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Row, Row Along the Hudson River With These Kayaking Adventures

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Reconnect with nature and explore the great outdoors with a kayak tour along the Hudson Valley’s waterways.

Looking to get back to nature and explore Hudson Valley’s waterways? These Kayak tour and rental companies make that wish possible.

With Phase 4 of New York State’s reopening achieved, kayaking is officially back in business in the Hudson Valley. Even with sanitation regulations are the forefront of local business owners’ minds, fun and adventure can still be had this summer.

Ready to head outdoors? Rent a boat or book a tour for an afternoon of rowing, bird watching, exploring, or simply relaxing on the water.

Atlantic Kayak Tours

Saugerties, 845.246.2187
Atlantic Kayak Tours reopens mid-July with enhanced cleaning protocol in place.

Cruise out of the Norrie Paddlesport Center and explore beautiful Hudson Valley landmarks like Black Creek, Esopus Island, and Mills Mansion. Also, keep a look out for eagles and other wildlife native to the Valley. Along with tours, Atlantic Kayak Tours also offers private programs and instructional lessons for those looking to sharpen their kayaking skills.

A Day Away Kayak Rentals

Kingston, 845.750.6538
Kayak rentals available beginning in July; call ahead to confirm.

This family-owned business is proud to offer safe and affordable kayak rentals to Hudson Valley residents. Reserve a spot online or simply walk in, ask for a rental, and enjoy a day of fun and relaxation on Kingston’s Roundout Creek. The company offers both single and tandem kayaks for those looking to paddle with a friend or loved one.

Hudson River Recreation

Tarrytown, 914. 682.5134
All programs by reservation, with new health and safety policies in place in response to the COVID-19 crisis.

Hudson River Recreations lets locals choose their own kayaking experience. Activities include a tour of the river, relaxing on a paddle board, or taking a kayaking class. With locations in Sleepy Hollow, Croton Point, and Rye, launch spots are widespread in Westchester County. By going on the popular Sleepy Hollow kayak tour, rowers can get up close to the Tarrytown Lighthouse while learning about the legend of Sleepy Hollow.

Mountain Valley Guides

Cornwall-on-Hudson, 845.661.1923
Open for online or phone booking

Spend the day on the Hudson with this unique kayaking experience. Mountain Valley Guides offers a “Paddles & Pints” tour for local craft beer lovers. Take a half day to paddle to Two Way Brewery in Beacon, and then back to the Newburgh Brewing Company for a few pints. For dog lovers, Mountain Valley Guides offers a fun “Doggie Paddle” tour where dogs and owners head to a remote beach to paddle and swim.

New Paltz Kayaking

New Paltz, 845.594.6353
Bookings are now available, with enhanced cleaning procedures and social distancing practices in place.

Relax. Unplug. Reconnect. New Paltz Kayaking hopes its guests will accomplish these three things after exploring Sojourner Truth Park. Local can venture through the park on the scenic Wallkill River in a kayak, canoe, or rowboat and keep an eye out for local wildlife, like the blue heron, while meandering along the river.

Screaming Eagle Outdoor Adventures

Athens, 518.312.7729
Open for online or phone booking

Located on the shores of the Hudson River, Screaming Eagle Outdoor Adventures makes it easy to explore the beauty of Greene County. Stop by to rent a kayak for the day and do some bird watching while on the river. For early risers, Screaming Eagle offers morning rentals to watch the sunset while on the water. Paddle boards are also available for guests looking to try a new summer activity. After every rowing adventure, head over to the Athens Brewpub for a free pint with any kayak rental receipt.

Storm King Adventure Tours

Cornwall-on-Hudson, 845.534.7800
Tours begin in July with enhanced cleaning protocol and social distance guidelines.

Storm King Adventure Tours offers a variety of different kayaking experiences for all levels; one of them being the Bannerman’s Island tour.  This tour across the Hudson begins under the beautiful Storm King Mountain and makes its way past the acclaimed Breakneck Ridge hiking trail. Participants can observe Pollepel Island, home to the mysterious Bannerman Castle, while a guide explains the history of the esteemed landmark. Other trips include the Moodna Marsh and Kowawese tours, both of which offer birdwatching galore and sunsets along the water.

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