The Downtown Boathouse

Promoting Public Access To The Water For All

The Downtown Boathouse is an all-volunteer nonprofit organization dedicated to providing free public access to the harbor in New York City through public kayaking programs. Our mission is to encourage safe public use of the harbor waters of New York City and thereby provide residents of this space-constrained city with increased recreational opportunities. Our operations are made possible exclusively through volunteers and with your public donations.


Pier 26

All season long Pier 26 offers free kayaking on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays from 9:00 AM until 5:00PM.  June 15th to september 15th our free kayaking program is extended to include tuesday, wednesday and thursday evenings from 5:00 PM-7:30 PM.  Our season runs from mid May to Mid October weather permitting.  

Note: the last boat goes out one half hour before closing.


WALKING: The Pier 26 Boathouse is located on the southern end of Hudson River Park on the Westside Highway just north of N Moore St. The nearest subway stops are the #1 at Franklin St. and the A/C/E station at Canal Street. 

KAYAKING: The Pier 26 Boathouse and dock is the first pier south of the Holland Tunnel Ventilation Towers and is the second pier north of Battery Park City..

DRIVING: Driving, Drop-Off, and Parking are not permitted anywhere on Pier 26, but there is usually free street parking available in the neighborhood on Sundays and evenings.