What People Are Saying....


Want to thank you and Mike for all the help over the last 16 years.  Every one of the five kayaks I bought from  Empire was exactly what I needed at the time.  I never hesitate to recommend You to anyone who asks.  You would never get that kind of service any other place.     Thanks again;”   Phil 12/3/20


“Thank you both for being so wonderful to deal with!” Ed 5/7/20

“First and foremost thanks so much to your team for helping me become a Hobie owner! Your knowledge and passion for the subject is clear and we really love the entire operation you have in Island Park.” Andrew 6/6/20

“First off, THANK YOU! I'm sure I've told you this before and you hear it from others, but THANK YOU for turning me on to kayaking and teach me the basics. I don't do it as often as I used to, but the love for it is still there and the joys I experience I feel comes from learning the right way and getting the right gear.” Andrew 4/8/20

“Thank you so much for everything.  I love my new Outback and can’t wait to get out there every weekend.  You guys were nothing but awesome and made my purchasing experience so worry-free and easy”. Billy 5/21/18

“Wonderful and friendly kayak and paddleboard outfitter in Island Park. Rentals were easy and equipment was very good.”

“Picked up a new sup today. Great place. Great service. Very friendly and knowledgeable staff.”


“Great selection, kayak, canoes, power choices. Fair prices and helpful staff for amateurs.”

“Excellent People, Great Knowledge, Extremely Friendly, Engaging, and Knowledgable ---- Highly Recommend for Learning, Renting & Buying”

“Everyone is friendly and helpful. It was a fun experience!”

“Very helpful and knowledgeable staff, I travel from staten island to purchase equipment here”

“They were so nice and friendly.”

“Friendly and knowledgeable staff. A great time for all ages. And plenty of beautiful nature to soak in”

“Great customer service. We had a wonderful time”

“We've been coming to this place for years. We've rented kayaks and gone on a few trips and had a great time. When we finally purchased our own boats, we came here. Gabrielle and Mike went above and beyond in all aspects of our purchases. They are very knowledgeable and expert. I recommend them highly. If I could give more than five stars I would.”

“Really wonderful. beautiful area and really nice people”

“Mike, Gabby, and the whole empire crew were great, everyone we dealt with had a smile and were very helpful.”

“Definitely one of the best kayaking places I've ever been to. The owners were extremely nice, knowledgeable and friendly!”

“Every experience that I've had at Empire Kayaks has been above expectations.”

“Empire Kayak provides the best kayaking experience on Long Island.”

“Love Empire Kayaks! Such friendly, helpful staff!”

“such nice people, amazing service, always willing to help. Bought a Hobie Outback from these guys”

“What a terrific find!!  I literally can't explain how happy I am to have found this place.  Covid has left most kayak rental/purchase places with bare cupboards, but not Empire.” 

 “Just phenomenal customer service across the board.” 

“Great Experience buying from Mike and Gabrielle! I purchased my very first kayak, the Hobie 12' Mirage passport.”

“We absolutely loved it. The people working know how to do business.”

“Simple way to put it..awesome place!”

“Love this place! Gabby and Mike aim to please, which makes customers feel welcome and important. Their knowledge of kayaking and paddleboardng is amazing.”

“From the moment I walked into the store to the moment I drove away with a new Kayak, Mike and Gabrielle were completely awesome and I plan on making more purchases from them in the future.”