Some people think that jet skiing is reserved for lakes, ponds, and the open ocean. In most cases, far away from the bustling energy of places like New York City.
Thankfully that’s not the case, because New York City is a place of waterways, and vast amounts of ocean access. It’s part of the reason the city has a history of being an economic powerhouse, and the perfect circumstances for Ellis Island to open up the United States to the world.
Jet skiing is a sport that offers exhilaration, fun, and accessibility – because anyone can do it.
Check out the best spots in New York City to jet ski – you may be surprised!
New York Harbor
Jet skiing in New York Harbor is a great way to dive into the activity that keeps the city alive while zipping around and making a splash.
With the right tour guide, you can get up close to the action at New York Harbor, one of the most interesting ways to see New York City.
The eight lanes and two rail lines that cross the East River, connecting Williamsburg to the rest of the city, is a sight to see from below.
You’ll sail underneath massive cables and metal studs – a sight to behold if you’re into old architecture – and see the buzz of life travelling on the bridge. Many people don’t experience Williamsburg Bridge from below, but on a jet ski it’ll be one Instagram-worthy post.
Are you a baseball fan? Imagine seeing the iconic and absolutely massive Yankee Stadium from the water?
Most everybody sees Yankee Stadium from street level, so checking it out from the river nearby – as long as there isn’t a great game on – is definitely a trip for the books.
You’ve seen it from above. But what about below?
Just like the Williamsburg Bridge, seeing the Brooklyn Bridge from a jet ski is breathtaking. Considering that this one-mile bridge carries over 150,000 vehicles and pedestrians a day to destinations to-and-from Brooklyn and Manhattan, it’ll be hard not to feel small as you zip underneath it all on a jet ski.
The Statue of Liberty
Perhaps one of the most iconic sites in New York City, the Statue of Liberty towers into the sky as you pass by on a jet ski from below.
In a way, you’re experiencing the statue in a way that the immigrants coming to the United States at the turn of the century had – from the water.
Wherever you go for jet skiing in New York, make sure you take pictures and preserve your memories. There’s no telling just how amazing the views of New York City’s most breathtaking sites will inspire you like they have countless others. Happy skiing!