Boating - Sailing, Seattle
The residents and most of the visitors who come to Seattle take advantage of the good weather. On a clear sunny day, boating and sailing is one of the recreation of the residents. There are places to sail. There is the Lake Union, Lake Washington and the Puget Sound.
Seattle is an Ideal area for sailing and Boating due to many lakes like lake washington, rivers and Puget Sound. Various Sailing Companies offer various kinds of boats and rafts for a variety of options to sail around seattle. You can have a variety of boats at variety of prices for every budget. You can have sailing options like going to Vashon Island, Olympic Peninsula, Victoria in Canada and others. just log on the website below for the sailing options.
Take a floatplane ride from Seattle, USA to Victoria, Canada! If you haven't been on a floatplane before, you should experience it when possible. The idea itself is just exciting! You're taking off on water and landing on water. That alone is impressive. We took an early morning flight from Seattle with Kenmore Air. The floatplane was perfectly fine - clean and comfortable. After the smooth take off, we were treated to wonderful views of Seattle, the bay and countless forest islands. The next best part of this short one-hour plane ride was the decent for landing. The plane is quite small and can maneuver sharp turns and wide angle dips...it was just a thrill! Landing on water was gentle - very different from landing on a regular airport runway. So after this lovely, picturesque ride we arrived in Victoria, Canada! We enjoyed a day walking around Victoria, Canada and headed back to Seattle via. Prices vary. Check their website for details. If you want, you can also travel by boat between Seattle and Victoria. I would advise against traveling by boat -- the ticket and customs lines are far too long. If you still want to travel by boat check out the Victoria Clipper.
My husband and I went for a walk at the Alki Waterfront area. It was beautiful Sunday afternoon. There were numbers of people and groups when we got to the place. lovers, families, friends, boaters, parachuteers and even professional photographers! The Alki area was amazing! The view of Seattle Skyline was absolutely gorgeous and the view of the multi-million dollars condominiums across street makes the place even more desirable! Its a great place to go for locals or even tourist! Its maybe 20 minutes drive from Safeco field. It has free parking (off the sideroads) and great for outdoor activities such as walking, biking, parachuting, boating or picnic while enjoying the scenery.
* free parking
*no entrance fee
* docking a boat has extra charge (requires advance registration
The Center for Wooden Boats houses an historic collection of sailboats, rowboats, canoes and kayaks, many of which can be rented. It also privdes moorage and workshop space for wooden boats being built or undergoing a refit. If there's ever a tall ship in Seattle it will pay a visit to the CWB.
A trip to the Center for Wooden Boats is like going through a time warp. Only a few blocks away from the frenetic activity of an Internet paced city you will find people who measure time in tides and weeks instead of minutes and hours. The skills, tools and materials needed to build a wooden boat haven't changed all that much in the last couple of centuries and the folks attracted to them seem to have plenty of time on their hands. You might see people stepping a mast, replanking a rowboat or tying together a baidarca -- you never know what to expect. But each and every individual there is pursuing their passion and I have yet to meet anyone at CWB who didn't have time to tell me a couple of stories from their adventures.
Admission is free. Check their web site for hours.
Around the first weekend of May every year there is the fun boat parade of the 'Opening of the Boating-Season'. You'll get the best view from University district or Montlake. Show up in time and have patience .... this will take a few hours :)
rent a kayak on lake union(north end of downtown)and see the houseboats and bridges,as well as the downtown skyline from a lake view. If you have the energy keep paddling to the arboretum on lake washington(across from UW)for birds,turtles,and foliage.
A great place to spend an afternoon - rent a canoe, a sailboat, or just enjoy walking the docks.