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Arsenal

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Arsenal

The Arsenal is one of two buildings within Central Park's footprint that predate the Park itself. Today, it is home to the headquarters of NYC Parks and the Central Park Zoo, as well as the Arsenal Gallery, where several fine art and photography exhibitions are mounted annually.

Arthur Ross Pinetum

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Arthur Ross Pinetum

The Arthur Ross Pinetum is a four-acre arboretum north of the Great Lawn, featuring a collection of 17 species of pine trees. A walk through this hushed landscape is like stepping into the center of an evergreen forest. Visitors will also find several picnic tables and the all-ages Pinetum Playground.

Blockhouse

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Blockhouse

The oldest building in Central Park, the Blockhouse was constructed far before the Park even existed. The stone structure was one of several built to defend New York from possible British attacks during the War of 1812.

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.

Charles B Stover Bench

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Charles B. Stover Bench

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.

Dene Slope

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Dene Slope

The Dene Slope is a vibrant native meadow in the southwest corner of the Dene. Unlike the manicured lawns of the nearby landscapes, the Dene Slope runs riot with abundant native grasses and flowers. Its wild beauty teems with butterflies, bees, and other wildlife.

Explore the history of Seneca Village with this outdoor exhibit.

Fort Clinton

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Fort Clinton

Fort Clinton stands on a high, rocky overlook with sweeping views of the Harlem Meer and surrounding landscape. New Yorkers built a fort at this strategic spot during the War of 1812, fearing a British attack. The remains of the fortification serve as a scenic outlook with benches and an historic cannon and mortar.

Hallett Nature Preserve

The smallest of Central Park's three woodland landscapes, this hidden four-acre preserve offers views of the Pond, lower Park and a world of wildlife within, traversed via rustic trails. It was closed to the public from 1934 until 2001.

Huddlestone Arch

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Huddlestone Arch

Inside the quiet green wilderness of the North Woods is a marvel of engineering: Huddlestone Arch. The stone arch is made entirely of enormous, uncut boulders weighing up to 100 tons.