Free kayaking in NYC? Yes please!
Who wouldn’t want to spend an afternoon leisurely paddling around pristine crystal clear blue waters?
Yeah, and then there is the murky Hudson River.
Long gone are the days when swimming in the former superfund site was a Fear Factor-worthy endeavor. The river clean-up has been a huge success and the water quality has greatly improved.
Besides, most healthy costal estuaries are murky.
New York, being a port city, has surprisingly many water sport opportunities to be had on multiple locations in our fair city, most free and staffed by helpful volunteers. In general a safety few rules need to be observed: all participants must know how to swim, kids under 16 must paddle with a parent or an adult over 18. You will be asked to sign a liability waiver. Most boat houses supply the kayaks, paddles, offer assistance out on the water and life jackets. Equipment is assigned first come first serve and when busy, paddle times may be limited to about 20 minutes. Bring some sunscreen and a change of clothes, you will get a wet bottom and feet.
Brooklyn Bridge Park Boathouse - Brooklyn on the East River
Between Pier 1 & 2 dock in Brooklyn Bridge Park, Dumbo
Saturdays 10am-3pm and Thursdays 5:30-6:45pm
Go kayaking in one of the most scenic locations in the harbor and enjoy amazing views of Manhattan and the Brooklyn Bridge. There is a lot of fun to be had in the neighborhood, check out the pop up pool and activities on the Piers. The lines can get pretty long so come early.
Downtown Boathouse – Pier 26 Tribeca, Manhattan on the Hudson River
Saturdays and Sundays 9Am to 4:30 Pm, weekday evenings from 5 -6:30PM
Pier 96 at W. 56th Street, Manhattan on the Hudson River
Saturday and Sunday 10AM – 6PM, Monday to Wednesday 5:30pm – 7:30pm
Thursday & Friday closed
West 72nd Street Location in Riverside Park
Saturdays and Sundays 10am-5pm
Monday to Friday closed
Red Hook Boaters - Red Hook Brooklyn
At the beach at Louis Valentino Jr. Pier Park, Coffey and Van Brunt Street
Sundays, 1:00PM - 5:00PM: June 7th until September 27th.
Thursdays, 6:00PM - 8:00PM: June 11th until August 13th.
Governor's Island kayakingis currently closed for dock repairs.
Inwood Canoe Club in Northern Manhattan
The Inwood Canoe Club offers short kayak trips to the public on Sundays 10 am to noon, from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day weekend.