Snow Day in Central Park 2023

Hi friends, welcome back! There’s been some crazy weather across the country this winter, but oddly enough NYC was experiencing a snow draught. We’d had a few flurries, but nothing measurable. As much as it’s nice to have a mild winter, I was dreaming of one snowy day so I could visit my beloved Central Park. Last week there was measurable snowfall forecasted so I charged my camera battery and crossed my fingers for a snow day! When I looked out the window I didn’t see the 3-5 inches predicted, but I knew this could be my only chance to see a snowy Central Park. As they say, beggars can’t be choosers.

I hopped off the subway and headed towards the 59th Street and Fifth Avenue entrance. It was a bit of a crummy morning with a drizzle and fog, but I still enjoyed the quietness of the park.

The paths were a little slushy, but mostly clear. I made a great life choice wearing my rainboots.

I’m guessing not many people intended to ice skate this day.

The Mall was so peaceful, this was the emptiest I’ve ever seen the park.


The further I ventured into the park, the snowier it got. It’s estimated Central Park got about 1.8 inches of snow which seemed accurate.

Bethesda Fountain and the Boat House.

Bow Bridge.

Walking through this part was a little treacherous, clumps of snow would fall off the branches and smack me in the face. For a second I thought someone was trying to start a snowball fight with me, but it was just the melting snow.

I finished my outing with a walk around The Lake to the other side of Bow Bridge.

Even on a crummy day I still love Central Park. You can check out my magical tour from last year here if you want to see more. Now that I’ve had my snow day, I’m ready for spring!!

34 thoughts on “Snow Day in Central Park 2023

  1. All you needed was a bit of sunshine to make things pop. That small amount of snow does not seem much by our standards, but I am certain it created a bit of city car chaos. Thanks for sharing Lyssy. Allan

    1. A little bit of sunshine would’ve been nice! My parents in Michigan keep getting pretty snow dumped on them, but it just turns to rain by the time it gets here. Luckily I don’t have to worry about driving or shoveling yet, so I can enjoy it without the hassle 🙂

  2. The photos towards the end – with the city skyline behind the lake – look like watercolors. Cool effect. It must’ve been really cold for the Park to be so quiet. At first I thought you were taking your photos in black-and-white, the way the snow and fog muted the colors. And way to survive that one forested stretch, Lyssy. If the snow plops didn’t get you a slip-and-fall was probably next in line!

    1. It was probably in the upper 30s because it was drizzling, but it was one of those days you look outside and want to stay inside. I did almost slip on the bridge and it reminded me of all those road signs that say “bridge freezes before road” and I finally experienced that to be true. I think the embarrassment would hurt more than the fall.

  3. Such a wonderful collection of beautiful snow photos, Lyssy. A fresh coating of snow tends to beautify just about any city, but some destinations like New York can become truly magical during the chillier months of the year, bringing a quieting sense of calm, with the hushed sound of flakes falling along with that glistening sparkle of white. Thanks for sharing and have a good day 🙂 Aiva xx

    1. Thank you Aiva! You are absolutely right. The little dusting of fresh snow with the quietness it brings is pure magic! Have a great day 🙂

    1. Thank you! It was a very quiet and moody day. If it wasn’t for the blog I would’ve wanted to stay in on the couch all day. I’ve seen people post bits of spring in Central Park this week, so hopefully spring is really here!

  4. I love your picture of Bow Bridge with its reflection…..worth framing. Mild winter in NYC????Here in Southern Arizona we have had nothing but cool weather and even snow. I brought my bathing suit and have used it once in 33 days.

    1. Thank you! We’ve had a few cold days, but other than that it’s been upper 30s all winter with no snow. Wow that is pretty crazy! Who would have thought!

  5. It all looks so lovely! I’ve had a couple of walks now this winter during/after snowstorms where ice and snow has been falling from the trees and hitting me on the head. It’s a funny feeling. LOL.

    1. It is a funny feeling! Nature is trying to play I suppose 🙂 Sometimes the ice/snow falls from the buildings and that is pretty scary!

  6. Of course I prefer the summer views, but these photos with the snow underline the elegance of the lines and make it a beautiful place to photograph. Great opportunity!

    1. It is fun to photograph the park in the snow, especially when it’s just warm enough that my fingers don’t freeze.

  7. Your pictures look lovely. It’s nice to see a quieter side of Central Park. We have no shortage of snow here in southern Ontario and got hammered by a snowstorm Friday evening. The snow does look very pretty though.

    1. Thank you! I wish I had one of your snowstorms. My parents live in Michigan and got all the snow Friday too. It was very pretty, but they are over it!

      1. Despite having to shovel, I enjoy the snowstorms too. The one on Friday was pretty intense though. We even had some thunder and lightning, which I didn’t know could happen in the winter when it’s snowing. How wild.

  8. Such a beautiful collection of winter wonderland photos. Central Park looks so beautiful covered in snow.

  9. Wow, those pictures are stunning! I love snow because it instantly makes a place more peaceful and quiet, it makes us see the world in a different way than we’re used to, and it’s just so beautiful! Thanks for sharing those beautiful shots!

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