Artist Boat

Frequently Asked Questions

Does Artist Boat rent kayaks or provide non-guided tours via kayak?

No, Artist Boat only provides guided tours. Please check out our calendar to learn more about when public trips are offered.

How can I register for a kayak trip?

To register, please follow the links on our website for public kayak registration. All registration is done online.

Where do we meet for kayak adventures?

We meet on site for all adventures, meaning at the boat launch. An informative itinerary with the location of and directions to the site will be emailed to you upon registering. You'll also receive a medical waiver, which must be completed and brought to your adventure.

What should we bring with us on a kayak adventure?

When attending a kayak adventure you should bring weather appropriate clothing, closed-toed shoes that you are willing to get wet, sunscreen, bug spray, plenty of water, snacks or lunch depending on the length of the tour. Please also bring a positive attitude and a willingness to learn. All of our kayaks have room in the front and back to store one or two small backpacks.

Can we register for a trip the morning of the adventure?

No, registration closes at midnight the day before your scheduled adventure.

Are there weight limitations for the kayak adventure?

Our tandem kayaks have a weight limit of 450 pounds and our weight limit per person is 275 pounds.

Can we bring our own kayaks, lifejackets, or paddles to a kayak adventure?

Yes, you may bring your own kayaks, lifejackets, and paddles. Your lifejacket needs to be a type 3 jacket.

What are the age restrictions for kayak adventures?

Children must be at least 7 years of age to participate in our 3 to 4-hour trips. Children 5-6 years of age may participate in our 2-hours trips. If your child is less than 50 pounds, you must provide a Coast Guard Certified Personal Flotation Device. If your child is 13 years or younger an adult from the same party is required in the kayak. Children 16 years or older may attend without an adult present as long as a parent or guardian signs the waiver and medical release.

Can we pay for the kayak adventure on site?

No, Artist Boat does not accept payments on site. Payment is required at time of booking. We take Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express.

Are there bathrooms located at the launch sites for kayak adventures?

There are typically porta-potties located at the launch for each of our adventure destinations. However, there is no access to bathrooms one we launch.

What types of habitat restoration programs are currently available?

To learn more about our Habitat Restoration programs, please visit the HRA page on our website. These programs are offered sporadically throughout the year based on our current grant funding and site availability, so please continue to check back periodically if nothing is currently offered.

What can we expect to see on a kayak adventure?

Depending on the location, you can expect to see beautiful natural and restored wetlands, bayous, freshwater lakes, riparian zones, and coastal upland prairie habitats. The wildlife typically seen on our adventures includes shorebirds such as herons, egrets, pelicans, terns, ibises, and roseatte spoonbills, fish, blue crabs, hermit crabs, snakes, periwinkles, rays, and even alligators! Learn more about each of our destinations here and view a map of our destinations here.

How long are kayak adventures?

Except for our East End Lagoon adventure, all kayak adventures are four hours long. This typically includes two to three stops along the way to rest, observe our surroundings, paint a watercolor, and eat lunch. Our East End Lagoon adventure is two hours long, and does not include an art demonstration.

What is the art portion of the kayak adventure like?

One of our instructors will train all participants in various watercolor painting techniques using professional art supplies. After a brief demonstration, all participants will then used the art supplies provided by Artist Boat on the back of each kayak to paint a watercolor image of their surroundings. This is a great way to observe the natural habitats around the Houston/Galveston area. You're then able to keep your painting as a souvenir of your trip!

Do you need to be an experience paddler to register for a kayak adventure?

All Artist Boat instructors are ACA certified kayak instructors. We provide all participants with a brief paddling demonstration prior to getting on the water, so no previous paddling experience is required. However, you must be in good enough physical condition to be on a kayak for the duration of the adventure and paddle for an hour or so at a time.