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Explore the East River Estuary and glide across the water at public kayaking in Brooklyn Bridge Park.

Want to go kayaking for free with an amazing view of lower Manhattan and the NYC harbor? Then you’ve come to the right place. The Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy and Brooklyn Bridge Park Boathouse partner to offer free kayaking opportunities each summer.

View 2023 public kayaking dates here!

Note: The free public kayaking program is temporarily running off Pier 4 Beach in Brooklyn Bridge Park. Subject to change back to Pier 2 Dock.

Have your own boat? Launch your human-powered boats from the Pier 4 Beach.


Join Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy and Brooklyn Bridge Park Boathouse for free public kayaking sessions in the summer.

Public Kayaking generally runs from June through September on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, and Family Kayaking is offered on Sundays, July through August. Rules, program dates, and information subject to change.

General Program Information:

  • Reservations required via Brooklyn Bridge Boathouse
  • All participants must sign a waiver before participating.
  • Children and teens under 18 must have an adult guardian present.
  • Singles are for adults, or any kayaker with a parent/guardian present that is at least 14 years old
  • Doubles are for one adult and no more than one child under 14 or paddler that needs assistance.
  • Life vests are provided and required for anyone on the dock or boats.
  • No experience necessary – volunteers will teach you the basics if you’ve never kayaked.

Interested in volunteering with the Brooklyn Bridge Park Boathouse? Click here to learn more!

  • Kayaking Age Restrictions

      • 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.


The Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy offers a youth kayak program for school and camp groups throughout the summer. Please visit the Youth Kayak Program page for more information.

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