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 4 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.
Getting out on the water is one of the best ways to beat the summer heat. The fact that you can do it without paying a dime, that's just icing on the cake.
At the best free kayaking NYC has to offer, the whole family can get in a little paddling or canoeing at boat houses around the city's waterways. Get out on to the Hudson River with the Manhattan Community Boathouse or on to the East River at Pier 4 Beach and the Brooklyn Bridge Park. Red Hook, North Brooklyn and Staten Island have free kayaking set ups, too. If you've never kayaked before (and even if you have), the crew will get you and your little ones oriented and get you into a life vest just in case. Some of the boating opportunities are open to the public daily while others occur only on certain days of the week or during special events. And, while some allow sign ups on site, others require advance registration to secure a spot. Kids (in some cases, anyone under the age of 18) require a an adult guardian to participate.
If you're craving more outdoor fun for you and the fam this summer, you're in luck: NYC is home to some of the best outdoor activities for kids. Head out just an hour or two beyond the boundaries of the city and you'll find even more to including great family weekend getaways and PYO adventures in New York, Connecticut, Pennsylvania and New Jersey.