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Water sports in NYC to try

As temperatures rise, there is nothing as refreshing as being in the water.

If you’re looking to add some H2O to your next workout, here are some of the top activities to help you stay fit — and keep cool — all summer long.

Horseback riding

Saddle up! Test your equestrian skills with scenic
Photo Credit: Jamaica Bay Riding Academy

Saddle up! Test your equestrian skills with scenic rides at Jamaica Bay Riding Academy, located in Brooklyn's Gateway National Wildlife Preserve. Lessons and rides are offered through the park's 400 acres of trails, including three miles of beachfront riding. Starting at $47/guided ride, $$55/private lessons; 7000 Shore Parkway, Brooklyn, 718-531-8949, horsebackride.com

Kiteboarding

You don't have to leave the city to
Photo Credit: New York Kiteboarding School

You don't have to leave the city to experience the exhilarating, core-building fun that is kiteboarding. The New York Kiteboarding School offers lessons on riding the waves. Beginners should try Brooklyn's Plumb Beach, ideal for its shallower water and smaller waves, while more experienced kiters can head to Coney Island, Rockaway or Brighton Beach. Lessons start at $150/semi-private, $200/private, must be booked in advance; 646-416-1337/917-697-3979, ny-kiteboarding.com

Kayaking

Head to the Downtown Boathouse at Pier 26
Photo Credit: Downtown Boathouse

Head to the Downtown Boathouse at Pier 26 in Manhattan for one of the city's most fun -- and free! -- activities: kayaking on the Hudson. Just show up (changing rooms, lockers and sunscreen all available on site), get in and ride the waves while taking in the Lower Manhattan skyline. Now through Oct. 10, FREE; downtownboathouse.org

Pedal boating

Head to Flushing Meadows Corona Park for a
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Head to Flushing Meadows Corona Park for a ride on a single or double pedal boat on Meadow Lake. Rentals are available daily through October. Sit back, relax and enjoy the sights. $20-$30/hour; Meadow Lake Road West (at Ederle Terrace, on the north side of Meadow Lake), 917-231-5519, wheelfunrentals.com

Stand up paddleboarding

Get up, stand up. You'll have abs of
Photo Credit: A-Team Paddleboarding

Get up, stand up. You'll have abs of steel after a few sessions on a paddleboard, which is a lot more challenging than it looks. Head to Rockaway, where A-Team Paddleboarding rents boards by the hour or for the day as well as offers lessons. You may fall in a couple of times, but you will have fun doing it. Rentals $30/one hour, $60/all day, lessons start at $50; 114-04 Beach Channel Drive #5, Rockaway Park, 718-945-0300, ateampaddleboarding.com

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