Best time to visit Seattle

Kayaking

Enjoy exploring the city and nature of the Pacific Northwest from the water

Kayaking in Seattle 2019 - Best Time
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Kayaking and paddleboarding are extremely popular in Seattle, with plenty of water in and around the city. The most popular place for all kinds of boats is Lake Union. On a good summer day, the lake is full of people out on the water enjoying the views the city has to offer such as the Space Needle, watching seaplanes, houseboats and sailboats cruising around.

Kayaking on Lake Union 2019
Kayaking on Lake Union

Other options include Westlake and Puget Sound which may be a bit more complicated than the lake due to swells and currents. Ship Canal is also for those who are looking for some challenges on a kayaking trip. Most rentals usually work from April through October.

Kayaking on Lake Union from the Northwest Outdoor Center 2019
Kayaking on Lake Union from the Northwest Outdoor Center
Kayaking in Seattle - Best Season 2019

Some exciting river kayaking is also available on the Wenatchee river during the summer season. This experience will give you plenty of adrenaline, as the river is quite fast.

Best time for Kayaking in Seattle 2019

Finally, if you are interested in moving further from the city and exploring some of the nature preserves, the San Juan Islands offer kayaking tours combined with whale watching, which is without a doubt a unique experience.