Central Park, New York City
In Central Park, at the pond known as the Conservatory Water, remote control model sailboats can be rented. This location, by the way is well worth a visit in it own right, especially in spring when the trees are in bloom. The images here focus on this beauty exclusively (sorry). See the link below for details about renting a model boat. There's a decent patio cafe here also.
Equipment: You can bring your own model powered or sailboat if you like, but the rental equipment is very nice.
Skaters in frigid NYC have had real luck this winter, due to the Dietch Gallery's current exhibition, which includes a fantastic kidney bowl. A wooden sculpture with pool coping all the way around, the kidney-shaped shallow end is 4 foot into a 9 foot deep end. The show runs through Feb 1st, and we're not sure what will happen to it afterwards. Hopefully, it will find a new home nearby. The show highlights gifted artists like Ed Templeton and Larry Clark. It is open to all skaters, once a waiver is signed. Helmets required, but sometimes optional. Sessions have been going down daily, with serious rippers stopping in from Virginia thru Rhode Island. Stop in for a ride!
Equipment: Helmets are required, other pads are optional. Some people like to skate little bigger boards in bowls. I hope they find a building to keep this after this exibition closes.
Built in 1892 the Claremont Riding Academy is the oldest operating stable in New York. Home to the many horses that walk the short distance to the Park it provides boarding facilities and courteous service for anyone who wants to keep their horse in New York for the purpose of riding in Central Park.
Equipment: Experienced riders only. Hourly rental ($50 an hour) and bring your own helmut.
In the spring and summer and for a month in autumn, small rowboats cross the watery Central Park lake and are definitely a part of the entire Central Park experience!
Visitors enjoyed this pasttime since Central Park opened in the 19th Century when "passage boats"carrying 12 passengers at a time would take visitors around the Lake, stopping for departures and arrivals at 6 boat landings located along the shore of the Lake.
Four of those boat landings still exist providing shelter for those who want a serene place to rest while taking in the lovely views of the Lake!
Equipment: Just show up!
You can completely go around Central Park, not stopping of course, in less then an hour.
**You have to stay on the main roads (all really well marked) and there is a bike/running path so you don't have to worry about cars, etc.
This should not be the only way you experience the park but it gives you a great sense of how big the park is and allows you to see a few of the must-sees.
**Definitely walk all around the park afterwards so you can see more of the hidden treasures of the park. It's quite magnificent.
Rentals are available March through October, weather permitting
Not open on Mondays!!!
Hours are as follows:
Tuesday through Sunday
10:00am to 5:00pm (4:00pm in the winter)
Equipment: The obvious things.... A bottle of water is a good idea and a camera for some pics.
You can stop wherever you'd like and walk the bikes (you can't ride them on the unmarked paths) .. it just might get costly for the bike rental (which is by the hour).
Both single and tandem bikes are available here but, if you ask me, the tandem bike doesn't sound like a good idea for the person in the back of it - you see less of the park and more of your partner's head - just my two cents!! :)
In Central Park there is always something going on in summer. It is a pleasure to walk through. I have seen many skaters, cyclists and many people running around to keep their body in shape. It is a lifely park and huge, which makes it possible for you to find a quiet spot somewhere. Although in weekends it can be tough to find.
Come the weekend and the people of New York are out in force in Central park.
One particular area near the open banstand is used by roller bladers, both old and young.
Sit and watch for a while as these bladers go through their moves.
Equipment: To join in you will need your own skates, could be a good investment if you intend to carry on when you get home.
One of the best things about moving to New York from San Francisco is the fact that there are almost no hills, the city is flat. This makes it a great city to see on rollerblades. A significant amount of new yorkers resort to this healthy and fun alternative for their transportation within manhattan.
There are long trails within Central park for the nature lovers and timid of heart, for the adventure seeker and expert the city can be easily explored on skates, just watch out for the traffic and pedestrians.
In the outer boroughs of Brooklyn and Queens, there are many trails along the shores which make for great skating expeditions. Just consult a map most parks have tarred running and skating trails along the water front.
Equipment: I would personally recommend slower skates, perhaps abec 3 bearings and lower. In the city it always best to be able to stop quickly and never gather too much speed.
If your going to stick within central park you can go as fast as you wish.
You can also rent skates once you get to NYC.
Aawwww Central Park! A beautiful park in the daytime! What a place for a picnic, a stroll, fresh air, and a place to meet others, who share your same interests! Take a horse drawn buggy ride with your sweetheart, or maybe somebody you'll meet ;). They start at $34.oo for the first 20 minutes. One word of advice, avoid it at night. I know it has had a bad rep in the past, but still be aware of your surroundings.
Equipment: Go biking, rollerblading, play frisbie, do a touchdown dance, bring your favorite picnic items! You can find a spot admist all the beautiful trees and scenery. Take some time out of your busy schedule, to relax and enjoy the natural part of Manhattan! :)
We watched lots of kids and dads play hockey together, it was really nice.
Equipment: They all lugged their own equipment in rolling bags. I guess that goes with the hobby.
Go to Central Park and get amateur games for fun.Lot's to learn with those guys.
Softball game with the NBC people. Somewhere aroud there is a very well know TV presenter which name I don't remember.
Central Park is full of roller-bladers, cyclists, joggers, walkers, etc, at weekends. The entire route is about 5 miles long - I did this jog once on a hot summer's day and once was enough.
When we did have picknick in Central park we sat just beside some stones/rocks.
After a while there where coming people who was climbing this "mountains"........