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Greenbelt Outdoors

Greenbelt Outdoors

Kayak, SUP & Packraft Rentals

FROM$35 per 2 hrs

Greenbelt Outdoors rents top quality adventure gear in Austin Texas. They offer the first self-serve water sports rental operation in Austin, with automated smart lockers where you pick up your inflatable kayaks, SUP and packrafts. With your rental, you get a free local guide with put-ins and everything you need for an incredible adventure! read more

Wild Louisiana Tours

Wild Louisiana Tours

Kayak Rentals & Tours

FROM$35 per 2 hrs

Wild Louisiana Tours is one of the first kayak outfitters in the state of Louisiana. Choose a guided or self guided adventure, and paddle the historic swamp abundant with wildlife and rich history, right outside of New Orleans. Great for all ages and skill levels. read more

Silent Sports Outfitters
FROM$35 per 3 hrs

Silent Sports offers kayak and SUP rentals and tours in the Venice/Sarasota/Nokomis area. Their expert guides can take you anywhere from mangrove tunnels to rivers and bays and the beautiful, clear waters of the Gulf of Mexico. read more

Twin River Outfitters

Twin River Outfitters

Kayak, Canoe & Raft Rentals & Shuttles

FROM$35 per day

Twin River Outfitters is the oldest and most experienced outfitter on the Upper James River and has been safely running paddle trips since 1978. Canoe, kayak and raft rentals and shuttles for trips ranging from floating on a lazy river to thrilling whitewater rafting.read more

J & L Kayak Tours
FROM$35 per 2 hrs

J & L Kayak Tours offers one of a kind kayaking adventures in North Myrtle Beach. Choose an easy float/paddle to Waties Island, paddle further into the narrow winding backwater creeks, or take a relaxing float downstream on the Waccamaw River. Highly trained, knowledgeable and passionate guides provide a memorable kayaking adventure.read more

Lake Powell Paddleboards and Kayaks

Lake Powell Paddleboards and Kayaks

Kayak, SUP & Packraft Rentals & Tours

FROM$35 per day

Lake Powell is listed as the #1 SUP Wonders of the World by SUP Connect. Come experience it with Lake Powell Paddleboards & Kayaks, a family-owned and operated Stand Up Paddle (SUP), packraft, and kayak shop located in downtown Page, AZ just minutes from Lake Powell. They offer paddleboard and kayak tours from PSUPA Certified and ACA Certified guides who are First Aid and CPR certified, rentals of paddleboards, kayaks, and packrafts. They will give you all the information you will need to have a great time kayaking Antelope Canyon, Lone Rock, and other incredible spots in the area. read more

Milwaukee Kayak Tours

Milwaukee Kayak Tours

Kayak Rentals & Tours

FROM$40 per 4 hrs

Milwaukee Kayak Tours lead a variety of daily kayak tours and rentals on flat water. Choose a laid back and relaxed paddle through Milwaukee's beautiful downtown, and experience the calm and scenic waters of the Milwaukee River. See Milwaukee from the water!read more

South Coast Tours

South Coast Tours

Kayak, SUP & Snorkeling Tours & Rentals

FROM$40 per 2 hrs

Let South Coast Tours take you on an unforgettable adventure paddle in the Wild Rivers Coast estuaries and Southern Oregon coast. Book your kayak, paddleboard and snorkel rental or guided tours to explore the unique shoreline and rocky reefs of the Oregon coast.read more

Door County Kayak

Door County Kayak

Door County Kayak & SUP Rental & Tours

FROM$40 per 2 hrs

Exploring Door County is amazing by kayak or paddleboard. We hand select the very best places for tours or to enjoy your paddle board or kayak rental. Explore Door County’s 300 miles of stunning shoreline and tucked away bays, bluffs, lighthouses and caves.read more

New Orleans Kayak Swamp Tours

New Orleans Kayak Swamp Tours

Kayak Rentals & Tours

FROM$40 per 3 hrs

Create memories on a New Orleans Kayak Swamp Tour or a self-guided adventure as you explore the beauty of the Louisiana swamps and New Orleans plantations tours while learning about the unique surrounding ecosystems and wildlife.read more

Kayak Rentals Near Me

TripOutside is the largest kayak rental and tour booking website to help you find and book different types of kayaks from the best outfitters around the world.

If you haven’t rented a kayak before, below is a rental guide that you may find helpful in picking the best kayak for your adventure.

But don’t worry, you’ll be renting with the highly experienced outdoor businesses that will make sure that you get on the best kayak for your adventure.

What are the different types of Kayak Rentals available near me

Recreational Kayak Rentals

Most kayak outfitters offer recreational kayaks as their rental option as these are the most versatile option for any type of water. The recreational kayaks may not be great at any one thing, but they are the jack of all trades. The main option to consider when renting a Recreational Kayak is whether you’d like a sit on top or a sit-inside kayak (if the rental options are available).

The next decision is whether you’d like a solo kayak to yourself or if you want to paddle with a partner in a tandem kayak.

Sit on top kayaks:

  • A sit on top kayak is an open platform kayak where you sit on top of the kayak with your legs open and exposed.
  • Best Kayak For Beginners

    Easy to get in and out when you’re getting in and out and it’s easier to get back into the kayak if you flip over.

    Things to consider when renting a sit on top kayak

    You legs are exposed to the sun and the elements and you could get splashed on a bit more and slightly higher chances of getting wet

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Sit inside kayak rentals

  • Sit inside kayaks allow you to sit inside the kayak rather than on top of it. The sit inside recreational kayaks are very common, easy to paddle, and a great multi-purpose kayak. The two options you will have to choose from are Solo or Tandem kayak rentals.

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sit inside kayak rental near me

Touring / Sea Kayak Rentals

Touring kayaks are generally longer and narrower than a recreational kayak as they are designed to go faster and further than a recreational kayak but they are not as stable.

Touring / Sea / Ocean kayaks also have a bulkhead on either end of the boat that creates extra buoyancy and helps the boat stay afloat in open water in case of a turnover.

You do not want to rent or use a sit-inside kayak without one of these bulkhead options in a large body of water as they may accumulate water and sink instead of floating.

  • Solo Touring

Touring kayak rentals

  • Tandem Touring

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Inflatable Kayak Rentals / Duckies

Inflatable Kayak Rentals are becoming more popular for many reasons including the ease of transportation and their ability to paddle rivers and waters with rocks and rapids that you typically can’t or wouldn’t want to in a recreational kayak.

These kayaks can be inflated in a matter of minutes at the start of the trip, which means you don’t need to have a large vehicle or kayak racks to be able to transport them.

Another ease of using an inflatable kayak is that they are easier to paddle for beginners but, they are slower than a recreational kayak. They are best suited for paddling with the flow of water where paddling efficiency is not as important.

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Kids Kayak

Most often, kids can join adults in a tandem kayak and it’s best for them to sit in the front so you can keep an eye on what’s going on and help them paddle by providing guidance and instruction. But, when the kids become old enough or proficient enough at paddling and want their own kayaks, there are a few options available for them to enjoy their own journey.

Check with the outfitter before renting a kids kayak to see which options they provide and it is crucial to know what the water conditions are like and make sure that it’s the best decision for the kids to paddle by themselves.

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Whitewater Kayaks

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How to Choose A Kayak to Rent

It really depends on where do you want to paddle, your outfitter partner will help you pick the best kayak based on their location and available paddling locations. In general,  here are some guidelines.

    • Lake
      • Small lake or a pond: A recreational kayak is perfect for paddling a small lake or a flat river. You just have to decide whether you want solo or tandem and/or sit on top or sit inside.
      • A big open water lake or ocean: A touring kayak is necessary and recommended if you’re padding in a big lake or open water. You need a separate dry compartment, a bulkhead, which is a great safety feature to provide buoyancy for the boat in open water.
    • River (flat)
      • A recreational or a touring kayak will be perfect for a flatwater river trip
      • If it is a river with a lot of turns and small narrow channels, go with a recreational kayak as it will be easier to maneuver and balance than a long touring kayak.
      • A long flat river: You could go with a touring kayak if you want to do a long day trip or a multi-day trip.
    • A river with rapids
      • Inflatable kayaks/duckies: With class 1-2 rapids, you could potentially go with a recreational kayak or an inflatable kayak.
      • Caution: talk to your outfitter before deciding which kayak to choose if the river that you’re planning on running has rapids. Inflatable kayaks are growing in popularity to run rivers with rapids when you don’t want to be on a rafting trip and like doing your own DIY adventures.
      •  For more extreme rapids, you may need a whitewater kayak but these aren’t typically rented out just to anyone as the risk of flipping over is very high and there is training required to learn to flip back over.

Frequently Asked Questions on Kayak Rentals

How much does it cost to rent a kayak?

Kayak rentals are generally very cost-effective to rent, in most cases, recreational kayaks priced average:

  • Per hour averages are around $10-$15 
  • Half-day rentals range from $30-50
  • Full-day and the prices range from $40-$75 an hour

Tandem kayaks can cost $5-$20 more for the same time periods but you do save money instead of renting 2 kayaks.

Touring kayak rentals cost more and therefore their rental prices are also higher ranging $10-$20 more than recreational kayaks.

What to Wear Kayaking

Essential Gear for Kayaking

Helpful Items to Pack for Kayaking

  • Insulated jacket 
  • Paddling gloves

What to Wear Kayaking in Summer

  • Quick dry top and shorts/pants
  • Swimsuit
  • Long sleeve top for protection against sun and bugs
  • Layered clothing

Personal Items for Kayaking

  • ID 
  • Phone
  • Flashlight
  • Binoculars
  • Camera
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • Towels
  • Lip balm
  • Whistle 
  • Lighter
  • Food/snacks
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