This Iconic New York Attraction Is Closing For The Rest Of 2018

If you haven’t explored this iconic Central Park spot, you’re going to have to wait another year – New York City’s Belvedere Castle is closing for all of 2018.

This beautiful stone castle is a popular tourist stop and offers some of the best views of the park. It was designed by Calvert Vaux in 1869 and looks like a fairytale palace. Though it certainly conjures up images of princesses and dragons, it was actually meant to serve as a U.S. Weather Bureau station.

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Now, the Central Park Conservancy plans to close the castle for the entirety of 2018 in order to perform much-need renovations and construction. In addition to generally cleaning up the outside, the Conservancy means to install new drainage, restore the wood pavilions on the main plaza and terraces, waterproof certain areas and rebuild the wood tower that originally stood in the main pavilion.

Though Belvedere Castle won’t be open this year, there are still plenty of other great spots to explore in NYC. Check out some one-of-a-kind museums in the city here.