Whether you’re a pro or a newbie, paddleboarding is the kind of sport that, once you start, you’ll want to do again and again. And luckily, New Jersey has both calm and thrilling spots where you can do it—from the Hudson River with scenic NYC views to the ocean and bays, getting on a stand-up paddleboard (aka SUP) is a fun and fit way to spend a summer afternoon. Scroll down to find where to go paddleboarding in NJ, and also check out our guide on where to kayak and canoe in New Jersey. (Featured Photo Credit: Resilience Paddle Sports)
Where to spend the day paddleboarding in NJ
Ready to get on a paddleboard with the fam and spend some time on the water? Located on the intercoastal in Manasquan, you can rent the paddleboards and equipment on the spot and head out stat (they will show you places to paddle and where not to go). There are also guided tours if you have a group.
537 E. Main Street, Manasquan, NJ 08736
Oceanport Paddle Club
With a “Positive Vibes Only” slogan, you can’t go wrong at Oceanport Paddle Club. There is something for everyone here, including rentals, classes, lessons, and public activities throughout the summer. Try out their Mindfulness on the Tides program, where you will have a holistically-based experience centered around empowerment, confidence, and connecting with nature.
10 Riverside Avenue, Oceanport, NJ 07757
Sandy Hook Kayaks
A beautiful spot to SUP and glide through the water, the sandy shores of the Spermaceti Cove make for a memorable day. One of the best things about this location is the 250-year-old Sandy Hook Lighthouse which is an excellent activity after you have paddled. There are private lessons, SUP Yoga, and rentals.
Lot C, Hartshorne Drive, Highlands, NJ 07732
Stand up on a paddleboard and enjoy a day on the water at Coastline Adventures. All instructors are trained in water safety, risk management, fitness, and proper technique so you and the whole fam can have a safe trip. They have private and semi-private lessons, kids’ stand-up paddleboard adventure camps, parties and corporate events, and more.
Brick Beach 3, 440 Route 35 North, Mantoloking, NJ 08738
Flatwater Paddle Co
Need calm waters for the family? Flatwater is conveniently located by the Monksville Reservoir and offers lessons on the spot. For a group experience, rent a Dragon Board, which can hold a family of four paddlers.
1801 Greenwood Lake Turnpike, Ringwood, NJ 07456
DAKS Kayaks & Paddleboards
At this OC store, you can choose from a SUP tour or rent your stand-up paddleboard for a few hours. Need accessories? They have an extensive selection of paddleboards, wetsuits, and paddles to outfit you and the fam.
1101 Asbury Avenue, Ocean City, NJ 08226
Resilience Paddle Sports
If you want to paddle on the Hudson with NYC views, Resilience has rentals and tours that float you down the river. You can also take a SUP yoga class, train for a race or sign up for a SUP practice session.
Pier13 Hoboken, 1301 Sinatra Drive North, Hoboken, NJ 07030
Ocean City Paddle Co
If you’re looking to bring a four-legged friend out on the water, Ocean City Paddle Co is the place to do it. Stand up on a paddleboard and make fun memories alongside your beloved pet. They offer rentals, tours, lessons, and more.
10th Street Wharf, Ocean City, NJ 08226
SUP Guy will bring rentals for you for free and set your fam up on boards. Want something unique to do? Join them for their Glow Tour every Friday night, where you can watch the Wildwoods firework show from a paddleboard.
Avalon, Stone Harbor, and Wildwood
Pedals and Paddles
Taking a day trip to the Jersey Shore and want to do something unique? Visit Pedals and Paddles and rent a stand-up paddleboard with the fam. You can choose from 30 minutes to an hour on the water, and they will provide a life jacket for you to wear.
1200 Route 35 South, Seaside Heights, NJ 08751
SUP Cape May
Celebrating their 10th season, book one of their certified tour guides to lead a fun and enriching adventure where you can paddle along the Cape May ecosystem among birds and marine life. Stay a little later and enjoy the beauty of the sunset from your paddleboard.
960 Ocean Drive, Cape May, NJ 08204
Hoboken Cove Community Boathouse
Free paddleboarding in NJ is available on select days at the Boathouse. The process is simple—check in at the front desk (no reservations are required), put on a life jacket, head to the beach for a short lesson, then start paddling. Donations of any size are appreciated but not necessary.
Frank Sinatra Drive, Hoboken, NJ 07030
SUP New Jersey
Working out on a paddle board? Yup. SUP New Jersey offers yoga, paddlefit, and personal training that will challenge your core while you stay balanced. Beyond fitness, they have lessons for beginners, both private and with a group.
Locations in Northern NJ and Jersey Shore
Where’s your favorite spot to go paddleboarding in NJ?
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