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 96

 

Manhattan community boathouse

WILL BE OPERATING PIER 96 STARTING THIS SEASON
AND WILL CONTINUE THE FREE KAYAKING PROGRAM AT THIS LOCATION


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All season long Pier 96 offers free kayaking  on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays from 9:00 AM until 6:00 PM - The last boat goes out at 5:30. In July and August our free kayaking program is extended to include weekday evenings from 5:00 PM-7:00 PM - On these evenings the last boat goes out at 6:30 PM.  Our season runs from mid May to Mid October weather permitting.

 

 

WALKING: The Pier 96 Boathouse is located in the Clinton Cove Park on the Westside Highway and 56th St. The nearest subway stop is the #1/9 and A/C/E station at Columbus Circle. The M57 and M31 busses run down 57th St. to West End Ave (one block east).

KAYAKING: The Pier 96 Boathouse has a distinctive sloping roof and sloping dock. It is just South of the sanitation department transfer station and fueling facility, and just North of the passenger cruise ship facility.

DRIVING: Driving, Drop-Off, and Parking are not permitted anywhere on Pier 96, but there is usually free street parking available in the neighborhood on Sundays and evenings. There are two parking garages on 59th St., just off the highway.Quick 5 minute kayak drop off is available, by stopping on the service road to the highway, and carrying the kayak into the park.

 

 

 
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