I live in New York City, so people often want to know which places I think are special, but not widely known. If they want to see something beautiful, I answer emphatically with two words: Conservatory Garden.
Conservatory Garden is a hidden gem. Many long-time residents of New York City have never even heard of it. In bloom, it is one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever seen. Not just in New York City, but in the world. Seriously jaw-dropping, awe-inspiring beauty.
Conservatory Garden is part of Central Park, but it has a separate majestic entrance from Fifth Avenue. (note: it is possible to enter Conservatory Gardens from Central Park, but it is easy NOT to find it that way). According to the website:
The Conservatory Garden is Central Park’s six-acre formal garden. It is divided into three smaller gardens, each with a distinct style: Italian, French, and English. The Garden’s main entrance is through the Vanderbilt Gate, on Fifth Avenue between 104th and 105th Streets. This magnificent iron gate, made in Paris in 1894, originally stood before the Vanderbilt mansion at Fifth Avenue and 58th Street.
On Saturday, I strolled into Conservatory Garden just to take some photos for this post. As usual, there were people wandering, and there was a cocktail party in one corner, and some bridal party photo shoots elsewhere. I gasped at the beauty, as if it was my first visit. The photos are stunning, but nothing like visiting Conservatory Garden in person. If you go, you will be transformed. You won’t know exactly where you are, but you’ll know it’s somewhere special.
I almost forgot to mention this, but there is no charge to visit Conservatory Garden.