New York City is a fun place, but usually doesn’t come to mind when thinking of outdoor activities. But since the city is surrounded by waterways, it provides for some great kayaking and paddle boarding opportunities. From city kayaking on the Hudson River and East River to more remote paddling in Brooklyn and in the Bronx, there are great paddle trails to be explored. The following video is one of our first videos ever. We recorded it during a kayaking trip at our most favorite paddling spot up at Pelham Bay Park. We have lived all over New York City, but due to increasing rent prices we had moved to the Bronx in 2016 which helped to save money but also provided us with some great kayaking opportunity at Pelham Bay Park. It has become our most favorite kayaking spot as it is away from the crowds and offers many different paddling routes.
City Island is located next door and offers some great seafood restaurants, in case that’s something that interests your palate. The public kayak and canoe launch at Pelham Bay Park is located at the end of the large parking lot at Orchard Beach, one of the few city swimming beaches but sadly it is one of the dirtiest beaches as well.
Pelham Bay Park has no kayaks or boats for rent, so you will have to bring your own paddling gear and you need a permit (it’s only $15 and valid for a year). For more information check out the official NYC Water Trail Site.
We use the Innova Sunny inflatable kayak.
It is more eco-friendly than most inflatable kayaks due to the PVC-free material, while being very durable. It’s fast to inflate and deflate, stores compact in a backpack and is easy to carry on our travels.