But leave it to New Yorkers to find a way to bring kayaking to the concrete jungle, lest we be left out of any fun.
New York City Downtown Boathouse offers seasonal free kayaking on the Hudson River. From now until mid-October, adventurers can head over to Piers 40, Pier 96 and 72nd Street to test their aquatic skills on a sectioned off portion of the open sea, er, river.
Downtown Boathouse volunteers run the program, which is open weekends from 9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. Free equipment, lockers, locks, and life vests are provided and solo and double kayaks are available. No need for advanced sign-ups; just walk right up. The wait is usually minimal.
Those of smaller biceps beware: Hudson currents can actually get mighty strong!