The downtown boathouse is located on Pier 40, 72 and 96 in Manhattan. It is operated by a group of volunteers who love kayaking and (I think) want everyone to experience the joy of kayaking.
The whole thing is free and they provide all the equipment, and teach you how to do it. You can kayak for 20 minutes at a time (then you have to bring the kayak in and wait in line if you want to do it again). They do this to make sure everyone gets a chance to kayak. The only thing I didn’t like much was that you can only kayak in an an enclosed area in the bay. They don’t let you out of it. They do it for your safety but still!. Oh, and they have single kayaks (operated by one person) and double kayaks (which are operated by 2 people).
They also take you on 3 hour guided tours of the hudson river. The only requirements are that you be physically fit (as you have to paddle for 3 hours straight) and that you know how to swim. The tour begins at 8:00 AM so you have to be there pretty early.
For more information, you can visit their site at: http://downtownboathouse.org/
Most of the people who live in New York City take it for granted (including me). So, I decided to explore this beautiful city and see what it has to offer in terms of heritage, activities, etc. I was not dissapointed. I went to the National Museum of American Indian and they had all sorts of things related to Red-Indian culture.
I liked the architecture of the museum. It had beautiful art on the ceiling in the main hall. There were numerous charts, pictures and articles explaining how they (Red Indians) make leather and stitch clothes from them. The decorations that are used (and the materials they made the decorations from), etc. Many dresses were also on the display (one of which was over 500 years old).
Admission to the museum is free. It is open from 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM. However, it is always a good idea to call ahead. Their contact information is :
One Bowling Green
New York, NY 10004
Here are some pictures from my visit. I apologize for the small size of the pictures. My phone was set to contact pictures instead of regular ones and I was too excited to notice. Maybe I will go there again and get some more pictures.