This trip through the beating heart of the city provides an elegant and beautiful way to view Chicago at sunset and after dark – including a great Navy Pier fireworks show over Lake Michigan.
At just over 3 miles round-trip, this tour is an ideal distance for both amateurs and experienced paddlers alike.
Take in the fireworks at the twilight’s last gleaming from the unique vista of a kayak on the rippling waters of the Chicago River. After the show, paddle back beneath the twinkling lights of some of America’s most beautiful buildings!
WhenWednesdays and Saturdays
May 26th through September 1st
Schedule and Current Availability
Times7:45 PM on Wednesdays
8:30 PM on Saturdays
DurationOn-water: ~2 hours
Orientation/Launch: ~30 minutes
Ticket Price$65 per adult
$45 per child (under 16)
Special July 4th tour - $100 per person, limited space
OptionsChildren too small to paddle can ride in the middle of a double at no charge
InclusionsSingle or double kayak (choose onsite), life vest, paddle, guide(s), paddling lesson
AttireComfortable, water-friendly clothing and shoes are suggested, as you can get wet. Blue jeans not recommended. Dress for the weather on the day of the event.
Weight limitsSingle kayak - 275 lbs (approx.); Double kayak - 435 lbs (approx.)
At the beginning of each tour, we teach the basics of flat water kayaking and brief our guests on river safety.
Once we are all in kayaks, we begin our paddle from our dock to the locks. Just after the first bridge, we are greeted by the most breathtaking view on the river. We then paddle to another fantastic vista at Wolf Point, and soon after, we proceed to navigate down the beautifully lit East Branch towards Navy Pier.
Grab on to your fellow kayakers’ boats once we get down near the locks as we enjoy the fantastic fireworks display! Savor the moment as you look on along with a legion of other boaters of all shapes and sizes as the fireworks launch from just beyond Navy Pier.
Keep your gaze upward to enjoy the amazing views from a new side of the river as we make our way home. With each stroke of your paddle, discover a unique view of the city.
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...