Boating

Seattle is surrounded by water which gives boaters great areas to explore.  Want to go kayaking on Lake Washington? Try stand up paddle boarding off Shilshole Bay.  Many marinas offer rentals.

A Washington State Ferry has the best bargain boat ride! Go to Pier 52 on the waterfront and walk aboard for a delightful cruise across Elliott Bay to Bremerton. It takes about an hour, with great city and shoreline views. www.wsdot.wa.gov/ferries/

For a more upscale water adventure try a narrated Argosy Cruise on Elliott Bay, through the Ballard Locks to Lake Washington or to Tillicum Village on Blake Island. 

Whale watching is just a day trip north in the San Juan Islands. Board a Victoria Clipper at Pier 69 on the Seattle waterfront and sail 3 hours to Friday Harbor. Whale watch tours go from the waterfront in search of Orcas. Watch for bald Eagles, seals, Dalls’ porpoise, seals, otters and sea lions while searching for the Orcas. 

Go on a Whitewater Rafting adventures within hours of Seattle. Spring whitewater rafting tours with experienced guides explore challenging rivers on the west side of the Cascade Range. Summer river float trips are great fun for the whole family.

Pick up a Sports Fishing Charters from Puget Sound marinas in Everett, Edmonds, Port Angeles and Anacortes as well as Seattle’s Lake Union. I’m told the in-season Salmon runs will test your skills!

Fly Fishing for northwest trout in a mountain stream is legendary. Rivers like the Stillaguamish, Skagit, Sauk and Dungeness all have great steelhead fisheries. Get a guide to find the best spot to cast your line.

Puget Sound Beaches are my favorites for a picnic lunch or a walk along the shore. In city saltwater beaches like Alki or Golden Gardens are just a bus ride away. Take a walk along the path around Green Lake or one of the many Lake Washington beaches.