Long Islanders are water people. We fish. We swim. We take relaxing trips on our boats. It’s what we do. We’re also very competitive people, and we enjoy testing our skills out in the Atlantic or the Long Island Sound or any of the other bodies of water that make LI a truly special place to live. Looking for an adventure? Well, these spots are a good place to start.
2017: Long Islanders Voted Empire Kayaks Best Water Sport Rental on Long Island
4 Empire Blvd., Island Park. 516-889-8300. www.empirekayaks.com
Long Islanders know how to have fun—and most of all, they know how to have fun on the water. We adore our adjacent waterways, appreciate the beauties of the bays and canals that make Long Island the summer haven it is, and would do anything to spend a sunny day aboard a boat or kayak. That’s where Empire Kayaks comes in. This Island Park watersports rental shop is a cut above the rest, offering amazing kayaks at great prices. The shop carries everything from jackets and paddles to sprayskirts and racks. Next time you’re planning on hitting the open sea, or bay, head over to Empire Kayaks!
2016: Long Islanders Voted Kostal Paddle Best Water Sport Rental on Long Island
158 Manorhaven Blvd Port Washington. 855.567.8251. kostalpaddle.com
Stand up paddleboarding (SUP) has steadily gained in popularity over the years, and it seems to picking up steam on Long Island thanks to Kostal Paddle. There are several reasons why people explore SUP, whether for exercise, relaxation, or Yoga. Kostal Paddle employs certified instructors who will help you navigate LI’s waters on paddleboards—which, according to Kostal Paddle, are seen as steadier than canoes. Stand-up paddleboarding is enjoyed worldwide and dates back thousands of years, according to some estimates. Kostal Paddle’s two Long Island locations are closed during the winter season, but reopen in May. Make sure to schedule a session soon so you can experience all that SUP has to offer!
2015: Long Islanders Voted Freeport Kayak Rentals Best Water Sport Rental on Long Island!
Freeport Kayak Rentals
957 South long Beach Ave., Freeport. 1-855-WE-KAYAK.
You’d be hard pressed to find a Long Islander who doesn’t enjoy spending a beautiful summer day on a beachfront or jumping into the ocean. That’s why Freeport Kayak Rental is usually booming during the summer months. Long Islanders come from all over to rent kayaks—either single or tandem—and paddleboards. Freeport Kayak Rental opens Memorial Day Weekend, and just in time for the Jones Beach Air Show. You never know, you might see a Thunderbird flying across the sky. As their saying goes: paddle, relax, and repeat.