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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.
3hrs 30mins - 4hrs
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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
Guided kayak tour and fireworks display
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.
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Sep 14, 2021
The guides were so energetic and helpful from beginning to end. Truly made the experience so memorable!!
Sep 3, 2021
Me and my family loved every minute of our experience if I could do it all over again I would do it 1 million times. The staff was outstanding, great energy, I felt safe even though I can’t swim, I forgot all about that because of the wonderful staff.
Sep 1, 2021
First time kayaking at night! Overall, it was a positive experience; the views of the Chicago River and the fireworks were spectacular. Couple of housekeeping tips that would've made the experience from 4 to 5 stars -- I'm not sure a 4 hour kayak tour is everyone's cup of tea and I know there were many in our group that didn't know (including me) that the entire tour would supposed to last that long. Not sure everyone has that much stamina either. By the time we got back to the starting point, it was almost 1am. The other thing was that we couldn't really paddle very much because of the tight spacing and number of kayaks in our trip; guides kept telling us to keep to the right but there was hardly any space. Many other inexperienced people also kept on rowing when there's no space to go and liberally bumping into us with their kayak and on several occasions whacked me with their oars. It felt more like kayak bumpers instead of actual kayaking. If they could offer smaller trips with less kayaks and tell folks what the timing specifics, I think it would help tremendously!
Aug 30, 2021
I had a wonderful time!!! We almost missed our tour do to parking but one of the tour guides was so kind to call me and guide me on where to find parking!!! The tour was amazing, I would recommend to everyone!!!
Aug 23, 2021
Very nice guides. Showed up a little late, but still allowed us to join the group.
Aug 20, 2021
I was unable to experience it due to an emergency I was admitted to the hospital . I tried getting a refund and company did not honor it. Very disappointed because if I had not been in hospital I would have not missed it.
Aug 20, 2021
The whole entire experience was so amazing. From the free parking, the amazing staff, and how cute the environment of the place was, everything was honestly a blast. The kayaking was tiring but very do-able, and the staff made it so easy to want to go on. Super fun and I would recommend it to all!
Aug 16, 2021
I enjoyed the experience of seeing the city in a different light from the middle of the river. From the guides being wonderful to chat with to keeping us safe they were a major part of the enjoyment. I would definitely do it again.
Aug 16, 2021
While the Chicago may have smelt like shit and trash at times, that’s exactly what I thought it would smell like lol. The experience was fun overall, the guides made it even more fun, and they were knowledgable on kayaking to help kayakers who were first timers. The fireworks tour was fun and I would recommend this.
Aug 16, 2021
The overall experience was great. Unfortunately there was some not so friendly guests. There was a group of several young white males that were in tandem boats with young women who were aggressive and not only shouted profanities but also hit me with their paddle. Would NOT go again.