Perhaps the most notable place to paddle around on the water in New York City is in the heart of Central Park on the Lake. Loeb Boathouse, which is also a restaurant and bar, rents rowboats from mid-April through October, allowing you to paddle around the Lake to enjoy nature and people-watch. As boats are moored next to the boathouse bar, the first sight along the way is Bethesda Fountain, home to the iconic Angel of Waters statue. Other highlights include the cast-iron Bow Bridge, the Fifth Avenue skyline peeking over the tops of the trees, and the hundreds of varieties of plants and trees.
Authentic Venetian gondola rides are also available by reservation if you wish to sit back and enjoy a romantic taste of Italy, while someone else paddles you around the lake. The Boathouse claims that if you're lucky, your gondolier might just serenade you in song as he poles, creating the ultimate romantic event for you and a loved one. Either way, getting out on the water offers a unique perspective for viewing Central Park.
- April 15th through October, weather permitting: 10am to 5:30pm daily
- Rentals cost $10 for the first hour, and $2.50 each additional 15 minutes; $30 cash deposit required. Up to 4 people per boat.
- Location: Park's Loeb Boathouse on East 72nd St. & Park Drive North, New York, NY
- Phone: 212-517-2233
- Website: www.thecentralparkboathouse.com