Kayaking (Downtown Boathouse), New York City, New York
Pier 40, 353 West St, New York City, New York 10014| Map |
The Downtown Boathouse is a volunteer-run organization that provides kayaking programs free to the public at several locations throughout New York Harbor.
Ratings by kids' ages
- Tots (0-2)
- Little kids (3-5)
- Big kids (6-8)
- Tweens (9-12)
- Teens (13+)
Tips for Families
You must know how to swim. Before you go out, you must sign a waiver (one per person - good for the whole season) and put on a life jacket. Once on the water, obey all instructions, stay in the designated area, and stay away from the sea walls and the piers. Return to dock after 20 minutes and ask if the boat is in need. Persons under 18 can only go kayaking if a legal guardian is present to sign their waiver. The guardian must remain at location while the child is on the water. Persons under 16 must go out in a boat with a suitable adult. Only one child may be in a boat at a time.
Address: Pier 40, 353 West St, New York City, New York 10014| Map
Hours: Sat-Sun 9 am - 6 pm. Thu 5 pm - 7 pm. Holidays 9 am - 6 pm. More Info
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My 200th review! Couldn't be for a better place. On a hot summer day in New York, many people tend to want to stay inside and survive with air conditioning. I CHALLENGE you all to step outside your comfort zones and enjoy an afternoon of safe, easy, and relaxing fun kayaking on the Hudson. There are so many amazing things about the Downtown Boathouse organization. Most importantly, kayaking is FREE. Yes, fellow broke New Yorkers, this is absolutely, without a doubt, 100% free of charge. This is run entirely by volunteers - you can of course make a donation in the box made available, but even this is not pushed on visitors. DTBH is also not affiliated at all with NYC parks and rec. Another plus: there are sev...
Fun, little known secret....so let's keep it on the downlow, ok? Wouldn't want longer lines, right? ; ) Friend and I went to the 72nd location on a Saturday morning around 10:30. I think that's the best time to go. Then you make up for all that exercise by lounging over brunch at Sarabeth's! Go, strap on a life jacket, sign a waiver...hop in! You should bring sunscreen and a change of clothes cuz your bottom will be soaked. There's restrooms to change in near the cafe. There are lockers for you to store electronics like cell phones. You can leave your shoes down on the pier and go kayaking barefoot. Have to stay within a set area. If you've been kayaking before, then this is pretty tame stuff. The...