5S.