Charles A. Dana Discovery Center (East Side at 110th Street)

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.

The Dana Discovery Center offers Discovery Kits, Lawn Games, and Catch-and-Release fishing pole rentals for free. To make group reservations, please fill out this Dana Center Group Reservation Request form.

Things you can do here

  • Activities

    Open to All: The Story of Central Park’s Gates

    Visit the Charles A. Dana Discovery Center to learn the story of Central Park’s original entrances and examine how they welcome visitors into this space.

    Tags: Staff Picks

  • Activities

    Discovery Kits

    Young explorers are invited to borrow an official Central Park Conservancy Discovery Kit or take away a complimentary Discovery Journal from our visitor centers!

    Tags: Kids and Families

  • Guides

    Picnic Guide

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

    Tags: Kids and Families / Wildlife

  • Events

    Halloween Entertainment and Activities

    Come dressed in your Halloween costume and join us for crafts, not-so-spooky stories from our friends at the New York Public Library, and magical entertainment from Rogue the Magician.

    Tags: Staff Picks / Kids and Families

  • Tours

    The North Woods Tour

    11:00 am

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

    Tags: Art & Architecture / Wildlife / Plants and Trees

  • Tours

    Hidden Highlights of the North End Tour

    11:00 am

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

    Tags: History / Art & Architecture

  • Guides

    A Guide to the Perfect Central Park Date

    New Yorkers and visitors alike often regard Central Park as one of the City’s most romantic destinations. We’ve put together a guide to the Park’s most magical places to bring your beloved.

  • Events

    26th Annual Central Park Holiday Lighting

    Celebrate the season with our 26th Annual Holiday Lighting in Central Park! Meet Santa and friends, sing carols on the Plaza, and warm up with hot cocoa while enjoying a variety of seasonal activities. The event concludes with lighting a flotilla of trees on the Harlem Meer.

    Tags: Best for Kids / Kids and Families

  • Events

    Halloween Pumpkin Flotilla

    Drop off your carved pumpkin and find a spot along the edge of the Harlem Meer to watch as the jack-o-lanterns float by. It’s New York’s largest pumpkin flotilla—and it’s not to be missed!

    Tags: Staff Picks / Kids and Families

  • 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: Kids and Families / Health & Fitness

  • Activities

    Catch-and-Release Fishing

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

    Tags: Kids and Families

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