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The New York City Downtown Boathouse

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New York, NY 40.7708 -73.9947
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The New York City Downtown Boathouse is a nonprofit, volunteer operation that provides free kayaking on the Hudson River. The process is simple enough: Walk up on a weekend or holiday, sign a waiver, and a friendly paddling fanatic will outfit you with a life preserver and a one- or two-person “sit on top” kayak that’s nearly impossible to capsize. After a quick lesson on proper paddle form (and some free sunscreen), you'll be set loose in the spacious embayment to enjoy the river—which is considerably cleaner than you might expect.

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The Boathouse also runs free public programs on strokes and rescue maneuvers for land lovers who want to get their feet wet.

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