Join us for a day of free kayaking on the Hudson.
Pier 40 is located at the end of West Houston Street on the Hudson River. Bring swim suit (or shorts and a T-shirt), something to drink, change of clothes and a lock. Dressing rooms available.
"Enjoy breathtaking views of NYC while socializing on the water. Open to anyone who is over 18, knows how to swim and is interested in kayaking, whether first timer or advanced paddler."
Q: Who can participate?
A: Anyone who knows how to swim and is over 18 (or is accompanied by a parent or guardian).
Q: What to bring for kayaking?
A: A lock, swimsuit (or shorts and T-shirt) and a warm change of clothes (locker, outdoor shower and dressing rooms available)
Q: Are kayaks, paddles and life jackets provided?
A: Yes, and it is absolutely free!
Q: Where will we be kayaking?
A: We'll be staying in the embayment on the south side of Pier 40. This is one of the nicest spots along the Hudson and affords great views of the Statute of Liberty, as well as Manhattan and Jersey City.
Q: How long do we kayak?
A: You can kayak as long as you want.
Q: What is the closest subway stop to Pier 40?
A: Houston Street on the 1 train. Spring Street on C and E also works.
Q: Is kayaking at Pier 40 always free?
A: Yes, Pier 40 is open Saturdays, Sundays and holidays from 9am-6pm through mid-October. Click below for more info.
Downtown Boathouse website
Downtown Boathouse Facebook page
Q: How is free kayaking at Pier 40 possible?
A: Pier 40 is run by the Downtown Boathouse, an all-volunteer non-profit. Volunteer help is always needed and appreciated!
Pier 40 Volunteer page
Pier 40 Twitter updates
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