New Year’s Eve Fireworks

    CANCELLED for December 31, 2016 due to strong currents. See you next year.

    New Years Fireworks
    Paddle to midnight waterfront fireworks of San Francisco. Panoramic cityscape of San Francisco will be lit with holiday lighting.

    Major landmarks nearby includes; Embarcadero Towers with holiday lighting, Coit Tower, Transamerica Pyramid, Ferry Building, Bay Bridge.

    Midnight champagne toast, NYE party favors included.

    Common questions and answers to join a kayak trip for the participants can be found from  Right_arrow_buttonParticipant-Information.


    See “Reserve Trip & Class” page. Choose “New Year’s Eve Fireworks” and reserve your date and time.
    Youth includes from age 15 to 17 and student, military and veterans. Please bring qualifying IDs along with the reservation.

    Paddle Length

    Typically this trip goes like the following: check-in, trip briefing, gear up, paddle to watch the fireworks and return to South Beach Harbor.


    This kayak trip involves paddling in the dark. You should have paddled a sea touring kayak within a year. There may be additional requirements and limits for this trip which varies year to year. For details please see the reservation page for the trip.

    First time paddlers should NOT join this trip- please do not sign up others if you are not familiar with their paddling experience.

    Included Gear

    Enclosed double and single performance touring kayak, life jacket, paddle, spray skirt, dry jacket, pogies(paddle mittens for cold weather).

    What to bring

    Change of clothes(layering is recommended), warm hat or cap, carbonated water(reduces motion sickness). Also, consider- towel, motion sickness remedy(if you are sensitive to motion sickness), contact lens(rather than prescription glasses), ski hat(if weather is cold), not bringing electronics or valuables.

    Additionally waterproof camera to capture the world class scenery, extra clothing and shoes, contact lens(rather than prescription glasses).

    We provide a dry bag for your essentials. Please do not bring valuables.

    What To Wear

    Active sports wear works best; quick dry shirt and pants. Wind jackets are helpful. Avoid loose clothing, down-filled jacket, or dress shoes.


    You could get motion sickness if you are tired, hungry, hung over, or sensitive to motion sickness.

    Parking on NYE

    Limited number of $10 harbor parking permit may be available to purchase.

    Featured in

      visablackcard Black Card Magazine
      Winter Edition 2012
      Light Up The Night

      Midnight fireworks on the San Francisco waterfront mean postcard skyline and bay and bridge views made even more eye-popping by pyrotechnics…

      fireworks_san_francisco_mens_journal_2011 Mens Journal
      The Anti-New Year’s Eve
      Nicole Alper, December 2011

      … paddles under the Bay Bridge and past the glowing art-deco Coit Tower on Telegraph Hill before resting for pyrotechnics …

      San Francisco Chronicle San Francisco Chronicle
      Clouds hold off as New Year arrives
      John King, January 1, 2010

      … drift as close to the barges as possible…