Staten Island
Travel Guide

Staten Island, New York City 



Kayaking and exploring the coastal and inland waters of Staten Island is a popular outdoor activity on the island. Kayaking here offers some of the most magnificent sceneries in New York City. The water trails on the island pass through rivers, lakes, creeks, bays, and the coastal areas. Natural sceneries include riverside parks, wooded areas, lakes, bird sanctuaries, tidal marshlands, and rocky beaches. There are also the modern scenes of the city’s skyline, spanning bridges, harbors, and passing boats and ships.

You require a permit from the city’s Department of Parks & Recreation to kayak in any of New York City’s boroughs. A permit costs $15 and on Staten Island obtainable (including rules and regulations) from the Greenbelt Recreation Center at Brielle Avenue. There are six public launching points for kayaks on Staten Island and all located on the eastern side of the island. From north to south, the launching points and their location are at:

  • Buono Beach – Edgewater Street, North Shore.
  • South Beach – Father Capodanno Boulevard (between Lily Pond Avenue and Seaview Avenue), East Shore.
  • Midland Beach – Father Capodanno Boulevard (between Seaview Avenue and Greely Avenue), East Shore.
  • Great Kills Park – Between Hylan Boulevard and Buffalo Street, East Shore.
  • Lemon Creek Marina – Seguine Avenue, South Shore.
South Beach, Staten Island (New York City)

South Beach by Markus Lasermann

For those new to kayaking, Kayak Staten Island ( is a volunteer organization providing free kayaking experience to the public. They are located at the northern most end of the boardwalk in South Beach. Sit-on-top kayaks, life jackets, and paddles are provided, and a try is limited to 15 minutes each time. Kayak Staten Island also organizes free tours and other boating activities at various locations on the island.


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