Kayak on the Hudson River for free through October with Downtown Boathouse.

Kayaks, paddles & life preservers/PFDs are provided – all you have to do is walk up and sign a waiver! Free kayaking is offered on weekends & select holidays at three locations on Manhattan’s West Side: Pier 40 (near W. Houston), Pier 96 (near W. 57th St.) & 72nd St.. They offer free classes and trips, too.

Kayaking on the Hudson River with Downtown Boathouse is one of the best free summer activities in NYC, but hot, sunny days can draw large crowds. Arrive earlier in the day or plan to head out on an overcast day for shorter wait times.

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