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Belvedere Castle

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Address: Mid-Central Park at 79th Street, New York City, NY
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+1 212-772-0210
10:00 - 17:00
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Originally built in 1869 as a lookout, this Rococo-style castle now houses...

Originally built in 1869 as a lookout, this Rococo-style castle now houses the Henry Luce Nature Observatory and weather measuring devices.

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Pedicab Guided Tour of Central Park
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Private Horse and Carriage Ride in Central Park

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very nice spot in the park

We were here as part of a free kids' program from the Conservancy program. It is very pretty and there was a musician playing on the steps which was a nice place to sit and... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
chicago, il
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Bronx, New York
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190 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 115 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

What a lovely visit while walking through the park. I have seen the castle many times but never went to the top. You can go to the first landing area any time I believe, but you need to enter the castle in order to access the higher 2nd and 3rd landings. Once you enter, there is one person behind the... More 

Thank Jemlnlx
Longueuil, Canada
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

You'll have a nice view of central park from the top of the castle. Ask for a map of the park to get around.

Thank Stephane M
chicago, il
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

We were here as part of a free kids' program from the Conservancy program. It is very pretty and there was a musician playing on the steps which was a nice place to sit and overlook the pond. You can climb up to the third story for some nice views of Central Park. Not sure what can be done about... More 

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Pooler, Georgia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

We were nearby at the museum of natural history and saw that this area was nearby. My wife and I geocache and there was one located here. Good view from the castle. The gardens nearby were not in full bloom as the weather was cooler. The best thing is it's free! We did drop a few dollars in their donation... More 

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Morgantown, West Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

View from up there is spectacular! They have a little gift shop and lots of levels you can walk up to. Keep in mind there's no elevator and the staircase is narrow and steep.

Thank Rest-and-Romance
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Beautiful castle in the middle of Central Park. Great photo opportunity and a cool place to visit. Enjoyed it.

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Erie, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were at the American Museum of Natural History and walked through the park to visit Belvedere Castle. Right in the middle of Central Park is the most unique weather station in the, dare I say, world? You can see for miles and if you know NY you can point out all the areas of interest! Great side trip!

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Brooklyn, New York
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A nice walk in Central Park and you also get to see turtle pond which many tourist miss while visiting

New York City, New York
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Reviewed 3 April 2017

Watch out coming up and down the stairs! Very quaint little castle, a modest tourist stop if you happen to be in Central Park. Bird's eye view of the Upper West Side and the Central Park amphitheater. Informative placards throughout the castle. Provides its visitors a sense of Old New York without the snobbery.

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Reviewed 26 March 2017

The elevation of this historic building allows for panoramic views of Central Park and the modest skyline of the Upper East/West side. Grab a park map by the castle entrance to appreciate what’s on view. Free admission.

Thank gboi77

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