Rowing On The Lake
March through October, weather permitting
Rowboat Rental Hours:
The Loeb Boathouse daily, 10:00am to 5:00pm (last rental)
Boats must be returned by 6:30pm
$10 for the first hour, and $2.50 each additional 15 minutes; $30 cash deposit required
Up to five people per boat. No reservations
In the spring and summer and for a month in autumn rowboats cross the watery vista at times appearing inimical to the total Central ParkLake experience.
Visitors enjoyed this pastime since Central Park opened in the 19th Century when "passage boats" carrying 12 passengers at a time would take visitors around the Lake, stopping for departures and arrivals at 6 boat landings located along the shore of the Lake
. Four of those boat landings still exist providing shelter for those who want a serene place to rest while taking in the majestic view of the Lake
with its Mute Swans, many ducks and if you are lucky a Great Egret or a Black-crowned Night-Heron.
Today rowing on the Lake is as popular as ever. It is a romantic experience for those in search of romance and a form of outdoor relaxation and entertainment.