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  • Address: Central Park West, New York, NY 10021, USA
  • Hours: Open Tue-Sun, 10am- 5pm Closed Mondays, as well as Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day.
Designed in the late 1860s by architects Calvert Vaux and Frederick Law Olmstead and as part of their “Greensward Plan” to beautify a then-young Central Park, this turret-topped castle of schist and granite stands atop Vista Rock, looking out on the woodlands of The Ramble, the Turtle Pond, and panoramic views of the Upper West Side.

Originally built in 1865 as a Victorian Folly – a structure with no intended use beyond sheer delight – it would come to be used as both a weather station and a nature center. In 1919, the National Weather Service began taking wind and rainfall readings from the top floor of Belvedere’s tower, the highest point in Central Park; this practice continues today. Over the next several decades, the largely empty structure of high ceilings and winding staircases fell into increasing disrepair, until it was renovated and re-opened in 1983 as the Henry Luce Nature Observatory.

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This small natural history museum is geared towards children and families, providing education about the flora, fauna and geology of Central Park, and inviting observation via maps, binoculars, and notes. Its on-site weather instruments allow for up-to-the-minute forecasts, and its hidden corners and gentle views allow it to remain a romantic destination within the park.

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Central Park Pedicab Tour, New York City, null
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 5

Central Park Pedicab Tour

See the best of what Central Park has to offer in as little or as much time as you have from the comfort of a pedicab.

Location: New York, New York
Duration: Flexible

From USD $50.00
Pedicab Guided Tour of Central Park, New York City, City Tours
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 5

Pedicab Guided Tour of Central Park

Put a smile on your face and take a break from your routine. Sit back and enjoy a ride in the beautiful green heart of Manhattan. Our friendly tour guides are ...  Read more

Location: New York, New York
Duration: Flexible

From USD $99.00
Private Horse and Carriage Ride in Central Park, New York City, City Tours
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 2 ADMISSION : 5

Private Horse and Carriage Ride in Central Park

4.5 star rating: Recommended 3870 Reviews

Enjoy a classic experience in New York City and enjoy an open-air carriage ride through stunning Central Park! Board a historic carriage, pulled by a beautiful ...  Read more

Location: New York City, New York
Duration:

  • 15-20 or 45-50 minute options

From USD $64.97
Central Park Bike Tour, New York City, Private Sightseeing Tours
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 2 ADMISSION : 5

Central Park Bike Tour

4 star rating: Recommended 312 Reviews

Enjoy an easy bike ride through beautiful Central Park in New York City, admiring top attractions including Bethesda Fountain, Strawberry Fields, Belvedere ...  Read more

Location: New York City, New York
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $48.99
Private Central Park Bike Tour with Professional Photoshoot, New York City, Bike & Mountain Bike ... 
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 2 ADMISSION : 5

Private Central Park Bike Tour with Professional Photoshoot

Learn more about Cleopatra's needle, John Lennon's memorial at Strawberry Fields, Belvedere Castle, and how the park came to be on a guided tour of Central ...  Read more

Location: New York, New York
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $60.00
Private Central Park Horse and Carriage Ride, New York City, Bike & Mountain Bike Tours
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 2 ADMISSION : 5

Private Central Park Horse and Carriage Ride

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better 6 Reviews

Take a private horse and carriage ride through New York City's Central Park. Perfect for the holidays, anniversaries, birthdays, proposals, weddings and all ...  Read more

Location: New York City, New York
Duration: Flexible

From USD $110.00
Private Central Park Pedicab Tour, New York City, Private Sightseeing Tours
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 2 ADMISSION : 5

Private Central Park Pedicab Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 30 Reviews

This Central Park pedicab tour offers a great alternative to walking or biking, while exploring one of the world's most beautiful parks: Central Park. You will ...  Read more

Location: New York, New York
Duration: Flexible

From USD $47.00
Hudson River Park Greenway and Central Park Bike Tour, New York City, Private Sightseeing Tours
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 2 ADMISSION : 5

Hudson River Park Greenway and Central Park Bike Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 336 Reviews

Join a fabulous New York City bike ride along the Hudson River Park Greenway and through Central Park. Enjoy spectacular views of the river and city skyline as ...  Read more

Location: New York City, New York
Duration: 2 - 3 hours

From USD $55.00
Central Park Walking Tour and Photoshoot, New York City, Bike & Mountain Bike Tours
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 2 ADMISSION : 5

Central Park Walking Tour and Photoshoot

3 star rating: Worth doing 6 Reviews

During this 2-hour walking tour, a guide leads you to 30 different locations throughout Central Park, exploring itss artistic, architectural, and historical ...  Read more

Location: New York, New York
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $60.00
Central Park Bicycle Rental, New York City, Walking Tours
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 2 ADMISSION : 5

Central Park Bicycle Rental

4 star rating: Recommended 18 Reviews

There is definitely not better way to explore Central Park than by bicycle. Reserve your quality bike and go for a cruise inside the world's most beautiful ...  Read more

Location: New York, New York
Duration: Flexible

From USD $15.00

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