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Wateriders is seasonally closed until April of 2019. As the pioneers of kayaking on the Chicago River, Wateriders has been hosting kayak tours for 21 years. Guests get an unbeatable view of the city's beautiful interior skyline as they paddle...more
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500 N Kingsbury St, Riverwalk, Chicago, IL 60654-5721
+1 312-953-9287
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I am not a fan of water or water activities. AT ALL. But my GF really wanted to do it, so i caved.... Annnnd i LOVED it. What a great experience! Did the Sunset tour and it was incredibly beautiful. Takes only a few min...More

Thank Jaxx S
Reviewed 10 October 2018 via mobile

We had a wonderful experience with water riders! All of the instructors were super awesome and super helpful! Definitely recommend whether you’re visiting Chicago or live here like us!

Thank Ronnie Z
Reviewed 9 October 2018

Super great communication! Super friendly service. A big group of us were in town for a conference. I e-mailed and communicated with Adam from Wateriders. He responded promptly and helped with all details - even down to helping us figure out transportation logistics during on...More

Thank JamesS6082
Reviewed 1 October 2018 via mobile

Absolutely incredible experience! My tour guide was super knowledgeable and fun. If you want to get a fantastic look at Chicago history, all while getting a great arm workout I suggest this tour!

Thank Jon C
Reviewed 29 September 2018

I first did the 1.5 hour sunset tour with a friend and it was amazing! As two middle aged women in a group of much younger travelers, neither of us had much kayaking experience and were a little hesitant to participate. But the tour guides...More

Thank Road648907
Reviewed 26 September 2018 via mobile

Connor was a great guide! Really cool seeing the city from kayak vantage point, allowed for lots of great photos!

Thank Austin N
Reviewed 19 September 2018

Everything and everyone at wateriders is awesome. I will be coming back. You can't go wrong with wateriders. I rode a double Kayak with my 6 y/o and we had a blast.

Thank emailmarioo
Reviewed 13 September 2018 via mobile

Wateriders was great! We had a good time, felt go completely safe the entire time, despite not knowing how to swim. Definitely recommend the sunset paddle. Beautiful views!!!

Thank amaroevelyn
Reviewed 10 September 2018 via mobile

Amazing tour! The view was incredible. Highly recommend Wateriders. They don’t overwhelm you with facts and instead let you admire the beautiful view. Such a friendly staff, and their office manager puppy is pretty cute too :)

Thank Trail644249
Reviewed 30 August 2018

We had an amazing time on our private nighttime kayak tour. We asked to go on the later side as we had just arrived from Los Angeles and were on west coast time, and I'm so glad they accommodated us! The weather was perfect, the...More

Thank Jill L
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Heather L
2 May 2017|
Response from Wateriders | Property representative |
Hi Heather! Thanks for reaching out. It is indeed a tough choice, and at the end of the day, it comes down to what is more comfortable for you. Both tours offer great views of the city - during the day you see the buildings... More