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Chicago River Main Branch and South Branch Kayak Tours for 1 or 2 from Urban Kayaks. (Up to 58% Off). 8 Options.

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97% of 1,194 customers recommend

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In a Nutshell

Kayaking tourists gaze upon Chicago's scenery from the Chicago River and Lake Michigan

The Fine Print

Expires Jun 15th, 2014. May buy multiple. Limit 1 per visit. Subject to weather conditions and availability. Multiple purchases do not guarantee space for large group bookings. Online reservation required at least 24 hours in advance. Tours must be used by same person. Not valid with any other offers. Historic Guided Tour and Sunset Tour options valid weekdays only. Fireworks options valid only on 5/24, 5/28, 5/31, 6/4, 6/7, 6/11, and 6/14. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

Kayaking is the preferred method of transportation at summer camp, narrowly beating out getting picked up early by your parents. Steer your own ship with this Groupon.

Kayaking is the preferred method of transportation at summer camp, narrowly beating out getting picked up early by your parents. Steer your own ship with this Groupon.

Choose from Eight Options

  • $20 for a guided Chinatown paddle tour in a single kayak ($45 value)
  • $27 for a Sunset or Historic Downtown paddle tour in a single kayak, redeemable weekdays only ($65 value)
  • $32 for a Chinatown Fireworks paddle tour in a single kayak ($70 value)
  • $40 for a guided Chinatown paddle tour in a tandem kayak ($90 value)
  • $36 for a downtown Ultimate Fireworks Outing paddle tour in a single kayak ($80 value)
  • $55 for a Sunset or Historic Downtown paddle tour in a tandem kayak, redeemable weekdays only ($130 value)
  • $65 for a Chinatown Fireworks paddle tour in a tandem kayak ($140 value)
  • $75 for a downtown Ultimate Fireworks Outing paddle tour in a tandem kayak ($160 value)

Urban Kayaks

Brothers Aaron and Asher Gershenzon and friend James Morro grew up in the city, but always possessed a passion for the outdoors. They practiced wilderness kayaking for most of their lives before earning their American Canoe Association certifications on Lake Superior. Each of them brings dual passions for their home city and outdoor sports to the company’s guided group and private kayak trips. Guided paddles change on every outing as guides blend downtown architectural commentary and little-known Al Capone stories with tie-ins to current events. Though each guide tells different stories, often interspersed with humor, all of them focus on environmentally friendliness. Paddling trips utilize a fleet of lime-green Confluence Watersports kayaks, and staffers often wear lime-green shirts—all of which render them easily identifiable from the riverwalk, but well camouflaged in supermarket produce sections.

One guide leads six participants and prepares them with a briefing on paddling techniques, rules of the river, and assurances of the stability of their wide-river kayaks. The guides' watchful eyes and constant advice have instilled confidence in even the most unsure participants, including basketball player Andre Iguodala, who slowly grew accustomed to his kayak by the end of his session. When not guiding trips, staffers provide their single and tandem kayaks to customers who want to explore the river on their own. They extend their easygoing atmosphere to their office—nestled across the river from the Centennial Fountain's Water Arc—where picnic tables stand by the storefront, and the owners' chocolate Labrador frolics inside around a hanging hammock.


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Reviews

Great way to see Downtown.

Sherwood77, TripAdvisor, 12/29/13

This was a very fun way to spend a couple of hours looking at Chicago from a different point of view, right down on the water.

Krissie K, TripAdvisor, 9/7/13

Tips

97% of 1,194 customers recommend

  • “We happened to have a beautiful day. Try to find that kind also!”

  • “Make sure you try this place out, it is a hidden gem! Absolutely recommend the China Town tour!!”

  • “The historic tour is great, lots of paddling on the river, with a lot of other boats around; but it was a super fun tour ~ gorgeous views of the city!! Very...”

    “The historic tour is great, lots of paddling on the river, with a lot of other boats around; but it was a super fun tour ~ gorgeous views of the city!! Very friendly/helpful staff as well!! :)”

  1. 1

    The Loop

    270 Chicago Riverwalk

    Chicago, Illinois 60611

    312-965-0035

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    Chinatown

    300 West 19th Street

    Chicago, Illinois 60616

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