Manhattan – Central Park
Central Park, midpark at 79th St at Broadway
Designed in 1865 by Calvert Vaux and Jacob Wrey Mould as a Victorian “Folly,” Belvedere Castle sits high atop Vista Rock, which is the second-highest natural elevation in Central Park. In addition to serving as a venue from which to see breathtaking views, the castle (located mid-park at 79th Street) serves as a weather station. Discovery Kits—which include binoculars, a hand lens, flora and fauna identification guides, colored pencils and paper—are available to borrow, with a picture ID and deposit, on behalf of budding naturalists.