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Dana Discovery Center

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Charles A. Dana Discovery Center

East Side at 110th Street

Nestled off the north shore of the Harlem Meer is the Charles A. Dana Discovery Center, a visitor center with a host of free educational and community programs, exhibits, tours, and holiday celebrations.

Charles B Stover Bench

Statues, Monuments & Ornamental Features

Charles B. Stover Bench

West Side at 79th Street

The Charles B. Stover Bench is a 20-foot granite bench that curls in at each end. It is also known as the “Whisper Bench,” because a whisper spoken into one end of the bench travels so clearly to the other side. The bench offers charming views of the English-style Shakespeare Garden and Delacorte Theater.

Cherry Hill

Landscapes & Points of Interest

Cherry Hill

Mid-Park at 72nd Street

Named for the cherry trees that bloom across the landscape each spring, Cherry Hill is a quiet, gentle slope overlooking the Lake. Offering plenty of benches and shade, it is a popular spot to picnic, relax, and take in the views of rowboats and nearby Bow Bridge.

Cherry Hill Fountain

Statues, Monuments & Ornamental Features

Cherry Hill Fountain

Mid-Park at 72nd Street

Within a circular concourse in Cherry Hill is Cherry Hill Fountain, an elegant fountain surrounded by a circular pathway and colorful blooms. The fountain's water flows from eight small flowers into a circle of bowls, eventually spilling into a bluestone basin.

Chess and Checkers House

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Chess & Checkers House

Mid-Park at 64th Street

Surrounding the octagonal Chess & Checkers House visitor center are 24 permanent tables with inlaid chess boards, attracting master players and newcomers alike. Game pieces are available inside, along with dominoes, backgammon, and other board games.

Christopher Columus

Statues, Monuments & Ornamental Features

Christopher Columbus

Mid-Park at 66th Street

Christopher Columbus stands at the southern edge of the Mall, just outside the Olmsted Flower Bed. Crafted by Spanish artist Jeronimo Sunol, the monument was made to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the voyage where Columbus first landed in the Americas.

Columbus Circle Info Kiosk

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Columbus Circle Information Kiosk

West Side at 59th Street & Central Park West

Visit the Columbus Circle Information Kiosk for souvenirs, tour information, directions, kid-friendly Discovery Journals, and more. Thousands of locals and tourists pass through the area each day, as this is the Park's most popular entrance.

Conservatory Garden

Landscapes & Points of Interest

Conservatory Garden

East Side at 104th-106th Streets & 5th Avenue

Conservatory Garden is a respite from the adjacent 5th Avenue and its bustling Museum Mile. Divided into three distinct sections—the French-style North Garden, Italianate Center Garden, and the English-style South Garden—it offers a taste of Europe in the heart of Manhattan.

Conservatory Garden Center Fountain

Statues, Monuments & Ornamental Features

Conservatory Garden Center Fountain

East Side at 105th Street

The Center Fountain is the heart of Conservatory Garden's Center Garden. The elegant geyser fountain makes a particularly romantic sight in spring, when the nearby wisteria pergola bursts into bloom. It is a feature in the classical Italian style that characterizes this part of Conservatory Garden.

Conservatory Water

Water Bodies

Conservatory Water

East Side at 72nd-75th Streets

From April through October, kids (and kids at heart) steer radio- and wind-powered model boats across Conservatory Water; each winter, conditions permitting, it turns into an ice-skating rink. Model boat rentals and a café can be found at the adjacent Kerbs Boathouse.

Cop Cot

Architectural Features

Cop Cot

Mid-Park at 60th Street

Cop Cot, which loosely translates to “little cottage on the crest of the hill” in Scottish, is Central Park's largest remaining rustic structure. It stands atop a large outcrop offering visitors an opportunity for seating and shade in the Park's popular south end.

Dairy Visitor Center

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Dairy Visitor Center & Gift Shop

Mid-Park at 65th Street

One of Central Park's five visitor centers, the Dairy Visitor Center & Gift Shop is a charming cottage near the Pond where wanderers can find their way. Maps, guides, and gifts are all on offer here.