If you are wondering what all you can visit while taking Central Park bike tours, you’ll be surprised at the variety available. Whether you are in the mood for history, art, nature or entertainment, the Big Apple never disappoints. Even in the heart of the metropolis, there are several places you can enjoy serene bodies of water right in Central Park.
As seen in the movie “Stuart Little,” this body of water is often filled with miniature boats. These wind or radio powered vessels decorate the clear water from April through October. If you don’t have a small boat to play in the water with, don’t worry; there are many available for you to rent. Kerbs Memorial Boathouse is right here for you to grab some snacks or refreshments, as well. While in the area, don’t forget to check out the Hans Christian Anderson statue just west of the water.
You can find this body of water at the north end of Central Park bike tours. “Harlem Meer” is Dutch for “lake.” This is the perfect spot for some catch-and-release fishing. You and your family can borrow fishing poles from the Charles A. Dana Discovery Center for an afternoon filled with nature. Take your children and enjoy an afternoon spotting the different fish, turtles, and birds that fill the area. In the fall, there is the Halloween Pumpkin Flotilla. And in the winter, there is the Holiday Lighting.
The Lake is the largest of Central Park’s water bodies, measuring a hefty 20 acres. It was designed by Calvert Vaux and Frederick Law Olmstead for a boating and ice skating spot. You will find it about mid-park, between 71st and 78th streets. It’s the perfect spot to bring the family and bike around, have a picnic, or go boating. While enjoying your Central Park bike tours around The Lake, be sure to stop by the iconic Bow Bridge. This elegant bridge is named for the arched shape. You may have seen it in any of a number of movies, so be sure to get your picture on it while here.
Bethesda Terrace and Fountain
Don’t forget to visit the iconic Bethesda Terrace and Fountain while taking your Central Park bike tours. You’ll find this delightful architecture overlooking The Lake. This is another part of the park that underwent massive restoration during the 1980s by the Central Park Conservancy. The current look offers gorgeous landscaping and a fresh cover for the architecture that was fading away.