Escape the Crowds & Explore Long Island by Kayak

Tucked away between Long Island’s nooks and crannies are gateways to scenic water destinations. Explore them by sea while strengthening your muscles and improving your mood through the help of a kayak. Launch your paddleboat and set the benchmark for expedition across these picturesque routes.

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Nissequogue River, Smithtown/Kings Park

Bring your own kayak or rent one at the park. Be sure to keep an eye on your watch because timing is crucial when paddling up or down the river. A falling tide assists you when heading downstream toward the Long Island Sound and a rising tide gives the advantage when paddling near the river mouth to the headwaters in Smithtown. Go.

Accabonac Harbor, East Hampton

Pack a lunch and get a taste for the local wildlife and serene shoreline of the Hamptons. The more friends the merrier since double kayaks are available on location. Just don’t forget your camera. Go.

Cold Spring Harbor, Huntington

Discover the vessels docked along the harbor as you spend a few hours under the sky navigating through the different shades of blue water. Instructors are on site to guide and teach you as you explore different birds, marine and plant life. Go.

Coecles Harbor, Shelter Island

This spot, which can be reached from the town landing at the end of Burns Road, is a favorite when the winds aren’t too strong. It opens into a wide waterway and provides access to many shallow creeks and natural landscapes. Kayaks can be rented from Shelter Island Kayaks for a whole different perspective of the quaint habitats. Go.

Ocean Beach, Fire Island

Escape the noise, traffic and crowds and challenge yourself with some fast paced and exciting paddling on the Oceanside. You can always drop your kayak in at Robert Moses State Park or Captree, and make your way to the enchanting shores of Fire Island if you want more of a workout. Go.

Tell us: where do you like to kayak? Share your spot in the comments below.