Charles A. Dana Discovery Center

Located on the north shore of the Harlem Meer is the Charles A. Dana Discovery Center, a visitor center run by the Central Park Conservancy.

The Conservancy offers free educational and community programs, exhibits, tours, and holiday celebrations at the Dana Discovery Center. While the building looks historic, the Dana Center is Central Park’s newest building. It was constructed in 1993 as part of a major restoration of the Harlem Meer.

Things you can do here

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Harlem Meer Performance Festival: Harlem Blues & Jazz Band

    Tags: Families / Seasonal / Best for Kids / Staff Picks / All Ages

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Harlem Meer Performance Festival: Nikki Holloway & The New Generation Gospel Ensemble

    2:00 pm

    Tags: Families / Seasonal / Best for Kids / Staff Picks / All Ages

  • Kids & Families

    Harlem Meer Performance Festival: Wangari Fahari

    2:00 pm

    Tags: Families / Seasonal / Best for Kids / Staff Picks / All Ages

  • Daily Activities

    Picnic Guide

    Central Park is home to lawns, benches, and picnic tables across its 843 acres, providing countless great picnic spots.

    Tags: Families / Tips for Visiting / All Ages / Nature Lovers

  • Daily Activities

    Catch-and-Release Fishing

    Borrow fishing poles for catch-and-release fishing in the Harlem Meer.
  • Guided Tours

    Hidden Highlights of the North End

    Lace up your comfortable walking shoes for an energetic stroll through Central Park’s north end!

    Tags: History / Highlights / Nature Lovers / Active

  • Guided Tours

    The North Woods

    Escape the chaos of New York City in Central Park’s North Woods, an idyllic woodland oasis showcasing cascades, streams, and thriving greenery.

  • Daily Activities

    Lawn Games

    Borrow a variety of lawn games like bocce ball, horseshoes, kubb, cornhole and ring toss, for outdoor play in fair weather!

    Tags: Fitness

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Harlem Meer Performance Festival: Afro Dominicano Band

    Tags: Families / Seasonal / Best for Kids / Staff Picks / All Ages

  • Guided Tours

    Discovery Walks for Families: The North Woods

    The rocky landscape surrounding the Harlem Meer has a storied history and more than a few secret nooks for young explorers to enjoy.

    Tags: Best for Kids / Nature Lovers / Woodlands / Active