Cool water is a natural complement to warm weather. Here are some ideas to get you out on the water around Seattle, be it kayaking, sailing or stand-up paddleboarding.

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Warm months? Cool water. A natural complement. Here are five good ways to get out on the waves:


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AGUA VERDE CAFE AND PADDLE CLUB: The trip to South Lake Union or Ballard from the U District via kayak is perhaps faster than driving these days (and certainly more beautiful). Dodging “Ride the Ducks” boats and Gas Works Park picture-takers can be distracting, but scouting houseboats, and taking in skyline views on a sunny day, is magnificent. Single kayaks rent for $17/hour;1307 N.E. Boat St., Seattle;

MOUNT BAKER ROWING AND SAILING CENTER: Sailing isn’t a “learn-it-yourself” activity, so take some lessons on Lake Washington before getting out on the water. This center has courses on rigging, water safety, sailing theory and more, along with family-friendly intro courses and women-only classes. 3800 Lake Washington Blvd. S., Seattle;

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SURF BALLARD: It’s easier than it looks to balance on a stand-up-paddleboard (SUP) when the water is still, but paddling distances is definitely tiring. Still, the SUP offers more legroom than a kayak for a leisurely glide through the saltwater side of Seattle. Jumping in the water is easier, too. SUPs rent for $40 for two hours. 6300 Seaview Ave. N.W., Seattle; 206-726-7878.

KAYAKING LAKE SAMMAMISH: On the Eastside, Issaquah Paddle Sports rents kayaks and stand-up-paddleboards at its location in Lake Sammamish State Park. The outfitter also runs guided kayak tours to see sunrise, sunset or nesting great blue herons. Kayaks and SUPs rent for $18/hour; Discover Pass required;

WILD WAVES WATER PARK: For water activities that raise adrenaline, Wild Waves Theme Park in Federal Way has water slides, roller coasters and more. The water slides and pools are set to open Memorial Day weekend. 36201 Enchanted Parkway S., Federal Way.