5 Kayak Rental Shops to Explore This Summer
Navigate Rhode Island’s waters with family and friends on both self-guided and group-guided tours.
With Rhode Island’s 400 miles of coastline, water activities are a must. Take to the water this season with these five kayak and paddleboard rental shops and get to know why we’re called the Ocean State.
Narrow River Kayaks
Enjoy kayaking, canoeing and paddle boarding on the Narrow River, which consists of a freshwater pond with two fjord-like lakes. Narrow River Kayaks offers a variety of rentals, tours and classes for all types of boaters. Rental options include two-hour, four-hour and eight-hour time slots.
How to get a reservation: Reservations can be made on Narrow River Kayaks’ website. They are open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and holidays.
The details: 94 Middlebridge Rd., Narragansett, 401-789-0334, narrowriverkayak.com
Head over to Providence Kayak for a forty-five-minute or ninety-minute self-guided excursion down Providence’s waterways. This water venue also offers ninety-minute guided tours which highlight the area’s nautical and historical points of interest.
How to get a reservation: Reservations can be made on Providence Kayak’s website. They are open Thursdays and Fridays from noon to 6 p.m. and from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
The details: 15 Bridge St., Providence, 401-829-1769, providencekayak.com
Rhode Island Paddle Sports
Enjoy kayaking and paddle boarding in Greenwich Bay. Rhode Island Paddle Sports offers low prices on boat rentals, and the company even sells season passes for those who want to make boating an active part of their summer. Water equipment can be rented for one hour, two hours or four hours.
How to get a reservation: Be sure to call Rhode Island Paddle Sports to make a reservation. They are open everyday from 10 a.m. until sunset with weather permitting.
The details: 1 Water St., East Greenwich, 401-864-0403, ripaddlesports.com
Walker Farm Kayak
Depart on your aquatic journey on a kayak, canoe or paddle board. Walker Farm Kayak offers a variety of tours including a moonlight tour, sunrise tour, sunset tour and family cookout and paddle tour.
How to get a reservation: Make your reservations by calling Walker Farm Kayak. They are open from dawn to dusk every day and, for now, they are only accepting cash payments.
The details: 509 County Rd., Barrington, 401-369-4832, walkerfarmkayaks.com
Fort Island Kayaks and SUP Rentals
Sail away on a kayak or a hobie pedal board when you visit Block Island. This company offers a variety of models including a ‘peekaboo’ glass bottom kayak, sit-on-top kayaks and triple kayaks. Private lessons are also available for groups up to four, and individuals can rent by the hour, half-day, full-day or even buy a weekly pass.
How to get a reservation: Reservations are recommended but not necessary. Fort Island Kayaks and SUP Rentals are open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.
The details: 40 Ocean Ave., Block Island, 401-466-5392 or 401-742-3992, sandypointco.com