This trip through the beating heart of the city provides an elegant and beautiful way to view Chicago at sunset and after dark – with the added fun of a great Navy Pier fireworks show over Lake Michigan right in the middle.
Take in the fireworks over Navy Pier from the unique vista of a kayak beneath the glow of Chicago’s magnificent architecture after dark. After the show, paddle your kayak back beneath the twinkling lights of some of America’s most beautiful buildings!
WhenWednesdays and Saturdays
May 27 through September 3rd
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Times7:45 to 10:30 approx. on Wednesdays
8:30 to 11:15 approx. on Saturdays
Price$65 per person
InclusionsSingle or double kayak, life vest, paddle, guide(s), paddling lesson, dry bags
Duration2.5 - 3 hours
OptionsKids under 16 are $45 per person, and must ride in a double kayak with a guardian. Children too small to paddle can ride in the middle of a double at no charge
BringWater-friendly clothing and shoes. Blue jeans not recommended. Bring electronics at your own risk
Weight limitsSingle kayak - 275 lbs (approx.); Double kayak - 435 lbs (approx.)
At the beginning of the tour, we teach the basics of flat water kayaking, have a river safety briefing, get you outfitted with the correct boat, and get the group on the water.
After everyone is ready, we begin our paddle down from our dock to the locks, immediately greeted by arguably the most breathtaking view of Chicago. We then paddle to another fantastic view at Wolf Point, where we wait until it is safe to cross before proceeding down the beautifully lit East Branch.
Grab on to your fellow kayakers’ boats once we get down near the locks, as you won’t want to float away and miss the fantastic fireworks display after all that hard work and paddling! Savor the moment as you look on along with a legion of other boaters of all shapes and sizes as the fireworks shoot off over Navy Pier.
Wait! It’s not over quite yet! Get ready to paddle back to our dock, but don’t forget to keep your head up and soak up the amazing views from a new angle as we make our way home. With each stroke of your paddle, a unique viewpoint of the city opens up, and another one closes. Once back at our dock, we get everyone out safely and you get to head home with great memories and a pretty good workout.
Laurie H: We had a blast, and Wateriders, we will most definitely return on our next trip to your incredible town. Thank you!...
Marianne P: What was so great about this is that you gather in a canoe at certain areas of the River and a story about Chicago is told...
Michelle P: An evening kayak tour to watch the fireworks was my husband's idea. We had a wonderful time! The staff were wonderful...