Despite popular belief (and 1000+ memes on Facebook), pumpkin spice season does not in fact start on September 1st. 

The Fall Equinox, this year, is actually on September 22nd, which means there is basically a whole month of Summer left to do some fun sh*t. 

If you've been cooped up on the streets of New York City, you should definitely add kayaking to that list. There's nothing better than kayaking on the Hudson on a hot day except when it's FREE kayaking.

The Downtown Boathouse, in collaboration with the Friends of Governors Island are bringing back free kayaking on Governors Island.

A new dock, which was built after the old one was destroyed in 2014, is scheduled to open today, August 31st. Curbed reports that the dock cost just under $50,000 to be installed this summer.

You might want to make your plans quick though because The Downtown Boathouse's free program will only run on Saturdays through mid-September, although they'll reopen next Summer.

If you have your own kayak, you have a little bit more time to enjoy the the dock; it will be open for the rest of the current season during regular public hours. 

"Every New Yorker should have the opportunity to rediscover our connection to the harbor and waterways through free and low-cost boating opportunities at our parks and public spaces," says Manhattan Borough President, Gale Brewer.




Who doesn't want to hang out on the water in this heat? But if Governors Island isn't your thing, check out some other NYC places to set sail.

[via Curbed] [Feature Image Courtesy GovIsland]