Summer Things to do

Kayaking, Rafting and Tubing Near Jersey City

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Kayaking, Rafting, and Tubing Near Jersey City

Looking for fun summer activities with the family? Have you tried out these water activities? There are a ton of businesses offering kayaking, tubing as well as rafting near Jersey City. We highly recommend checking these places, which are perfect for a summer day and a great experience. Some of these are an hour or two away from Jersey City, and some right in the heart of downtown. So, keep that in mind before booking! Check out our blogs on waterparks, camping, hiking, and parks, for more family fun. If you want something more relaxing, check out these blogs on wineries or places to go mini-golfing.

Hoboken Cove Community Boathouse

Frank Sinatra Dr, Hoboken, NJ

Volunteers run the show and organize 100% of the Hoboken Cove Community Boathouse. They welcome donations. In 2004 a group of kayaking enthusiasts, with help from the City of Hoboken and Downtown Boathouse of New York City, began offering free kayaking to the public. At the moment, they are offering free paddle days. It is free but donate to keep the running. Check their schedule here.

Urban Paddle

11 Marin Blvd, Jersey City, NJ

Outdoor fun near Jersey City Kayaking, Rafting, Tubing

Urban Paddle offers the best paddle experience on the Hudson with beautiful views of Manhattan, and it is right in Jersey City at the Liberty Harbor Marina. They carry the highest quality boards and kayaks, including Bic Sport, Ocean Kayak Tahe, Old Town, Epic, and SIC Maui, and all tours come with basic instructions. A great outing for family and friends! They are making sure everything is properly sanitized before being used. 

Resilience Paddle Adventures

Pier 13, Hoboken, NJ

Canoeing near Jersey City

Their goal is to enhance local fitness and outdoor recreational opportunities plus environmental awareness by providing high-quality kayaking and paddle boarding educational programs at Pier 13 Hoboken, serving residents of Hoboken plus the greater NY/NJ area and visitors. So, enjoy a fun weekend with family or friends with Resilience Paddle Sports. They offer paddling, kayaking, and youth programs. You can book online here.

Delaware River Tubing

778 Milford Frenchtown Rd, Milford, NJ

Rafting and other sports near Jersey City

Voted #1 River Tubing, Rafting, Kayaking & Canoeing Outfitter, check Delaware River Tubing with friends and family! They are open for the season by ticket purchase only. You can go tubing, rafting, canoeing, and kayaking all week except Tuesday. Also, they are about an hour away from Jersey City.

Winding River Campground

6752 Weymouth Rd, Mays Landing, NJ 

Open camping near Jersey City

Winding River Campground is open for camping, canoeing, kayaking, and tubing. The playground, basketball, volleyball, pool, and rec hall are closed. Take a trip down the shore to enjoy a day of activities. Keep in mind they are about an hour and 30 minutes away from Jersey City , soit would be perfect for a weekend trip, and I ealso enjoy camping.

Lakeview Marina

2 S Beach Rd, Lake Hopatcong, NJ 

Rafting near Jersey City

Lakeview Marina utilizes top-of-the-line skis, wakeboards, tubes, and safety equipment, and each group receives its own competition wakeboard/ski boat and driver/instructor. They are about an hour away from downtown Jersey City. You can enjoy a day of tubing, tube surfing, kayaking, and paddleboarding here with the family.

Hackensack RiverKeeper Canoeing and Kayaking

206 Main St, Hackensack, NJ 

River Rafting and Canoeing near Jersey City

Since 1999 and continuing today, Hackensack Riverkeeper remains the only operator of canoe/kayak liveries in their watershed. Now fielding a fleet of more than fifty canoes and kayaks, they look forward to giving you, your family & friends opportunities to enjoy and explore the river, the Meadowlands, and Overpeck Lake at your own pace or on one of their Laurel Hill moonlight paddles. They are about 45 minutes from downtown Jersey City. 

Flatwater Paddle at Monksville Reservoir

1081 Greenwood Lake Turnpike, Ringwood, NJ

Flatwater Paddle at Monksville Reservoir

Monksville Reservoir is a beautiful and serene reservoir in the New Jersey Highlands, Long Pond Ironworks State Park. The reservoir has a surface area of 505 acres and spans about three miles from end to end. The reservoir is surrounded by forest, including hiking trails such as the Monks Trail Circular. While easily accessible from NYC and other densely populated areas of NJ, Monksville is secluded, rustic, and peaceful. It is about an hour from Jersey City. You can go kayaking or paddleboarding and enjoy some floating yoga classes. Book it here.

Updated January 16th 2024

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