Model Sailboats

Whether you have a radio powered sailboat, or a wind-powered sloop, model sail boating in Central Park at the Conservatory Water is a delight for participants and observers; whether adults, children or, in one case, a rather notable rodent.

The site is named for a conservatory that was included in the original plans by Frederick Law Olmsted’s and Calvert Vaux. In the course of its construction city budget cuts forced them to reconsider and instead create an American version the model boat ponds they had seen in Paris. Today radio powered boats as well as uniquely constructed sailboats with large wind driven sails stream across the shimmering waters. A serious sport for many adults it is not uncommon to see little children staring in awe at grown men who have brought their uniquely intricate creations to the pond for a sail. The Kerbs Boat House located directly behind the Conservatory Water is a storage house for many large power drive sailboats that can be rented throughout the sailing season.

Location : Conservatory Water, east side between 72nd and 75th Streets

When : Approximately April through October

Bring your own model sail boat, or call Central Park Sailboats at 917-796-1382 for information on model boat sales and rentals. For permits and boat storage call 212-360-8133.