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Belvedere Castle /
Henry Luce Nature Observatory

Belvedere Castle in Central Park, New York

Belvedere Castle /
Henry Luce Nature Observatory
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Where else but New York would you find a magical castle in the middle of a park... in the heart of a city!

View looking up at Belvedere Castle, Central Park, NY

Belvedere Castle sits high atop Vista Rock, located mid-park at 79th Street in Manhattan's Central Park.



View of part of Belvedere Castle in Central Park, NYC

It was originally built in 1869, as a small Victorian-style fantasy castle (with only a shell, open window frames and doorways) with an elaborate scenic overlook.

Belvedere Castle Tower, Central Park, NY

Today, Belvedere Castle is a popular Central Park attraction, providing visitors breathtaking views from its tower.

Belvedere Castle Tower offers magnificent Central Park and NYC skyline views



NOTE: Be prepared to walk up narrow, steep, winding stairs to reach the top of the tower (see photos below).

Narrow, steep winding stairs to the top of Belvedere Castle Tower  in Central Park

Narrow, steep winding stairs to the top of Belvedere Castle Tower  in Central Park


Belvedere Castle brass plaque, Central Park, NY


Turtle Pond
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Enjoy a picnic in Central Park, near Belvedere Castel and the Turtle Pond in New York City

Picnic in Central Park
overlooking Belvedere Castle
Enjoy a relaxing picnic lunch in Central Park, overlooking Belvedere Castle — the view looks like something out of a movie set.

View of Turtle Pond from Belvedere Castle Tower in Central Park, New York City, NY

Turtle Pond

Belvedere Castle and Tower - enjoy magnificent Central Park and NY city skyline views

Castle Tower — Great Views
Enjoy beautiful Central Park and city skyline views from the Castle's Tower, including:

Turtle Pond
Great Lawn
Delacorte Theater

The views are especially dramatic on clear sunny days.

Beautiful NY skyline and Central Park views from Belvedere Castle, NY

Views of the Great Lawn and Manhattan skyline from the top of the Belvedere Castle Tower in Central Park, NY

Belvedere Castle, Central Park, New York


Henry Luce Nature Observatory, Central Park, NYC

The castle is also home to the Henry Luce Nature Observatory, run by the Central Park Conservancy. It's an interesting place to visit, especially if you enjoy nature and bird-watching — the surrounding area is home to many species of birds and aquatic life.

Henry Luce Nature Observatory inside Belvedere Castle, Central Park, NY

Inside Belvedere Castle are simple displays of nature — don't expect anything fancy; you can see everything in five minutes!

2nd Floor Displays inside Belvedere Castle, Central Park, NY

Reservations required for groups of 25 people or more.

FYI...meteorological data has been collected at this Central Park site by the U.S. weather Bureau since 1919.

Belvedere Castle /
Nature Observatory Hours

Tues-Sun 10am-5pm

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