9 Knightly Ways to Spend Your Days in NYC

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Every kid loves to travel back in time – especially to the age of dark castles, noble knights and precious princesses. There’s plenty to do for the princess-obsessed, but what about kids who fantasize about being brave knights, riding galloping horses and slaying fierce dragons? Well, have no fear. Here are nine knightly ways to spend your days – and, in some cases, nights – from fencing and jousting to checking out armor and trying on capes.

<h3><a target="_blank" href="http://www.centralparknyc.org/visit/things-to-see/great-lawn/belvedere-castle.html">Belvedere Castle</a></h3> One simple word can send kids’ hearts a-flutter: castle. And we have one for you smack-dab in the middle of Central Park: <a target="_blank" href="http://www.centralparknyc.org/visit/things-to-see/great-lawn/belvedere-castle.html">Belvedere Castle</a>. Although it may not have been built during the Middle Ages (don’t tell the young’uns), Belvedere Castle sure has all the markings of a real one, and, most importantly, it has the name. Originally constructed as a “Victorian folly” (a building built primarily for decoration), Belvedere Castle is now used as an observatory for bird watchers and tourists and as a magical place for your kids to explore and pretend. Sitting atop Vista Rock, the castle offers the highest views of Central Park. Stand on one of the two observation decks, and get ready to be blown away with the spectacular views of the Great Lawn, Turtle Pond, and Delacorte Theater. Kids will love climbing the winding staircases that are so narrow that only one line of people can ascend or descend at a time. The castle is big enough to elicit a few “This is cool” from your kids, but small enough to explore within 20 minutes. <address><a target="_blank" href="http://www.centralparknyc.org/visit/things-to-see/great-lawn/belvedere-castle.html">Belvedere Castle</a></address><address>Mid-Park at 79th Street, south of Turtle Pond</address><address>New York, Ny</address><address><b>Phone</b>: 212-772-0288</address><address><b>Hours</b>: Daily, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.</address><address><b>Cost</b>: Free</address><address><b>Ages</b>: All ages</address><address><b>Need to Know</b>: The castle is located deep within the park, so it’s a hike for little ones.</address><address> </address><address><em>Image courtesy of Alice Perry</em>fuck
Where do you like to go with your knight-obsessed kid? 
 
– Alice Perry