Boating and Kayaking in New York City

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Boating and Kayaking

Central Park has rowboats (plus one Venetian gondola for glides in the moonlight) on the 22-acre Central Park Lake. Rent your rowboat at Loeb Boathouse, near East 74th Street, from March through October; gondola rides are available only in summer and can be reserved ($30 per half hour). In summer at the Pier 96 Boathouse in Midtown West, you can take a sturdy kayak out for a paddle for free on weekends and weekday evenings from mid-May through mid-October. Beginners learn to paddle in the calmer embayment area closest to shore until they feel ready to venture farther out into open water. More experienced kayakers can partake in the three-hour trips conducted every weekend and on holiday mornings. Because of high demand, there is a lottery to determine who gets to go out each morning; to be entered, you must be at the pier to sign up before 8 am. No reservations are taken in advance. Manhattan Kayak Company gives lessons for all levels and runs trips on the Hudson River between May and late September, including a fun New York After Dark tour for $80.

Contact Information

Loeb Boathouse (Midpark near E. 74th St., Central Park, New York, NY, 10128. 212/517–2233. www.thecentralparkboathouse.com/boats.php. Subway: 6 to 68th St./Hunter College.)

Manhattan Kayak Company (The Boathouse, Pier 66, W. 26th St. at 12th Ave., Chelsea, New York, NY, 10001. 212/924–1788. www.manhattankayak.com. Subway: C, E to 23rd St.)

Pier 96 Boathouse (56th St. at the Hudson River, Midtown West, New York, NY, 10019. www.downtownboathouse.org. Subway: 1, A, C, E to 59th St.)

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