Float Your Boat

Try kayaking for some fun on the water.

Here’s a summer idea: Why not enjoy the great outdoors by going kayaking? and while paddling your way alongside the scenic banks of the state’s pristine parks, take note of the unexpected workout you’re receiving: The water sport, similar to canoeing, is a bona fide calorie buster (it burns 300 to 500 an hour, depending on water conditions and your speed and body weight), provides low-impact upper-body conditioning (requiring about 500 paddle strokes per mile) and is an eco-friendly way to sightsee and explore.

Choose your own adventure:

Here are several places in and around the state to embark.

Romantic outing: Spot birds while kayaking in the Shark River in Belmar. Day trip Take tours through scenic Hunterdon (N.J.) and Bucks (Pa.) counties on the Delaware River.

Sightseeing: See Lady Liberty with a new perspective on Hudson River at Liberty State Park. The park’s Nature Interpretive Center offers kayaking eco tours. Call 201.915.3409 for details.

Starspotting: Paddle past the homes of celebrities, including Bruce Springsteen and Queen Latifah, who live along the Navesink River in Rumson. Visit monmouthcountyparks.com for additional resources.


Where to rent or buy kayaks:

Eastern Mountain Sports, Eatontown, 732.460.0188

The Jersey Paddler, Brick, 732.458.5777

Shark River Kayak Company, Belmar, 732.749.0490


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