Castle atop Vista Rock that provides great views and houses the Henry Luce Nature Observatory
Belvedere Castle offers panoramas of the park and city. Watching Shakespeare in the Park, on a clear, warm summer evening, is to me the ultimate New York experience.
Central Park is a microcosm of the world. Walk through it on a Sunday morning in spring and your will see everything from tai chi to opera being performed. One day I found this castle with hawks flying overhead next to a pond full of snapping turtles. This miniature castle is a former folly from the original design for Central Park. Now it houses ecological exhibits. From its upper terrace, one can watch for birds (including endangered birds), and the exhibits explain the life cycle of turtles in the adjacent pond.