In the midst of the glitz and the glamour of New York City’s busy atmosphere, it’s hard to get a calm moment where time seems to stay still. Central Park is a place where many go to jog, play softball, ride bikes and have picnics and this little bit of nature surrounded by concrete has even more to offer when it comes to serenity. It’s hard to have a romantic moment in New York City when everyone is on a New York minute. Sometimes you get rushed out of restaurants because of the long waits outside despite paying top dollar. The best place to get away from everything with just your loved one just might be the Central Park paddle boat rentals. At least for me it was.
Few people know this but Central Park boasts a “Loeb Boathouse,” at the lake off East Drive at 74th Street. My cousin Rebecca told me it was mandatory that I take my girlfriend here and that she’d love me unconditionally for the rest of the week, so with that recommendation I made the trek. It turns out it was an awesome suggestion. You arrive at the Loeb Boathouse in Central Park, and there are no reservations. Everything works on a first come, first serve basis. The Loeb Boathouse shop is only open from April to October on days with good enough weather, but the rentals are available from 10 am to 5:30 Pm.
We got to Loeb Boathouse at about 4:00pm which was fine because the boat didn’t have to be back until 6:30pm. I was pretty nervous being that I can’t swim but they equipped me with an orange life jacket (optional) that made for an awesome Instagram moment! The paddle boats didn’t take as much effort to navigate as you would believe, and half way into our ride we imagined we were Jack and Rose on a Titanic life boat. It would be great if this location was opened for late night boat rides, because as the sun began to set and the time near 6:30 we only wished we had more time.
The water seemed pretty clean and didn’t have any weird odors, and my girlfriend was impressed by how I captained the ship which is always a great feeling (cool points). For a miniscule fortune, we had a 2 hour vacation filled with relaxation.