Bayou City Adventures


Welcome to Paddling

Paddling is a great activity that you can do alone or with your friends and family.

One of the biggest mistakes people make is they jump in over their head. When we respect paddling we understand the safety and risks associated with it. We understand it is not for everyone so we have come with a very simple guide for people interested in trying it out.

STEP 1: Discovery Green

Before spending a lot of money and time you should figure out if you even like kayaking. The easiest way to do this is to only spend $5 per person at Discovery Green and paddle around the little lake to see if this is an activity that you will enjoy. (CLICK HERE)

STEP 2: Take a basic paddling class

Now that you have a basic grasp of what kayaking is and you enjoyed your short time, let's be smart about it. Before getting on the bayou for a longer period of time, sign up for a basic paddling skills class. This will help you learn more paddling techniques so that you do not find yourself struggling when paddling for longer periods of time.

STEP 3: Rental on Buffalo Bayou

Now that you have the basic skills down it is time to put it to the test. Head over to the Lost Lake Visitor Center on Buffalo Bayou and rent a kayak to explore Buffalo Bayou for a few hours.

STEP 4: Guided Kayak Tour

You have now paddled a kayak for two hours and you are ready for the next step. Go ahead and book the Houston Skyline Tour on Buffalo Bayou and enjoy a leisurely guided 3.5 hour kayak tour. This will allow you to go with a group of people all while learning about the bayou and other water ways. 

STEP 5: Gather Free Advice

Besides the fun of kayaking there is a lot of behind the scenes tasks associated with paddling that you must think about before purchasing a kayak or canoe. How do you plan to transport it? Where do you plan to store it? What do you do when you are alone and fall in the water? Visit the open forum to ask questions that you may have.

STEP 6: Rent to Purchase

You Did It! You completed the tour and you are in love with kayaking and the wonderful health benefits it is providing you. You have answered many of the questions about owning a kayak. Now it's time to rent a bunch of different kayaks and try them out over time. Soon you will find the one that is just right for you. You will know it's right because you feel comfortable in it and it meets all of your needs.

STEP 7: Take a training class by BCA to perfect your paddling

Congratulations on being a kayak owner. Now it's time to perfect your skill so that you can have even more fun and be safe while out on the water with your own kayak. Bayou City Adventures offers classes led by certified instructors. These classes will range from basic paddling skills to advance deep water rescues. This is a must to get familiar with your own boat and know that you will be safe.