From our friends at www.paddlersway.com
NYC is known for many things. As the city that never sleeps, you’ll find world-class tourism, bumping nightlife, and high-end everything here. Surprisingly, you’ll also find a few amazing places to paddleboard in NYC.
NYC isn’t known for nature, but the city can hold it’s own in certain ways. If you need a break from all the hustle and bustle, you’ll find a few amazing places to SUP in NYC. Don’t just take our word for it.
Let’s check out the best places to paddleboard in NYC
-Perfect Paddles Travel Brief-
Best Time of Year to Visit:
Although anytime is a great time to come, the best time to visit New York City is late spring through summer, or May through September. It's the perfect place to experience outdoor fun and big-city adventures!
Since the best time to visit this region is during the early spring and summer months we will only be sharing the relevant temperature information for these specified times.
May: 71° / 47°
June: 79° / 56°
July: 83° / 61°
August: 82° / 59°
September: 74° / 53°
SUP Environments to Paddle In
SUP Activity Highlights:
Tour the City Paddles:
One of the best ways to experience the wonder of NYC is from the water! There are plenty of outfitters in the area offering tours of the Statue of Liberty and other historical landmarks. To get involved - use our Locations/Activities guide HERE!
Perfect Paddles Deals to Get Your Ready for Your Trip:
RHEOS (Floating) Sunglasses- 15% off with Member Benefits
Duk Gear- 20% off a waterproof cell phone case with Member Benefits
Check out more of our gear options HERE!
Interested in any of these extra activities? Be sure to head HERE to find a list of paddle pros in the area and what they offer!
Times Square: Times Square is a major commercial intersection, tourist destination, entertainment center, and neighborhood in the Midtown Manhattan section of New York City, at the junction of Broadway and Seventh Avenue.
Coney Island: Coney Island is a residential Brooklyn neighborhood that morphs into a relaxation and entertainment destination each summer. Locals and tourists crowd its beach, the Wonder Wheel and Luna Park, an amusement park featuring the famed Cyclone roller coaster. Street performers, the Circus Sideshow and the Mermaid Parade in June lend an eccentric vibe. Nathan's Famous is known for its July 4th hot-dog eating contest.
Statue of Liberty (from land): The Statue of Liberty is a colossal neoclassical sculpture on Liberty Island in New York Harbor within New York City, in the United States.
Central Park: Central Park is an urban park in New York City located between the Upper West and Upper East Sides of Manhattan.
September 11 Monument and Museum: The 9/11 Memorial & Museum is the country’s principal institution concerned with exploring 9/11, documenting its impact, and examining its continuing significance. Honoring those who were killed in the 2001 and 1993 attacks is at the heart of our mission.
Bryant Park: Bryant Park is a 9.6-acre public park located in the New York City borough of Manhattan. Privately managed, it is located between Fifth Avenue and Avenue of the Americas and between 40th and 42nd Streets in Midtown Manhattan.
And more! New York City is full of some of the world's best attractions. Be sure to do a quick Google search before heading there to make sure you've seen it all!
For reference, be sure to check out our Perfect Paddles Activities map! For New York City, you will find it below:
Perfect Paddles Shops/Outfitters Near the Locations:
1. Brooklyn Kayak Guides, New York, New York
2. Urban Paddle, Jersey City, New Jersey
3. Resilience Paddle Sports, Hoboken, New Jersey
4. Manhattan Kayak and SUP, New York, New York
5. A-Team Paddleboarding, New York, New York
Buddy Deals: Don’t forget to take advantage of our fantastic Buddy Deals for exclusive discounts for our members! To become a member head HERE.
- The Hudson
Of course, the absolute best place to SUP in NYC is the Hudson River. Now, the Hudson isn’t the calmest place to paddleboard in the world, but the river certainly has its charms. You’ll want to have some SUP experience here or go on a guided tour to ensure you stay safe on the big river.
Why do people love SUP boarding on the Hudson River? The stunning views of the city skyline, of course! Paddling around the river will offer views of the city many never get to experience. And they are stunning!
If you want to rent a board here or go on a guided tour, then you’ll need to stop off at Pier 40. Here you’ll find the New York Kayak Company. The outfitter does a great job with paddleboards and offers both rentals and tours.
- Jamaica Bay
If you’re looking to get a little bit away from the big city and settle into some smooth SUP boarding around NYC, then Jamaica Bay could be the perfect spot for you. The protected bay location ensures smooth waters – making it the perfect place for beginners to enjoy paddling.
In Jamaica Bay, you’ll want to hit up Rock Away Jet Skis for all things paddleboarding. The outfitter offers rentals and unique tour opportunities. They also have all equipment you need, including wetsuits during certain months.
- Croton Point Park
While technically still a part of the Hudson River, Croton Point Park is also a paddle spot of its own. Here you’ll find a small inlet that is perfect from any and all waves or traffic. As such, we’ve dubber Croton Point Park the premier place to paddleboard in NYC for beginners.
The park is just a little bit outside the city that never sleeps, but it feels like a whole different world due to the tranquility. Many families enjoy the park on the weekend and others love to have picnic dates here are a little paddleboard action.
While this may be a better place to bring your own board, you can also rent from Hudson River Recreation. They have a location in the park that provides perfect convenience for a day of paddling.
- Port Washington
Now we’re getting out of the city completely. Port Washington is a SUP spot outside of NYC that offers the stunning nature and ideal relaxation you need. Many consider the spot something like a mini-Hamptons that’s a little closer to the city.
While that’s a bit of an oversell, there’s no denying the location is ideal and the nature stunning. SUP boarding in Port Washington can be quite a lot of fun. We enjoyed a full weekend here just a few months back and loved it.
You’ll want to work with Kostal Paddle here. They offer everything. From rentals to tours to SUP yoga and surfing – you’ll never run out of fun when working with this outfitter.
SUP in NYC!
Paddle boarding in NYC is underrated. You can find a number of amazing places around the city – and we didn’t even mention SUP spots in the Hamptons! If you’re looking to escape the big city and enjoy some nature for a few hours, SUP boarding in NYC is a great way to do it.
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