Boating is a worthwhile, fun adventure for anyone who goes out. It unlocks a myriad of benefits. A cruise with friends can be rewarding and memorable. Hidden benefits for kids and families when they boat together are long lasting.

Boating is a low impact activity that not only burns calories, but allows for a good time while doing it. 

Studies also show that boaters respond to stress or stressful situations in a better manner than non-boaters.

Here is a list of some of the best places around NYC, for your kids to start boating.



  • The downtown Boathouse

All ages (must be accompanied by an adult).

Free boating lessons at Pier 26 every Wednesday night at 6pm.

Free Kayaks at Pier 96, Pier 40 or 72nd Street for a 20 minute paddle inside the Pier’s protected embayment (morning are less busy, double kayaks with baby seat available).

address : Pier 40 at Houston St on th Hudson River; Pier 96 at Twelfth Ave and 56th St; 72nd St at the Hudson River in Riverside Park.

  • Hudson River Community Sailing (HRCS)

Ages 14 and up for the sailing academy.

Nonprofit Organization, after-school programs.

address : Pier 66, W 26th St at the Hudson River (212-924-1920

  • Manhattan Sailing School

Ages 8 and up.

address : Liberty Harbor Marina, 11 Marin Blvd, Jersey City (212-786-0400)

  • Sheepshead Bay Yacht Club

Ages 10 and up.

Membership-based club, lessons are open to the public.

Call for information as lessons are unstructured, taking place about once a month.

address : 3076 Emmons Ave near Haring St, Brooklyn (718-891-0991)

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