Unlike many outdoor activities, kayaking is what you make of it. Kayaking can be a relaxing way to unwind or an adrenaline rush to fuel your need for speed. But no matter your paddling style or your pace, it’s a great workout for people of all ages and skill levels.
Depending on the type of kayak you have and how much experience you have, you can kayak in the sea, in the ocean, in lakes and on rivers. If you’ve never tried the sport before or would like to brush up on your skills, there are plenty of kayak classes and lessons to boost your paddling confidence. At FunSherpa, we also offer exciting kayak tours to get you acquainted with your favorite cities in a truly unique way. These are some of our favorite places to kayak in the United States.
Kayak in Boston, Massachusetts
Tap into Boston’s scenic side as you kayak along the Charles River. You can launch your kayak from Allston/Brighton or from Cambridge. You’ll float by the campuses of Harvard and Boston University along the way, and you can take a rest stop near the B.U. Bridge at Magazine Beach. You’ll also enjoy views of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the Hancock building, and local parks along the river.
Kayak in Chicago, Illinois
Whether you’re visiting Chicago for the first time or lived here all your life, consider taking an architectural history tour to learn more about the massive skyscrapers that dominate the city’s skyline. One of the best places to take such a tour is in a kayak on the Chicago River or along Lake Michigan. We’ll set you up with Kayak Chicago, which offers architectural history tours that run from North Avenue to the Loop, Fireworks kayak tours that run to Navy Pier, and Lake kayak tours that paddle along the beach.
Kayak in Portland, Oregon
Both first time kayakers and experienced paddlers can enjoy seeing Portland from a new perspective with a guided tour around Ross Island. Along this paddle route, you may have the chance to see bald eagles in the Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge. This particular tour operates year around from 10am to 2pm and lasts between two and three hours.
Kayak in Miami, Florida
Experience Miami’s outdoorsy side by taking one of our Biscayne Bay kayak tours. These tours last for a relaxing couple hours and meander their way through the blue waters to Biscayne Bay. You’ll see Oleta’s mangroves with your experienced guide who can accommodate both beginner and intermediate paddlers.
Kayak in Austin, Texas
Lady Bird Lake is the perfect place to kayak in Austin, with plenty of ducks, egrets, and joggers to wave at along the way. This lake is an extension of the Colorado River, and it provides excellent skyline views of the city. Many kayakers choose to paddle the route from Zilker Metropolitan Park to see thousands of bats fly above the Congress Avenue Bridge.