Floating Reporter: Paddling in the Bronx

This summer, offMetro is introducing a new column focusing on discovering New York City through its waterways. I’m excited to be spending much of the summer exploring the five boroughs in my new foldable kayak (a perfect fit for my tiny apartment). I’ll be writing about my experiences, as offMetro’s first ever “floating reporter” in a bi-weekly column. There’s also a guides to paddling in Brooklyn and Manhattan.

Summer-long paddling options in the Bronx:

Bronx River Alliance, Bronx Zoo area

The Bronx River Alliance leads canoe trips along the Bronx River that bring paddlers through the New York Botanic Garden and the Bronx Zoo. Offerings range from beginner paddles to full river guided trips.

Season: June to October

Cost: Varies (Free on the last Friday of the month; trips range from $20 to $45)
Getting there: The Bronx River Alliance is a 4-minute walk from the 2/5 subway stop at Bronx Park East. Trips launch from various locations.

Rocking the Boat, Hunts Point

This not-for-profit organization, which focuses on youth development through STEM education, teaches boat-building to teens in the South Bronx. Weekend rowers can explore the Bronx River in the wooden rowboats built by the program’s participants. Community sailing will also be offered three times this summer.

Season: Saturday afternoons from May 27 to September 2
Cost: Free

Getting there: Take the 6 train to Hunts Point Avenue. Rocking the Boat is a 12-minute walk from the station.

Best Kayak Events in the Bronx:

Gather a team of paddlers for this 5-mile canoe trip, a fundraiser that supports the Bronx River Alliance’s youth paddling programs. This spirited canoeing adventure winds through through the most lush areas in the Bronx and ends in Hunt’s Point.

The Amazing Bronx River Flotilla, Williamsbridge

Season: One-time event on Saturday, May 26
Cost: $50 + a $350 fundraising commitment

Getting there: Take the 2 or 5 train to 219th Street, and walk one avenue west to Bronx Boulevard and enter Shoelace Park.

Check-back in two weeks for the next installment of this series: Kayaking in Brooklyn!