Charles A. Dana Discovery Center


The Charles A. Dana Discovery Center, created in 1993 by Central Park Conservancy, offers a wide variety of free education and community programs, seasonal exhibits, and holiday celebrations.

Perched on the northern shore of the Harlem Meer, the Dana Center is Central Park's newest building, and the first to be built specifically as a visitor center. Adjacent to the Center is a small plaza, where many community programs take place. These include the Harlem Meer Performance Festival in summer, the Halloween Parade and Pumpkin Flotilla in autumn, and the annual Holiday Lighting event in winter. The Charles A. Dana Discovery Center is also the home of our catch-and-release fishing program.

NOTE: Because of potentially hazardous levels of blue-green algae in the Central Park Lake and Harlem Meer, Central Park Conservancy is temporarily suspending our fishing programs. Fishing is also not recommended for the general public until further notice. For more information on blue-green algae, please visit the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation website. We apologize for any inconvenience.


Open Hours:

  • 10:00 am – 5:00 pm 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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