Couldn’t have asked for a better experience! The guides are so friendly, helpful, and on top of their game. I kayak a lot back home, and honestly didn’t expect a genuine experience in such a big city, but I was totally wrong. Can’t wait to go on another tour with them!
This was the 3rd time I have attended the Fireworks paddle and I love it! It's fun & very mediating. The staff is very professional, caring, understanding, and knowledgeable. Keep up the GREAT work & Thank You
great tour and experience, I even fell in the river but the crew helped me get back on track asap and it didn't affect my experience much at all!
Loved this experience! The guides gave us a run down of what to expect and then showed us on land how to paddle and maneuver our kayaks. Once we got to the launch spot they again made sure each of us understood how to paddle as well as stay upright if there were waves from boats. The city lights were amazing to see and the fireworks were mesmerizing to watch! It felt like a super long trip on the way back and im definitely sore but it was a great time with my family and I love the pictures I was able to take.
Great guides, great tour, came back two days in a row :)
Everything was wonderful. Guys leading tour were fun, deeply experienced and it was a nice balance of keeping us safe but not being too restrictive. And really appreciated the waterproof case for phones. Am recommending to friends!
We had a fantastic time! Our guides did a great job of keeping us all together and safe. They were knowledgeable about the river and knew how to navigate it with ease. The fireworks were amazing! Super fun trip!
My team and I attended the Fireworks Paddle as a team building event. It was very enjoyable and informative from start to finish. As a first time paddler, I was nervous about how well I would do. They were great at giving providing assurance and a tutorial prior to hitting the water. After the intro to paddling course, we took to a beautiful ride up the river. You see a whole new side of Chicago, it's definitely a different place from the water. The view of the fireworks was spectacular!
And above all else, we received a great workout and plenty of laughs along the way.
Our guides were A plus! Safety first and knowledgeable. Would absolutely go out with them again!
great time! The guides were very professional and very safe with the inexperienced people on the tour.
The guides were very thorough and professional but the group was just too big!
All guides were very knowledgeable, fun and provided a safe environment. Would absolutely chose Kayak Chicago again!
The actual trip was awesome, and the tour guides were positive, knowledgeable, and attentive. It's unfortunate nthe fireworks were behind the fog. Still a fun time.
Did a great job! Lots of fun very patient and knowledgeable staff. above average equipment. Highly recommend the fireworks tour.
The guides were excellent!
The fireworks tour was fantastic! The buildings at night were breathtaking, and the fireworks were the cherry on top. The Kayak Chicago staff was even better. They kept us safe and made us feel comfortable on a busy river, and they were always pleasant and fun when doing so. And as a bonus, the tour down the Chicago River with this company was longer than their competitors at the same cost (although some people might prefer a shorter paddle). My only complaint is that there were "taxes and fees" on my receipt of 18% that were neither noted on the website nor itemized/explained. Overall, A+!
I thought the Fireworks Paddle tour was a great way to take in the beauty of the Chicago River views and the fireworks were nice to view from the kayak. We really enjoyed it! Ride back to the origin point was a little long...but all good! The guides were encouraging and kept the energy up. Thanks! :-)
I have always been happy with the tours and classes from this company. The guides are very professional and well trained. They put safety as the utmost priority, as well as being friendly. It is apparent they are enjoying the excursions are much as we are. The kayaks we were provided were very suitable for the longer paddle downtown. Overall, I am very happy with this tour as well the others I have done with this company. This includes a private afternoon tour spent on Lake Michigan that I have done each of the past 3 Octobers.
We loved the Kayak firework paddle but it got a little long and late. Being on the river was awesome and the guides did a great job. Prepare for a good arm workout!
The kayaking was fun, but it is a long trip and had to stop often due to other river traffic, which killed our momentum frequently. It was hard to hear what the leaders were saying and instructions they were giving. The price was good and overall the trip was good.
Fantastic way to explore the city! And probably one of the best options to see fireworks - it looks much more spectacular when you're low in the water.
I do recommend this tour but be ready for a good paddling workout!
Thanks to Kayak Chicago guides as they carefully navigated us through river traffic to the Lake and back!
GREAT experience! The staff was FANTASTIC! (I hope you pay them well)!! They work HARD and deserve it! Not only are they knowledgeable but have great personalities that help create the overall experience! They make it FUN! They also show a strong sense of camaraderie! HIGHLY recommend this adventure! " I'll be back"! LOL
Thanks for the memories......DEB : )
Great night! The staff was very professional and safety conscious.
Had a really good experience overall. Only thing I would recommend is bringing a rope for when the group is watching the fireworks. That way person closest to the wall can tie their boat to the wall and you're not depending on them to hold all 40+ boats.
will be back in the future, hopefully
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.
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.