A defining feature of Hudson River Park is its four custom-built boathouse, which together host New York City’s widest variety and boating programs and activities: kayaking, outboard canoeing, stand-up paddleboard, sailing, and even kayak polo. Each boathouse has a different operator and atmosphere, and each is worth visiting. Be sure to check each boathouse website for current hours.
In the heart of Midtown, sandwiched between two of New York City’s most visited tourist attractions, is the Pier 84 Boathouse operated by Manhattan Kayak. You can rent a kayak or paddleboard here, take one (or many!) classes, go on a guided trip to a “secret beach” and sushi, and more. You’ll find programming for all kayak levels here.