The Loeb Boathouse is a romantic and tranquil haven in the heart of New York City’s cherished Central Park. Surrounded by the beautiful green land and waterscapes of Central Park, the Loeb Boathouse offers a one-of-a-kind venue for special celebrations and occasions. Set on the shores of the park’s lake and created to seamlessly blend in with the surrounding environment, The Loeb Boathouse offers a beautifully appointed venue with stunning lake views for romantic and private events. Designed and built in 1872 by Central Park landscape architect Calvert Vaux, the boathouse was initially a two-story Victorian, wooden structure that was 12 by 20 feet long, which was later replaced by a larger structure, which still stands today. The current Loeb Boathouse was designed by Chief Park designer Stuart Constable and officially opened in 1954 and has since become a landmark restaurant and unique venue for private events.

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Amenities & Facilities

Special events at The Loeb Boathouse are held in the Lake Room, which boasts 4,300 square feet of space and is situated next to the restaurant. The beautifully appointed room features stunning southern views of the lake and has a 450 square foot deck surrounded by an exquisitely landscaped English garden that can be used for outdoor ceremonies, alfresco-style cocktail parties or as an overflow area for more significant functions. The Lake Room and outdoor deck can accommodate up to 230 guests for a cocktail reception, and parking can be found in several public garages outside the park.


Services and amenities included in the rental of the venue for events are the use of the Lake Room for five hours, a cocktail hour with butler-passed hors-d'oeuvres, followed by a four-course seated dinner with a choice of two entrées, wine service during the meal, and a five-hour open bar. Also included are tables, chairs, linens, napkins, serve ware, votive candles, outdoor lighting, a dance floor, a coat check with an attendant, an onsite manager for the day and set-up and clean-up of the venue. Catering, beverages, décor, and flowers must be supplied by one the venue’s preferred vendors, while outside vendors can provide other services such as entertainment and photography. The site has a bridal suite and dressing room for the bridal party to use if required, and guests can also enjoy the time-honored tradition of relaxing rides in rented rowboats or authentic Venetian gondolas on the lake as they soak up the views of the surrounding Central Park.

General Information

The Loeb Boathouse is located in the heart of Central Park at E 72nd St & Park Drive North and is wheelchair accessible. Cars are not allowed in the park, however, there is parking in several nearby garages outside the park and within walking distance of the venue.

E 72nd St & Park Drive North, New York, NY 10021, Phone: 212-517-2233

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