Everyone knows there is no such thing as a free lunch in NYC, but as it turns out, the old proverb “there is no free self-guiding canoeing tours” is most definitely wrong. Or at least in Brooklyn it is.
That’s right, free Canoeing in addition to free walking and bicycle tours. Maps included! That’s where the “guided” part of “self-guided” comes into play.
These activities are organized and run by the Gowanus Dredgers Canoe club, which may be a slightly misleading name because they don’t seem to do any sort of dredging really. Although they absolutely do canoe in the Gowanus Canal, which some people may initially think to be just as unlikely as a canoe club Dredging it.
The Gowanus is of course famous for many things and the Dredgers are somewhat infamous themselves for doing what they do, but everything is apparently safe and copasetic in terms of splashing about the canal. As long as you stay in your canoe we imagine.
For the self-guided trips, the Dredgers get you all trained, outfitted, and oriented before you paddle yourself up and down the picturesque waterway in your handy dandy life-preserver. But if you do fall in the water, you’d be strongly advised to remove yourself to dry land ASAP.
The Dredgers offer scheduled events as well as the opportunity to schedule private trips and tours. So give them a call and set up some free canal time so you can see for yourself why Gowanus is known as The Venice of Brooklyn (okay I made that up, but it could be).
But if you aren’t so stoked about the Gowanus, the club also leads tours around other parts of NYC as well, like Governor’s Island and Queens.
The next scheduled event is on October 23rd. Reserve your spot today!