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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.


James Doyle

Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018
Belvedere Castle is a lovely spot in Central Park which tourists more often stumble upon than plan to visit. Overlooking a medium-sized pond that home to fish and turtles, this lovely 1869 Gothic-Romanesque hybrid affords views of the greenery of the park and the city beyond. As such, wedding shoots often take place here. Today, it is home to a weather observatory. Fun fact: Gargamel makes the castle his base of operations in the 2011 children's film _The Smurfs_.

Lorenzo Z Tartaglia

Sunday, July 15, 2018
One of the most realistic, fairytale-looking castles I have ever seen in NYC. Reminiscent of 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, (the marques palace). In my ancient family's home medieval village.πŸ˜ŠπŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘A perfect glimpse that knights, castles, princesses and Camelot. Once upon a time, actually existed. And with hard work, may realistically return. Therefore please likeπŸ’–πŸ’œπŸ’™for the true Love of youthfulness. And if extremely lucky the ancient Chinese secret of longevity, the actual secret of eternal youth. Seriously.

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.

Phildah Chasi

Thursday, July 5, 2018
I enjoyed visiting this little castle, it was neat to see. I wouldn't make a special effort to see it but if you're in Central Park, why not? It was a nice view.

Tommy G

Saturday, June 30, 2018
It's supposed to be a really neat landmark in Central Park unfortunately the day we were there they were being renovated so we could not get up clothes or even enter the castle but if I go back I will definitely stop in to see this enjoy yourself

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