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Belvedere Castle Visitor Center



Since 1919, the National Weather Service has take measurements from the castle's tower with the aid of scientific instruments that measure wind speed and direction. In a fenced-in compound just south of the castle, other data such as the rainfall is recorded and sent to the weather service's forecast office at Brookhaven National Library on Long Island.

Before it was equipped with meteorological equipment, Belvedere Castle was a Victorian folly. Calvert Vaux, co-designer of Central Park, created the miniature castle in 1869 as one of its many whimsical structures intended as a lookout to the reservoir to the north (now the Great Lawn) and the Ramble to the south.

After decades of deterioration, the Central Park Conservancy renovated and reopened the castle in 1983.


Kimberlys Blessing

Sunday, March 25, 2018
We would like to share our experience, as Ministers/ wedding Officiants who have married people at this lovely place. Kimberlys Blessings has successfully married Hundreds of Couples. We have found the Belvedere Castle grounds to be beautiful, and any employees we encountered to be helpful and courteous. Highly recommended. Let us know if you have any questions about your wedding and this Memorable setting, or if we can be of further assistance. (It is closed for 2018, but still an incredible vista for photography, etc.) We hope it will be even more beautiful when construction/Repairs are finished.

Lorenzo Z Tartaglia

Saturday, May 26, 2018
One of the most realistic fairytale looking castles I have seen. Where I was born there are many old (some well over 1,000 years) castles. And a few, also have true Royal families, still living or visiting. Such as the Palace of the Countessa. In my ancient family's home medieval village.πŸ˜ŠπŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘ Please likeπŸ’–πŸ’œπŸ’™

Maitrey Makim

Friday, May 25, 2018
Fantastic view and beautiful castle. Must see in central park. Walking g to it is a little tricky but very rewarding place.

BradJill Travels

Wednesday, June 6, 2018
The Belvedere Castle is an fun, whimsical structure found at 79th street in Central Park. It was designed in 1869 by English architect and co-creator of Central Park, Calvert Vauxand. Upon construction, the building served no real purpose other than that of being a lookout to the north. That changed in the early 20th century, when the castle came into the service of the National Weather Service. Today, the castle is open for families and visitors to explore its small grounds, take pictures, enjoy views of the reservoir and city to the north and northeast. While not a major attraction, it is one of many interesting things to see in Central Park, particularly for families with children. If you are visiting with little ones, you may want to make your way over to the Conservatory Water, 8-10 minutes walk from the Belvedere Castle. Here you can find fun sculptures of Alice in Wonderland and another of Hans Christian Andersen, which are designed for children to climb on and enjoy.


Thursday, May 3, 2018
A small castle as can be seen in fairy tales and that offers an unbeatable view of Central Park, but careful because the spiral staircase is very narrow.

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