Seattle boat rentals - the best views are from the water!

Everything you need to experience boating, Seattle style

From its famed Seattle sound (grunge, anyone?) to its key waterfront location, everything about Seattle is uniquely its own. Seattle boat rentals are one of the best ways for even a non-experienced boater to see the city!

The Seattle Waterfront is a distinctive area of the city located along Alaskan Way. Featuring dozens of paths, piers, shops and restaurants, the waterfront is a great place to absorb the local scene. Grab a table at any number of well-known seafood joints for a delicious Seattle dinner. Seattle boat rentals are available from the waterfront to Elliott Bay and beyond.

Seattle’s harbors have long attracted boating enthusiasts from around the world. Water taxis and the Washington State Ferry system, the largest of its kind in the United States, travel to and from Bremerton and Bainbridge Islands. Ferry rides offer stunning views of the Seattle skyline and harbor. Check the Seattle calendar of events for a full listing of upcoming outdoor concerts, art fairs, and boating events to help you plan your Seattle boat rentals.

Sightseeing & Seattle Boat Rentals

Seattle boat rentals offer visitors several options for getting out on the water. Take a narrated tour of Elliott Bay and enjoy sights of the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks as it raises and lowers boats between fresh and salt water.  

Hop aboard a lunch or dinner cruise featuring fine fare and white linen tables, or enjoy sightseeing along downtown Seattle in a vintage watercraft. Group charters and luxury yachts for cruising around Puget Sound and Lake Union are also available.

The Seattle Aquarium

Featuring a 40-foot, 55,000-lb viewing window, the Seattle Aquarium is a 120,000-gallon aquarium that is home to salmon and rockfish as well as vibrant sea anemones.  The aquarium also features two pools of sea anemones and sunflower sea stars, a pacific coral reef exhibit, and the aquariums largest exhibit—a vast underwater dome.  

The Space Needle

As Seattle’s most iconic structure, the Space Needle towers above the Seattle skyline at 605 feet and offers magnificent 360 degree views, not to mention fine dining. In the distance you’ll see Mt. Rainier, Puget Sound, and the Olympic and Cascade Mountains.

Discovery Park

Discovery Park is a 534-acre park on Magnolia Bluff overlooking Puget Sound.  The park features more than 11 miles of walking trails and offers stunning views of the Cascade and the Olympic Mountains, as well as two miles of protected tidal beaches, open meadows, sheer cliffs, forest groves, active sand dunes and streams.

Kayaking & Canoeing In Lake Union

Smack-dab in the middle of the city lies Lake Union, an urban lake just blocks from Seattle’s downtown. Lake Union offers seven miles of shoreline and residential houseboat communities, as well as numerous seafood restaurants and lakeside bars.  

The nearby Center for Wooden Boats features a variety of classic wooden boats on display.  The center offers year-round workshops and seminars, as well as free water rides aboard various spirit boats and schooners on Sundays.

Canoes, kayaks, rowboats, and stand-up paddle board are a few of the Seattle boat rentals that are available on the lake. Explore the calm marsh waters surrounding Washington Park Arboretum, or take a guided tour around the Alki Peninsula and the Duwamish River.  Various tour options are available including seal watching along Puget Sound and whale watching along the San Juan Islands (80 miles north of Seattle).

Sailing, Boating, & Fishing

Seattle boat rentals offering a wide variety of sailing and boating excursions ranging in length from one hour to full-day cruises are a great way to experience stunning views of Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains. Fishing charters offering salmon and saltwater fishing and licensed captains are also available.  

Seattleites love their boating culture, and the city has celebrated the official opening of boating season every year since 1913. Each year on the first Saturday in May, thousands of observers line the shores of Montlake Cut, the easternmost segment of the Lake Washington Ship Canal, to witness the festivities. Hundreds of boats, including sailboats, motor boats and classic watercrafts take to the water in full regalia. Sailboat races and trophy ceremonies are all part of the fun.

Boating rituals and festivals are central to Seattle’s culture. The party on the water continues as annual boating events permeate the city’s waters, including the Vigor Seattle Maritime Festival, the Seattle Boat Show at Qwest Field Event Center, and the Lake Union Boats Afloat Show which runs simultaneously with the Seattle International Boat Show. Water is truly everywhere in Seattle, even buried in its name, and evident in the various annual celebrations that take place around the city.

Set Sail on Seattle boat rentals!

Boatsetter has fleets of boats and a variety of sailing options available to help you embark on your Seattle boat rentals. Whether you’re looking for a private charter, a tour around Elliott Bay, or a scenic sunset sail, Boatsetter has you covered. Reserve today, then pack your flannel-print swimsuit and get ready to experience boating, Seattle style!

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