How to get out on the water in NYC: Rivers, lakes, ocean
New York City is surrounded by water, and it’s all yours for the kayaking, sailing, swimming and surfing.
There are tons of places for a free 20-minute kayak trip out onto the Hudson, but you’ve got way more options for experiencing all of NYC’s waterways.
Here’s our guide to getting out on the water this summer.
Have a mellow time on Meadow Lake
At Flushing Meadows Corona Park, head to Wheel Fun Rentals at the northern edge of Meadow Lake to get on the water in a solo or two-person kayak ($15/$22), or two- or four-person paddle boat ($20/$30). Rates are hourly, though kayaks can be rented for a half or full day at special rates. Last boat rental is two hours before sunset.