Tall Ships FAQ
Duluth's Tall Ships Kayak Experience

The Tall Ships Return August 11th – 13th, 2019!

The Duluth Tall Ships Kayak Experience comes once every three years… it’s one of our favorite events in Duluth and we’re excited to offer a great lineup of guided kayak tours to experience the Festival of Sail this August. You’ll get up close and personal with historic vessels and avoid the crowds with this all-inclusive guided kayak adventure.

Please note that Canal Park is going to be jam-packed with people and cars. We highly recommend that you plan to arrive at the Pier B Resort kayak launch (see map) 20 to 30 minutes ahead of your scheduled tour. Our tours will launch at the scheduled time to maximize your paddling experience… so don’t be late!

We’ve created this Frequently Asked Questions Page to guide your preparation for your upcoming kayak adventure. If you have any questions about the content of these guidelines, send us an email or call to speak to a representative of The Duluth Experience at: (218) 464-6337.

When do you offer The Duluth Tall Ships Kayak Experience?
What should I wear for the kayak adventure?
What do you recommend I bring for The Duluth Tall Ships Kayak Experience?
What does The Duluth Experience provide for The Duluth Tall Ships Kayak Experience?
Do you have any testimonials from past guests?
Will I get a confirmation email after I purchase my ticket(s)?
Where do we meet The Duluth Experience to start the adventure?
Where should I park?
How long is The Tall Ships Kayak Experience?
Is there food included in the adventure?
Are there age requirements for this adventure?
Do you have 2-person tandem kayaks?
Where does The Tall Ships Kayak Experience tour go?
What if I have never kayaked before?
Do we get to drink beer during the kayak tour?
Are there group rates for group bookings?
Would The Duluth Experience ever cancel?
What is the policy if I have to cancel my ticket?
Do you accept walk-on customers?
What are your terms and conditions?

Duluth Experience Tall Ships Kayak Tour

When do you offer The Duluth Tall Ships Kayak Experience?


What should I wear for the kayak adventure?

  • Plan for the weather. If a light rain is in the forecast, bring rain gear and other items to keep you warm and dry.
  • Most tours will be bright and sunny, and since kayaking is a great workout, plan on dressing light and packing a warm layer in case you need it. Wind-breakers are a great idea.
  • We’ll provide dry bags for each guest so you can stow any additional layers and gear that you bring along for the adventure.
  • There is the possibility of getting wet on a tour. We recommend shoes (no flip flops please) and clothing that can get wet – such as a swimsuit or quick-dry clothing.
  • A hat and sunglasses will protect you from the sun and are highly recommended.

What do you recommend I bring for The Duluth Tall Ships Kayak Experience?

  • The Duluth Experience wants to make your tour as comfortable and easy as possible and while we provide all the specialized gear for your kayaking adventure, we do recommend that you bring the following personal items:
    • Sunscreen
    • Sunglasses
    • Hat
    • Appropriate clothing and footwear (i.e., closed toed shoes, quick dry clothing, avoid cotton and jeans)
    • Any medications that may be needed (e.g., epi-pen, insulin, inhaler, etc.)
    • Camera
    • Phone
    • Water bottle

What does The Duluth Experience provide for The Duluth Tall Ships Kayak Experience?

  • We will provide everything you will need to have a fantastic experience. This includes: easy to use kayaks, paddles, life vests, dry bags, snacks, and a fun, knowledgeable guide.

Do you have any testimonials from past guests?

  • Why yes, we encourage our guests to provide reviews on Facebook, Trip Advisor, and Yelp. Check out our Trip Advisor Page to see what folks are saying about their Duluth Experience.

Will I get a confirmation email after I purchase my ticket(s)?

  • Yes! You should receive a confirmation email. Sometimes this email gets routed to your spam folder so check there if you don’t see it.
  • The most important thing to bring with you is your driver’s license or some form of ID. We’ve got your name on our roster and we’ll check you in when you arrive.

Where do we meet The Duluth Experience to start the adventure?

  • The Duluth Tall Ships Kayak Experience begins and ends at The Pier B Resort (map link: Pier B Resort, 800 W Railroad Street, Duluth, MN 55802). Our team will be on-site and ready to greet you when you arrive. Look for the blue Duluth Experience tent next to the parking lot entrance.
  • If you’re having trouble finding us just call! Our number is (218) 464-6337.

Where should I park?

  • We will have limited parking available at Pier B for our tour guests on the grass adjacent to the kayak launch. However, this is not a long term parking solution for the entirety of the Festival of Sails. We ask that you only park at Pier B for the duration of your tour an find an alternative parking after your kayak experiences finishes up.
  • Please inform the Pier B parking lot attendant that you are part of The Duluth Experience kayak tour and they will direct you to the parking area.
  • Important: Please allow extra time to travel to our launch site at Pier B. Canal Park is going to be very busy during this event. We expect heavy traffic and limited parking availability. Here is a map to parking areas nearby.

How long is The Tall Ships Kayak Experience?

Is there food included in the adventure?

  • Yes! We provide light snacks to keep you fueled. We also provide complimentary bottled water.

Are there age requirements for this adventure?

  • The minimum age requirement for paddling a solo kayak is 13 years of age. Younger children can sit in the front of a tandem kayak (if available). Please note that a parent or guardian must be present for anyone under the age of 18.

Do you have 2-person tandem kayaks?

  • Yes! We have 2-person tandem kayaks available upon request. A tandem kayak would be perfect if you have children less that 13 years of age or who may not be able to paddle their own kayak. Please note that tandem kayaks must be arranged ahead of time to ensure their availability for your tour.
  • We do not charge extra for the tandem boats! Pricing for our kayak tours is per person regardless of whether or not you paddle a solo or tandem kayak.

Where does The Tall Ships Kayak Experience tour go?

  • Our paddling route will leave The Pier B Slip and head towards the DECC where most of the tall ships will be moored.
  • Our guides will lead you around the Duluth Harbor to get up close and personal with the Tall Ships. You’ll have some amazing views from the water and a lot of great photo opportunities!

What if I have never kayaked before?

  • That’s totally ok!!! Our kayaks are easy to use and incredibly stable. Our experienced guides will give you step-by-step instructions on how to paddle and what to do. You will quickly find why kayaking is one of our favorite experiences.

Do we get to drink beer during the kayak tour?

  • We do not allow alcoholic beverages on the tour. We have a priority to keep you safe on our tours and alcohol can take away from the paddling experience. Instead, save the drinking for after the tour. We’ll be dropping you off back in Downtown Duluth and there are lots of great options for a celebration beer after your tour.
  • Better yet… hit the town after your Tall Ships Kayak Experience with one of our Brewery Tours and celebrate in style!

Are there group rates for group bookings?

  • Unfortunately, we do not provide a group rate for this special experience.

Would The Duluth Experience ever cancel a tour?

  • Possibly. If unsafe weather conditions arise, The Duluth Experience reserves the right to cancel a tour to protect your safety and the safety of our crew. Your ticket will be refunded or we can help get you booked on an alternate tour – whichever you prefer.

What is the policy if I have to cancel my ticket?

  • You will receive a full refund if your tickets are cancelled more than 72 hours ahead if time. There is a 50% refund if cancelled between 72 and 24 hours. There is no refund if you cancel with less than 24 hours before a tour.

Do you accept walk-on customers?

  • Unfortunately, this tour requires pre-tour registration so we can’t accept walkups. Please call us at (218) 464-6337 to reserve a seat or visit our Kayak Adventure Schedule to book online.


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