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Canoeing the Bronx River
In what is truly an amazing way to explore New York's waterways, the Bronx River Alliance offers canoeing trips for just $25 at various times throughout the summer, including over Fourth of July weekend. You'll get to paddle through some truly beautiful areas (including the New York Botanic Gardens and the Bronx Zoo) and get a better understanding of how important keeping our local waterways clean and viable really is. Although most New Yorkers associate this part of the Bronx with industrialization or as something to speed through on the Metro-North to New Haven, it is really a little ecological haven that was once called Aquehung, or "The River of High Bluffs" by the native Mohegan Indians. Go explore it. There's a very good chance your canoe won't tip over. But even if it does? It's summer. It's hot. Go with it.
Bronx River Alliance; Estuary Canoe Trip on Saturday July 6, bronxriver.org