Rent an electric or wooden boat or try a paddleboard, kayak or canoe and set sail. Here's where to go to get out on the water this summer (and spring).

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Want to canoe? Kayak? Paddle board? Rent a pedal boat? Wooden boat? Electric boat? One of these spots will satisfy your nautical needs.

 

UW Waterfront Activities Center

You will have to bypass college students equipped with six packs for their canoes, but the views will make it worth it. Canoe right across the Montlake Cut, underneath charming wooden bridges and keep your eyes peeled for blue herons.

Canoes or rowboats rent for $10/hour on weekdays, $12/hour on weekends; behind University of Washington Husky Stadium, 3710 Montlake Blvd N.E., Seattle; 206-543-9433 or https://www.washington.edu/ima/waterfront/

Greenlake Boathouse

Looking for an easily accessible and kid-friendly source of boating fun? Green Lake offers kayaks and water bikes for adults and kids to share. There are plenty of adult-only toys too, such as stand-up paddle boards and quad pedal boats.

A visiting yacht dwarfs a rental boat from the Electric Boat Co. on Lake Union.  (Bettina Hansen /The Seattle Times)
A visiting yacht dwarfs a rental boat from the Electric Boat Co. on Lake Union. (Bettina Hansen /The Seattle Times)

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Kayaks, water bikes and more rent for $20/hour; 7351 East Green Lake Drive N., Seattle; 206-527-0171 or greenlakeboatrentals.net.

Center for Wooden Boats

Kayaks, pedal boats, canoes, rowboats and sailboats are all available to rent at South Lake Union’s Center for Wooden Boats. No experience is needed to take a pedal boat or rowboat on a tour around the lake.

Prices vary for each boat, from $30-$60/hour; 1010 Valley St, Seattle; 206-382-2628 or cwb.org/rent/seattle-livery.

The Electric Boat Company

Housed just a three-minute drive from The Center for Wooden Boats. Add catered food and drink for a special occasion.

Electric boats are $99/hour, two-hour minimum; 2046 Westlake Ave. N., Seattle; 206-223-7476 or theelectricboatco.com/boat-rentals.

Argosy Cruises

Because they aren’t all as touristy as you think. Opt for the four-hour Tillicum Village Excursion, which includes passage to and from Blake Island, traditionally prepared alder-fire-roasted fish, Northwest Native American storytelling and more.

Tillicum Village Excursion is $84, prices vary for each Argosy cruise; 1101 Alaskan Way, Seattle; 888-623-1445 or argosycruises.com.

A passenger relaxes on the Argosy cruise ship “Champagne Lady” during a Seattle Lakes Cruise around Lakes Union and Washington (Bettina Hansen / The Seattle Times)
A passenger relaxes on the Argosy cruise ship “Champagne Lady” during a Seattle Lakes Cruise around Lakes Union and Washington (Bettina Hansen / The Seattle Times)