The castle has been restored to its former glory over the last 15 months.
The sight’s recent restoration, which was funded by The Thompson Family Foundation for $12 million, involved repairing some of the castle’s original historic elements while installing a geothermal system to cool and heat the Castle’s interior. This green design mission required workers digging 400 feet into Vista Rock to form a zero emissions, energy efficient and environmentally sustainable system.
This summer, you can bring the kids on new CPC-ran tours of the Belvedere, including “The Belvedere: Beautiful View Tour” which provides visitors with views of the vista’s Great Lawn from the castle while also teaching them about the sight’s history and preservation. “Discovery Walks for Families: Turtle Pond” is also another available tour where guides will teach visitors about the five species of turtles who live in the Pond year-round, the Pond’s history, and how to maintain a healthy water-body through guided kid-friendly activities.
The Conservancy’s Belvedere Castle Visitor Center will be open from June 28–August 9 from 9am-7pm and from 10am-5pm in fall, winter, and spring (excluding major holidays). To learn more or book a tour at the Conservatory, visit centralparknyc.org, or follow the Central Park Conservatory on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook @centralparknyc.