Pier 40 offers Walk up Kayaking every weekend and holiday from 9AM until 6PM with the last boat going out at 5:30, and Thursday evenings from 5PM-7PM with the last boat going out at 6:30PM. Check the Calendar for more details.
Pier 40 offers has lockers, a changing room and shower and hose to rinse off with. We have limited number of locks available, Please bring your own lock.
You must know how to swim. Before you go out, you must sign a waiver (one per person - good for the whole season) and put on a life jacket. Once on the water, obey all instructions, stay in the designated area, and stay away from the sea walls and the piers. Return to dock after 20 minutes and ask if we need the boat.
Persons under 18 can only go kayaking if a legal guardian is present to sign their waiver. The guardian must remain at our location while the child is on the water. Persons under 16 must go out in a boat with a suitable adult. Only one child may be in a boat at a time.
To be fair to the general public, all large group visits should give us advanced notice. All groups with children must give us advanced notice and must come with waivers signed by each child's legal guardian, and with a sufficient number of adult supervisors to maintain both discipline and safety. All supervisors going on the water must know how to swim.
We can run special programs for children during hours when the public program is closed (e.g. weekdays). Contact us for more details.
WALKING - Pier 40 is at the West end of Houston Street. We are on the walkway on the South side of the Pier, about halfway out. There are several nearby subway stops:
Take the #1/9, train to Houston Stree and walk West.
Take the A, C, or E subway to Canal St (express). Walk west to the river, then North along the esplanade for five blocks.
KAYAKING - The pier 40 dock is about one and a half miles north of the Battery, on the east side of the Hudson River. The dock is the large wodden dock about halfway out on the pier and is connected by a ramp to the pier. There is a gate at the top of the ramp. It is locked (land side) when we are not there.
DRIVING - There is a public parking lot inside of Pier 40, and there is usually free street parking available across the highway in Soho on the weekend, and in the evening. There are also a number of parking garages in the neighborhood.