Kayak with us

Thursday 5:30 pm to 6:45 pm

Saturday 10 am to 2 pm

Sunday 10 am to 2 pm

June through August


How it works

Our goal is to bring human-powered boating to everyone, free of charge. If you’re willing to provide the human power, we’ll provide the boat, life vest and paddling instructions. Simply walk up, fill out a waiver and we’ll handle the rest.

Video by Kurt Sensenbrenner


Where to find us

Our free walk-up kayaking program takes place in our protected embayment between Piers 1 & 2 in Brooklyn Bridge Park. Look for our floating dock near the rollerskating rink. When you see our information table—and our kayaks on the water—you’ll know you’re in the right place.

Getting to Brooklyn Bridge Park

Parking is limited so we encourage you to take public transportation. And lucky for you, there are plenty of transportation options.

Subway: 4/5 to Borough Hall, 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
NYC Ferry: East River route to Dumbo or South Brooklyn Route to Atlantic Ave/Pier 6
CitiBike: there are CitiBike stations at the north and south entrance to the park


Our most frequently asked questions

Do I have to make a reservation?

Nope. You can just show up anytime we’re open. Keep in mind that kayaking is first come first served so you might have to wait. At our busiest times the wait can be up to an hour so we recommend arriving early.

How long can I paddle for?

We can get very busy at times and in order to make sure everyone has a chance to paddle we ask that you limit yourself to 20 minutes on the water. If you want more time, you’re welcome to get back in line for a second turn.

What if I’ve never kayaked before?

That’s not a problem. We’ll show you everything you need to know before putting you out on the water. And if you find yourself needing additional instruction on the water, just ask a safety boater (they’re in the red vests).

Can I go outside the embayment?

No. For your safety we ask that you stay within the embayment boundaries and away from the rocks and wooden pilings. We also ask that you do not paddle under or near the pier and dock ramp.

Is kayaking ever cancelled?

Occasionally we need to cancel but we really try our best not to. The main reasons for cancellations are wind, lightning or poor water quality after rain. For up-to-date information on cancellations check our Instagram stories @bbpboathouse

How many people fit in a kayak?

We have single kayaks that fit one person and double kayaks that can fit up to two adults. Only one child and adult is allowed per kayak. Adults with children are given priority for double kayaks.

Are there any age?

Children under 14 can kayak when accompanied by a guardian in a double kayak. Children ages 14-17 may kayak in a single kayak as long as a guardian is present.

Are there changing rooms and lockers?

There are public restrooms on Pier 2 where you can change and small rental lockers where you can store your belongings (bring a quarter for the rental). You may also leave your stuff on the dock though we cannot be responsible for them.


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