Adventure seekers looking for an off-the-beaten-path activity should lace up their boat shoes. From mid-May to mid-October, a free (yes, free!) kayaking program is available in the bay of the Hudson River, organised for the public by the non-profit Manhattan Community Boathouse. Simply walk up, get quickly schooled on the basics and be turned loose in a single or double kayak – there are even a few with a middle kiddie seat. Safety equipment is included, as is sunblock. On weekends the kayaks are available from 9am to 5:30pm; in July and August the program is also available weekdays from 5 to 6:30pm. Trust us, you’ll never look at the water the same way again.
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River Kayaking | Pier 26 Boathouse (on the Westside Highway just north of North Moore Street)