12 HIDDEN SECRETS in Central Park | New York City

I run in Central Park almost every day (in fact I’ve run #everypath a few times), and along the way I’ve found quite a few hidden secrets. Here’s a list of my top 12 secrets of Central Park. And along the way, 12 random facts about the Park too.

If you liked these, be sure to check out my 12 Hidden Secrets in BRYANT PARK: https://youtu.be/tFuoWREu4QU

The secrets and facts are organized by geography. I start in the Southeast corner of the Park and end in the Northwest corner. You can follow my path, all 6.3 miles, here:

12 Secrets:
1. Hallett Nature Sanctuary – Be sure to check the schedule here:
Central Park Conservancy website: http://www.centralparknyc.org/things-to-see-and-do/attractions/hallett-nature-sanctuary.html?referrer=https://www.google.com/
My other video on the Sanctuary: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XYfKVkYB9FM
Precise Location: (https://www.google.com/maps/place/Hallett+Nature+Sanctuary/@40.7666397,-73.9750243,15z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x0:0x1cc31411348799ba!8m2!3d40.7666397!4d-73.9750243)
2. Rat Rock Bouldering (https://www.google.com/maps/place/Umpire+Rock/@40.7689725,-73.9782286,245m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m12!1m6!3m5!1s0x0:0x1cc31411348799ba!2sHallett+Nature+Sanctuary!8m2!3d40.7666397!4d-73.9750243!3m4!1s0x0:0x4372d987987f83b4!8m2!3d40.7691241!4d-73.9777711) Rat Rock is colloquial. The actual name is Umpire Rock. But outside of Google and Central Park’s website, I’ve literally never heard anybody refer to it as Umpire Rock.
3. Original Survey Bolt (Central Park wants to keep the exact location of the survey bolt a secret)
4. Bethesda Terrace Bathrooms – (https://www.google.com/maps/place/40%C2%B046’24.6%22N+73%C2%B058’16.1%22W/@40.773511,-73.9716842,161m/data=!3m2!1e3!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x0:0x0!8m2!3d40.77351!4d-73.971137)
5. Ramble Cave (https://www.google.com/maps/place/40%C2%B046’40.8%22N+73%C2%B058’17.0%22W/@40.778007,-73.9719472,161m/data=!3m2!1e3!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x0:0x0!8m2!3d40.778006!4d-73.9714)
6. Lamp Post Navigation (Throughout the Park)
7. Shakespeare’s Garden (https://www.google.com/maps/place/40%C2%B046’47.2%22N+73%C2%B058’12.2%22W/@40.779781,-73.9706022,161m/data=!3m2!1e3!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x0:0x0!8m2!3d40.77978!4d-73.970055)
8. Whispering Bench (https://www.google.com/maps/place/40%C2%B046’47.4%22N+73%C2%B058’10.5%22W/@40.779845,-73.9701282,161m/data=!3m2!1e3!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x0:0x0!8m2!3d40.779844!4d-73.969581)
9. Seneca Village (https://www.google.com/maps/place/40%C2%B047’02.6%22N+73%C2%B058’07.7%22W/@40.784048,-73.9693582,161m/data=!3m2!1e3!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x0:0x0!8m2!3d40.784047!4d-73.968811)
10. Water Source (https://www.google.com/maps/place/40%C2%B047’39.1%22N+73%C2%B057’40.2%22W/@40.794187,-73.9617192,161m/data=!3m2!1e3!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x0:0x0!8m2!3d40.794186!4d-73.961172)
11. Mt. St. Vincent Ruins (https://www.google.com/maps/place/40%C2%B047’40.5%22N+73%C2%B057’10.8%22W/@40.794586,-73.9535612,161m/data=!3m2!1e3!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x0:0x0!8m2!3d40.794585!4d-73.953014)
12. Blockhouse (https://www.google.com/maps/place/Block+House+No.+1/@40.7985601,-73.9563705,60m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m13!1m7!3m6!1s0x0:0x0!2zNDDCsDQ3JzQwLjUiTiA3M8KwNTcnMTAuOCJX!3b1!8m2!3d40.794585!4d-73.953014!3m4!1s0x0:0x66e955666ef1ccd2!8m2!3d40.7986311!4d-73.956278)

There are a lot more secrets in the Park. If you liked this video and want to see more, leave a comment below and tell me! For now, you can watch all my videos from Central Park here:

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Christian buckner says:


centralparkugly says:

Central Park’s best kept secret is a one clean toilet which is rumored to be located somewhere within those 843 acres. They say it actually exists somewhere in the park. Millions of tourists hunt through the park each year searching fruitlessly for it–be the first one to reveal its location.

Serena Cornell says:

Carriage rides in central park

Facundo N says:

thank you for posting very cool, fun and really interesting videos. I will definitely start watching more. Cheers from Argentina

NCPPGpilot says:

Awesome tour!


Why would you bring a obelisk from egypt to obly be vandalised by others

Roselyn Rosales says:

i read an article that said there is a narrow path near bank rock bay. it’s surround by trees too.

Aurelie says:

ryland admas who

Alejandra Cleves Morales says:

What a cool video! And you’re so much fun! Haha you seem so friendly and genuine

Kelreyflor says:

I was raised in New York and went to Central Park every week. I didn’t know about half of these

Steven says:

What is the Harlem mirror? I think that’s what you said?

Jackie Leonardi says:

Love the purple shades!

barbaranne boyer says:

great thank you

Maya Sanders says:

“Don’t recommend coming in this area bc there’s shady business happening” lmaoooo

Ben Volkowitz says:

Great vid

TAP DBM says:

Do not come here at night it’s super shady!

Perfect Little Planet says:

Who’s out exploring Central Park this weekend?!!

hallie rose says:

so cool!!

Claudia Claudia says:

Just don’t go at night

Oreo Emesis says:

I found that bolt after I watched your video lol

Samantha Miller says:

this was so good. thank you.

BESIRE says:

Just yesterday I told someone being a Native New Yorker, I unlike most have seen and experienced all of the tourist attractions around the city. Then I come across your video and realize I did not explore or even know about the secrets. It is now time to explore more. Thank you for this video.

SKMC69 says:

Love the glacial rocks you have there. We have them in Tennessee, but most of them are buried in the woods under vines. If you want to see some really nice caves, go visit Kentucky.

Kristal Colector says:

I bet there a bunch of geocaching hidden

DutchGamer says:

are the stupid guys still in the cave?

RezTech auto detailers says:

Great video. Thanks

Denny_YouTubing 12 says:

Guarded by a lady with a clipboard, yep those are the scariest

Annalisa James says:

I’ve never been to NY, and since I don’t like huge busy cities much, I never really cared to visit. This video has changed my mind completely! I had no idea Central Park was this awesome. I am now hoping to make a trip in the spring.

Tom Smyth says:

Not so secret secrets

Glenn Restvedt says:

Super cool video! never been to nyc. planning a trip

Tim A. says:

thanks for this video 🙂

Ronnie Rawdawg says:

An hour north is also nyc drinking water….

Aanika says:

this was so insightful! thank you so much for making this, i can’t wait to explore all these places

feefs films says:

hate to kill your vibe but you’re missing a few very secret spots where my friends and i may or may not do some illegal activities 😉

RetroVideo says:

7:10 rodent runs off inside the gate lol

Lisette Osorio says:

NYC born and raised, i’ve never been interested in Central Park, but this video really changed my mind. thanks for such a wonderful video.

Sarah J.R. says:

One awesome slide in central park that even adults can use is on east 67th street I believe. You need cardboard to go down it, it’s super fast! It’s 45 ft long granite

tr says:

Great video. One not hidden thing. The Zoo is super. But it used to be free. When I was a kid you could just wander in and out of there. Now $18. Genterification I guess. How long before they charge just to get into the park? Don’t kid yourself. In much of NYC if you don’t have money they just don’t want you around.

Raa Aaaa says:

This video is perfect

jerwin2885 says:

You know, I’ve never cared/ given thought to Central Park. However, watching you’re video, you have introduced me to a whole new facet of intrigue. Thank you for opening my eyes to the rich history and wonderful sites within the park. Great work, and sincerely, thank you.

Charlotte C. says:

lol ” it’s legit from egypte”

Prince Adom says:

This guy looking like Agent Smith from the Matrix franchise

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