Standing up, sitting or lying down -- a trip along LI's waterways is an ideal way to spend a lazy afternoon. Here are some businesses and locations that can help you make that scenario a reality.
Atlantic Outfitters, 405 Main St., Port Washington, 516-767-2215, atlanticoutfitters.us Hours 9 a.m.-6 p.m. daily (hours extend during summer months). Paddleboard, rowboat, kayak and fishing equipment rentals, lessons, tours, parties.
Belmont Lake State Park
Exit 38, Southern State Parkway, North Babylon, nysparks.com, 631-667-5055. Hours Weekends and holidays: 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m. May 5-20, noon-5:30 p.m. May 26-Sept. 3, 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Sept. 8-Oct. 9. Weekdays: 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m. June 26–Aug. 31. Fee $15 per 90 minutes for rowboats and pedal boats; $20 per 2 hours for kayaks. Freshwater fishing is permitted from rowboats during the weekdays. License is required.
Blydenburgh County Park
Veterans Memorial Highway, Smithtown, suffolkcountyny.gov/parks, 631-854-3713. Hours 8 a.m.-4 p.m. daily. Season Memorial Day weekend-Labor Day weekend. Rowboat rentals, fishing. Fees Call.
The Dinghy Shop
334 S. Bayview Ave., Amityville, 631-264-0005, dinghyshop.com Hours Shop open year-round, rentals June-Oct. Fees Sailboats $75, single kayaks $30, tandem kayaks $60; paddleboard $40. All rentals are for two hours. Full-moon tour $50, $64 for tandem kayaks, Wed. twilight tour $46 (rental fee included).
4 Empire Blvd., Island Park, 516-889-8300, empirekayaks.com Hours 9 a.m.- 6 p.m. weekdays (closed Tue.), 8 a.m.-6 p.m. weekends. Winter: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays (closed Tue.), 9 a.m.-5 p.m. weekends. Sales, rentals, instruction. Pedal kayaks, kayak eco-tours, paddleboards, combo bike-kayak tours, kayak fishing and stand-up paddleboard fitness classes.
Glacier Bay Sports
Brittania Marina, 81-C Fort Salonga Rd. (Route 25A), Northport, 631-262-9116, glacierbaysports.net Hours Open daily, call. Kayak and paddleboard rentals, tours, instruction, group trips, parties. Fees Call.
Hampton Water Sports
1688 County Rd. 39, Southampton, hamptonwatersports.com, 631-283-9463. Hours 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily, March-Christmas. Sales and rentals for windsurfing, paddleboarding, surfing, kiteboarding; lessons on East End bays. Fees Call.
Main Beach Surf and Sport
352 Montauk Hwy., Wainscott, 631-537-2716, mainbeach.com Hours 9 a.m.-6 p.m. daily in season, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. offseason. Season Spring-fall for kayak, paddleboard and surfboard rentals. Includes full-moon paddles, group and private tours. Lessons, rentals and summer MBX kids surf camp.
Nissequogue River Canoe and Kayak
Paul Given County Park, Jericho Turnpike, Smithtown, 631-979-8244, canoerentals.com Hours Open daily in season. Season April 15- Nov. 1, depending on weather and tide. 5 ½-mile paddle along the Nissequogue River (tidal), canoe and kayak rentals. Fees Call
89 Peconic Ave., Riverhead, 631-727-9895, peconicpaddler.com Hours 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Thur., 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. Fri., 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Sat.–Sun. Season Late May to mid-Oct. Free launch; canoe rentals and sales, kayaks and paddleboards, paddleboard yoga and tours. Kayak rentals on Peconic Bay; canoe rentals on the river. Fees Call.
Puff and Putt Family Fun Center
659 Montauk Hwy., Montauk, 631-668-4473, puffnputt.com Hours Open daily June 15-Sept. 15, open weekends May and Oct. Kayak, sailboat, canoe, pedal boat, stand-up paddleboards (weather permitting). Sailing on Fort Pond, an enclosed lake, 1 ½ miles long. Fee Check website.
Shelter Island Kayak Tours
Route 114 at Duvall, Shelter Island, 631-749-1990, kayaksi.com Hours 9 a.m.-6 p.m. daily mid April-Oct. Guided tours, kayak and paddleboard rentals. Fees $60 a person guided kayak tours, half price younger than 12. Call for paddleboard fee.
South Shore Paddleboards
258 E. Main St., Babylon, southshorepaddleboards.com, 631-482-1822. Hours 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sun., all year. Full-service paddleboard shop. Rentals, tours, lessons. Summer junior program. Sunday morning paddle boarding with breakfast on the beach available, check website for events. Fees Call for rentals; lessons $65 an hour.
Southaven County Park
Victory Avenue, Brookhaven, suffolkcountyny.gov/parks, 631-854-1414. Hours 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Rowing in lake on upper part of Carmans River. Fees Call.
Stony Brook Marine Service
Kayakers paddle towards the historic grist mill near the Stony Brook Harbor, May 11, 2016. The marine service is at Stony Brook Harbor, in Stony Brook, 631-675-0675. It offers kayak and paddleboard rentals.