This was the first castle I ever saw in my life. I know it's small but it was so special to me as a child. Even after seeing the grand castles of Europe, this dollhouse castle has a special place in my heart. It helped inspire my desire for travel and expanded my imagination. It's the highest point in Central Park so naturally, the views are amazing. The lake below the castle is filled with turtles and all sorts of birds. To the left of the castle are the Shakespeare Gardens, a somewhat tranquil spot if you can ignore the traffic passing below on 79th Street.
Located in the middle of the park, this small castle give you a wondeful overview of the park. If you manage to squeeze through the people on your way up to the top using the extremely narrow strairs, you have a view to all sides of the park. You will also find the Central Park Learning Center in this building.
You can get a nice view of Central Park, particularly the Great Lawn, from the Belvedere Castle. It's also a neat building to climb up and chill from. Right next to is the Shakespeare Park, so be sure to check that out too.
Btw, it's free to go up to the top.
Along the 79th street traverse that cuts through Central Park is the distinctive Belvedere Castle, the name of which means "beautiful view" in Italian. This name is fitting because the location provides the best towering views of Central Park, mostly to the north across Turtle Pond. Designed in 1865 by Calvert Vaux and Jacob Wrey Mould, Belvedere Castle was intended to be functionless and pure fantasy for park visitors, but has since 1919 been used as a weather station by the National Weather Service. This promontory also has views of Delacorte Theater, the Great Lawn, and the Ramble.
There's a castle in Central Park! I didn't believe it at first... but it's true. There was hardly anyone there, and we saw some great views of the park!
We found this place by accident, but it turned out to be a good accident. We were able to climb to the top of this building & get some great views of Central Park.