The copper-roofed boathouse stands east of Conservatory Water, Central Park's famous model boat pond, more formally known as Conservatory Water. The building features a cafe with light refreshments and has restrooms.
The boathouse replaced an old wooden structure in 1954. Inside model yachts are housed. The boathouse also features a cafe with a variety of light snacks and beverages, a delightful patio with beautiful, seasonal perennial planting beds On pleasant days, a variety of model ships, most remote-controlled, glide across the water. The sailboats are either privately owned or rented at a cart provided by the boathouse.
On Saturdays, beginning around 10:00 am, races are held on the water. It's at this spot that Stuart Little, the beloved character of E.B. White's story, sailed his fictional sailboat to victory. In 1993, the Conservancy refurbished the boathouse's terrace, incorporating the benches and planting beds you see today. The Conservancy later restored the pond, replacing the concrete stone with durable and attractive granite. The spot has also been a gathering spot for birders searching for signs of the famous Fifth Avenue red-tailed hawks.