Locations: (1) Pier 96, Clinton (at 56th St.), (2) Pier Pier 40 & Houston Street, New York
The Downtown Boathouse, located in Hudson River Park, provides free access to the Hudson River waterfront for kayaks and other small craft. This volunteer organization offers free walk up-kayaking from May 15-October 15 on weekends and weekday evenings. It’s true! The only requirement is that you bring a bathing suit and know how to swim. You’re provided with a kayak, life jacket and paddle, then you’re on your own for a 20 minute in a protected area around the boathouse. Kids must be accompanied by an adult in the same boat. The 3-hour kayaking trips are held every weekend from June 11th to September 25th. Those with their own kayaks can usually join in, but plan to be there before 8:AM. Introductory kayak classes are held every Wednesday evening. For those interested in learning to kayak, the boat house is the place to go.