July 2

Cool Summer Fun

Beat the heat with Lake Union activities like stand-up paddle boarding, charter tours, and more.

No matter if you’re a certified water lover or a land lubber looking to dip your toes into some easy water adventures, Lake Union is the perfect place to spend a sunny day this summer.

A short walk from the buzzing SLU neighborhood makes the lake a great choice for some impromptu lunchtime recreation. Or plan to spend the whole day with family or friends exploring the lake via kayak, standup paddleboard, or sailboat. Plenty of local institutions offer equipment and gear rentals, lessons, and activities for all skill levels.

Charter a tour

Now fully reopened, The Center for Wooden Boats is offering up plenty of fun programming this summer. The Public Pea Pod program (available Wednesday to Sunday, 11am to 7pm) features a free one-hour rowboat rental. Or consider renting one of CWB’s classic sailboats if you want to rely on a wind-powered experience. You can also cruise the lake in a historic vessel helmed by one of CWB’s experienced, licensed captains. On these 90-minute cruises you’ll explore historic Lake Union and see the gorgeous Seattle skyline, Gasworks Park, Lake Union Drydock Company, and the iconic floating homes. cwb.org

Paddle the lake

Moss Bay Kayak, Paddleboard, and Sail Center is a one-stop shop for splash-worthy fun. The outfitter provides hourly kayak and paddleboard rentals, kids camps, tours, and more. Kayak tours for adults are typically 2.5 hours (with a mini tutorial included) and cover Lake Union, Portage Bay, and the Arboretum area of Lake Washington. Kids tours are about 90 minutes and include a mini lesson. All basic gear is provided. mossbay.co

Two people on a sailboat on Lake Union with downtown Seattle in the background.
Two people enjoying a sunset picnic dinner on a Seattle Electric Boat rental.

Get electric

You’re the captain at The Electric Boat Company. Rent a 21-foot electric boat that seats up to 10 passengers or go big with the luxury version that seats up to 12 people. Both options are heating and can be enclosed or open depending on the weather and your preference. Also available are the popular (and aptly named) donut boats. Captains need to be at least 25 and are subject to a safety video and briefing by staff. The Electric Boat Company offers fun activities like scavenger hunts and tours, too. theelectricboatco.com

Story by Ethan Chung & photography courtesy of Sanderling Photography and The Electric Boat Company.


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