Free Kayaking starting this week

I've never been there, so I would welcome comments and observations from those of you who have, as I am including this place among the free and low cost attractions people can go to in the NY area this summer.

The New York City Downtown Boathouse is located in the Hudson River Park, and has a permit from the Hudson River Park Trust to operate in the park. For the 2009 season all locations of the boathouse will be open from May 16th to October 12th. The weekday evening programs at Pier 96 will run from June 15th to August 28th. All activities at the boathouse are completely free. Equipment is provided. You must know how to swim, wear a life jacket, abide by the rules, and sign the liability waiver. You have a choice of three locations on the Hudson River: Pier 40 at Houston Street, Pier 96 at 56th Street, and 72nd Street in Riverside Park. All 3 locations offers Walk up Kayaking on weekends, holidays, and occasional weekday evenings from 5PM-7PM. Piers 40 and 96 facilities include a changing room and lockers, though you are advised to bring your own lock. Pier 40 offers showers, while Pier 96 only offers running water. The 72nd Street location lacks both changing rooms and running water. The site to go to is


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