No Seattle summer is complete without spending some time on the Puget Sound. With lakes and bodies of water surrounding our city, there are plenty of fun water-centric sports and activities to take part in. Whether you are hoping to paddle a canoe or try your hand at stand-up paddleboarding, here are a few ways to get in the water in Ballard and beyond this summer!
Learn to Kayak
The Puget Sound’s smooth, calm waters make it a great place to learn to kayak. Our neighborhood has easy access to the Sound and readily available kayak rentals for all levels. Ballard Kayak offers hourly and full-day rentals for one- and two-person kayaks. They also have punch card deals for regular rentals throughout the summer! If you are new to the sport or would simply like some guidance, their staff is happy to help.
Try Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Ballard is also the perfect place to give stand-up paddleboarding a try! Surf Ballard, located near Golden Gardens, offers stand-up paddleboarding rentals and lessons throughout the summer. They also provide great discounts for multiple boards, wetsuit rentals for chilly days, and expert safety lessons and tips for those who are new to the sport!
Rent a Rowboat
If you would like to get on the water this summer but are interested in a slightly larger vessel, renting a rowboat at the University of Washington Waterfront Activities Center (WAC) is the perfect summer activity for you. With rates of just $12.00 per hour for boats that seat three to four people, this is a fun way to spend the day that won’t break the bank. Just 10 to 15 minutes east of Ballard, the WAC is a fun and convenient activity to add to your to-do list this summer!
Join a Local Group
For those who are interested in spending a lot of time on the water this summer, there is no shortage of paddle clubs, boating groups, and other communities in our area! Some organizations to explore include:
- Crew: Lake Washington Rowing Club, Pocock Rowing Center, Lake Union Crew
- Outrigger Canoe Paddling: Seattle Outrigger Canoe Club, Hui Wa’a Wakinikona
- Fishing: Puget Sound Anglers, Seattle Poggie Club
- Kayaking: Washington Kayak Club, Seattle Sea Kayaking Club
- Kiteboarding: Puget Sound Kiteboarding Association
Happy almost summer to all of you Ballard residents. Be sure to check out these top-notch Pacific Northwest Campsites if you missed last week’s article!
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