Chicago Fireworks Paddle

  • 320 Ratings

Enjoy a dazzling fireworks display like you've never seen before: against the backdrop of Chicago's lit-up skyline from a kayak in the Chicago river and Goose Island Channel.

Region: Chicago
Duration: 3 hr 30 min - 4 hr
Cancellation: 7 days in advance.

What You Will Do

  • Kayak the Chicago River and Goose Island Channel to watch the colorful fireworks display at Navy Pier
  • Follow your guide into the heart of downtown for water-level views of the city's sparkling urban landscape, then enjoy the shimmering lights as you paddle past Lake Shore Drive for views of the city and fireworks
  • Get a crash-course in kayaking, including on-land instruction in paddling basics and the safety rules of the waterways
  • Enjoy a snack and a leisurely paddle back to the dock after the show

What's Included

  • Guided kayak tour and fireworks display

Additional Information

  • Choose single or double boats upon arrival. Please arrive 15 minutes prior to departure. Dress for the weather; lightweight, synthetic clothing is best. Be prepared to get a little wet from the drip and splash of your paddle.

  • We make the call on weather at the time we start the event; if there are signs of severe weather, we will cancel and reschedule. If we cancel due to weather, you will receive a rain check to reschedule for another date of your choice. In the event your tour is cut short due to weather, you will receive a voucher to join us on another tour. No refunds are given if your event is cut short due to weather.

    Cancellations must be made seven days prior to an event for a full refund. Cancellations four days prior to an event will receive a 50% refund, or may reschedule. A $25 rescheduling fee per boat is applied for cancellations made within 48 hours.

Customer Reviews

  • 320 Ratings

  • Sarah

This was certainly a unique way to see Chicago lit up at night! I’m fairly athletic and have moderate kayaking experience, and this trip was definitely not for beginners. The 3 hour time provided was also inaccurate- I got off the water 45 minutes later than intended, and that was at the front of the group. There weren’t enough guides to supervise the kayakers, either, as I got off the water and hadn’t seen a guide in 30 minutes. I recommend this for intermediate - advanced kayakers only, and a longer timeframe given. Also, the breaks listed were misleading - there aren’t any, really.

August 15, 2018

  • Juliet

I had a great time kayaking on the river! My only complaint would be that even though I arrived 15 minutes early, me and my partner were in group 3. We requested a kayak for two, but there was not enough to go around. Our group seemed a little rushed to get to the fireworks on time, since we were the last group to leave. We did make it, but it felt very rushed to get there. We overall had a really fun time though! I would Kayak Chicago again, but I would recommend getting there earlier than told.

August 13, 2018

  • Mandeera

Great trip but you should indicate in the description that it’s a 7.5 mile trip that’ll take 3 hours and no bathroom breaks so that folks understand what it entails. That having been said, I loved it. Well organized and the guides who took us down the river were really good - making sure to not leave anyone behind or struggling! I would def do a kayak ride again (but maybe a shorter one). 

August 6, 2018
1220 W Le Moyne St, Chicago, IL 60642, USA
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