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Enjoy Lake Union–Even If You Don’t Own a Boat

There’s no need to own, store, and maintain a boat when Lake Union offers so many options for getting out for a row, paddle, or cruise.

Boat Rentals

The Electric Boat Company lets you be captain to 10-12 passengers. Take a covered boat out with catering or bring your own food. The company even offers a GPS Audio tour, scavenger hunts, and more fun activities.

If you’re looking to get out on the water and have a conversation, try Seattle Donut Boat Company where you and your friends are arranged in a donut shape. Don’t forget your snacks!

If you’re looking for a unique experience, definitely check out Hot Tub Boats. Yes, you can even drive it without getting out of the temperature-controlled tub. Seriously, you’re going to have to Instagram this. Experienced hottubbers tell us a great time to go is February when it’s chilly out. It does get hot in the summer.

On the south side of the lake, you’ll find The Center for Wooden Boats. It’s a museum where you can take the artifacts out for a few hours. They rent sailboats, rowboats and more. If you prefer just to ride while someone else does the work, check out the year-round Sunday sails. Volunteers take passengers around the lake for free.

Human-Powered Craft

If you want to power the ride yourself, check out Northwest Outdoor Center for kayak and standup paddleboard rentals and instruction. The center has all the gear you need, such as drybag rentals

Moss Bay offers paddleboard, kayak, and sailing lessons and rentals. Easy access from downtown, located on South Lake Union.

For those on the north side of the lake, you can rent your gear at Agua Verde. Rent kayaks and paddleboards by the hour or join in one of the fun tours. Located near the University of Washington campus near the Montlake Cut.

Beer and Boats

The Fremont Brew Cruise serves refreshments from Fremont Brewing Company and snacks from local companies. Make a reservation for your whole crew or join happy hour on the water.

You might have seen Cycle Saloons spinning around Seattle neighborhoods. They also go out to the lake. Join a group plus a designated driver for the water adventure.

Image used with permission of Hot Tub Boats.

Candace Nelson

In the mountains or water debate, Candace Nelson chooses water every time. She is a Master of Science in Nutrition student and loves taking any fitness class that makes her forget she's working out. Read more at