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Where to Rent Boats and Kayaks in the New York Area

Where to Rent Boats and Kayaks in the New York Area

Here's where you can rent boats, kayaks, and canoes in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, the Bronx, Rockland County, Westchester, Fairfield, Nassau and Suffolk.


Feeling like captaining a ship (or, more likely, a rowboat, kayak, or canoe)? Prepare your crew, and take on the open sea–or the nearest river or lake–at one of many boat or kayak rentals in the New York area. 

Renting Boats in Manhattan

Loeb Boathouse in Central Park
East Drive and 74th Street, Central Park, Upper East Side
212-517-2233
Hours: April-October, 10am-5:30pm
What you need to know: Due to COVID-19, the dining room, bars, boats and gondolas will be closed until further notice.

Before or after you take a lazy nap in Sheep’s Meadow, visit the Loeb Boathouse to rent a rowboat or kayak!

Basic Canoeing - Closed until further notice
Harlem Meer at 110th Street and Lenox Avenue, Central Park, Harlem
212-628-2345

Trained Urban Park Rangers will teach you the basics of canoeing during this three-hour lesson.

Renting Boats in Brooklyn

Marine Park
Avenue U and 33rd Street, Marine Park
917-533-6196 or 805-650-7770
Hours: June-September 8, 9am-sunset; open weekends and holidays September 9-October

As Brooklyn’s largest park, Marine Park offers plenty of space to play. You can also rent single and double kayaks, stand up paddle boards, and pedal boats and spend some time on the water.

Prospect Park Kayaking
95 Prospect Park West
(718) 965-8951
Hours: Daily, through Sept. 3, 9am-sunset. Sept. 4–30: Monday–Friday, 11 am–sunset; Saturday–Sunday, 9am–sunset. Oct. 1–22: Friday–Sunday, 11 am– sunset
 

Brooklyn Bridge Park
Brooklyn Bridge Park Greenway
Hours: June-August

Join the Brooklyn Bridge Park Boathouse for free kayaking sessions from June to August. Have your own boat? Launch your human-powered boats from the Pier 4 Beach. 

Renting Boats in Queens

Flushing Meadows Lake Boathouse - Closed until further notice 
East side of Meadow Lake, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Flushing
646-229-4470
Hours: Saturdays and Sundays, 10am-8pm

Explore the water and soak up the sunshine in a rented rowboat or paddle boat!

Intermediate Canoeing Canoeing and summer programming canceled
Beach 32 Street and Beach Channel Drive, Bayswater Park, Bayswater
718-846-2731

Intermediate canoers will enjoy this journey with trained Urban Park Rangers. Previous canoeing experience required.

Renting Boats in Staten Island

Lake Club at Clove Lakes Park
1150 Clove Road, Clove Lakes Park
718-442-3600
Hours: May-October, Saturdays and Sundays 11am-5pm

Spend a relaxing weekend out on the water in a rented rowboat or paddleboat in Clove Lakes Park!

Basic Canoeing
Eton Place and Richmond Avenue, Willowbrook Park
718-967-3542
Hours: 11am-2pm

Trained Urban Park Rangers will teach you the basics of canoeing during this three-hour lesson.

Renting Boats in The Bronx

Basic Canoeing
Van Cortlandt South and Major Deegan Expressway, Van Cortlandt Park
718-548-0912
Hours: 11am-2pm

Trained Urban Park Rangers will teach you the basics of canoeing during this three-hour lesson.

Basic Canoeing
Crotona Park East and Charlotte Street, Crotona Nature Center
718-548-0912
Hours: 12-3pm

Trained Urban Park Rangers will teach you the basics of canoeing during this three-hour lesson.

Renting Boats in Rockland County

Baker Camp
7 Lakes Dr., Sloatsbrug
845-351-4609
Hours: 9am-6pm



Rent a rowboat, kayak or canoe and enjoy the private setting of and clear water of Lake Sebago!

Paradise Boats Inc
15 Paradise Ave., Piermont
845-359-0073
Hours: Weekends and holidays May-June, 9am-5pm; July-August, 8am-5pm; weekdays by appointment

Rent a kayak, canoe or rowboat and explore the Hudson River Reserve! If you want a little guidance, kayak lessons and tours and sailing lessons are available by appointment.

Renting Boats in Westchester County

Croton Sailing
2 Elliot Way, Croton
914-271-6868

Whether you’re new to sailing or a seasoned sailor who wants to hone your skills, Croton has a program for you. Adult and youth sailing lessons offered.

Hudson River Recreation
Various locations
914-682-5135
Memorial Day-Labor Day

Rent a canoe or kayak to travel the Hudson or Croton rivers, starting from one of Hudson River Recreation’s multiple launches. Lessons and guided tours also available, like the Croton River Tour, which requires no previous experience.

Franklin D. Roosevelt State Park
2597 Crompond Road, Yorktown Heights
914-245-4434

Rowboats and pedal boats are available for rent at this park named after the 32nd president of the United States.

Wampus Pond
Route 128, Armonk
914-273-3230
Hours: Weekends and holidays Memorial Day-Labor Day, 8am-5pm

Rent a rowboat to traverse this natural pond, named “wampus” after the Native American word for “opossum.”

Renting Boats in Fairfield County, CT

Fairfield Kayak Company
Various locations
203-255-5315
Hours: May 15-October 1, weekends and holidays 9:30am-6pm; weekdays by appointment

Rent a kayak, canoe or stand up paddleboard to be picked up or delivered along the Long Island Sound. Group availability for company outings, family reunions, and birthday!

Squantz Pond State Park
178 Shortwoods Road, New Fairfield
203-312-5023
Hours: Memorial Day-Labor Day, weekdays 11am-5pm; weekends 10-6pm

Squantz Pond offers canoe and kayak rentals on a first come-first served basis.

Renting Boats in Nassau County

Freeport Kayak Rentals
end of South Long Beach Avenue in Waterfront Park, Freeport
1-855-935-2925

Launch your single or tandem kayak or stand up paddle board at Waterfront Park. Venture into Baldwin Bay and Middle Bay and enjoy the peace found on the water!

Long Island Boat Rentals
Inspiration Wharf, 403 Main St., Port Washington
516-761-0840
Hours: Daily, 9am-8pm

Feel like a sea captain in a power boat rented from Long Island Boat Rentals when you zip around Western Long Island Sound!

Renting Boats in Suffolk County

Belmont Lake State Park
Southern State Parkway, Exit 38, North Babylon
631-667-5055
Hours: Weekends and holidays May 24-June 29, 12-6pm; open daily June 30-September 1, weekends 11am - 5pm; weekdays and holidays 12-6pm

Rent a rowboat, paddle boat or canoe and cruise across Belmont Lake.

Lighthouse Marina
229 Meetinghouse Creek Road, Aquebogue
631-722-2400
Hours: May 1-Sept. 30

Great family boats for great family fun, like laid back cruising or adventurous wakeboarding and tubing. Available for rent on a daily, weekly, monthly, or seasonal basis.

Nissequogue River Canoe & Kayak Rentals
Departure times and locations change daily due to river tides
631-979-8344

Paddle along 5 ½ miles of nature in a canoe or kayak. Pack a picnic lunch and make a day of it!

Shelter Island Kayak Tours
23 North Ferry Road, Shelter Island
631-749-1990

Explore Shelter Island’s calm, protected creeks and harbors, away from all the hustle and bustle of daily life. Go on a self-guided journey or join a tour!

Strong’s Marine
Mattituck or Southampton
631-283-4841
Hours: 9am-4pm

Rent a boat for cruising, fishing, or wakeboarding on a daily, weekly, or seasonal basis. Enjoy the natural beauty of the Peconic Bay!

  

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