Conservatory Water

Conservatory Water

From April through October, kids (and kids at heart) steer radio- and wind-powered model boats across Conservatory Water’s glassy surface; each winter, conditions permitting, it turns into an ice-skating rink. Model boat rentals and a café can be found at the adjacent Kerbs Boathouse.

Visitors to Conservatory Water often recognize it as a highlight of E.B. White’s 1945 story, Stuart Little, and its 1999 film adaptation. The ornamental pond was originally constructed in 1858 as a reflecting pool for a glass conservatory, but the plan for the structure was abandoned. Instead, in the tradition of Parisian parks, it became a playground for model boats — and, consequently, one of the Park’s most beloved children’s attractions.

Location

East Side at 72nd-75th Streets

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Restrooms

Yes

Available at Kerbs Boathouse