Begin your tour by enjoying the sweeping vistas of the Great Lawn from the plaza of the newly restored Belvedere Castle. Learn about the Castle’s history and the extensive conservation efforts that ensure its place in Central Park today. Central Park Conservancy guides every angle as you explore the surrounding landscapes, including Turtle Pond, King Jagiello statue, and the 3,500-year-old Obelisk, also known as “Cleopatra’s Needle.”
Due to the overwhelming popularity of Belvedere Castle, this tour does not visit the Castle’s interior. Visitors are encouraged to independently explore the Castle before or after the tour.
Recommended for those new to Central Park or interested in conservation, architecture, and landscape design.
COVID-19 Health + Safety Policies
Ensuring the health and safety of our guests, staff, and the public is our top priority. Central Park Conservancy programs follow recommended guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, New York State, and New York City. At this time, Conservancy programs do not require fully vaccinated individuals to social distance or wear masks; however according to New York State guidelines “Unvaccinated Individuals are still responsible for continuing to wear a mask, per federal CDC guidance.” Regardless of vaccination status, participants should continue to monitor themselves for COVID-19 symptoms and stay home if they feel unwell.
Contact [email protected] if you need to request a raincheck for a future program due to illness or exposure to COVID-19.
Read about tour policies related to COVID-19, inclement weather, and more on our Frequently Asked Questions page.