Central Park is a National Historic Landmark of the United States. The 778 hectare park is located in Manhattan, New York City or as it is famously known, “The Big Apple”. This is one of the most popular places to visit in the world and every tourist who has been to New York can attest to that. It is the most visited urban park in the United States, recording a whopping 40 million visitors in 2013.
Belvedere Castle Part 1
Major uses of the castle:
1. The Belvedere Castle as a tourist destination
The castle itself looks stunning built on a rise in the Central Park, giving it a somewhat fairy-tale feel to it. Its current design is complete with turrets and flags and for photographers this would be a fantastic shot for their collection.
Inside the castle, you will have access to not only one of the most spectacular views in the world but also an array of historical facts from the Henry Luce Nature Observatory. These are mostly the skeletons and recreations of some of the local birds using paper Mache. The view from the tower is breathtaking and as picturesque as its name suggests. Bird watchers will certainly enjoy catching glimpses of hawks, kestrels or even the occasional osprey.
All through the year, the Belvedere Castle is open to the public and a number of community programs are hosted there for free including astronomy talks, birding events and even a haunted castle every Halloween.
2. The Belvedere Castle as a weather station
The castle has proved instrumental in the capturing and recording of the weather conditions of Central Park and the general Manhattan weather. Scientific weather instruments are mounted on the castle’s towers to measure the speed and direction of the wind. This has been made possible due to the slightly raised nature of the castle, which makes it very strategic. Collected data is sent to their forecast office located at Brookhaven National Library on Long Island.
The Belvedere castle is a great place to visit while in New York. Its striking beauty and the stunning landscape that surrounds it will immerse you in a fantastic world where fairy-tales might just seem perceivable.
There are various community and family programs, hosted there for free. Such wonderful programs are “On a Wing” – birding even, storytelling, astronomy talks, and even every Halloween – a haunted castle event! You can have a picnic but you need to obtain a permit which is inexpensive and quite easy to get from local authorities. Belvedere Castle is a true beauty at the heart of Central Park!