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Beat the Heat and Enjoy NYC’s 2016 City of Water Day

Enjoy free activities along the New York/New Jersey Harbor happening throughout the boroughs and Hoboken

Today marks the celebration of the 9th annual City of Water Day and with temperatures set to reach the high 80s, it couldn’t be a better day to be in and around water.

The waterfront festival, presented by the Waterfront Alliance, will host activities throughout the five boroughs and Hoboken, NJ aiming to get people to enjoy the harbor by getting them into the water. This family-friendly free event will offer free boat tours through Circle Line Sightseeing, Manhattan by Sail, New York Water Taxi, and many more. Additionally, participating boathouses around the city will host free kayaking, rowing, and paddleboarding to visitors.

On Governors Island, the Waterfront Activity Fair will include Disney-sponsored children’s events, food, music, and the highly-popular Con Edison Cardboard Kayak race where 25 teams will begin building cardboard boats at noon before setting them on the water for a series of competitive races beginning at 2:30 p.m. Several exhibitors like the Gowanus Dredgers, NYC Audubon, I Fish NY, and more will be present to inform and educate about NYC’s various waterways and wildlife.

Additional events will take place in Hoboken, NJ, South Street Seaport, and various piers at Hudson River Park. There’s so much to see and do during this one-of-a-kind festival happening all around NYC. Find an activity happening near you and make your way there. Events are ongoing from now until 4:00 p.m.