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Watersport Rentals and Classes for Summer Fun in the Hudson Valley

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Sail, row, canoe, and kayak your way through summer with these watersport rentals and classes throughout the Hudson Valley.

By Dylan Thompson and Kaitlyn Skees

Albany Rowing Center

Albany

Rowboats

This organization teaches rowers of all ages and abilities the ins and outs of rowboating through multi-week training programs. Their junior program couples on-land fitness training and technical water skills to give 12–18 year olds the opportunity to enter novice and varsity competitions.
albanyrowingcenter.org

Atlantic Kayak Tours

Catskill, Saugerties, Staatsburg

Kayaks

With tours of different lengths and difficulties departing from the west shore, there’s an option for everyone. For the Saugerties tour, you’ll make stops at the Saugerties lighthouse and Tivoli bays. Shorter paddles, both during the day and evening, are great for beginners.
atlantickayaktours.com

Hudson Paddles

Hudson

Kayaks/Paddleboards/Canoes

From Henry Hudson Riverfront Park, take a boat or board out for an individual paddle, group tours and lessons, and stand-up paddleboard yoga taught by trained instructors. Yoga classes are around 60 minutes long, not including the paddle to and from the instruction area situated under railroad trestles.
hudsonpaddles.com

Hudson River Expeditions

Beacon/Cold Spring/Peekskill

Kayaks/Paddleboards/Canoes

You’ll find a variety of tours with views of stunning vistas, waterfalls, and even fireworks. Avid birders will love the myriad of species at Constitution Marsh; the group also offers an overnight trip to Bannerman island.
hudsonriverexpeditions.com

Hudson River Maritime Museum

Kingston

Sailboats/Rowboats

While they don’t offer day-use rentals, HRMM runs sailing classes—from a multi-week youth program to a three-day course in building and sailing boats. For a single day experience, sign up for a Sunday rowing class, where you can see the Kingston waterfront from the middle of the Rondout Creek.
hrmm.org

Hudson River Recreation

Croton-on-Hudson, Rye, Sleepy Hollow, Tarrytown

Kayaks/Paddleboards

Get out on the water for a sunset, fireworks, or full moon paddle with a kayak tour launching from one of four locations. Lessons are available for all ages. If you’re looking for a special experience, take one of their Hobie pedalboards out for a spin.
kayakhudson.com

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Watersports are fun summer activities in the Hudson Valley. Adobe Stock/ Jonas

Hudson Valley Watersports

Haverstraw

Hydrobikes/Motorboats

Explore the lower Hudson by renting a motorboat to captain yourself, or letting an expert steer while you kick back. There are opportunities to dock and dine at a waterfront eatery, or try your hand at wakeboarding or tubing. For something more lowkey, rent a pedal-powered hydrobike.
hvwatersports.com

Storm King Adventure Tours

Cornwall-on-Hudson

Kayaks

This outfit is ideal for family-friendly tours to Bannerman’s Island, Fishkill Creek, and Moodna Marsh. Depart at dawn or dusk for their special sunrise and sunset tours or take a leisurely paddle through wetlands to spot native birds.
stormkingadventuretours.com

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