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 out 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 is in the heart of downtown. So, keep that in mind before booking! In fact, 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.
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 and at the moment, they are offering free paddle days. It is free but donate to keep the running. Check their schedule here.
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 instruction. A great outing for family and friends! In fact, they are making sure everything is properly sanitized before being used. Book your adventure here.
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.
Winding River Campground is open for camping and canoeing, kayaking, and tubing. The playground, basketball courts, volleyball courts, 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 so it would be perfect for a weekend trip and enjoy camping as well.
Lakeview Marina utilizes the 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.
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. You can see their full schedule here.
Monksville Reservoir is a beautiful and serene reservoir located in the New Jersey Highlands, in 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 being 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 as well as enjoy some floating yoga classes. Book it here.
Updated May 23rd, 2022