How To: Kayak In San Francisco Giants’ McCovey Cove

For the fifth stop of our Windows Phone Baseball Bucket List trip we learned that kayaking AT&T Park’s McCovey Cove is a great and inexpensive way to enjoy a ballgame with your friends. There are two ways to experience the game from the cove.

First, you can rent a kayak from citykayak.com. They are located at Pier 40 only a five minute walk from the stadium. The kayaks are only $35. Keep in mind that you need to kayak from the Pier to the cove which takes about 10-15 minutes. The trip is by no means gruling and you don’t need to be fit like the Winklevoss twins but being in decent shape is a plus.

The other way would be to buy a four-person inflatable boat from any camping or sports equipment store. The price to buy, about $120-150, will be just about the same a renting a kayak and you can head into the water from shore of McCovey Cove which is less paddling than if you left from the pier.

When you get into the cove get into a spot where you can see the video board inside the stadium and turn on your radio to follow along.

McCovey Cove Party Kit, aka things to bring:

  • Bathing suit, the water is clean and its a great way to cool off.
  • Sunscreen
  • Radio so you can listen to the game
  • Cooler and beers
  • Sandwiches
  • Trashbags
  • An anchor – the cove has a surprisingly strong current so to save yourself the annoyance of having to paddle nonstop just bring a 20 foot rope tied to a cinderblock

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