Paddle on. Hop in a kayak and take a tour of your city from the vantage point of the ducks. Many operations, like City Kayak in San Francisco and Portland Kayak, offer beginner guided tours that don't require prior experience. If you're a pro, you can rent a kayak and go exploring solo.
Jet around. For some excitement, race around your town on a jet ski. Jet Ski Tours of Miami will take you around Star Island and offers snorkeling — you'll probably see a dolphin (or ten). While it's probably no surprise there's such an option in Miami, did you know you could do the same in New York? Jetty Jumpers takes you around Coney Island, Brooklyn, or Manhattan, and will even provide photos of your trip.
What are your favorite ways to enjoy the water in your hometown?
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