Want to go kayaking with amazing views of the Brooklyn Bridge & more—for free?
Then you've come to the right place! Every Saturday (from 10:00AM to 3:00PM) and Thursday (from 5:30PM to 6:45PM), from the first weekend in June through the end of August, we have free walk-up kayaking in Brooklyn Bridge Park between Piers 1 and 2. Everything is first come, first served. We'll get you in a life vest, explain the basics of kayaking, and keep watch over you in the protected embayment while you paddle (No, you cannot go across the East River to Manhattan!). There's a 20 minute limit to your time on the water—but it'll be the best 20 minutes of your day!
- Want to learn more about free kayaking? Check out our Programs page to learn more about this and other kayaking opportunities!
- Not sure where we are? Here's how you can find us.
- Want to know what you should wear? Or where you're allowed to kayak? Check out our FAQs page to get the answers to these and any other questions you might have!
Remember to show up early! We're only able to send out a limited number of boaters per session.
Support the BBPB
Help us raise $10,000 for our 2015 kayaking season to add more boats to our kayak fleet, make necessary repairs to our existing boats, and purchase additional safety gear.
Volunteering Is Fun!
Trips & Training
Our volunteers get exclusive access to special trips around the NY Harbor, classes and training to help improve paddling skills, and our boathouse social events!
How To Find The Boathouse
Find us at Pier 2, Brooklyn Bridge Park
Free walk-up public kayaking is available every Saturday and Thursday in the embayment between Piers 1 and 2 in Brooklyn Bridge Park, accessible from our floating dock off of Pier 2. To find us, you can enter the park from either the North entrance at Old Fulton Street (next to the Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory) or the South entrance near Atlantic Avenue and follow the park's path to Pier 2. When you see our information table—and our kayaks on the water—you'll know you're there!
Getting to Brooklyn Bridge Park
Parking near Brooklyn Bridge Park is very limited. We highly recommend taking public transportation, biking, or walking to the park.
Brooklyn Bridge Park is accessible by:
Subway: A/C to High Street, F to York Street, or 2/3 to Clark Street stations
Bus: the nearest buses are the B25, B61, B63, B67
East River Ferry or NY Water Taxi: check online for schedules
If biking is your preferred means of transportation, then the Brooklyn Bridge Park is the perfect place for you. Whether you enter from the North or South Entrance of the park, there's a bike path that will lead you to Pier 2.