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5 Ways to Get on the Water this Summer in Seattle

Take part in the Seafair activities by exploring the city by water

With Seafair just up and around the corner, what better way to enjoy the PNW Summer than on the water? The beautiful thing is that you don’t have to own a boat or have a friend who does to enjoy the numerous bodies of water surrounding Seattle (though it often helps). Instead, locals and travelers alike can look to these five great businesses that will help you to get you on the water in no time.

Argosy Cruises

All Aboard! Argosy Cruises have been serving Seattleites and visitors for over 70 years. Their large ships cruise Elliot Bay and other bodies of water around Puget Sound, giving a great way for folks to see the region by boat. We love the Saturday Wine cruise through Lake Union and Lake Washington, perfect for a romantic night out. (Video via Youtube)

Seattle Donut Boats

Did somebody say Donuts? These “donut-shaped” boats are the latest boats to hit water in South Lake Union. Using a small powered motor, leisurely float around the lake with friends and family. Complete with an umbrella for shade and a round table for picnics, this is the perfect activity for families this Summer. (Video via Youtube)

Hot Tub Boats Seattle

Nothing says luxury and style like hot tubing in the middle of Lake Union. Hot Tub Boats is the premier hot tub boat rental in the country. Their custom-built vessels are built with plenty of seating space in and out of the Hot tub section, so you can cool down or warm up as you desire. The Vessels are controlled via joystick, so even the most novice of boaters can set sail and enjoy their time on the water. (Photo via Instagram)

Let’s Go Sailing

Sailing has a long tradition in the PNW, but often seems inaccessible for those visiting the Emerald City. Thanks to Let’s Go Sailing, now anyone can enjoy a sailing excursion in Elliot Bay. Excursions are daily with multiple departures, allowing flexibility to enjoy the water from afternoon to sunset. It’s a perfect way to spend the afternoon after an Early Access Tour of Pike Place Market.

REI Boathouse

Long time Seattle outdoor recreation giant REI has recently opened up their new Boat house locations in Bellevue & Kirkland, WA – just a 15-minute drive east of Seattle, along the eastern shores of Lake Washington. Here, rent stand up paddleboards, canoes, and kayaks and enjoy the sunny shores of the Lake! REI also offers classes and group excursions with experienced guides. A visit here is ideal for families.

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