29. Belvedere Castle
Belvedere Castle was designed by Calvert Vaux and Frederick Law Olmsted in 1869. It sits on top of the large Vista Rock over the Great Lawn of Central Park. with an outdoor observation deck, meant to give everyone an amazing view of Central Park. The word “Belvedere” means “beautiful view” in Italian. In 1919, the National Weather Service use the castle to gather meteorological data. By the 1960’s, this was moved to Rockefeller Center, and a $340,000 historical grant was used to restore the castle to its original grandeur in the 1990’s. In 2018, the Central Park Conservancy did yet another renovation. This time, it cost $12 million.
The castle was open to visitors once again in June of 2019. Guests can climb up a winding staircase to the second floor to get one of the best views of Central Park and the surrounding cityscape of New York City. It also has a visitor center and gift shop.