Kayaking & canoeing in New York City

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Kayaking & Canoeing in New York City

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  • Jan S
    1 contribution
    Lifetime experience! I usually kayak in Malibu, CA which pales in comparison to kayaking on the Hudson River. The equipment is in excellent shape and the instructors incredibly nice. They could double the price and it would still be a great deal.
    Written 13 September 2022
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  • donna
    Davie, FL6 contributions
    We had a fabulous 2 day tour of the Hudson Valley. Day 1, Anthony was an incredible guide. He took us to an alpaca farm, Vanderbilt mansion and a distillery. He even made it possible for a private tour of the distillery. Day 2, Patrick picked up where Anthony left off, even suggesting changing up the itinerary due to the weather. We loved the FDR museum and home, walking over the Hudson River and spending a gorgeous afternoon at the Benmarl Winery. Thank you Active Lifestyle Tours.
    Written 13 November 2022
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  • DavytheFatBoy
    New York16 contributions
    This is a really great experience, you can kayak (for free) in a protected embayment right on the Hudson River in lower Manhattan with views of the World Trade Center, Manhattan, and New Jersey. They say you are limited to 20 minutes, but it's usually very quiet on weekend morning and you can usually stay out as long as you like (gets busy in the afternoon). They are open 9 to 4:30 on weekends in summer, and also Tue, Wed & Thu 5:30 to 7pm (depending on weather and water conditions). They have free lockers and will lend you a lock. You have to be over eighteen (or with a parent), be able to swim (but you won't) and wear a lifejacket that they provide. Your butt will get wet, but in summer things dry fast.
    Written 15 July 2019
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  • Katie
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    I first came here back in 2016 for the free kayaking. It was a blazing hot day and I just HAD to find a way to get out on the water, somewhere in the city. Manhattan Community Boathouse was just the place! I felt so welcomed and had so much fun during my first visit that I decided to become a volunteer.

    5 years later, I still spend almost every summer weekend here, helping the organization offer the public the priceless (FREE!) experience of paddling on the Hudson river. Sharing this unique experience with the public is one of my favorite things to do in the city, and seeing the smiles on people's faces makes it all worth it. As a volunteer, I enjoy the extra training classes offered and volunteer-only kayaking trips we get to go on as well!

    A few things to know for the 2021 season, some of which is different from prior year reviews: MCBH is operating by reservation to prevent overcrowding. They are open Saturdays and Sundays from 12 PM - 6 PM through October 10. You can reserve your spot up to 2 weeks in advance on the website. Paddlers of all skill levels are invited to participate as long as you know how to swim. Anyone under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. They offer changing rooms and lockers with locks provided, so you can bring a change of clothes if you want, because you will get wet. There's no public restroom here though, so be sure to stop in Clinton Dewitt park at 54th & 11th Ave before walking over if you need to use the facilities! Otherwise, a portapotty along the bike path near the boathouse is the only toilet option.

    Did I mention it's all free? The program is run entirely by volunteers, and funded solely by donations from the public, but there is absolutely no pressure to donate. Whether you come as a volunteer or as a member of the public, I think this is the best free activity in NYC!
    Written 21 July 2021
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  • KTBNY
    New York494 contributions
    If you have some experience with standup paddleboarding, you can rent boards without taking a formal lesson. Though we didn't take a lesson, we were given some instruction before hitting the Hudson. The staff was very friendly and knowledgeable. The boards were inflatable ones in great condition. The price is right at $25 for one hour. This is one of the best deals in NYC! And it offers great views of the Freedom Tower.
    Written 14 September 2014
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