Since spending the Summer home, I’ve found some free and low-cost activities around the city; one of them being free kayaking at Brooklyn Bridge Park. From June to the end of August, the Brooklyn Bridge Park Boathouse hosts free kayaking on the East river. As soon as I heard about this activity, I was interested but missed the first opportunity. This time around, I shared a double kayak with one of my friends.
Once you arrive you fill out a waiver, put on a life vest and wait for the next free single or double kayak. Besides it being free, one thing I loved about the kayaking experience is the volunteers giving tips on operating the boat. During our time in the river, we moved forward, backward, made several turns and learned to “ride the waves” when needed. There is an allotted time of 20 minutes, but you can definitely stay in up to an hour on a slow day. Kayaking with the Brooklyn Bridge Park Boathouse can easily be a family-fun activity in the summer. No matter the age, a waiver form must be signed in order to participate. Here is more information about age limits:
- Minors below 18 years old must have a waiver form signed by a parent or guardian.
- 14-17 years old can go in a kayak by themselves if a parent/guardian agrees, signs the waiver, and remains present.
- 13 years and younger are permitted if accompanied in the boat by parent or guardian. Only one child per boat at any time.
Since you’re going to be in a boat, expect to be wet. Bring along a swim bottom or comfortable shorts. Due to the summer sun, you’ll dry off in no time. If you do bring bags and shoes, they can be stored in nearby lockers for .25 cents. If you explore more of the park for roller skating, the pop-up pool, fitness, basketball or other games, these lockers come in handy.
Check out highlights of the adventure in the videos below:
I hope to do more summer fun activities in the coming weeks including my first time on Govoner’s Island, pictures at the Coney Art Walls and a girl’s day trip to North Fork of Long Island Wine Country. Make sure to check back on the blog or subscribe to my YouTube Channel to be updated on these events. For more information about kayaking with the Brooklyn Bridge Boathouse, visit them online.
What are some of your favorite free or low-cost activities in your city?