The Northeastern portion of the United States is full of great seafood, awesome people and chilly water. If you and your iSUP are venturing into the Northern waters, there are some awesome SUP spots that you just can’t miss. Whether it’s the big city scene in New York, or a relaxed, breezy afternoon in the Cape, your iRocker is the perfect board for taking on this new adventure. Here are a few of our absolute favorite spots:
New York, New York
Most people in the Big Apple don’t have cars, much less a paddleboard. If it weren’t for the convenience of an iRocker, paddling on the Hudson would be a difficult task to arrange. The Intrepid is a collection of huge museum ships located right on the river, and a perfect spot to launch your board. You’ll feel tiny next to the huge structures and appreciate the calm, relaxing waters surrounding the ships. It’s a perfect spot for a laid back day filled with sightseeing and warm sun.
Tip: The Hudson River isn’t known to be the cleanest, so practice balancing before you head out on these murky waters!
Bar Harbor, Maine
If surrounding yourself with beautiful sail boats and breathtaking views sounds appealing, then Bar Harbor on Mount Desert Island is the place to be. You can paddle board through Acadia National Park, check out the gorgeous real estate or enjoy views of the charming downtown. Bar Harbor is home to a huge amount of nature enthusiasts and is an incredibly active community. When it’s low tide, a sandbar is exposed that’s wide enough to drive a car across. Driving definitely isn’t allowed, but SUPing is! It’s a great opportunity to paddle up to relax, hunt for shells and soak in the crisp air.
Squam Lake, New Hampshire
There’s nothing more peaceful than a clear, clean lake surrounded by amazing wildlife, greenery and mountain ranges. Squam Lake is featured in the classic movie “On Golden Pond”, but the camera doesn’t do it justice. This popular New Hampshire lake is a hot spot for active nature enthusiasts and a variety of wildlife, such as loons and eagles. Want to mix a few other activities into you day of iSUPing on the lake? There’s awesome hiking, biking, fishing and a few boat rentals. The views are to die for and this lake gives a new meaning to “peace and quiet”.
Boston Harbor, Massachusetts
This excursion definitely isn’t for the faint of heart. Beginners, you’ve been warned! Launch your iSUP at the Fort Point Channel for a day full of paddling around downtown and South Boston. Paddle up to any of the beaches to enjoy the scenery, collect shells or watch the busy harbor traffic. The water can get choppy, the harbor can get windy and the traffic can get heavy, so stay alert and soak it all in. Little islands like Sheep and Slate are only accessible by kayak or stand up paddle board, so take advantage of the isolation and quietness. After a full day on your iSUP, pop into a bait shop or cafe in Hull for a hot chocolate or bathroom break.
Cape Cod, Massachusetts
When you’re looking for a little action opposed to a stagnant lake, Bass River is the place to be. The five-mile river is narrow, lined with beautiful homes, wildlife and dotted with little ponds and inlets to explore. If you’re up for a day of exploring and sightseeing, head out to Nickerson State Park in Brewster. The nearly 2,000 acre park is full of ponds that are begging to be traversed by you and your iRocker.
There are so many options and it’s nearly impossible to go wrong with any of them. You’re in one of the most historic, beautiful parts of the country, surrounded by great food, breathtaking views and impressive wildlife. Grab a light jacket, sunglasses and your iRocker, because there are so many places to go and so little time.