Central Park is one of those places that’s stunning regardless of the season. In fact, my husband and I recently had the pleasure of visiting on a (rare) 50-degree day in February. This was certainly a welcome change of pace after experiencing a winter wonderland in Woodstock, Vermont!
As we basked in the glow of sunshine and marveled at panoramic views, our list of Central Park Instagram spots grew.
From feature films to marriage proposals, this two-and-a-half-mile-long park has served as a romantic backdrop for countless occasions.
If you’re looking to photograph the most visited urban park in the U.S., here are the Central Park Instagram spots you can’t miss.
Romantic Bow Bridge is one of the best photo spots in Central Park and a must for every itinerary. This famous bridge is featured in many films, from Woody Allen’s Manhattan to Sydney Pollack’s The Way We Were.
Bow Bridge was the first cast-iron bridge in the park and is also the longest, measuring 87 feet in length. The elegant and curved design of this pedestrian bridge resembles the bow of a violinist.
The bridge wasn’t originally part of Central Park’s design when it was first constructed between 1859 and 1862. However, it was added later to create a direct connection between Cherry Hill and the Ramble.
Bow Bridge is located Mid-Park at 74th Street. You can find the GPS location here.
If you’re looking for a spectacular lakeside view, you must check out the “Lake Viewing Area.” This spot features a breathtaking view of The San Remo and the stunning Manhattan skyline.
The San Remo is a twin-towered luxury apartment building that has housed many celebrities, including Steven Spielberg and Rita Hayworth.
In the spring, visitors can rent rowboats from the Loeb Boathouse at the eastern end of the lake.
To get here, head north over Bow Bridge and follow the path to your left. The small path leading to this spot is about 100 yards away on the left. You can find the GPS location here.
Bethesda Terrace is located at 72nd Street Cross Drive. You can get here by way of “The Mall” (a tree-lined promenade that we’ll cover a bit later). You can find the GPS location for Bethesda Terrace here.
While the Upper Terrace is undoubtedly remarkable, my personal favorite spot is the Bethesda Terrace Arcade in the lower level.
This interior walkway links The Mall to Bethesda Fountain and the Central Park Lake.
The Arcade was designed by Jacob Wrey Mould and features over 15,000 colorful tiles from England’s famous Minton Tile Company.
Blogger Confession: I had no idea there was a castle in Central Park until I started researching! Frankly, I’m not entirely sure why almost no one talks about it…
Sure, it’s not gigantic or monumental compared to others around the world, but it’s a pretty castle just the same!
As it turns out, I wasn’t the only one who was in the dark about this…many of my Instagram followers had also never heard of it!
Miniature Belvedere Castle sits atop Vista Rock and overlooks the Great Lawn (north) and the Ramble (south). Visitors can enjoy the views from the outdoor pavilion lookout point or at the top of the winding staircase inside.
During the fall, winter, and spring, Belvedere Castle is open every day from 10 AM to 5 PM. Summertime offers extended hours of 9 AM to 7 PM daily. The castle is closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day.
Belvedere Castle is located Mid-Park at 79th Street. You can find the GPS location here.
Wood Chip Vantage Point is a gem of a photo spot that we happened upon completely by accident.
Here you’ll find a cozy alcove with large rocks that overlook the romantic Bow Bridge and the Manhattan skyline.
Wood Chip Vantage Point is located just off of the Bow Bridge. Bear right after exiting the bridge. You can find the GPS location here.
The Mall’s expansive walkway is impressively wide, as it was originally designed to accommodate carriages carrying wealthy inhabitants.
Visitors will find Terrace Bridge to the north and statues honoring literary icons William Shakespeare, Robert Burns, Sir Walter Scott, and Fitz-Greene Halleck to the south. There’s also a (somewhat ill-fitting) statue portraying Christopher Columbus.
The Mall runs through the park from 66th to 72nd Street. You can find the GPS location here.
The final spot I recommend checking out isn’t actually within the park itself, but on the outskirts.
The quaint brownstones located on West 71st Street across from the park can make for some beautiful photos. Here, you can capture the quintessential charm of New York City.
This charming row of brownstones is located on 71st Street across from La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham. You can find the GPS location here.
As you can see, Central Park Instagram spots await you around every turn. Plus, given the park’s immense size and all it has to offer, you can easily dedicate an entire day to exploring. In fact, I plan to return in spring to capture the flowers in bloom, so stay tuned!
Have you ever visited Central Park? What were some of your favorite spots?