In Italian, “belvedere” means beautiful view, which is indeed what the balconies of this 19th-century fairytale-style castle in the middle of Central Park offer visitors. Seated on Vista Rock, Belvedere Castle is surrounded by trees and shrubbery and overlooks the Great Lawn, Turtle Pond, Delacourt Theater, and Ramble. Since 1919, the National Weather Service has used Belvedere Castle for wind and rainfall measurements. In 1983, the Central Park Conservancy restored the structure and created the Henry Luce Nature Observatory. Inside you’ll find natural-history specimens, telescopes and microscopes, and field packs for exploring Central Park. Community programs are offered year-round.