Ultimate Fireworks Kayaking Tour of Chicago

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Enjoy a kayaking adventure that features an amazing fireworks show! Watch the famous skyline of Chicago light up with brilliant colors, as you celebrate the perfect nighttime outing.
Duration:  2hrs 30mins
Cancellation:  24hrs
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  • See the Windy City from a unique vantage point – the river
  • This excursion is perfect for all levels, whether you are a beginner or an experienced paddler
  • Start off with a 20 minute training session that gets you ready before heading out on the water
  • Coast through the waves and gaze at the imposing skyline, as your guide explains to you the urban architecture for which Chicago is famous
  • Settle in for the famous Navy Pier fireworks show with the best seat in the house

What's Included

  • Kayaking equipment
  • Guided tour
  • A fireworks show

Additional Information

Please arrive 15 minutes before the scheduled tour time to ensure all tours stay on schedule. This paddle starts and finishes at our Riverwalk location. Bring workout/cycling gloves if you have them. Not suitable for infants or very small children.

Cancellation policy

Urban Kayaks has a 24 hour cancellation policy for all pre-paid reservations. If you cancel less than 24 hours before your tour date and time your money is not refundable. You are, however, allowed to make a new reservation at no additional cost. This is designed to account for emergencies or otherwise unavoidable circumstances. If you miss or cancel your second reservation inside of 48 hours you will forfeit your purchase.

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Aug 10, 2019
Matthew did a fantastic job with the tour points and the timing for the fireworks. He nearly got the amount of time it takes to get to the viewing area down to the MINUTE. We had a wonderful time kayaking and I will definitely bring out of town friends next time. (although I will be sure to also bring gloves, my hands have all sorts of blisters haha)
Jul 9, 2019
I am not disappointed with the urban kayak team/crew members. They did the best with what they could do. I am disappointed with the overall experience. The river was packed/crowded. You could not hear the tour guide, it was impossible to stand still and not float away. Our kayak tour got in the middle of another kayak tour. I do not think I could recommend this experience to others.
Jul 2, 2019
What a great way to be a tourist in your own city! This fireworks tour was fantastic! There were a few stops along the way so it was nice to get a break from rowing but I feel that the brakes were a little too long that is probably my biggest complaint. But to their credit they were just trying to show us some really cool things - one was the famous water canon, Second was the Art on the Mart , A spectacular light show on the side of the merchandise Mart, And third was of course to spectacular fireworks! The water current was enough to help give you some momentum to move at a decent pace. The river is narrow and you have to watch out for boats and stay on one side together as a group, but for a beginner like me it was just as well that I didn’t have access to the entire river! We went on a warm summer Saturday night and the whole city was outside along the Riverwalk or out on their boat or in an open terrace restaurant, waving to us and enjoying the views, music playing everywhere so it was truly an energizing experience! - Just a couple tips one is as far as location you would be best to use spot hero and park close to Wacker and Columbus as you can. Urban kayaks will validate parking ($15) if you park in millennium Park but it’s a good hike down there so I would suggest using the spot hero app and get closer For the same price ($14) a good 5 hours. I would say give yourself plenty of time to park and walk down there to be able to find it and then get yourself prepared to go in the kayak put your stuff in a locker go to the bathroom and put on your life jacket. All of this takes time so I would suggest you get to the parking lot at LEAST a half hour before the takeoff time. You will get completely wet from the bottom down so I wouldn’t suggest taking anything with you but a water bottle and a waterproof camera if you want to. The lifejackets actually have a nice handy zipper that you can put your phone in. Overall a very awesome time and I would highly recommend and do it again! Fireworks were magical!


Meeting location:  435 Chicago Riverwalk


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