Shakespeare Garden, New York

Shakespeare Garden, New York

Not many tourists find this place! Roughly four acres of slightly hilly land, well landscaped with winding footpaths, sculptures and plenty of blooms to enjoy, it's a pleasant environment for an afternoon stroll. Each of the garden's sections has flowers, plants and trees that Shakespeare alluded to or named (mulberry, columbine, primrose, wormwood, and more), and hidden amongst these are brass plaques with corresponding quotes from the Bard's plays. You can tell the garden's value by the meticulous care Central Park employees take in making sure it is – and stays – gorgeous.

Partly on a slope, the site is adjacent to steps that in one direction lead to the unique pseudo-medieval Belvedere Castle (opened after a long renovation) and a fine view uptown, over Turtle Pond. In a slightly different route is Delacorte Theater, famous for its outdoor stage and amphitheater that has hosted many plays by – you may have guessed – William Shakespeare. Nearby, you can also enjoy the cute Swedish Cottage which is used as a Marionette Theatre.

There are plenty of benches that blend with the natural scenery, so this is a great spot to take a break and mellow out if you've been walking through Central Park and a need a sweet-smelling and quiet respite!

Opening Hours:
Daily: 6am–1am

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Sight Name: Shakespeare Garden
Sight Location: New York, USA (See walking tours in New York)
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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