Two people smile in a canoe as the sun sets beyond

Sunset tours are a beautiful way to experience Lowell's beautiful section of the Merrimack River. On this guided tour we will meet you at the Boathouse and paddle upstream on the Merrimack River. Staff will instruct you in basic kayaking skills so you are comfortable on the water. We will enjoy the sunset while paddling upstream before heading back to the Boathouse in the twilight. Appropriate for adults and children. All tours include equipment rental and safety/paddling instructions.

Rain Dates New for 2024! We are going to have a Rain Date each week for our sunset tours. All tours will be regularly scheduled for Friday evening, but if it is raining on Friday, we will contact all registrants by email and/or phone by Friday early afternoon to shift to Saturday evening, same time, same place! If it is raining on Saturday, we will likely still go out. While we encourage everyone to try paddling in the rain (it's actually a really fantastic time to be out), we recognize some people wish to start in easier conditions! PLEASE hold your Saturday night available just in case. We won't be able to offer a refund unless there is someone on the waitlist who can take your place.


All necessary program equipment is provided.

Please see the Plan Your Visit webpage for online waivers and what to bring and wear.

Physical Exertion

Easy: Participants will paddle 0-2 mi. / 0-4 km. on flat water conditions with minimal wind. No previous experience is required. Participant must be able to keep their head up while wearing a life jacket in deep water. Paddle times usually run approximately 1.5 hours.


  • Appropriate for adults and children when accompanied by a parent. See the Plan Your Visit webpage for recommendations regarding minors.
  • Must be able to independently keep head above water while wearing in a life jacket/pfd.
  • No previous experience required.


The cost is $30 and includes instruction and equipment rental. You may bring your own kayak or canoe for $15 per person.

Tour Date and TimeRain DateRegistration
Friday June 21, 2024, 7-9 p.m.Saturday, June 22Register Online for June 21/22
Friday, June 28, 2024, 7-9 p.m.Saturday, June 29Register Online for June 28/29
Friday, July 5, 2024, 7-9 p.m.Saturday, July 6Register Online for July 5/6
Friday, July 12, 2024, 7-9 p.m.Saturday, July 13Register Online for July 12/13
Friday, July 19, 2024, 7-9 p.m.Saturday, July 20Register Online for July 19/20
Friday, July 26, 2024, 7-9 p.m.Saturday, July 27Register Online for July 26/27
Friday, August 2, 2024, 7-9 p.m.Saturday, August 3Register Online for August 2/3
Friday, August 9, 2024, 7-9 p.m.Saturday, August 10Register Online for August 9/10


A note about waitlists: If a trip shows as full with 0 spots remaining, you may still register and will be placed on the waitlist. You will NOT be charged for trip costs, although you will be asked to enter your card information online. If a spot opens up on the trip, the first person on the waitlist will be contacted by Kayak Center Staff. You will have set amount of time (1-2 days) to confirm your interest in the trip before the next waitlisted person is called. If you are no longer available to participate or do not confirm in time, the spot will be opened up to the next person on the waitlist.