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Kayaking and Beach BBQ

Kayaking Hudson River Valley

This is the perfect place for a day of paddling and BBQ fun with friends!  The majestic Hudson River is the venue for this trip as we explore the coastline near West Point with awesome views of Storm King Mountain, Breakneck Ridge and Bannerman's Castle.  There is no better place to go paddling for the day than this particular area of the Hudson River. This is a must do trip for any kayaking enthusiast or anyone wanting to give it a try as no experience is necessary. Then kick-back, relax and enjoy a beach BBQ.

Before starting our trip we will go over basic safety guidelines and learn correct paddling techniques. Just like riding a bike, you will get the hang of it before you know it and we’ll hit the open waters.  Along the way we will be treated to constant views of the massive Breakneck Ridge and Storm King Mountain to the south. 

We will paddle around the infamous Bannerman's Castle, long since abandoned but steep in lore and mystery, and hear a bit about the history of the island and the castle itself.  We then circle the island and head across the river towards Plum Point to a secluded beach for a BBQ.  Plum Point affords great landscape scenery, rugged mountain views, and wildlife spotting (eagles?) in the nearby creeks.

Now, the party is just starting!  Our little beach on the river hosts the BBQ which is complete with marinated shrimp/chicken skewers, veggy burgers, beef sliders, hot dogs, pasta salad, cold soda and water.  Yummy!  Guides will set up everything in advance so when our group arrives the grills are going, food is cooking and the tunes are playing.  We will also have some beach games to play with if desired (frisbees, horseshoes, jarts, etc).  You'll love it!

Then we'll pack up and paddle a short distance back to where we started - lots of great kayaking, scenery and food!  Not a bad way to spend the day!

All trip details and final trip itinerary will be e-mailed to all registered guests the week of the trip date.  For trips that list multiple dates, please e-mail us at to let us know which date you prefer after you have registered and paid on-line.

Outdoor Connections Guided Adventure Travel
Trip Date: July 12; July 26
Departure: 7:45 a.m. (approximately) – 8th Avenue between W31st and W33rd streets - in front of US Post Office and across from Penn Station.
Return: Approx 3:30 p.m.
Trip Rating: Moderate – We will paddle and BBQ for approximately 3 hours and paddle about 4 miles in open river and back water environments. (learn more)
What's Included: Trip includes all transportation costs, equipment rentals, guides, snacks/breakfast in route, and beach BBQ.
What to Bring: Wear clothing appropriate for getting wet, preferably quick drying fabrics. Dress appropriately for the season and in layers - this means have the ability to take tops on/off as needed to keep you comfortable. Rain jacket/pants are strongly suggested if the weather is uncertain. Wear water shoes, secure sandals, or sneakers. Hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, chapstick and bug spray are recommended. If you are not sure, bring more clothing than you think you need – extra items can be left in the van or carried in your backpack/drybag. Bring a small daypack/drybag to carry your stuff – extra clothes, snacks, water, camera, our provided picnic lunch, etc. – Ideally, you should use something that is waterproof or use large zip lock bags. For the ride home, bring a small towel, change of footwear and perhaps a change of clothes for non-modest types.

Trip Cost:
Membership/Returning Guest Price with Transport - $129
Membership/Returning Guest Price Self-Drive - $109
Non-Member Price with Transport - $229; Self-Drive - $209

For trips that list multiple dates, please e-mail us at to let us know which date you prefer after you have registered and paid on-line.

Outdoor Connections Guided Adventure Travel

Kayaking The Great Swamp

Transportation Option $129 ($129 early bird)

Date: Option not available

Drive Yourself Option $109

Date: Option not available

Bring Your Own Boat $89

Date: Option not available

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