Anxious to start paddling? We can't blame you. On Wednesdays from 5–7pm and Saturday afternoons all summer long you can glide along the Pier 2 Beach, according to the park's website. Advanced registration required. Attendees under 18 must have a guardian present and park-goers must sign a waiver before hitting the water.
The kids are out of school and the weather is beautiful, so it’s time to get outside. Among the best summer activities for kids (and one of the best things to do outdoors with kids) is to get out on the water. That’s right, this bustling city we call home has plenty of adventures to be had on the water, and free kayaking in NYC is one not to be missed. For a family paddle that also has great views of the city, check out these options, from the Hudson to Brooklyn to Staten Island. Kayaks and lessons are provided. The kids will learn a new skill (if they’re not already kayaking fans) and have fun doing it. Best of all, it’s free.
Summer is fleeting, which means there’s limited time to pack in all these fun family activities. When your little paddlers are ready to get back on land, try more active options like nearby hiking trails and biking trails. You can also check out PYO farms in the region for strawberry picking and cherry picking. There are endless weekend family getaway destinations, but trust us, you’ll want to add free kayaking in NYC to your summer bucket list.