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Alice in Wonderland

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Alice in Wonderland

Alice in Wonderland has been a fixture of Central Park's storybook landscape since 1959. Multiple generations of little ones have climbed upon—and hidden within—this whimsical scene set in bronze, which depicts Alice and her friends at a tea party held by the Mad Hatter.

Balto

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Balto

A heroic sled dog immortalized in bronze, Balto is a beloved fixture in the Park. Sculpted by Frederick G. R. Roth, Balto is a popular climbing statue among Central Park's youngest visitors—a fitting feature, given his backstory.

Belvedere Castle

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Belvedere Castle

Envisioned by Central Park co-designer Calvert Vaux in 1869, this miniature castle sits atop Vista Rock and looks out over the Great Lawn to the north, and the Ramble to the south. Visitors take in sweeping views of the Park and its surrounding cityscape. Belvedere also houses one of the Park's visitor centers and gift shop.

Bethesda Fountain

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Bethesda Fountain

Rising from Bethesda Terrace is Bethesda Fountain, with the famous Angel of the Waters statue atop—a biblical reference to the angel who blessed the Pool of Bethesda and gave it healing powers. It's the only statue commissioned for the Park, and the first public art commission by a woman in the City (Emma Stebbins).

Bethesda Terrace

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Bethesda Terrace

Bethesda Terrace is considered the heart of the Park and is, by design, its singular formal feature. Overlooking the Lake, it stands at the north end of the Park's long, tree-lined promenade, the Mall. A grand staircase descends into the subterranean Arcade, offering respite from rain and heat.

Bow Bridge

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Bow Bridge

With magnificent views across the Lake and into the Ramble, Bow Bridge is famously one of the Park's most romantic spots. It also has a storied history; it was the first cast-iron bridge in the Park and the second-oldest anywhere in America.

Carousel

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Carousel

The Carousel has been a beloved Central Park tradition for nearly 150 years. Fifty-seven hand-carved and painted horses—plus two chariots—“gallop” along to Calliope music played by a mechanical organ. It's one of the largest carousels in the country, and with nearly 250,000 riders a year, also among the most popular.

Zoo Panda

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Central Park Zoo

Open year-round, the Central Park Zoo is home to animals from tropical, temperate, and polar parts of the world. This state-of-the-art facility features a sea lion pool in the center courtyard; glass walls offer a glimpse of their underwater acrobatics.

Dana Discovery Center

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.

Chess and Checkers House

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Chess & Checkers House

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.