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Architecture Tour by Kayak HED: Paddle by Design

Out There

Soak up the Windy City’s architectural array by kayak.

Defying anyone who wants to call it a second city, Chicago lives up to its New Yorker-appointed nickname only in its ability to come back after being nearly decimated by fire in 1871. Today, an unparalleled skyline of rebuilt skyscrapers and architectural masterpieces gleam along the Chicago river that winds through the midwest metropolis, and intrepid visitors can take it all in from the front row seat of their own kayak on a variety of group and private tours.

A trio of kayak companies offer tours and guided paddles of different lengths, routes, and prices, as well as options to rent boats for independent and experienced kayakers. Wateriders takes groups on a leisurely-paced ride packed with historic fun facts and insight into the city’s architectural landmarks and the 1920s mob scene. Urban Kayaks also offers a classic skyline sightseeing tour during the day and during sunset, as well as group paddles to Chinatown and special outings for the Navy Pier Fireworks. See the city’s awe-inspiring buildings by day or night with Kayak Chicago’s tours around the clock, or escape for the view from a distance with a Lake Michigan trip on their schedule.

No matter how you take to your kayak, you’re sure to feel energized and inspired by the water workout and the breathtaking views all around you.