Conservatory Water

Boats on the Water
Boats on the Water by CJay

Central Park Model Yacht Club is Celebrating Their 100th Anniversary This Year. The rental season has started.

Boating Season: April to October  (weather permitting can be extended to November)

Inspired by the model boat ponds of late 19th century Paris, Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux created a place where children and adults alike could experience the pleasure of boating, in addition to the other attractions Conservatory Water has to offer.

Not an original part of Olmsted and Vaux's "Greensward Plan" for the Park, Conservatory Water was initially intended to be a small pool for a glass house and formal, ornamental flower garden. When the upkeep of this plan proved itself too costly, Conservatory Water and Conservatory Garden were created in its place.

This 72nd street site is bordered by the whimsical Alice in Wonderland statue to the north, as well as a sculpture of children's author Hans Christian Anderson reading his tale, The Ugly Duckling, to the west. While open for ice skating during the winter months, the pond is best known as a place for boating in spring and summertime, mentioned as such in E.B. White's Stuart Little.

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Surrounded by the pink and white blossoms of spring blooming cherry trees, Conservatory Water holds its boating season from April to October each year. Boat rentals are available at the Kerbs Memorial Boathouse, as are lessons for the budding model boat enthusiast.

The Kerbs boathouse also features a cafe, run by Le Pain Quotidien, with a variety of light snacks and beverages. It has a delightful patio with beautiful, seasonal perennial planting beds. The cafe is open during the boating season. It opens at 7AM and technically the closing time is 15 minutes before sunset. It may close earlier due to poor weather or lack of customers.

2016 Season Hours for rentals

Monday to Thursday 11am-5pm
Friday 11am-7pm
Saturday 1pm-7pm
Sunday 10am-6pm

Cost $11 for 30 minutes

**Hours are subject to change due to weather or private events.


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