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Belvedere Castle


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.

Board Games

Borrow chess, checkers, dominos, and backgammon pieces or bring your own to play.

Catch Release Fishing

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

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.

Dairy Visitor Center

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.

Discovery Journals

Download an activity book for your kids and investigate the connections between the design, plants, wildlife, and people in the Park.

Discovery Kit

Borrow a Discovery Kit filled with kid-friendly materials for a Park adventure.

Field Day Kits

Borrow a kit with a variety of balls, bats, frisbees, and jump ropes.

Landforms: A History of Central Park’s Fort Landscape

Learn how natural features in Central Park's north end played an important role in shaping our City's – and our nation's – history.

Lawn Games


Lawn Games

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