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Belvedere Castle

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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.
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79th Street, Mid Central Park, New York City, NY 10021
+1 212-772-0288
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Reviewed 19 June 2018 via mobile

We were very disappointed to find that the castle was closed due to restoration. We still got to see the top of it peering out over the trees. It is usually opened from 10-5 daily & is located midway into the park at 79th street....More

Thank Jodi H
Reviewed 26 April 2018

Access to Belvedere Castle is blocked at the moment while they do some renovations. You can get a pretty good view of it from Turtle Pond, but where you would normally enter is covered by yellow tape, orange construction mesh and barricades. We would have...More

3  Thank Go2theZoo
Reviewed 29 March 2018

I don't know the purpose and history of this castle, but it was a surprise for us when we walked the Central Park. We didn't expect to bump on a castle in the middle of a park. Anyway it's a good photo op and it...More

2  Thank B1714D
Reviewed 18 February 2018

We took a whole day's walk around Central Park during our break in NYC and came across this little castle on the rocks in the centre of the park. It gives some good views and there's a small exhibition and shop there, but not much...More

1  Thank fork_handles
Reviewed 16 February 2018

Belvedere Castle, give you a unique bite of the Central Park, I will always visit the Belvedere Castle.

Thank Nasir A
Reviewed 17 January 2018 via mobile

Just when you thought you read something that was a mistake or misprint you find a castle in Central Park. This beautiful castle is right in Central Park with great views of downtown Manhattan. There's two levels of the castle where you can walk up...More

Thank bhlraven1916
Reviewed 7 January 2018

In the middle of NYC in the Middle of Central Park the last thing you expect to find is a castle. Given that the park isn't that big in miles, a castle sounds weird. But it is there and worth going to see. You can...More

Thank JamesW-UK-Travel
Reviewed 31 December 2017

Belvedere castle offers multiple choices , depending on your interests. There is the castle itself, where you can climb the steps up to the top and get scenic views of New York. There are plenty of photo-ops as well for the shutterbugs. It is also...More

Thank KaranPais
Reviewed 25 December 2017

My guests on my Big Apple Greeter tour recently found this folly high on the rocks one of the high points of the tour. They were fascinated with the storage area for bird feed by the New Yorkers who feed the birds, and had a...More

1  Thank robcurtross
Reviewed 21 December 2017 via mobile

It was magical visiting the castle in the beautiful snow. So much history regarding the castle that was so nice to learn.

Thank Eleanor J
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22 December 2017|
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Response from Lisa L | Reviewed this property |
It seems to be open with renovations happening in one area at a time, if at all.
Melissa R
22 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
14 October 2016|
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Response from 179arletter | Reviewed this property |
Yes, it's open to the public for free