Nestled perfectly between Lake Washington and the Puget Sound, Seattle has a virtually infinite number experiences for every kind of boater. The islands and inlets along the sound provide an enormous amount of stunning destinations by sail or by power. The Lake is home to summer events, water sports, flawless sailing, and raftups. You could spend every day out on the water and never run out of things to do. The wildlife and scenery are mind blowing with Mount Rainier looming above. Not to mention the culture, food, and events will never leave you wanting. Whether you’re looking to sail alongside orcas or dock up for some world class dining, you'll find it in Seattle.
This is an outstanding place to visit either for a day, or the weekend. They call it Little Norway on the Fjord, and you’ll know why the moment you set foot in the historic downtown. Located under 20 nm from Seattle, it’s the perfect getaway, without a long trip. The calm protected waters of Liberty Bay make for perfect cruising. There's endless opportunity to explore with the perfect combination of stunning natural beauty and a bustling downtown.
If you’re looking for a destination close to downtown Seattle, but away from the urban vibe, Bainbridge is your spot. Although you’ll have a view of the city, you’ll feel a world away. Consistently named as one of the best places to live and visit in America, this harbor town is not only picturesque but full of culture and life. It’s proximity to the city makes it a perfect day trip, but you might find yourself wanting to spend the weekend there.
We could write pages on The San Juan Islands. But we’ll just say they are a paradise of the Pacific Northwest. There’s just nowhere like it on earth. Whether you’re looking for serenity or adventure, you’ll find it here, along the deep blue, glassy waters, the endless green forests or the quaint perfect towns and harbors. Visit Friday Harbor or Roche Harbor and take advantage of dozens of summer events or find a cove to anchor out in the peace and quiet. This is one destination that should be on your bucket list.
Port Orchard is an easy cruise from Seattle at only about 15 nm. Once you’re there you’ll see a beautiful small town with proud maritime heritage tucked into the corner of one of the best inland waterways in the country. The food is fantastic, the salmon fishing is 2nd to none, and the the scenery is unforgettable. You’ll probably sight an aircraft carrier or submarine coast by on it’s way to the Navy Yard, and, in the same afternoon, see a couple orca whales glide through the Sinclair Inlet. Don’t miss the Chris Craft Annual Rendezvous, July 9 - 12. You can see nearly 100 gorgeous, classic Chris Crafts yachts make their way to the waterfront.
Right in downtown Seattle, Bell Harbor is the only recreational marina in the area. From here you have access to Pike Place Market, amazing restaurants, the aquarium, and shopping. It’s the best way to experience downtown Seattle. Guest dockage is available with gorgeous views of the city and the Olympic Mountains. Not to mention, if you’re looking for the best place to be for the 4th of July...this is it.
The second largest lake in the state, Lake Washington is a gem for any kind of boater. The 33 square miles of freshwater are ideal for a cruise, picnic, or water sports. If you’re into angling, the lake has fantastic sport fishing. Catch largemouth and smallmouth bass, rainbow and coastal cutthroat trout, or yellow perch. Or sail down the 22 miles of glacial water, gawking at mansions on Mercer Island and drop anchor in Andrews Bay. And, of course, getting out on the lake for Seafair is something you’re going to want to do…