Join the Brooklyn Bridge Park Boathouse for free kayaking sessions from June to August. Have your own boat? Launch your human-powered boats from the Pier 4 Beach. Glide to a shady cove and explore the park’s flora and fauna from a whole new perspective.
Free Public Kayaking
Want to go kayaking for free with an amazing view of lower Manhattan and the Statue of Liberty? Then you’ve come to the right place. The Brooklyn Bridge Park Boathouse has walk-up kayaking each week from June to August on a first-come, first-served basis.
Want to know what you should wear? Or how long you can kayak? The BBP Boathouse has an FAQ with answers to these and many other questions you might have.
-Minors (below 18 years old) must have a waiver form signed by a parent or guardian.
-Minors 14-17 years old can go in a kayak by themselves if a parent/guardian agrees, signs the waiver, and remains present.
-Minors 13 years and younger are permitted, if accompanied in the boat by parent or guardian. Only one child per boat at any time.
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Youth Kayak Program
The youth kayak program at Brooklyn Bridge Park is designed to introduce students ages 11-18 to kayaking. Experienced staff members teach students basic skills for “sit-on-top” kayaking within the safe embayment of Piers 1 and 2. This program is available to school and camp groups from June 6 - August 9.
We provide all equipment and no more than 15 participants are allowed on the water at any given time. We encourage groups of 30, with participants divided into two sessions. Those waiting on land will have time to enjoy the park and utilize the court sports on Pier 2. Groups with 15 participants or less will be hosted for a half day.
The program will run on Mondays and Tuesdays, June 6 - August 9 from 10 am - 3 pm. Dates are booked on a first-come, first-served basis with a maximum of 2 sessions allowed per school/camp program.
The cost for each program is $250 plus a booking fee. A limited number of fee waivers are available to Title 1 schools and camps/summer programs that qualify. We limit one waiver per school with waivers offered on a first-come, first-served basis. To inquire if you qualify for a fee waiver, please email the Education Department at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The easiest and preferred way to book a class with the Conservancy is to pay online. In the event that your organization is unable to pay electronically, please email the Education Department at email@example.com.
Safety: All participants are required to wear a life vest during the on-water period — no exceptions. Participants must follow the directions of the instructor and staff. Participants who don’t follow instructions will be required to remain on land.
Ability: Participants must be able to hear and understand instructions and communicate with the program instructor and staff, enter, exit and sit in a kayak without assistance, hold and move a kayak paddle, hold their breath under water and keep their head above water while wearing a life vest.
Waiver: All staff and students must have a signed waiver before they can go out in a kayak. The group supervisor must affirm that all the waivers are accurate and complete when delivering them to the on-site coordinator; that he or she has full authority to make decisions on behalf of the youth group; and that the youth group has obtained all public and/or private permissions necessary to participate.
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Lead support for the Youth Kayaking Program is provided by The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Additional support provided by Edelman USA and The Freygish Foundation.