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Park Hours and Info

Park is Open 7 Days a Week | 6AM - 1AM
Entry is Free!

Pier 28AM - 11PM* Pier 56AM - 11PM* Education Center3-5PM (THU/FRI), 1-5PM (SAT) Pier 6 Volleyball Courts6AM - 11PM Playgroundssunrise-sunset
Things To Do


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How To Get Here


Parking is limited, so we encourage you to take public transportation. And lucky for you, there are plenty of transportation options.

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Clark Street


High Street or Jay St- MetroTech


Borough Hall


York Street



B25 (at Fulton Ferry Landing), B61 (at Atlantic Avenue and Hicks Street), B63 (on the loop road near Pier 6 in the park), or B67 (at Jay Street and York Street)


Nearby CitiBike stations: Atlantic Ave & Furman St (Pier 6); Brooklyn Bridge Park – Pier 2; Old Fulton St (Pier 1); Water St & Main St (Main Street)

NYC Ferry

East River route to Dumbo/Fulton Ferry; or South Brooklyn Route to Brooklyn Bridge Park Pier 6/Atlantic Avenue or DUMBO/Fulton Ferry.

Explore the East River Estuary and glide across the water at public kayaking in Brooklyn Bridge Park.

Want to go kayaking for free with an amazing view of lower Manhattan and the NYC harbor? Then you’ve come to the right place. The Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy and Brooklyn Bridge Park Boathouse partner to offer free kayaking opportunities each summer.

Have your own boat? Launch your human-powered boats from the Pier 4 Beach.


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People standing on the dock looking at kayakers in the water on a sunny day. The Brooklyn Bridge is seen in the background.

© Alexa Hoyer

View of the Brooklyn Bridge from the Pier 2 launch dock.
Women kayaking and smiling at camera with piles and Brooklyn Bridge behind

© John Eng

Close up of two girls in a kayak at sunset.

© Etienne Frossard

Family kayaking in Brooklyn Bridge Park.
Man and child in a yellow kayak on a sunny day.

© Paula Berg

Kayaking in Brooklyn Bridge Park.
Groups of people kayaking by Pier 2 at sunset. Brooklyn Heights is seen in the background.

© Etienne Frossard

Kayaking at sunset off of Pier 2.
Woman and child paddling away in a yellow kayak with a pier seen in the background.

© Alexa Hoyer

Family launches into the water from the Pier 4 beach.
Close up of two women in a kayak on a sunny day. Pier 17 is seen in the background.

© Etienne Frossard

Friends kayak together in the East River.

© John Eng

Man kayaking with other kayakers in behind on a sunny day. The Brooklyn Bridge is seen in the distance.

© Etienne Frossard

Kayaking at Brooklyn Bridge Park
Groups kayaking at sunset with Pier 1 Salt Marsh and the Brooklyn Bridge in the background.

© Etienne Frossard

Groups kayaking at sunset off of Pier 2.
Family kayaking on a sunny day with the Brooklyn Bridge in the background.

© Etienne Frossard

Father and son kayak in Brooklyn Bridge Park.


Join Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy and Brooklyn Bridge Park Boathouse for free public kayaking! For 2024, free public kayaking is offered throughout the summer on Wednesday and Thursday evenings, and Saturday and Sunday afternoons through September. Rules, program dates, and information subject to change.

General Program Information:

  • Reservations required via Brooklyn Bridge Boathouse
  • All participants must sign a waiver before participating.
  • Children and teens under 18 must have an adult guardian present.
  • Singles are for adults, or any kayaker with a parent/guardian present that is at least 14 years old
  • Doubles are for one adult and no more than one child under 14 or paddler that needs assistance.
  • Life vests are provided and required for anyone on the dock or boats.
  • No experience necessary – volunteers will teach you the basics if you’ve never kayaked.

Interested in volunteering with the Brooklyn Bridge Park Boathouse? Click here to learn more!

View All Free Public Kayaking Dates! Make a Reservation



The Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy offers a youth kayak program for school and camp groups throughout the summer. Please visit the Youth Kayak Program page for more information.

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Construction of the park began in January 2009.

More than 5 million people visit the Park each year.

Subway tunnels run under the Piles.

The New York Harbor was once the busiest in the World.

The Park is managed ecologically.

The remaining structural “skeleton” of the extant shed on pier 2 defines play areas and shelter


participated in environmental education programs



Days Open Per Year



Trees in the park


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