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Address: South Beach Harbor (Pier 40), San Francisco, CA 94107
Phone Number: +1 415-294-1050
12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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City Kayak is the only kayak outfitter in San Francisco. We offer kayak...

City Kayak is the only kayak outfitter in San Francisco. We offer kayak trips and rental from beginners to experts from our San Francisco downtown location.

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3 of us went for a 2 hour raft along the city front near the bay bridge including at&t park-- the view from the water is amazing and this location for kayaking is ideal. Plus the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 7, 2016
Palo Alto, California

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Palo Alto, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2016

3 of us went for a 2 hour raft along the city front near the bay bridge including at&t park-- the view from the water is amazing and this location for kayaking is ideal. Plus the staff/owners are great and really take care of you explaining the tide, where to row, what to wear (they have kayak clothing as well),... More 

Thank jbkpa
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2015

Wish I could write a review about my kayak adventure but nah, I was discouraged by the owner to even go out on a kayak. I bought a groupon, called the place to book a kayak they didn't answer, tried booking online, didn't work with groupon, so I went in person to reserve and they said with a groupon, I... More 

Thank kp72494
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015

This was a fun way to see a portion of the city of San Francisco. It took only 2 hours so it's easy to fit this activity in if you are spending the day in the city site-seeing. It was especially fun to paddle to McCovey Cove. I highly recommend this activity.

Thank DebB227
San Francisco, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015

We have been out twice with city kayaks. The equipment and instruction is great. We have kayaked under the Bay Bridge which is pretty cool, seals coming up next to us to see what we were doing, amazing to be under the shadow of a big bridge in a tiny boat, but some waves. We also have been to see... More 

Thank MargaretNicole
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014 via mobile

We were surprised everyone wasn't doing it. Easy trip options that would.be good for first timers, or you can go out into the bay and under the Bay Bridge. It is so nice to see SF from the perspective of the bay. Our hotel hadn't heard of city kayak so we almost didn't make it there, so glad we did!... More 

Thank Nicole P
Montgomery, Alabama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014 via mobile

I happened to be in town on business for game 4 of the World Series. I remembered the excellent experience I had with City Kayak about 6 years ago. Again, they were professional, efficient, and reasonably priced....all leading to a great bucket list experience of kayaking in McCovey Cove for a Giant's World Series win.

Thank Traumadad
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

1st time kayaking but we were in good hands w/Ken & Jemma; they gave excellent instructions on how to, when to and keep a watchful eye on us while on the bay. We had an exciting trip to AT&T Field & listened to the game from renowned McCovey Cove; how exciting that was to hear the roar of the crowd.... More 

Thank DSpa0514
San Francisco, California
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2014

My low rating is not for crazy currents or a disenchanted kayaking experience because we never actually hit the water. My low rating is for the truly dismissive and unaccommodating service that we received at City Kayak. My Yelp reviews are typically glowing and usually forgiving of little mishaps here and there, but there is nothing redeeming about our experience.... More 

3 Thank natalielynng
San Bruno, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2013

If you know how to kayak and are comfortable out on the bay without any supervision, then check out City Kayak. You show up, are given either a single or double kayak, and then go out and spend a few hours kayaking on the water. There isn't really any guidance on how to kayak or supervision, but if you're comfortable... More 

1 Thank sallyh78
New Haven, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2013

This was a really fun and easy group activity. One of our group was an active 85 but had never kayaked before. The instruction was good, it felt safe, and the views were lovely. We took the family tour and it was perfect. What a great way to spend a morning.

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