Central Park Spring Tour 2023 – Part One

Hi friends, welcome back! We had the best weather in NYC last week and I took full advantage by heading to Central Park in search of the cherry blossoms. I wish you could jump inside these pictures and experience them in real life because it was the perfect day in Central Park. The sun was shining, it was about 65*, and it smelled like fresh flowers. I had a very difficult time narrowing down which pictures to include so I hope you enjoy the few words and lots of pictures today πŸ™‚

I’m starting this two-part series with the northern end of Central Park and working my way down. The cherry blossoms are blooming early this year, but the rest of the trees are still catching up.

The Conservatory Garden along Fifth Avenue and 106th Street is always one of my favorite spots. It’s so peaceful because not many people make it this far north.

The North Garden at the Conservatory Garden is currently under construction, but the South Garden opened back up recently and it was so lovely! I’m so glad NYC has this serene area in the middle of the city.

North Meadow is ready and waiting for kickball and baseball games. Can you spot some of NYC’s most famous buildings in the background?

The Pool isn’t showing many signs of spring, but the ducks were enjoying the nice day too.

Walking under the canopy of cherry blossoms surrounding the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir was my favorite part of my walk. Maybe I’m biased, but it seems Central Park is really showing off this year!

It was the perfect spring day and it made me happy seeing everyone out enjoying it.

Today’s tour ends at the majestic looking Belvedere Castle. It was built in 1872 as a place to enjoy the views of the park and is now a visitor center with a gift shop.

Hope you enjoyed part one of my Central Park spring tour!

38 thoughts on “Central Park Spring Tour 2023 – Part One

  1. Just gorgeous Lyssy. It is nice to see what spring looks like further South. While we are getting warm temps these days, we are still a few weeks away from flowering trees and green grass. I remember our 2013 trip to NYC around the same time and how pretty Central Park was in bloom. Thanks for sharing. Allan

    1. It is really pretty this year! Last week we had a few days in the 80s, it was weird being too hot all of a sudden. I think spring or fall are the best times to visit NYC, you can see all the pretty colors without the hot/freezing temps. Hope you have a great spring!

  2. Beautiful cherry blossoms! We’re just barely starting to see leaves here and I’ve only seen a couple flowers, so it was nice to be immersed in spring for a few minutes.

    1. I really timed my excursion right! It is nice seeing signs of spring and life growing again.

  3. Something about the initial photo really appeals to me. A photography class would probably point to its composition, urban and natural, with the tree branches only entering the scene from the right. What is the distinctive building across the lake, condominiums? It has old-world charm. A couple more questions. Do most people enter Central Park from the south end (to your comment about the Conservatory Garden)? And, for an understanding of scale, how long do you think it’d take to walk the entire perimeter?

    1. That is a great analysis! I think it is a dialysis center but it sure has great views. Most people that are visiting enter from the south after walking up Fifth Avenue and probably don’t go much further than Bethesda Fountain or Belvedere Castle. The perimeter is about six miles, 2.5 long and .5 across, so depending on how fast you walk it can take about 2.5 hours.

  4. Such beautiful photos, Lyssy. There are few things in this life that are so incredibly beautiful, and so short-lived as wonderful cherry blossoms. I know that in Japan you can even delight your senses with a softly sweet floral scent and taste of cherries in all your favourite snacks, sake, and munchie foods. I wouldn’t mind visiting the city during the Sakura season and trying a Sakura-flavored Frappuccino. Thanks for sharing and have a good day πŸ™‚ Aiva xx

    1. Thank you! You are so right, cherry blossoms are so pretty but aren’t in their prime very long. I would love to visit Japan during Sakura season, it looks magical! A Sakura-flavored Frappuccino sounds delicious too. Have a great day!

    1. The blooms were so magical looking! I am so glad I timed my visit perfectly this year.

  5. What a beautiful time of the year when everything is just starting to blossom and bud. Your pictures are gorgeous. This makes me want to plant a cherry tree in my backyard now.

    1. Thank you! It is such a magical time in NYC. It makes me want a backyard and to be able to plant those and hydrangeas in the summer.

  6. Magnificent photos. Looks like you really had the most wonderful day in Central Park enjoying the beautiful cherry blossoms. The Conservatory Garden is quiet and not so busy – that’s an excellent tip and one we’ll remember for our future visit.

    1. Thank you! It really was the perfect day, I didn’t want to leave. It’s definitely worth the few extra steps to make it up to the Conservatory Garden, you will love it!

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