Manhattan Community Boathouse is a nonprofit organization that provides free kayaking
in New York City. 

We operate at two locations on the Hudson River that are open to the public starting on May 28th, 2016.
All programming is funded by donations, staffed by volunteers, and offered free of charge.


All participants must sign a liability waiver and know how to swim. Participants under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult and have a waiver signed by a parent or guardian. Paddlers under the age of 16 must share a boat with an adult.


Each summer we teach free classes in paddling skills and safety techniques. These classes been developed with beginners in mind, but are appropriate for kayakers of all skill levels. Each session includes instruction on the pier followed by practice time on the water. Classes are offered on a first-come, first-served basis. We cannot accept reservations or pre-registration.

Forward Stroke: Paddling Efficiently and Improving Your Form
Offered at 6:30PM on June 11th, July 9th & August 13th

Turns: Techniques for Maneuvering Your Kayak
Offered at 6:30PM on June 18th, July 16th & August 20th

Rescues: A Step-by-Step Guide for Recovery After a Capsize
Offered at 6:30PM on June 25th, July 23rd & August 27th

Walk-Up Kayaking

We offer free kayaking at our boathouse at Pier 96 and at our dock at 72nd Street on a first-come, first-served basis. We cannot accept reservations or pre-registration. 

Paddling with us is suitable for people of all ages and athletic abilities, and we ask everyone to limit their time on the water to 20 minutes if there are others waiting for a turn. 

You will get wet in our boats, so be sure to dress accordingly or bring a change of clothes. We have lockers at both locations, as well as changing rooms at Pier 96.

Hours of Operation

Please allow time for waiting in line when planning your visit. We cannot guarantee that you will have a chance to go out if you arrive less than an hour before we close. We launch the last boat of the day 15 minutes before the program closes for the evening.

Pier 96

at 56th Street in Hudson River Park

May 28th - October 9th

June 6th - August 31st


72nd Street

north of Pier i Cafe in Riverside Park

Our Dock at 72nd Street is Closed
for Repairs Until Further Notice

Follow KayakMCBH on Twitter for notification of unscheduled closings:

Volunteering is Easy and Fun!

If you’d like to help run our free kayaking program just fill out the form below and join us at our next orientation session!

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