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Kayaking on the Hudson in New York

Being on the water in New York City is an unforgettable experience

Best time: May–September

Kayaking on the Hudson
Kayaking on the Hudson
Kayaking on the Hudson

Instead of bus tours try out kayak sightseeing and discover a whole new angle of New York City from the historic Hudson River. Enjoy the cool breeze, sweeping views, and the scenic skyline of the city while kayaking on the open water. Even if you already walked all the famous sights of the city, you'll get the opportunity to rediscover it from a ​new perspective. The Empire State Building, the Chrysler Building, the Statue of Liberty, and many others look even better from this point especially in summer when the streets are unbearably hot. Lots of companies provide lessons and guided tours with all the necessary equipment. Some organizations even offer free​ kayak tours.

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When is the best time to go kayaking on the Hudson in New York?

The Hudson is best kayaked from May to September as the temperature is warmer, and the water is calm and clearer. Make sure to check the weather forecast before heading out. If severe weather conditions occur, tours may be canceled. Show more

Where can I find kayaking tours on the Hudson in New York?

Several organizations offer kayak tours and lessons along the river. Manhattan Kayak, Downtown Boathouse, and Hudson River Expeditions are excellent locations for renting kayaking equipment, receiving lessons, or guided tours - sometimes at no charge. Companies like KayakNY and New York Kayak Company offer affordable tours with an experienced guide. Show more

What landmarks can I see from the Hudson River during my kayaking tour?

While kayaking on the Hudson River, you'll get to look at incredible landmarks that define the New York skyline. The iconic landmarks include the Statue of Liberty, Brooklyn Bridge, One World Trade Center, Chrysler Building, and Empire State Building. You'll witness breathtaking scenic views of the city skyline while also experiencing the energy and vibrancy of New York City. Show more

How long does a typical kayaking tour on the Hudson last?

Kayaking on the Hudson's length depends on the type of package you choose. Guided tours usually last between two to three hours, including safety and paddling techniques instructions. If you prefer to tour the river on your own, kayak rentals are available for a minimum of an hour to a maximum of four hours. Show more

Are there any age or experience requirements for kayaking tours on the Hudson?

Most kayaking tours don't ask for any age or experience specifications and are open to the public. Some have age restrictions of around eight years, requiring minors to be accompaned by an adult. Additionally, experienced kayakers may take some tours due to the challenging kayaking conditions present. Remember to check the tour operator's website for more information. Show more

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