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.