FREE KAYAKING in the city! Yellow cabs aren't the only way to get around this city!

LIC Boathouse Sunset Paddle. Surreal!
Here's a straightforward cut and paste job courtesy of Free Kayaking. Im posting fast so I can get out there on the water ASAP! My personal recommendations the first two: 

L.I.C. Community Boathouse  A growing boathouse on the East River in Long Island City. They offer a variety of free kayaking programs.

You can always find parking.
Brooklyn Bridge Park Boathouse 
Non-profit organization offering free walk-up public kayaking in Brooklyn Bridge Park between Piers 1 and 2 on Saturdays and Thursday evenings. Runs youth kayaking program and a kayak polo program for adults and kids. 


Downtown Boathouse 
An all-volunteer organization dedicated to providing free access to the Hudson River.
Offers free walk-up public kayaking at Pier 26 on the Hudson River.  2014 season starts Saturday, May 17th and runs through mid-October  Open every Saturday, Sunday and holiday from 9am-6pm plus weekday evenings in the summer.  See website for info on free weekday evening classes, free guided river trips and free walk-up kayaking on Governor's Island.

Manhattan Community Boathouse 
Offers free walk-up public kayaking at Pier 96 and 72nd Street on the Hudson River. 
All-volunteer organization. During the summer provides daytime programming for children and young adults. Runs guided trips on the Hudson River on weekend mornings from June to September. 

Hoboken Cove Boathouse
Non-profit organization running free walk-up public kayaking programs at Hoboken Cove on selected Saturdays and Sundays.

Red Hook Boaters
A Group offering free Kayaking and Canoeing in Brooklyn's Red Hook neighborhood. They operate out of the New York City Kayak and Canoe Launch at the Valentino Park at the end of Coffey Street in Brooklyn. Check their website for their schedule. 

Kayak Staten Island http://
An all-volunteer organization providing free kayaking for the public at the shoreline on South Beach in Staten Island. 

Gateway Boathouse http://
Future boathouse in the Rockaways providing access to Jamaica Bay. 

The Gowanus Dredgers
A canoe club based on the Gowanus Canal in Brooklyn. Runs a public access and canoeing program in the canal. 

Inwood Canoe Club
Founded in 1902, the Inwood Canoe Club is the oldest canoe and kayak club in Manhattan. The Inwood Canoe Club offers free public kayaking during the summer. 

Sebago Canoe Club
A canoe and kayak club with a facility in Paerdegat Basin on Jamaica Bay (a national wildlife refuge), at the foot of avenue N in Brooklyn. They also have a cabin on Lake Sebago in Harriman State Park for members. They offer free public kayaking programs and also have storage facilities for members of their club. 

Yonkers Paddling & Rowing Club
A kayak club based in Yonkers on the river right near the train station. They run a lot of trips, and have storage facilities available for members.

Long Island Paddlers Based on Long Island NY, the club organizes paddling trips for a range of skill levels in all parts of Long Island.

New York Kayak Polo
New York Kayak Polo is a non-profit organization with the aim of promoting the game of Kayak Polo (also known abroad as Canoe Polo) in the New York City area. The group was born as one of the volunteer programs in the Downtown Boathouse in the summer of 2002, but they have evolved into an independent organization. They encourage people to try this exciting water sport. Located at Pier 66.