The Lake, Central Park’s second largest body of water (the Reservoir is the largest) spans about 20 acres and is centrally located between 71st and 78th streets. Before the creation of nearby Wollman Rink, the Lake served as a central winter gathering place and on one record day supported up to 40,000 ice skaters.   Though you can’t ice skate on it anymore, you can still enjoy the colorful autumn views and turning of the leaves via rowboat.  One of the park’s most popular and romantic activities, rowboats are available for rent April – November, weather permitting.  Or if you prefer, enjoy the scenic view from one of the 4 landing docks or the Ladies Pavillion and Hernshead just steps away on the west side of the Lake.   If it gets too cold, you can always warm up and take in the surroundings while protected in the warmth of the Boathouse Restaurant as you enjoy a meal or beverage of your choice.

Autumn in New York.

A great place to hangout with friends or just read a good book.

Beautiful Autumn day at the Lake.

There are three landing docks located on the west side of Central Park from 72nd to 76st.
Location: Mid-Park from 71st to 78th Streets.

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