Charles A. Dana Discovery Center


The Charles A. Dana Discovery Center, created in 1993 by the Central Park Conservancy, opened to the public in 1993 and offers a wide variety of the Conservancy's sponsored free education and community programs, seasonal exhibits and holiday celebrations. Perched on the northern shore of the Harlem Meer is Central Park's newest building, the first in its history to be built specifically as a visitor center. Adjacent to the Discovery Center is a small plaza where many community programs take place. These include the Harlem Meer Performance Festival in summer, the Halloween Pumpkin Sail of candlelit Jack O'Lanterns across the Meer in autumn, and the annual Holiday Lighting event in winter. The Charles A. Dana Discover Center is also the home of our Catch-and-Release Fishing Program.


Open Hours:

  • 10am-5pm daily, except Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and New Year's Day

Phone: 212.860.1370

Restroom Available


Inside the Park at 110th Street between Fifth and Lenox Avenues

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