The four-acre Hallett Nature Sanctuary is on the southeast corner of the park, just steps from the Apple Retail Store and The Plaza hotel. It’s an oasis of native wildflowers, ferns and birds and other wildlife open briefly for wandering and enjoying at your own pace.
The preserve will be open Tuesdays in May and June from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., and although it’s FREE, tickets are required because capacity is limited to protect it. The area was closed off as an experiment, to see what would happen if an area were left completely untouched and allowed to grow naturally. After all, Central Park is mostly landscaped.
Hallett is one of three natural woodlands in Central Park. The others are The Ramble, on the west side, and North Woods, at the northern edge.
The Hallett Nature Sanctuary is from 60th – 62nd Streets just south of Wollman Rink. Access is limited, and no groups, dogs, bikes or strollers are permitted. Wear sturdy shoes since you’ll be walking on uneven wood-chip trails. FREE, of course, but you are welcome to make a donation to the Central Park Conservancy.
See the Central Park website for additional information.