Originally built in 1865 as a Victorian Folly – a structure with no intended use beyond sheer delight – it would come to be used as both a weather station and a nature center. In 1919, the National Weather Service began taking wind and rainfall readings from the top floor of Belvedere’s tower, the highest point in Central Park; this practice continues today. Over the next several decades, the largely empty structure of high ceilings and winding staircases fell into increasing disrepair, until it was renovated and re-opened in 1983 as the Henry Luce Nature Observatory.
Tours & Tickets
Experience the very first electric bike tour in New York City! This tour packs in a ton of views of Central Park and the West Side with less pedaling. E-bikes ... Read more
Location: New York City, New York
Duration: 3.5 to 4 hrs