This information center operated by the Central Park Conservancy is also the local outpost of the U.S. Weather Service, which has been reporting temperature and rainfall measurements at this spot since 1919. In the parks original plan, the diminutive castle was built on this 135-foot rock (the highest point in the park) to present a vista for strollers down on the Mall. Because of its size, its appearance off in the distance makes it seem to be miles away rather than just a couple of blocks. It also looks down into the Delacorte Theater, providing unusual views of the free productions of Shakespeare in the Park presented there every summer. The best way to approach Belvedere Castle is from the West Drive at the Swedish Cottage, where a paved pathway climbs up through the Shakespeare Garden, among the best gardens Central Park has to offer.
BELVEDERE CASTLE NEW YORK Photo Gallery