Remember the movie “You’ve Got Mail”? That always puts me in the mood to visit the Big Apple in the fall. I can just see myself cozying up with a cup of hot chocolate at a local bookstore, staring out the window at the brightly-colored leaves. But where will you find the best fall photos spots in Central Park? Here are some top locations. Rent a bike in Central Park, take a Central Park carriage ride or head out on foot to enjoy these awesome views:

1. Gapstow Bridge and the Pond – This is on the south side of the park between 5th and 6th Avenues and is known for the iconic bridge you see in many TV shows and movies. With the vines on the bridge, surrounding Black Cherry, Oak and Birch trees and wildlife in the pond, it’s picturesque to say the least.

Central Park in fall
The Mall, Credit: NYC & Co, Marley White

2. The Mall – Again this is a Central Park photo spot you see in many shows and films: the pedestrian walkway lined with elms whose leaves turn yellow. It’s located in the middle of the park between 66th and 72nd streets and is the perfect spot for an autumn stroll or people-watching on a bench.

3. Bethesda Fountain – With views of the lake bordered by trees and their mirror image in the water, Bethesda Fountain is a great fall photo spot in Central Park situated in the middle of the park near 72nd street is a popular spot for wedding and engagement photos.

Central Park in fall
Bow Bridge, NYC & Co, Christopher Postlewaite

4. Bow Bridge – The most photographed bridge in the park and located around 74th street, it offers a backdrop of leaves in a rich palette of colors.

5. The Ramble – The Ramble is 38 acres of paths among tall trees between 73rd and 78th streets. Find your way to Belvedere Castle at 79th Street for views of Turtle Pond and the Great Lawn.

6. The Reservoir – At the Reservoir between 85th and 89th streets, you’ll find yellow-leafed trees on the east side with contrasting red-leafed trees on the west.

7. North Woods – Filled with a mix of Black Cherry, Pin Oak, Red Oak, Scarlet Oak, Red Maple and American Elm, these woods at 102nd Street offer waterfalls and bridges among trees for a gorgeous fall photo spot in Central Park.

8. Conservatory Gardens – On the East side between 104th and 106th streets, the gardens offer not only plentiful trees in vibrant shades but shrubbery, flowers and plants, as well.

What’s your favorite photo spot in Central Park?

These recommendations courtesy of CentralPark.com


  • Lyn Mettler

    Lyn Mettler is a longtime travel writer for US News & World Report, USA Today 10Best and The TODAY Show who created Families Fly Free, a program which teaches families her simple system to use travel rewards to fly for free.

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