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Loeb BoathouseThe Highlights
At Loeb Boathouse, visitors can rent rowboats, hire an authentic Venetian gondola, or dine overlooking views of the Lake.
Boating on the Lake has been a popular pastime since the Park's earliest days. In 1874, Park architect Calvert Vaux designed a rustic building on the eastern shoreline on the same spot where the boats are stored today and rowboats drift about the adjacent lake, as they have for over 150 years. The Loeb Boathouse that is so well known today opened at the Lake's northeastern tip in 1954. There is a formal dining room and a popular cafeteria that even has a welcoming fireplace in winter. Also, listen for the calls of many indigenous birds, as The Loeb Boathouse is a haven for avid birdwatchers. Proof can be found in the official “Bird Register,” a 2-inch loose-leaf notebook where observations are recorded. And finally, don’t forget to look for butterflies. To date, twenty-six species have been noted. Even though the Boathouse has evolved into a landmark restaurant – it continues to provide boating enthusiasts with rentable rowboats, so they may enjoy one of life's simple pleasures in the heart of New York City.