There's a new way to explore the New Bedford waterfront this summer.

The Community Boating Center announced on Tuesday its newest venture into the world of kayak and stand-up paddleboard rentals. The center's program, Blue Lane Rentals, will feature boats and boards available to hit the waterfront right across from the center's headquarters on West Rodney French Boulevard in New Bedford. Visitors will be able to hit the water, take in the summer heat and explore Clarks Cove all summer long.

Blue Lane Rentals will have single kayaks, double kayaks and paddleboards available to rent starting this Thursday, June 10, and from here on out, every Thursday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Online booking is available through the center's website.

One-hour rentals start at just $10 for single kayaks and paddleboards, while double kayaks run a little higher, at $15 per hour. Two and three-hour rentals are also available for all crafts.

Wondering what to bring on your expedition in Clarks Cove this summer? The center requires a photo ID to be held at their office during your rental, but besides that, you may also want to bring along swimsuits, towels, hats, sunscreen, and water to complete your trip. No need to pack along a life jacket, unless you want to bring your own that's USCG-approved. The center will provide jackets to everyone going out on the water.

The Community Boating Center uses boating to teach life values to kids across the SouthCoast. Through some of the center's programs, local kids have been able to help build their own boats, sail to various locations across Buzzards Bay, participate in STEM-based learning, and so much more.

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