City of Water celebrates NYC's long history as a port and water-bound metropolis. Festivities include free boat tours on all kinds of vessels, from tall ships to tugboats; free rowing, kayaking, paddle-boarding, and the highly anticipated Con Edison Cardboard Kayak Race; and a Waterfront Activity Fair and Disney Children's Activities.
At Piers 16 and 17, City of Water Day festival-goers will find Disney children's activities and the Waterfront Activity Fair, where Waterfront Alliance partners offer waterfront education activities, games, giveaways, performances, and more. Among the many highlights are water quality testing and trawling for plankton with the Billion Oyster Project, a fishing clinic with I FISH NY, a performance from Arm-of-the-Sea Theater, and sea animal mask-making with Spotlight Kids NY. Friendly volunteers are on hand to point you in the right direction. Check out the full roster of activities here.
Boat tours require advance reservations and are available at this link while space is available. Act fast as these sell out very quickly.
For one day only, in celebration of greater waterfront access all around the region, Brooklyn Bridge Beach is open to the public. Directly under the Brooklyn Bridge on the Manhattan side, this small, sandy beach hosts the annual Con Edison Cardboard Kayak Race in the morning, and is the staging ground for free public kayak lessons throughout the day, courtesy of HarborLAB.
In addition, the South Street Seaport Museum, a City of Water Day 2018 festival partner and the cultural anchor of the South Street Seaport Historic District, is offering festival-goers $5 museum admission (normally $12 for an adult).
City of Water Day serves as the debut of Canal to Coast activities in celebration of the Erie Canal’s bicentennial—a series of programs and events organized by the Waterfront Alliance with a grant from the New York State Council on the Arts.
City of Water Day events are offered throughout NYC, including boating, fishing, clean-up opps, and more. See what's happening in your neighborhood.