You don’t have to leave New York City to enjoy getting out on the water: Features Article by

If there’s one mistake that New Yorkers make every summer, it’s not taking advantage of the waterways around the city. Sure, you might not want to go swimming through the Gowanus, but there’s plenty of fun to be had in, on and around NYC’s shores. 

Here are some of the best ways to explore New York by water. 

North River Lobster Company

Get your eat and drink on at the North River Lobster Company — Photo courtesy of North River Lobster Company

How does North River Lobster Company check off all the summertime boxes? Let us count the ways:

  1. It’s a boat with three stories and roof deck.
  2. There are waiters and waitresses on every deck. 
  3. You can order delicious eats, from lobster rolls to raw bar boats to burgers. 
  4. The drinks they are a’flowing: wine, beer buckets and cocktails are definitely not in short supply. 
  5. It’s a one-hour cruise, so you can see the city’s gorgeous skyline from a brand new viewpoint. 

Basically, there’s not much that this boozy cruise doesn’t offer. For a fun afternoon with friends, make a ressie with North River Lobster Company and hit the high seas – or, you know, the Hudson river.  

Hudson River Community Sailing

Learn to sail with Hudson River Community Sailing — Photo courtesy of Hudson River Community Sailing

Speaking of the Hudson, did you know that you could be one of those people who sails on it? At Hudson River Community Sailing, you can book a quick lesson or even get certified during a weekend-long course. They also offer sailing memberships, so you can join a community of sailors around the city.

If you’ve already got your sea legs under you, you can sign up for one of their races where you’ll learn racing skills and strategy.

Rockaway Boardwalk 

Dance parties and DJs on the beach at Rockaway Beach Surf Club — Photo courtesy of Rockaway Beach Surf Club

The Rockaways were hit hard during Hurricane Sandy, but in recent years, revitalization efforts have done a lot to buoy the area. (Get it?)

Now, beachgoers can enjoy…

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