A Weekend on the Water: The Northeast’s Best Kayak Spots
July 17, 2012 3:00 pm ET
The summer heat is here to stay as the entire East Coast has been experiencing an unprecedented heat wave and people are trying their best to find relief from the heat. “Sanctuary!” people cry as they overcrowd beaches and public fountains. Take to the water this summer for some cooling relaxation. Enjoy the calming breeze and windswept hair that will inevitably follow as you enjoy an afternoon of kayaking. Here are three urban kayaking options that are sure to cool you off:
-Washington DC- Tucked away on Water Street in Washington DC is Jack’s Boathouse, your one stop shop for water sports. Rent a stand up board, a kayak, or a canoe, and take to the mighty Potomac River. Head South and you’ll be able to get a unique view of the National Mall, or head North and explore the Potomac’s many inlets. Whatever the case, work up an appetite and use their complimentary grill for an outdoor picnic when you return.
-New York City- Are you a weekend warrior? If so, then head to Pier 40 on the Hudson River for an afternoon or twilight of Kayaking with New York Kayak Company. Either rent a boat a kayak for an afternoon of solace, or spend the afternoon on a tour with their professionals. For the novice, they offer a full range of classes that will turn you into an expert in no time.
-Boston- Whether you pronounce it “harbor” or “har-bah,” Boston area residents shouldn’t miss their opportunity to get lost in the maze of islands in Boston Harbor for an afternoon of exploration. Visit the guides at Charles River Canoe & Kayak who will outfit you with everything you need for your trip. They also offer a plethora of tour options including a day that ends with a barbeque feast, moonlight tours, and eco tours where you’ll learn about indigenous flora and fauna.
Click HERE for other great New England kayaking locations curated by Tom Haines at Boston.com’s.
Featured photo by Boston.com.