Get Out On The Wa­ter

Where Seattle - - Contents - BY STACY BOOTH

From sail­boats to kayaks, here's our guide to ex­pe­ri­enc­ing Seattle by wa­ter.

It’s im­pos­si­ble to visit Seattle with­out notic­ing all the wa­ter. Sur­rounded by salt and fresh wa­ter, there are plenty of ways to ex­plore this side of the city. Head down to the wa­ter­front for three op­tions, the first of which is a ferry ride to Bain­bridge Is­land or Bre­mer­ton. Find the ferry ter­mi­nal (www.ws­dot.wa.gov/fer­ries) at Pier 52. On Pier 55, Ar­gosy Cruises (www.ar­gosy­cruises.com) has three cruises that leave from the wa­ter­front. Go sight­see­ing on the Har­bor Cruise or the Locks Cruise, or have a four-hour ex­cur­sion to Til­licum Vil­lage, which in­cludes food, a per­for­mance and Na­tive Amer­i­can sto­ry­telling. Pier 69 is home to the Vic­to­ria Clip­per (www.clip­per­va­ca­tions.com), where you can go whale watch­ing or take a trip to Vic­to­ria, Canada, or the San Juans.

Hu­man-Pow­ered Op­tions

Head to Green Lake for a num­ber of rental op­tions to get out on the wa­ter. Ca­noes, kayaks, pedal boats, stand-up pad­dle­boards and more are avail­able on a first­come, first-served ba­sis at the Green­lake Boathouse (www.green­lake­boa­trentals.net. 7351 E. Green Lake Drive N, 206.527.0171). One of the most af­ford­able ways to rent ca­noes and row­boats is through the Univer­sity of Washington Wa­ter­front Ac­tiv­i­ties Cen­ter (www.washington.edu/ima/wac.206.543.9433), lo­cated be­hind Husky Sta­dium. Spend the day nav­i­gat­ing the Mont­lake Cut and Union Bay. If you’d rather head to Alki Beach, Alki Kayak Tours (www.kayakalki.com. 1660 Har­bor Ave. SW, 206.953.0237) has sea kayaks, stand-up pad­dle­boards and small fish­ing boats avail­able for rent. The com­pany also has five kayak tour op­tions, if you’d like to fol­low some­one else’s lead.

Alki Kayak Tours has a num­ber of wa­ter­craft rentals or tours.

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