Kayaking in Berkeley


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  • San Francisco Kayak & Adventures
    Seated in your kayak, you're surrounded by cerulean waters that stretch out into the horizon. To your left, the San Francisco skyline looms in the shimmering afternoon sun. You drift by a raucous Giants game, a village of houseboats, and the Golden Gate Bridge. Led through undulating waters by American Canoe Association– and Wilderness First Aid–certified guides, San Francisco Kayak & Adventures' nautical tour groups traverse the San Francisco Bay or Sausalito waterfront during the day, at sunset, and under the light of the full moon. The guides lead their groups through calm costal waters in sturdy, closed-deck tandem kayaks, which keep legs dry and don't require typical Flintstone-style paddling. The guides regale their group with area history while pointing out local marine life. They only shepherd about eight paddlers to keep tours intimate and personal and customize paddling instruction to the ability levels of the group. Guides also help visitors explore the natural world on land during hiking excursions between redwood trees in Muir Woods, along a coastal trail in the Tennessee Valley, and past ghost-town buildings at China Camp Village. To expand visitors' wilderness exposure, they also lead adventures such as sailing, rock-climbing, cycling in the city, horseback riding on the beach, and sleeping in phone booths.
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    489 Terry Francois Blvd.
    San Francisco, CA US
  • Urban Adventures San Francisco
    The best way to see a city is to travel with a local. This is the idea behind Urban Adventures, a touring company with outposts in cities around the world, including Melbourne, Beijing, and Quito. At each location, a local tour guide introduces visitors to the cities they love on day tours that may take them kayaking in Copenhagen, biking through Amsterdam, or sipping beer in Boston. As they learn about the burg's history and hidden gems, smart visitors also incorporate Urban Adventures' Responsible Travel Code of Conduct into their travels, including learning a little of the local language and customs. Urban Adventures also recommends using public transportation, buying artisan souvenirs instead of imported items, and having a conversation with the pigeons in the park.
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    Golden Gate Bridge Cafe
    San Francisco, CA US
  • City Kayak
    Armed with gear from City Kayak, guests paddle past scenic San Francisco sites such as Alcatraz, the Golden Gate Bridge, and South Beach Harbor during guided or unguided treks. Visitors can navigate their way beneath the Lefty O'Doul drawbridge and catch home-run hits soaring out of the baseball stadium and into McCovey Cove, or advanced paddlers can traverse strong winds and tidal currents en route to Treasure Island. City Kayak also schedules classes, which teach students basic sea-kayaking skills, self-rescue techniques, and how to eskimo roll, an escape maneuver that one could use to avoid the songs of tone-deaf penguins. City Kayak rents out gear such as wetsuits and booties and also sells a collection of kayaks, paddles, and accessories to equip paddlers for future travels.
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    Pier 40 Embarcadero
    San Francisco, CA US
  • Outdoor Adventure Club
    Skip the rock wall and go straight to the rock with Outdoor Adventure Club. During their intro to rock climbing course, these guides take to the cliffs and crags of Berkeley Hills, leading students up the rock face and teaching them to rappel back down. More experienced climbers will also have a chance to practice hand jams and laybacks
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    1819 Polk St ste 222
    San Francisco, CA US
  • All-Outdoors California Whitewater Rafting
    By the Numbers: All-Outdoors California Whitewater Rafting 1962—the year George Armstrong began taking guests on rafting trips down California rivers 3—the number of generations All-Outdoors California Whitewater Rafting has been owned and operated by Armstrong family 25: different single and multi-day trips available 10: different rivers, including the American, Tuolumne, and Stanislaus rivers 5: difficulty levels available for guests of all experience levels 8: passengers maximum in each raft
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    1250 Pine St
    Walnut Creek, CA US
  • Adventures Pass
    With more than a dozen adrenaline-pumping activities available at discounts of at least 50 percent, the Adventures Pass gives its holders the opportunity to eschew the couch and experience the adventures their local merchants have to offer. With a single pass, customers can get deals on everything from horseback riding and indoor rock climbing to wakeboarding and paragliding, all at companies located within driving or skydiving distance.
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    7633 Locust Rd.
    Pleasant Grove, CA US

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