City of Water Day

Sat Jul 10, 2021
Various times
All ages
FREE (with the exception of boat tours)
Pier 17, South Street Seaport

City of Water Day celebrates NYC's long history as a port and water-bound metropolis. Festivities include boat tours on all kinds of vessels, from tall ships to tugboats; free rowing, kayaking, paddleboarding, and more.

The Art at the BlueLine exhibition in the Seaport District explores the BlueLine—the future high tide line—to collectively highlight the risk we all face from sea level rise and coastal storms. Extraordinary climate artists provide a unique perspective on climate issues and sea-level rise through the lens of artistic expression.

Dozens of organizations are hosting In Your Neighborhood events at their local waterfronts. From free kayaking to rowing to hands-on workshops, In Your Neighborhood events offer something for everyone throughout the region’s 1,600 miles of coastline! Be sure to check out New York-New Jersey Harbor & Estuary Program’s map to see all of the In Your Neighborhood events taking place throughout the region.

At the South Street Seaport Museum in Lower Manhattan, free activities from 11am to 5pm on City of Water Day include self-guided tours of the 1885 tall ship Wavertree and demonstrations by Bowne & Co. printers using the Seaport Museum's working collection of 19th-century printing presses, on the steps of 209 Water Street.

At the Hoboken waterfront, families are encouraged to get outside and enjoy the public waterfront, with activities that include kayaking, paddle-boarding, and fishing. The day starts off with a tour of the Central Waterfront by FBW's Executive Director Ron Hine, followed by a festive march to illustrate the remaining segments of Hoboken's public waterfront park that remain unfinished.

At West Harlem Piers Park at West 130th Street and the Hudson River, staff members from the Hudson River Sloop team up to offer activities for children and adults. Count on seeing fascinating Hudson River creatures in tanks, get involved with water testing, and learn about community access to the river.

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