Hallett Nature Sanctuary, New York City

#55 of 75 in Parks in New York City
Garden · Hidden Gem · Wildlife Area
Nestled in the southeast corner of Central Park, Hallett Nature Sanctuary remains a tranquil oasis for bird-watchers and the smallest of the park's three woodlands. The sanctuary was restored in 2001--along with the pond that surrounds it--and reopened for public in 2013 after being closed for nearly 80 years. Explore the unpaved but smooth paths lined by native trees and wildflowers, many of which are labeled, and keep an eye open for migratory birds, turtles, raccoons, and squirrels. Plan to see Hallett Nature Sanctuary and other attractions that appeal to you using our New York City driving holiday planner.
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  • Hallett Nature Sanctuary is pristine wilderness within Central Park segregated from human intervention. Here the walk through the natural wilderness gives you a sense of the historic wild habitat...  more »
  • Mice and quite and a small sanctuary. Worth a visit and some photos. New York’s better parts and a bit hidden away.  more »
  • This area is by far one of my favorite places inside Central Park...once you get into the path and start walking deeper...it actually makes you forget that you are in Uptown Manhattan...you need to go forward up to the end of the trail to be able to see the city again and some landmarks like the Billionaire's Row!!!...but still this place is so nice and quiet that you keep feeling peaceful and relaxed during all of your stay... I think that it is definitely a Sanctuary!!!
  • One of my favorite Central Park spots. It’s hidden and quiet so you feel like you are out in the woods and not in the middle of one of the world’s busiest cities. Also, it’s one of the best locations in the park to view wildlife, and especially birds. There are a few observations decks along the trail, they are gorgeous. You can find a live video of this beautiful location on my Facebook page.

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