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The New York City Downtown Boathouse

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Looking north from Pier 26 viewing kayaks and a giant Thank You sign on the Hudson River
Photograph: By Warren Eisenberg / Shutterstock

Time Out says

The granddaddy of NYC’s free-kayaking scene, Downtown Boathouse offers gratis walk-up outings on Pier 26 in Lower Manhattan. Once you’ve signed a waiver and donned a life jacket, you can take your kayak out in designated areas for 20 minutes at a time—or longer if others aren’t waiting.

Of all the city's kayaking options, the schedule is by far the best at Pier 26: Free kayaking is offered on weekends and holidays from 10am-4:30pm, no reservation needed.

Fun fact: It's the world's largest free kayaking program.

Rossilynne Skena Culgan
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Rossilynne Skena Culgan


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