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The Pond, New York City

#9 of 11 in Nature in New York City
Water Body · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
A serene escape from the city bustle, The Pond offers a sense of seclusion just steps from the busy Fifth Avenue. Take a calming stroll along the winding shoreline shaded by crabapple and forsythia trees and across the famous Gapstow Bridge. This tranquil oasis is home to 240 migratory bird species. The landscape designers Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux placed this body of water entirely below street level, so the sounds from the street are muffled and you can only glimpse at the building tops over the park walls. Work out when and for how long to visit The Pond and other New York City attractions using our handy New York City day trip planning tool.
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  • Fantastic pond at the south end of Central Park. Iced over partially in winter- really stunning. Recommended  more »
  • Attractive pond (with features) at the southern end of Central Park. It’s a peaceful place to hang out and away from the madness or the city.  more »
  • Picturesque duck pond which features a mysterious mandarin duck. This beautiful pond sits at the southeast corner of central park and can be seen from central park south. Situated in one of the wealthiest neighborhoods in the world, this urban pond has impressive skyline views, beautiful foliage during autumn and the Gapstow bridge seen in many movies. It's a great pond to sit at and feed the ducks and watch people. The area was already heavily trafficked with tourists, but it has become even more famous recently due to a brightly colored mandarin duck which has taken up residence there.
  • This place is a little slice of NYC beauty. Bird watching, giant carp, and a common picture spot. In the winter do NYC taxpayers a favor and stay off the damn ice.

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