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The Central Park Boathouse – Where Carrie and Big Went Swimming

Jan 17th, 2008 | By | Category: Sex and the City Filming Locations

home1-test.jpg One of my very favorite episodes of Sex and the City (oh, who am I kidding – every episode is my favorite episode!) was the Season Three Finale when Carrie decides, after much deliberation and a big fight with Miranda, to meet Mr. Big for lunch. Just before the lunch, Carrie promises Miranda that no matter what happens she will NOT kiss Mr. Big.

img_03222.jpg Of course, that is easier said than done! When Big sees Carrie standing on the small dock outside the restaurant, he leans in to kiss her and as she tries to back away from him, they both fall into the pond and start cracking up hysterically. God, I love Sex and the City!

This scene was shot at The Boathouse Restaurant, which I happened to spot on my very first trip to New York as we were walking through Central Park. It is an adorable little restaurant that sits right on the lake. According to my Sex and the City: Kiss and Tell book, SJP cut her foot when she fell in the water shooting this scene and had to be given a tetanus shot right after.

The Boathouse is a great place to eat lunch during the spring and summer months. You can eat lunch and watch the pedal-boaters float by. After lunch you can stop by the boat rental dock and take a nice afternoon boatride across the lake.

Until next time, Happy Stalking!

Stalk It: The Boathouse Restaurant is located in the middle of Central Park at E. 72nd Street and Park Drive North. The restaurant is only open during the months of April through November. You can visit their website here – The Boathouse. Carrie and Big fell off the boat rental dock to the left of the restaurant’s entrance. Sex and the City: Kiss and Tell is a great resource for SATC fans – it contains a map with locations of many SATC filming locations and a lot of behind the scenes info.



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  1. Mkat says:

    Does anyone know the season and episode where Carrie walks under a row of cherry trees as the blossoms are falling down?

  2. I was not ready with my post 😉

    We are Intending to visit NY in spring 2012
    Greetings from the Netherlands!

  3. Hello

    Is this boathouse easy to find in central parc?
    I try to make my oen SATC tour by feet so its also Nice for my husband to take à walk around in manhattan.
    Still Searching for other adresses from my favo serie, so feeling free to mail me 😉
    We are intending

  4. perrystreet says:


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