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Belvedere Castle

Mid-Central Park at 79th Street, New York City, NY 10021
+1 212-772-0210
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Originally built in 1869 as a lookout, this Rococo-style castle now houses the Henry Luce Nature Observatory and weather measuring devices.
  • Excellent29%
  • Very good52%
  • Average17%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“turtle pond” (28 reviews)
“weather station” (18 reviews)
“great lawn” (17 reviews)
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Mid-Central Park at 79th Street, New York City, NY 10021
+1 212-772-0210
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Reviewed 2 days ago

It's cool because you don't expect to see a castle in the middle of a park, but there it is! It has a pretty view of the park and plaques to tell you all about it.

Thank Lisa L
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Beautiful little castle in the middle of Central park. You can get great views from the balcony above and the Shakespeare gardens are right next to it. Lovely xx

Thank Princess L
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We have been to Central Park many times but never ventured to the castle until this trip. It was such an amazing view. We loved it. It’s not for people who have difficulty walking or doing stairs. I would definitely suggest it if your like...More

Thank Diana D
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We walked from the MET through Central Park to locate this castle which is found midway across the park. It is essentially an info centre but you can pay a donation and go to the top deck of the castle and see great views of...More

Thank Twickes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We walked for what felt like forever. I guess I was just expecting a lot more than what this offered. If you're in the area, might as well walk up but I wouldn't go out of your way to see it.

Thank Mallory T
Reviewed 11 October 2017 via mobile

Lovely views from here and it’s something you wouldn’t expect to find in such a big park, it’s lovely to see. You can see the turtle pond from above too. It’s free to go in but there is a donation box, you aren’t obliged to...More

Thank TA-Scott83
Reviewed 8 October 2017

Even after visiting this location I am still puzzled as to why it was built. The location was used as a telescope observatory for a little while and now is being used by the weather service which is funny in a way, because outside of...More

Thank heumanntouch
Reviewed 4 October 2017

Belvedere Castle is a beautiful hidden gem in Central Park. Beautiful to see and read the history of this historic place. Walk around, enjoy the castle and the gardens. Sit and meditate. Certainly check out the turtles there, too!

Thank 1AnnieEliza
Reviewed 30 September 2017

Did you know this castle was in smurfs? I was just going somewhere and I just ended up at this castle. When I got home, I watched Smurfs and there it was The Belvedere Castle I didn't liked the stairs because it was just confusing(me...More

Thank jason1504
Reviewed 24 September 2017

Pleasantly surprised to stumble upon this castle in the middle of the park. Worthwhile to walk up the narrow steps to take in the views of the pond; the Shakespeare theatre; the open grass area. The stairway leading up are very narrow (in width) &...More

Thank TravelTea
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Melissa R
23 October 2016|
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Response from mdgirlnpa |
We walked to the park from the Natural History Museum, but we took the Metro there. Not sure if that is too far of a walk for your travel companion. I do know that when we tried to Uber back, our Uber driver couldn't find... More
Melissa R
15 October 2016|
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Response from 179arletter | Reviewed this property |
Yes, it's open to the public for free