13 Most Instagrammable Central Park Photo Spots 🌳
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Alright, let’s cut to the chase. Visiting New York without a trip to Central Park would be a terrible mistake. Besides the fact that you can escape the hustle and bustle of the city, there are tons of extremely instagrammable Central Park photo spots that you need to check off your New York to-do-list before your trip is over.
Don’t know what to do in Central Park or what should be on your A-List? Read on to find the 13 most instagrammable Central Park photo spots!
Skip to your favorite attraction: Bow Bridge – The Mall/Literary Walk – Bethesda Terrace and Fountain – Loeb Boathouse on The Lake – Belvedere Castle – Horse Carriage Ride – Love Letter Benches – Central Park Rocks – Strawberry Fields – Gapstow Bridge – Tavern on the Green – Central Park Zoo – Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir
The Bow Bridge is by far the most romantic bridge in Central Park. That’s why you can frequently witness wedding photo shoots, proposals and other love declarations. What makes the bridge so special? It’s got the perfect mix of nature and city in the background. In summer you’ll have boats floating on The Lake and on a snowy winter day you’ll feel like you just entered a Disney movie set. Add the Bow Bridge to your Google Maps here.
The Mall/Literary Walk
This absolutely gorgeous pedestrian esplanade is one of the best Central Park photo spots because the scenery never disappoints – no matter what season. The Central Park Mall runs through the middle of the park and is surrounded by a quadruple row of American elms. Along the path you’ll come across poets, musicians and all kinds of artists. At the northern end of it you’ll find Bethesda Terrace and Fountain. Add The Mall and Literary Walk to your Google Maps here.
Bethesda Terrace and Fountain
This beautiful spot attracts the most diverse crowds! From musicians to dancers and other artists. The best photo spot is from the top of the terrace, obviously. But even close-ups of the “Angel of the Waters” statue on top of the fountain or the many row boats on The Lake will bring the right “Central Park Vibe” to your Instagram. Add Bethesda Terrace and Fountain to your Google Maps here.
Loeb Boathouse on The Lake
The Loeb Boathouse is basically a 2-in-1 venue. You can either enjoy a fantastic view of The Lake from your dining table at their restaurant or rent a boat and explore The Lake yourself. While rowing your way to the center of The Lake you’ll come across some exciting Central Park photo spots, such as the Bow Bridge and Bethesda Terrace. Add the Loeb Boathouse to your Google Maps here.
#tb to 1872! This miniature castle is towering atop Vista Rock, right above the Turtle pond and is an eye-catcher all year round. If you have a bit more time on your hands, you should also explore the observation deck to get a good bird’s eye view of Central Park. Add Belvedere Castle to your Google Maps here.
Horse Carriage Ride
Tired of walking all day? Hop on a horse carriage and let the gentle giants show you Central Park! The trip itself is already worth capturing but also the many landmarks you’ll come across. You can basically capture the best Central Park photo spots in one ride, how convenient! A carriage can fit 4 people and a ride lasts about 45 minutes – VIP feeling inclusive! Add the Horse Carriage departure spot to your Google Maps here.
Love Letter Benches
While you’re taking a stroll through Central Park you should take a closer look at the many benches. Most have a plaque on them dedicated to somebody’s loved one(s). It’s like each bench has its own little personal story. Definitely worth seeing and capturing.
Climb one of those Huge Rocks
In order to get a good bird’s-eye view of Central Park you need to climb at least one of those gigantic rocks you can find all over the place. They are always serving as great platforms that let you capture the best Central Park photo spots from above. We are a huge fan of the rock located in front of The Pond between East 62nd and 61st Street. Add this spot to your Google Maps here.
A must for every Beatles fan: The “Imagine” mosaic memorial for John Lennon, located at West 72nd Street. This memorial attracts thousands of visitors each year… for a reason. You can find talented musicians and artists remembering John Lennon and lots of visitors laying down flowers. The location is very close to The Dakota (you can see the building from the memorial), John Lennon’s last home in front of which he was murdered in 1980. Definitely one of the most popular Central Park photo spots! Add the Strawberry Fields Memorial to your Google Maps here.
While the Bow Bridge is definitely the winner of all bridges in Central Park, the Gapstow Bridge is still worth a visit and a photo as well (especially in the fall)! Add the Gapstow Bridge to your Google Maps here.
Tavern on the Green
One of the most iconic NYC restaurants is located at West 66th Street: Tavern on the Green. And it’s not just the food that’s amazing – and honestly, the menu items are reasonably priced. The restaurant itself is also one of the most romantic places you’ll find in Manhattan. Add the Tavern on the Green restaurant to your Google Maps here.
Central Park Zoo
What can we say, Central Park Zoo is so much fun – for young and old. On top of that, it provides you with so many great photo opportunities. The best part is that, unlike a museum, it won’t take you a day to get through the zoo. Maybe 4 hours max. Make sure you check out the Sea Lion feeding show and the petting zoo. Add Central Park Zoo to your Google Maps here.
Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir
That big pond you see in all the Central Park pictures? That’s the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir! You can walk all the way around it and get unrestricted views of the East and West Side (e.g. The Eldorado residential building with its two iconic towers!) skyline. Add the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir to your Google Maps here.
That’s a wrap! Now you know where to find the best Central Park photo spots. Show us your best Central Park pictures on Instagram by tagging us! We’d love to see, and maybe even feature, your best shots!