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Fall foliage Instagram spot in Central Park
Photo by Gian Carlo Stigliano of Expansive Media

Central Park is one of the most beautiful spots in New York City to take Instagram photos and it’s also one of the most breathtaking parks in the world.

If you travel to the Big Apple, you cannot miss out on visiting Central Park in Uptown Manhattan.

An aerial view of Central Park

If you’ve been following me for a while, you know that I come from the New York City area.

I have been all over New York and also compiled a list of 101 things to do in New York City. Even though I have been all over the city, I will admit that it took me 28 years to fully explore Central Park.

In November 2019, my cousin Carlo of Expansive Media and I wandered through Central Park and found the most photogenic, Instagram spots for all.

Top Instagram Spots in Central Park
Photo by Gian Carlo Stigliano of Expansive Media

Now, there is so much to this park that I know I will most likely miss out on a few places. If you think I missed an iconic Instagram photo spot in Central Park, please comment below!

Overall, I think Central Park in NYC is absolutely great for those looking for a peaceful and quiet place located within the hustle and bustle of Manhattan; solo travelers looking to see the beauty of New York City’s grandest park; couples looking for a romantic escape (Central Park is even special for a proposal or wedding); families looking to have a fun-filled and adventurous day and friend groups looking to enjoy a picnic.

A woman walking through Central Park
Photo by Gian Carlo Stigliano of Expansive Media

In addition to everything Central Park offers, it is also super photogenic! Also, not only is Central Park beautiful during autumn, it is also amazing during the winter, spring and summer.

Central Park during winter

In this blog post, discover the best Instagram spots in Central Park.

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Best Instagram Spots in Central Park, New York City

Getting to the Park:

A woman standing in Grand Central Terminal
Photo by Gian Carlo Stigliano of Expansive Media

Starting from Midtown Manhattan, Central Park begins at 59th Street and goes all the way Uptown to 110th Street.

There are so many ways you could get to the park from all throughout the city, but my number one recommendation is to learn the New York City Subway, it will make your life so easy and convenient!

A woman waiting for the subway in New York City
Photo by Gian Carlo Stigliano of Expansive Media

If it’s a beautiful day in New York City, I recommend walking to Central Park, but if you take the subway, the best trains to take are the N, R, Q with stops at 57th Street and 7th Avenue.

The other trains are the 2 and 3 that stop at 59th Street, Columbus Circle along with Broadway, 72nd, 96th and 110th Streets; B and C trains at 72nd, 81st, 86th, 96th, 103rd and 110th Streets as well as trains A, B, C, D and 1 that goes to Broadway, 66th, 72nd, 86th, 96th, 103rd and 110th Streets.

A woman in Grand Central Station NYC
Photo by Gian Carlo Stigliano of Expansive Media

Even though I rarely take the bus in New York City, the buses that you could take to get to Central Park are the M10 that runs north and south along Central Park West; M1, M2, M3 and M4 on the east side that run along 5th Avenue and north along Madison Avenue; M57, M66, M72, M79, M86, M96, M106 and M116 that run West to East and vice versa along 57th, 66th, 72nd, 79th, 86th, 96th, 106th and 110th Streets; M20 from Penn Station that goes from West 34th Street station towards Lincoln Center and lastly, you could take the Q32 from Grand Central Station that goes from Madison Avenue and East 42nd Street station heading towards Jackson Heights, Queens to 5th Avenue and Central Park South.

What to do in Central Park:

Wollman Rink in Central Park

There is so much to do in Central Park.  Yes, even though this blog post is about the top Instagram spots in the Central Park, I think it is also important to go over everything else you could do during your time there.

Below is a list of fun things you could do in the park:

A woman enjoying a picnic in Central Park during summer

Click here to discover more activities to do in New York City. Also, click here to see the city’s sightseeing passes you could get in New York.

Instagram Spots in Central Park:

A woman exploring all of the Instagram spots in Central Park, NYC
Photo by Gian Carlo Stigliano of Expansive Media

Bethesda Terrace Arcade (Geo Coordinates: 40.774048, -73.970333):

A woman wandering through Bethesda Terrace Arcade in Central Park
Photo by Gian Carlo Stigliano of Expansive Media

One of the most beautiful spots in Central Park and also a gem within New York City is Bethesda Terrace Arcade. It is an arched, interior walkway in the middle of Central Park that links The Mall to Bethesda Fountain and the Central Park Lake.

This timeless arcade features stunning tiled ceilings that were originally used on the floors of European cathedrals. The beauty of Bethesda Arcade makes for a great Instagram spot. Plus, you could also find spots without other people getting in your way.

Bethesda Fountain (Geo Coordinates: 40.774600, -73.970650):

Bethesda Fountain is one of the best Instagram spots in Central Park
Photo by Gian Carlo Stigliano of Expansive Media

Known as one of the largest fountains in New York City, the Bethesda Fountain features a gorgeous 96-foot wide fountain with a neoclassical sculpture known as the Angel of Waters, which is an 8-foot bronze angel that represents health, purity, temperance and peace.

Overall, the fountain commemorates the 1842 opening of the Croton Aqueduct, which supplied New York City with fresh water. The Bethesda Fountain is absolutely gorgeous and you can’t miss out on a photo opportunity here.

Bow Bridge (Geo Coordinates: 40.776208, -73.971663):

A woman walking over the Bow Bridge in Central Park
Photo by Gian Carlo Stigliano of Expansive Media

The most romantic bridge in New York City is the Bow Bridge in Central Park. This beautiful Victorian bridge goes over Central Park’s Lake.

Bow Bridge has been a magnificent setting in films such as Manhattan, The Way We Were and Keeping the Faith. The beautiful bridge makes for one of the most perfect Instagram photo spots in Central Park since it features cast iron and designed with Classical Greek refinement. It spans 60 feet and has a South American hardwood walkway.

Wagner Cove (Geo Coordinates: 40.775005, -73.973329):

A woman at Wagner Cove in Central Park - one of the best Instagram spots
Photo by Gian Carlo Stigliano of Expansive Media

A hidden treasure to Central Park is Wagner Cove. It is a picturesque location on the edge of the lake with a rustic shelter that is both peaceful and romantic. (It is also the perfect proposal spot in Central Park!)

The reason why Wagner Cove makes for one of the greatest Instagram spots in Central Park is because the lighting is perfect, it is surrounded by trees as well as water and flowers.

Strawberry Fields (Geo Coordinates: 40.775837, -73.974709):

A woman walking through one of the top Instagram spots in Central Park, Strawberry Fields
Photo by Gian Carlo Stigliano of Expansive Media

Another lesser-known spot in Central Park are the Strawberry Fields that has hidden gems like this woodland walkway and it also pays tribute to the late Beatles‘ singer, songwriter, musician and peace activist – John Lennon. It is absolutely beautiful and obviously is a great place to get that shot in.

(Click here to read about another John Lennon tribute landmark in Prague.)

Wood Chip Vantage Point (Geo Coordinates: 40.776121, -73.971339):

The best Instagram spots during fall in Central Park
Photo by Gian Carlo Stigliano of Expansive Media

After you walk across the Bow Bridge, you will find a scenic spot along Central Park’s Lake called Wood Chip Vantage Point.

It is absolutely stunning and captures gorgeous views of Manhattan’s skyscrapers. It is a perfect photo opportunity!

The Lake Viewing Area (Geo Coordinates: 40.776653, -73.971929):

A woman enjoying an afternoon in Central Park
Photo by Gian Carlo Stigliano of Expansive Media

Also located past the Bow Bridge and heading towards The Ramble area of the park is the Lake Viewing Area and walking trails.

It is the perfect area to get more nature shots as well as photos walking through the woods.

The Ramble (Geo Coordinates: 40.777804, -73.969458):

The Ramble, one of the best nature Instagram spots in Central Park
Photo by Gian Carlo Stigliano of Expansive Media

If you are looking to get your nature shot in Central Park, definitely head to The Ramble. Here, you could find waterfalls, streams, woodland paths, a maze and more.

Shakespeare Garden (Geo Coordinates: 40.779965, -73.970016):

Taylor’s Year in Review 2019. Top Moments, Highlights and Lessons Learned in 2019.
Photo by Gian Carlo Stigliano of Expansive Media

Another one of the loveliest spots to not miss out on when you are taking Instagram photos in Central Park is the Shakespeare Garden. It is a less-frequented attraction in Central Park and it allows for a relaxing afternoon where you could admire seasonal flora, gardens and more.

The Shakespeare Garden covers four acres of plants that change every season. Included among the plants are rosemary and pansies that are alluded by Ophelia in Hamlet.

Belvedere Castle (Geo Coordinates: 40.779673, -73.969147):

Belvedere Castle in Central Park

Meaning “beautiful view” in Italian, Central Park’s Belvedere Castle offers park goers with panoramic views that include iconic landmarks.

The castle was intended to be a Victorian Folly, a fantasy structure that provides a great backdrop and views, but without a real intended purpose. It is enchanting and definitely photo worthy!

The Mall (Geo Coordinates: 40.772669, -73.971612):

A woman sitting at a park bench at The Mall in Central Park, NYC
Photo by Gian Carlo Stigliano of Expansive Media

Spanning from 66th to 72nd Street in Central Park, The Mall is a walkway that leads to the beautiful Bethesda Terrace.

The Mall was specially designed to accommodate the width of carriages passing through. Around the turn of the century, these carriages would drop off their wealthy inhabitants at The Mall’s starting point, where they could enjoy the beautiful nature of the park and mingle with those of a lesser status.

Nowadays, The Mall is a gathering place for tourists, locals, street performers, skateboarders, artists and more. It may be tough to get this place to yourself, but it is definitely worth it to get a shot here.


A woman enjoying one of the best Instagram spots in Central Park, the Bow Bridge
Photo by Gian Carlo Stigliano of Expansive Media

I hope you all enjoyed finding the most stunning Instagram spots in Central Park of Manhattan, New York.

A woman enjoying the beauty of Central Park in New York City
Photo by Gian Carlo Stigliano of Expansive Media

If you have any questions, please email me at [email protected]

Click here book a cooking class during your time in New York.

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Best Instagram Spots in Central Park

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42 Comments

  1. Kim Deer on January 12, 2020 at 7:50 pm

    Stunning photos of you by our talented cousin Gian Carlo ~ Central Park is so beautiful and there is so much to see and do all seasons! So close to us~ we are very lucky to live so close to this amazing city! 🍎NYC♥️ Great blog ~ really enjoyed all the resourceful information and beautiful photos that brought it all to life ~ amazing photography by Gian Carlo at Expansive Media ~ 👍👌♥️

    • Taylor Deer on January 12, 2020 at 9:03 pm

      Thank you so much mom! Central Park truly is beautiful and I love the photos too!

  2. Emma on January 13, 2020 at 2:48 am

    Ah these photos are so stunning, definitely inspired to visit NY after reading this!

    • Taylor Deer on January 13, 2020 at 9:18 am

      Thank you so much Emma! New York has a lot of beautiful spots. 🙂

  3. Brittany Sneller on January 14, 2020 at 2:23 pm

    There are so many good places and spots in Central Park! I would like to go back and spend some quality time here. I am always rushed when in NYC, lol.

    • Taylor Deer on January 21, 2020 at 8:44 pm

      Yes, there is still so much more I need to see in Central Park too as well as the others. The only park I’ve never been to is Washington Park.

  4. World of Lina on January 14, 2020 at 2:54 pm

    Wow Taylor all your photos are beautiful! Seriously can’t until the day I’ll finally be there too 😍

    • Taylor Deer on January 21, 2020 at 8:44 pm

      Thank you so much Alina! Please let me know when you plan to come to NYC! 🙂

  5. Aswani Kurra on January 15, 2020 at 5:27 pm

    So many gorgeous photos Taylor! Loved the list!

    • Taylor Deer on January 21, 2020 at 8:45 pm

      Thank you so much Aswani! 🙂

  6. Lima Map on January 17, 2020 at 12:09 pm

    You’re doing a great job. I follow you all the time. If I have money one day, I’d like to travel.

    • Taylor Deer on January 21, 2020 at 8:46 pm

      Thank you so much! I hope you get to travel soon! 🙂

  7. Cosette on February 1, 2021 at 8:00 am

    Gorgeous photso. Central Park is so great to stroll through, so much to do and so many beautiful spots.

    • Taylor Deer on February 1, 2021 at 3:19 pm

      Thank you so much Cosette! I love it there. 🙂

  8. Courtney on February 1, 2021 at 6:53 pm

    This is a great list of places to take photos! Personally, I really want to check out the Belvedere Castle when I visit New York! I’ll definitely be referencing your post when I start planning my trip!

    • Taylor Deer on February 2, 2021 at 9:37 pm

      It really is Courtney! It’s so cool how they have a castle there. Also thank you so much! 🙂

  9. Kate on May 1, 2021 at 12:27 pm

    Aw I love this! Central Park is one of my absolute favorite places to take photos – there are so many amazing spots!

    • Taylor Deer on May 1, 2021 at 6:25 pm

      Thank you Kate! It definitely is picturesque during all four seasons. 🙂

  10. Bella on May 1, 2021 at 1:33 pm

    These photos are lovely! And so useful to know the best places to go for great photos in Central Park. Next time I go to New York I’ll be sure to check them out!

    • Taylor Deer on May 1, 2021 at 6:26 pm

      Thank you Bella! It really is a stunning park to take photos in. 🙂

  11. shayne spude on May 1, 2021 at 2:23 pm

    I have been there a couple times but never been through all it. Next I go to New York. Pretty pictures

    • Taylor Deer on May 1, 2021 at 6:27 pm

      Thank you Shayne! It is a beautiful park!

  12. Deb on May 1, 2021 at 6:44 pm

    We love Central Park. We have visited twice and still feel like we barely made a dent. There is so much to see — these photos are gorgeous!

    • Taylor Deer on May 1, 2021 at 10:57 pm

      Thank you Deb! It really is a fascinating park! I still have so much to see myself. 🙂

  13. Puloma Banerjee on May 1, 2021 at 8:57 pm

    Hi Taylor,
    Totally enjoyed reading your post on Central Park, New York.
    I have been to NYC but missed the opportunity to visit Central Park, one of the green belts of the city.
    Thank you for sharing ❤️😍

    • Taylor Deer on May 1, 2021 at 10:57 pm

      You will definitely need to visit Central Park next time you make your way to NYC. It is so amazing! 🙂

  14. kmf on May 2, 2021 at 12:27 am

    I love Central Park! This a great guide to all the best spots to take beautiful photos!

    • Taylor Deer on May 2, 2021 at 12:48 am

      Thank you so much! It’s so beautiful there year round. 🙂

  15. Krystianna on May 2, 2021 at 2:12 am

    Great post! I’ve not been to NYC in a while, but I’d love to go back. The city is so gorgeous, and I never knew there were this many different great photo locations in Central Park!

    • Taylor Deer on May 3, 2021 at 12:35 am

      Thank you Krystianna! It is such a beautiful place with so much to explore. 🙂

  16. Shafinah on May 2, 2021 at 5:44 am

    I’ve heard and seen so much of Central Park on social media and pop culture – but this is literally the first time I’m hearing of the Bethesda Terrace! It’s so picturesque!!

    • Taylor Deer on May 3, 2021 at 12:36 am

      It is so stunning there and has a lot of history! 🙂

  17. Kayy on May 2, 2021 at 12:53 pm

    I would have to take my tripod and take a trip to Central Park. It’s such a great place to take photos. Thanks for the suggestions for instagrammable spots.

    • Taylor Deer on May 3, 2021 at 12:37 am

      You’re welcome Kay! It’s such a stunning city in general with so much to see. 🙂

  18. Kitti on May 2, 2021 at 1:28 pm

    I love Central Park! Since I’ve only been there 2 or 3 times I definitely missed many photo spots, but your photos make me want to go back to explore it again. I also think the park changes so much in every season so you really need to live in NYC for a bit 🙂

    • Taylor Deer on May 3, 2021 at 12:38 am

      It sure is a stunning park and yes, it is worth see it during all four seasons. 🙂

  19. Jamie Sharpe on May 2, 2021 at 4:04 pm

    I haven’t been to Central Park in so long! I bet this will come in handy when NYC fully reopens again.

    • Taylor Deer on May 3, 2021 at 12:38 am

      Oh yes, the city will be rocking this summer. 🙂

  20. Monica on May 3, 2021 at 2:32 pm

    I love Central Park and it’s numerous activiites.

    • Taylor Deer on May 3, 2021 at 5:48 pm

      Me too! It is such an amazing place. 🙂

  21. Julie on May 3, 2021 at 3:47 pm

    Nee York is so instagram worthy!!! Lovely photos- didn’t know about a lot of these spots!!

    • Taylor Deer on May 3, 2021 at 5:48 pm

      Thank you Julie and yes, it’s so stunning! 🙂

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Fall foliage Instagram spot in Central Park
Photo by Gian Carlo Stigliano of Expansive Media

Central Park is one of the most beautiful spots in New York City to take Instagram photos and it’s also one of the most breathtaking parks in the world.

If you travel to the Big Apple, you cannot miss out on visiting Central Park in Uptown Manhattan.

An aerial view of Central Park

If you’ve been following me for a while, you know that I come from the New York City area.

I have been all over New York and also compiled a list of 101 things to do in New York City. Even though I have been all over the city, I will admit that it took me 28 years to fully explore Central Park.

In November 2019, my cousin Carlo of Expansive Media and I wandered through Central Park and found the most photogenic, Instagram spots for all.

Top Instagram Spots in Central Park
Photo by Gian Carlo Stigliano of Expansive Media

Now, there is so much to this park that I know I will most likely miss out on a few places. If you think I missed an iconic Instagram photo spot in Central Park, please comment below!

Overall, I think Central Park in NYC is absolutely great for those looking for a peaceful and quiet place located within the hustle and bustle of Manhattan; solo travelers looking to see the beauty of New York City’s grandest park; couples looking for a romantic escape (Central Park is even special for a proposal or wedding); families looking to have a fun-filled and adventurous day and friend groups looking to enjoy a picnic.

A woman walking through Central Park
Photo by Gian Carlo Stigliano of Expansive Media

In addition to everything Central Park offers, it is also super photogenic! Also, not only is Central Park beautiful during autumn, it is also amazing during the winter, spring and summer.

Central Park during winter

In this blog post, discover the best Instagram spots in Central Park.

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Best Instagram Spots in Central Park, New York City

Getting to the Park:

A woman standing in Grand Central Terminal
Photo by Gian Carlo Stigliano of Expansive Media

Starting from Midtown Manhattan, Central Park begins at 59th Street and goes all the way Uptown to 110th Street.

There are so many ways you could get to the park from all throughout the city, but my number one recommendation is to learn the New York City Subway, it will make your life so easy and convenient!

A woman waiting for the subway in New York City
Photo by Gian Carlo Stigliano of Expansive Media

If it’s a beautiful day in New York City, I recommend walking to Central Park, but if you take the subway, the best trains to take are the N, R, Q with stops at 57th Street and 7th Avenue.

The other trains are the 2 and 3 that stop at 59th Street, Columbus Circle along with Broadway, 72nd, 96th and 110th Streets; B and C trains at 72nd, 81st, 86th, 96th, 103rd and 110th Streets as well as trains A, B, C, D and 1 that goes to Broadway, 66th, 72nd, 86th, 96th, 103rd and 110th Streets.

A woman in Grand Central Station NYC
Photo by Gian Carlo Stigliano of Expansive Media

Even though I rarely take the bus in New York City, the buses that you could take to get to Central Park are the M10 that runs north and south along Central Park West; M1, M2, M3 and M4 on the east side that run along 5th Avenue and north along Madison Avenue; M57, M66, M72, M79, M86, M96, M106 and M116 that run West to East and vice versa along 57th, 66th, 72nd, 79th, 86th, 96th, 106th and 110th Streets; M20 from Penn Station that goes from West 34th Street station towards Lincoln Center and lastly, you could take the Q32 from Grand Central Station that goes from Madison Avenue and East 42nd Street station heading towards Jackson Heights, Queens to 5th Avenue and Central Park South.

What to do in Central Park:

Wollman Rink in Central Park

There is so much to do in Central Park.  Yes, even though this blog post is about the top Instagram spots in the Central Park, I think it is also important to go over everything else you could do during your time there.

Below is a list of fun things you could do in the park:

A woman enjoying a picnic in Central Park during summer

Click here to discover more activities to do in New York City. Also, click here to see the city’s sightseeing passes you could get in New York.

Instagram Spots in Central Park:

A woman exploring all of the Instagram spots in Central Park, NYC
Photo by Gian Carlo Stigliano of Expansive Media

Bethesda Terrace Arcade (Geo Coordinates: 40.774048, -73.970333):

A woman wandering through Bethesda Terrace Arcade in Central Park
Photo by Gian Carlo Stigliano of Expansive Media

One of the most beautiful spots in Central Park and also a gem within New York City is Bethesda Terrace Arcade. It is an arched, interior walkway in the middle of Central Park that links The Mall to Bethesda Fountain and the Central Park Lake.

This timeless arcade features stunning tiled ceilings that were originally used on the floors of European cathedrals. The beauty of Bethesda Arcade makes for a great Instagram spot. Plus, you could also find spots without other people getting in your way.

Bethesda Fountain (Geo Coordinates: 40.774600, -73.970650):

Bethesda Fountain is one of the best Instagram spots in Central Park
Photo by Gian Carlo Stigliano of Expansive Media

Known as one of the largest fountains in New York City, the Bethesda Fountain features a gorgeous 96-foot wide fountain with a neoclassical sculpture known as the Angel of Waters, which is an 8-foot bronze angel that represents health, purity, temperance and peace.

Overall, the fountain commemorates the 1842 opening of the Croton Aqueduct, which supplied New York City with fresh water. The Bethesda Fountain is absolutely gorgeous and you can’t miss out on a photo opportunity here.

Bow Bridge (Geo Coordinates: 40.776208, -73.971663):

A woman walking over the Bow Bridge in Central Park
Photo by Gian Carlo Stigliano of Expansive Media

The most romantic bridge in New York City is the Bow Bridge in Central Park. This beautiful Victorian bridge goes over Central Park’s Lake.

Bow Bridge has been a magnificent setting in films such as Manhattan, The Way We Were and Keeping the Faith. The beautiful bridge makes for one of the most perfect Instagram photo spots in Central Park since it features cast iron and designed with Classical Greek refinement. It spans 60 feet and has a South American hardwood walkway.

Wagner Cove (Geo Coordinates: 40.775005, -73.973329):

A woman at Wagner Cove in Central Park - one of the best Instagram spots
Photo by Gian Carlo Stigliano of Expansive Media

A hidden treasure to Central Park is Wagner Cove. It is a picturesque location on the edge of the lake with a rustic shelter that is both peaceful and romantic. (It is also the perfect proposal spot in Central Park!)

The reason why Wagner Cove makes for one of the greatest Instagram spots in Central Park is because the lighting is perfect, it is surrounded by trees as well as water and flowers.

Strawberry Fields (Geo Coordinates: 40.775837, -73.974709):

A woman walking through one of the top Instagram spots in Central Park, Strawberry Fields
Photo by Gian Carlo Stigliano of Expansive Media

Another lesser-known spot in Central Park are the Strawberry Fields that has hidden gems like this woodland walkway and it also pays tribute to the late Beatles‘ singer, songwriter, musician and peace activist – John Lennon. It is absolutely beautiful and obviously is a great place to get that shot in.

(Click here to read about another John Lennon tribute landmark in Prague.)

Wood Chip Vantage Point (Geo Coordinates: 40.776121, -73.971339):

The best Instagram spots during fall in Central Park
Photo by Gian Carlo Stigliano of Expansive Media

After you walk across the Bow Bridge, you will find a scenic spot along Central Park’s Lake called Wood Chip Vantage Point.

It is absolutely stunning and captures gorgeous views of Manhattan’s skyscrapers. It is a perfect photo opportunity!

The Lake Viewing Area (Geo Coordinates: 40.776653, -73.971929):

A woman enjoying an afternoon in Central Park
Photo by Gian Carlo Stigliano of Expansive Media

Also located past the Bow Bridge and heading towards The Ramble area of the park is the Lake Viewing Area and walking trails.

It is the perfect area to get more nature shots as well as photos walking through the woods.

The Ramble (Geo Coordinates: 40.777804, -73.969458):

The Ramble, one of the best nature Instagram spots in Central Park
Photo by Gian Carlo Stigliano of Expansive Media

If you are looking to get your nature shot in Central Park, definitely head to The Ramble. Here, you could find waterfalls, streams, woodland paths, a maze and more.

Shakespeare Garden (Geo Coordinates: 40.779965, -73.970016):

Taylor’s Year in Review 2019. Top Moments, Highlights and Lessons Learned in 2019.
Photo by Gian Carlo Stigliano of Expansive Media

Another one of the loveliest spots to not miss out on when you are taking Instagram photos in Central Park is the Shakespeare Garden. It is a less-frequented attraction in Central Park and it allows for a relaxing afternoon where you could admire seasonal flora, gardens and more.

The Shakespeare Garden covers four acres of plants that change every season. Included among the plants are rosemary and pansies that are alluded by Ophelia in Hamlet.

Belvedere Castle (Geo Coordinates: 40.779673, -73.969147):

Belvedere Castle in Central Park

Meaning “beautiful view” in Italian, Central Park’s Belvedere Castle offers park goers with panoramic views that include iconic landmarks.

The castle was intended to be a Victorian Folly, a fantasy structure that provides a great backdrop and views, but without a real intended purpose. It is enchanting and definitely photo worthy!

The Mall (Geo Coordinates: 40.772669, -73.971612):

A woman sitting at a park bench at The Mall in Central Park, NYC
Photo by Gian Carlo Stigliano of Expansive Media

Spanning from 66th to 72nd Street in Central Park, The Mall is a walkway that leads to the beautiful Bethesda Terrace.

The Mall was specially designed to accommodate the width of carriages passing through. Around the turn of the century, these carriages would drop off their wealthy inhabitants at The Mall’s starting point, where they could enjoy the beautiful nature of the park and mingle with those of a lesser status.

Nowadays, The Mall is a gathering place for tourists, locals, street performers, skateboarders, artists and more. It may be tough to get this place to yourself, but it is definitely worth it to get a shot here.


A woman enjoying one of the best Instagram spots in Central Park, the Bow Bridge
Photo by Gian Carlo Stigliano of Expansive Media

I hope you all enjoyed finding the most stunning Instagram spots in Central Park of Manhattan, New York.

A woman enjoying the beauty of Central Park in New York City
Photo by Gian Carlo Stigliano of Expansive Media

If you have any questions, please email me at [email protected]

Click here book a cooking class during your time in New York.

Make sure to pin this post if you find it useful!

Best Instagram Spots in Central Park

Basic Facts of the United States:

Currency: United States Dollar, Capital: Washington D.C., NY State Capital: Albany, Time Zone: Eastern Standard Time

Click here to join my private blog sharing Facebook group.

*Anything could happen during your travels. Always make sure you are insured in case there are unforeseen circumstances such as lost luggage/theft, natural disasters, personal liabilities and more. Click here to get insured for your next trip.

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42 Comments

  1. Kim Deer on January 12, 2020 at 7:50 pm

    Stunning photos of you by our talented cousin Gian Carlo ~ Central Park is so beautiful and there is so much to see and do all seasons! So close to us~ we are very lucky to live so close to this amazing city! 🍎NYC♥️ Great blog ~ really enjoyed all the resourceful information and beautiful photos that brought it all to life ~ amazing photography by Gian Carlo at Expansive Media ~ 👍👌♥️

    • Taylor Deer on January 12, 2020 at 9:03 pm

      Thank you so much mom! Central Park truly is beautiful and I love the photos too!

  2. Emma on January 13, 2020 at 2:48 am

    Ah these photos are so stunning, definitely inspired to visit NY after reading this!

    • Taylor Deer on January 13, 2020 at 9:18 am

      Thank you so much Emma! New York has a lot of beautiful spots. 🙂

  3. Brittany Sneller on January 14, 2020 at 2:23 pm

    There are so many good places and spots in Central Park! I would like to go back and spend some quality time here. I am always rushed when in NYC, lol.

    • Taylor Deer on January 21, 2020 at 8:44 pm

      Yes, there is still so much more I need to see in Central Park too as well as the others. The only park I’ve never been to is Washington Park.

  4. World of Lina on January 14, 2020 at 2:54 pm

    Wow Taylor all your photos are beautiful! Seriously can’t until the day I’ll finally be there too 😍

    • Taylor Deer on January 21, 2020 at 8:44 pm

      Thank you so much Alina! Please let me know when you plan to come to NYC! 🙂

  5. Aswani Kurra on January 15, 2020 at 5:27 pm

    So many gorgeous photos Taylor! Loved the list!

    • Taylor Deer on January 21, 2020 at 8:45 pm

      Thank you so much Aswani! 🙂

  6. Lima Map on January 17, 2020 at 12:09 pm

    You’re doing a great job. I follow you all the time. If I have money one day, I’d like to travel.

    • Taylor Deer on January 21, 2020 at 8:46 pm

      Thank you so much! I hope you get to travel soon! 🙂

  7. Cosette on February 1, 2021 at 8:00 am

    Gorgeous photso. Central Park is so great to stroll through, so much to do and so many beautiful spots.

    • Taylor Deer on February 1, 2021 at 3:19 pm

      Thank you so much Cosette! I love it there. 🙂

  8. Courtney on February 1, 2021 at 6:53 pm

    This is a great list of places to take photos! Personally, I really want to check out the Belvedere Castle when I visit New York! I’ll definitely be referencing your post when I start planning my trip!

    • Taylor Deer on February 2, 2021 at 9:37 pm

      It really is Courtney! It’s so cool how they have a castle there. Also thank you so much! 🙂

  9. Kate on May 1, 2021 at 12:27 pm

    Aw I love this! Central Park is one of my absolute favorite places to take photos – there are so many amazing spots!

    • Taylor Deer on May 1, 2021 at 6:25 pm

      Thank you Kate! It definitely is picturesque during all four seasons. 🙂

  10. Bella on May 1, 2021 at 1:33 pm

    These photos are lovely! And so useful to know the best places to go for great photos in Central Park. Next time I go to New York I’ll be sure to check them out!

    • Taylor Deer on May 1, 2021 at 6:26 pm

      Thank you Bella! It really is a stunning park to take photos in. 🙂

  11. shayne spude on May 1, 2021 at 2:23 pm

    I have been there a couple times but never been through all it. Next I go to New York. Pretty pictures

    • Taylor Deer on May 1, 2021 at 6:27 pm

      Thank you Shayne! It is a beautiful park!

  12. Deb on May 1, 2021 at 6:44 pm

    We love Central Park. We have visited twice and still feel like we barely made a dent. There is so much to see — these photos are gorgeous!

    • Taylor Deer on May 1, 2021 at 10:57 pm

      Thank you Deb! It really is a fascinating park! I still have so much to see myself. 🙂

  13. Puloma Banerjee on May 1, 2021 at 8:57 pm

    Hi Taylor,
    Totally enjoyed reading your post on Central Park, New York.
    I have been to NYC but missed the opportunity to visit Central Park, one of the green belts of the city.
    Thank you for sharing ❤️😍

    • Taylor Deer on May 1, 2021 at 10:57 pm

      You will definitely need to visit Central Park next time you make your way to NYC. It is so amazing! 🙂

  14. kmf on May 2, 2021 at 12:27 am

    I love Central Park! This a great guide to all the best spots to take beautiful photos!

    • Taylor Deer on May 2, 2021 at 12:48 am

      Thank you so much! It’s so beautiful there year round. 🙂

  15. Krystianna on May 2, 2021 at 2:12 am

    Great post! I’ve not been to NYC in a while, but I’d love to go back. The city is so gorgeous, and I never knew there were this many different great photo locations in Central Park!

    • Taylor Deer on May 3, 2021 at 12:35 am

      Thank you Krystianna! It is such a beautiful place with so much to explore. 🙂

  16. Shafinah on May 2, 2021 at 5:44 am

    I’ve heard and seen so much of Central Park on social media and pop culture – but this is literally the first time I’m hearing of the Bethesda Terrace! It’s so picturesque!!

    • Taylor Deer on May 3, 2021 at 12:36 am

      It is so stunning there and has a lot of history! 🙂

  17. Kayy on May 2, 2021 at 12:53 pm

    I would have to take my tripod and take a trip to Central Park. It’s such a great place to take photos. Thanks for the suggestions for instagrammable spots.

    • Taylor Deer on May 3, 2021 at 12:37 am

      You’re welcome Kay! It’s such a stunning city in general with so much to see. 🙂

  18. Kitti on May 2, 2021 at 1:28 pm

    I love Central Park! Since I’ve only been there 2 or 3 times I definitely missed many photo spots, but your photos make me want to go back to explore it again. I also think the park changes so much in every season so you really need to live in NYC for a bit 🙂

    • Taylor Deer on May 3, 2021 at 12:38 am

      It sure is a stunning park and yes, it is worth see it during all four seasons. 🙂

  19. Jamie Sharpe on May 2, 2021 at 4:04 pm

    I haven’t been to Central Park in so long! I bet this will come in handy when NYC fully reopens again.

    • Taylor Deer on May 3, 2021 at 12:38 am

      Oh yes, the city will be rocking this summer. 🙂

  20. Monica on May 3, 2021 at 2:32 pm

    I love Central Park and it’s numerous activiites.

    • Taylor Deer on May 3, 2021 at 5:48 pm

      Me too! It is such an amazing place. 🙂

  21. Julie on May 3, 2021 at 3:47 pm

    Nee York is so instagram worthy!!! Lovely photos- didn’t know about a lot of these spots!!

    • Taylor Deer on May 3, 2021 at 5:48 pm

      Thank you Julie and yes, it’s so stunning! 🙂

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