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The waters around Shelter Island are perfect for kayaking. If you set out on a kayak you have the option of exploring on your own or taking a guided tour. The Mashomack Nature Preserve, rich with birdlife and other animals, is a favorite kayaking destination.
A solo kayak from Shelter Island Kayak Tours rents for about $30 for two hours for single kayaks and $50 for double kayaks; tours are $60. Rte. 114 at Duval Rd., Shelter Island, NY, 11964. 631/749–1990. www.kayaksi.com.