When most people think of romantic cities, Paris, Venice, Rome, and even Rio usually come first to their minds. New York City can also be quite romantic though, and the best place to experience this is in Central Park. We’ve all seen the images of horse rides through the park, of lovers ice-skating in the pond with the Plaza Hotel in the background. Well, these things are indeed romantic, but there is so much more to the park than this! Please consider our suggestions below:
1) Rent a rowboat at the Central Park Boathouse
Spend a few hours floating around Central Park Lake, taking in the scenery and watching the wildlife (and people)! The lake boasts a sizeable duck population, some swans and even great egrets and herons. Boats can be rented at the Loeb Boathouse from March through October (weather permitting) from 10am to 5pm, and must be returned by 6:30pm. Each boat holds up to 4 people and costs $12 per hour.
2) Rent a Gondola at the Central Park Boathouse
In the past, Central Park visitors could rent a gondola with a genuine Venetian gondolier to pole them around the lake. This time is long gone, but you can still rent “La Fia de Venezia” (The daughter of Venice), Central Park’s own gondola imported directly from Italy’s city on the water. This 37-foot gondola is available at the boathouse during the city’s warmer months, though you can keep it out much later than a paddleboat (to 9pm on weekdays and 10pm on weekends). Up to six people can fit on “La Fia de Venezia”, at a cost of $30 per hour. Reservations are required, to make them call (212) 517-2233.
3) Eat a romantic meal at the Lakeside Restaurant
Ever since the Tavern on the Green closed, the Boathouse Lakeside Restaurant has been Central Park’s single preferred place to “see and be seen.” Overlooking the lake and the its wildlife, the restaurant is the perfect place to enjoy a romantic lunch or dinner during the city’s warmer months. Watch the rowboats and occasional gondola drift by as you relax inside this urban oasis. (212) 517-2233