Get Out On The Water
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.
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.