City of Water Day

Get out on our waterfront—and on the water—with the Waterfront Alliance’s annual City of Water Day! Now in its tenth year, this free, family-oriented celebration of the world-class potential of the New York and New Jersey waterfront has grown into the region’s biggest harbor festival.

Held on Governors Island, New York and dozens of In Your Neighborhood locations around New York Harbor, the event draws thousands of people to the water for a day of fun.

Highlights of the day include free boat tours on all kinds of vessels, from tall ships to tugboats; free rowing, kayaking, paddle-boarding, and the highly anticipated Con Edison Cardboard Kayak Race; and the Waterfront Activity Fair and Disney Children’s Activities offer something for the whole family.

Please note that City of Water Day—including boat tours—is held rain or shine! On-water activities will be postponed or suspended only in the case of thunder and lightning. 

Bronx Locations:

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  • Castle Hill Park

    2 Castle Hill Avenue, Bronx 10473

    • City of Water Day at Castle Hill

      12p-4p; 8p-1aBronx YMCA

      Free activities of the young, old, and families: Environmental education — Seine-netting; flora and fauna information, water quality testing; Water Safety: Mini-instruction on use of life jackets, how to spot someone who is struggling in the water; Canoeing: For everyone on Pugsley Creek; From 8p-1a: $30 donation for the YMCA ‘Old School Masquerade’ Fundraiser.

    • City of Water Day at Castle Hill

      12p-4pYouth Ministries Peace and Justice

    • City of Water Day at Castle Hill

      12p-4pWaterfront Alliance

    • City of Water Day at Castle Hill

      12p-4pBronx Community Board 9

    • City of Water Day at Castle Hill

      12p-4pNew York State Dept of Enviromental Conservation (DEC)

  • Ferry Point Park

    Intersection of Brush Avenue and Schley Avenue

    • City of Water Day at Ferry Point Park

      10am–1pmFerry Point Park Parks & Friends

      Join us to remove debris along the scenic coastline at Ferry Point Park. Help protect this valuable wetland area. Come dressed in long pants, clothes that can get dirty, and durable boots or sneakers. Bring your own water bottle and sunblock.

  • Hunts Point Riverside Park

    Lafayette Avenue and Edgewater Road

    • Walk up Community Rowing

      1pm–6pmRocking the Boat

      Join us on the water for free 20–30 minute rowing on the Bronx River. A wonderful, safe, and cool place to be in the summer! Everything, including a little instruction, will be provided. Be prepared to get a little wet, wear summer clothing, a hat, and bring your sunscreen and a camera.

    • Tugboating

      1pm-5pmTugboat the Bronx

      Learn about the challenges and joys of running an educational privately owned tugboat.

    • Folk Traditions

      1pm-5pmLong Island Traditions

      Presentations on the shared folk traditions of the New York City and Long Island maritime experience.

    • History of the Fishing Industry in New York

      1pm-5pmChris Letts, commercial & recreational fisherman

      Come learn the history of the vibrant fishing industry in the metropolitan New York area!

    • Sail Crafting and Their Uses

      1pm-5pmPeter Sherman, sailmaker

      Presentations on how to craft sails and what they can be used for!

    • Model Boat Building

      1pm-5pmChris Hale, Boat and Model Builder

      Learn how to make model boats and see displays of Chris Hale’s craft!

  • Mill Pond Park

    Exterior Street between E. 150th & E. 151st St. On the Harlem River

    • City of Water Day at Mill Pond Park

      12pm-4pmBronx Council of Environmental Quality (BCEQ)

      Family day: Music, food, children’s games, face painting! Presentations on how to protect and improve the Harlem River and the importance of controlling our sewer outflows. Water testing, local NYPD programs, Bronx Children’s Museum bus, painting contests.

    • City of Water Day at Mill Pond Park

      12pm-4pmHarlem River Working Group

    • City of Water Day at Mill Pond Park

      12pm-4pmBronx Children’s Museum

    • City of Water Day at Mill Pond Park

      12pm-4pmFriends of Brook Park

    • City of Water Day at Mill Pond Park

      12pm-4pmSouth Bronx Unite

  • Pelham Bay Park

    Firing Range Road

    • Stewardship for Pelham Bay Park

      10am–1pmFriends & Parks of Pelham Bay Park

      Join us in removing the invasive vines and debris in the beautiful and important wetlands of Pelham Bay Park. Help protect our city’s valuable wetland habitats! Come dressed in long pants, clothes that can get dirty, and durable boots or sneakers. Bring water and sunblock.

  • Starlight Park on the Bronx River

    1490 Sheridan Expressway at East 174th Street

    • Bronx River House Celebration

      2pm–8pmBronx River Alliance

      Join us for a day on the Bronx River! The Bronx River House open house celebration will take place at 2pm followed by a 5K canoe challenge and ceremony from 2pm–3:15pm. Dance performance by Angela’s Purse will be at 3:15pm followed by the River House campaign announcement at 4pm. From 4:30pm–7pm there will be River House hard hat tours, free community paddling, and sports and games. The day will end with live music by Consumata at 7pm and a movie at 8pm.

    • Bronx River House Celebration

      2pm–7pmThe Mission Continues

    • Bronx River House Celebration

      2pm–7pmBronx Tourism Council

    • Bronx River House Celebration

      2pm–7pmBronx Children’s Museum

    • Bronx River House Celebration

      2pm–7pmNYC Parks and Recreation

    • Bronx River House Celebration

      2pm–7pmNYC Water

    • Bronx River House Celebration

      2pm–7pmQueens College – Globe

    • Bronx River House Celebration

      2pm–7pmYouth Ministries Peace and Justice

    • Bronx River House Celebration

      2pm–7pmThe Point CDC

    • Bronx River House Celebration

      2pm–7pmNYC Department of Design and Construction

  • Swale at Concrete Plant Park

    Bronx River (West Side) South of Westchester Avenue

    • Barge Tour


      Because of the common laws of New York City’s waterways, Swale is able to act as a test case as an edible public food forest. Swale is built atop a barge that was once used for hauling sand to construction sites before it was repurposed for growing food. Visit us and learn about our growing efforts, and our plans for the future.

    • Barge Tour

      1pm-7pmYouth Ministries Peace and Justice

  • Van Cortland Park

    Bailey Avenue and Van Cortlandt Park South

    • Van Cortlandt Park City of Water Day Celebration

      10am–12pmFriends of Van Cortlandt Park

      Monitor the water quality of Tibbets Brook and learn more about what is living in its waters. Look into the benthic macroinvertebrates living in the brook that eventually makes it way into the Harlem River.

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