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Bike Culture Meets Boat Culture

Ever since the Olmsted Parks Conservancy landed a couple of pedal boats for Gala Waters (Hoyt Lake), they have been in action pretty much non-stop. According to the Delaware Park boat attendants, the pedal boats have been a big hit, because people can relate to them like bicycles. The action of pedaling is a lot of fun, and two riders get to participate. The boats are easy to steer with a center console handle that turns the rudder effortlessly – the faster you pedal the faster you go.

The other popular feature on the pedal boat is the canopy that not only looks nice, it keeps some of the sun off of the boaters. Boat rentals are $10 for half an hour and $15 for an hour. Operation days are Thursday through Sunday 12pm to 7pm. Last boat at 6:30pm. Olmsted Parks members ride for free! The boats were donated by Delaware North this summer. Along with the pedal boats, there are also a couple of jon boats to cruise around on. Maybe not as much fun for the youngsters, but certainly a bit classier for the older folks and the true romantics! It’s nice to know that you can boat all the way to the Japanese Gardens these days, one of the most romantic spots around.

Written by queenseyes


Newell Nussbaumer is 'queenseyes' - Eyes of the Queen City and Founder of Buffalo Rising. Co-founder Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts. Co-founder Powder Keg Festival that built the world's largest ice maze (Guinness Book of World Records). Instigator behind Emerald Beach at the Erie Basin Marina. Co-created Flurrious! winter festival. Co-creator of Rusty Chain Beer. Instigator behind Saturday Artisan Market (SAM) at Canalside, Buffalo Porchfest, and Paint vs. Paint. Founder of The Peddler retro and vintage market on Elmwood. Instigator behind Liberty Hound @ Canalside. Throws The Witches Ball at Statler City, the Hertel Alley Street Art Festival, and The Flutterby Festival.

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