Best Ocean/Marina Related Activities In & Near Seattle
1483 Alaskan Way, Seattle, WA
Since its opening day back in 1977 and an additional expansion of 18,000 square feet in 2007, the Seattle Aquarium has fast become one of the most popular aquariums in the U.S. and has proven to be so in it's ranking of 7th on the nationwide list of attendance.
Six major exhibits inhabit the aquarium: Window on Washington Waters, Life on the Edge, Pacific Coral Reef, Puget Sound Fish and Dome Room, Puget Sound Orcas Family Center and Marine Mammals. Where many aquariums of North America may come off as a little schizophrenic in their attempts to include too many separate bits and pieces of marine life from across the world, the Seattle Aquarium really shines in it's ability to showcase the region it is found within, which is what visitors to anywhere are looking for.
Adult (ages 13 & over) $19.00
Youth (ages 4-12) $12.00
Child (ages 3 & under) Free
Seattle to Bainbridge Island Ferry
801 Alaskan Way Pier 52, Seattle, WA
The over 30 minute ride across Elliot Bay to the cozy community of Bainbridge Island is as much about the journey as it is the attraction of the island itself. You'll wish it was longer than a half an hour and you'll relish the impending trip back especially if at sunrise or sunset, so plan accordingly. We recommend avoiding bringing a vehicle to cut down on cost, wait time and the bother of the process. Its much more freeing to stroll aboard without a care in the world and enjoy the cool breeze from the bay with a warm cup of coffee in one hand while balancing a camera in the other to capture every moment as the boat wake ripples the water en route to its destination. Since you are paying for the trip, you might as well enjoy the island town of Winslow and head up the road on foot to the town center or rent a bike right from the ferry dock and explore this marine location from top to bottom and all around.
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Pike Place Market
1501 Pike Pl, Seattle, Washington
Forget the Space Needle, the Pike Place Market along the cobblestoned walkway near the waterfront is Seattle's most popular attraction destination, considered to be the “soul” of the city and is known for its fish throwing (you'll see), seafood, meats and produce vending as well as arts & craft shopping, and is a center point for many marine based activities within Seattle. Its the first place most people visit when arriving in downtown Seattle and is the number one subject of photography in the area.
A Market Heritage Tour is available for this landmark location. Beginning at Rachel the Piggy Bank (in front of Pike Place Fish Co.) under the neon sign and clock ,it is an hour long informative walking tour with historical anecdotes and details current events related to Pike Place Market. Proceeds serve to support the Market's four human service agencies.
Tour Admission (based on groups of 10+ people):
Seniors (55+) $7
Under Age (under 18) FREE
Tours begin between 9AM to 4PM. Contact Jenn Davis at (206) 774-5249 to schedule
Summer Saturday's Tour Admission (no group required) – June 4th to August 27th
Under Age FREE
Tours begin at 9AM. Contact John Ogliore at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (206) 322-2219 to schedule
Kayaking Puget Sound
Alki Kayak Tours, 1660 Harbor Avenue SW, Seattle, WA
There is so much on offer at Alki Kayak Tours that its best not to attempt to describe every detail. Basically, Alki Kayak Tours provides for everything you can imagine with respect to exploring the marine region of Seattle, in particular kayaking the Puget Sound. Guided Tours are available to take out the guess work or for beginners that feel more comfortable in the hands of a professional. View the Alki Lighthouse up close ($65/person), paddle up to the Duwamish River ($65/person), cruise around Elliot Bay ($45/person) or take out an evening rental and pause in reflection as the sun sets over the water's surface surrounding Seattle ($45/person).
Alki Kayak Tours also rents Stand Up Paddle Boards (SUP's), a variety of skate based equipment (quad roller skates, inline, and longboards) for cruising the Alki Beach pathways, as well as including bikes and fishing boats in their rental repetoire. Alki Kayak Tours is the quintessential one-stop-shop for all that is marine based in Seattle.
Contact Alki Kayak Tours via phone at 206-953-0237 or email at email@example.com
Westport Beach Surfing
For those that are a little more adventurous and don't mind braving the cold Northwest Pacific ocean conditions for a different kind of paddling out and that far exceeds the leisurely activity of kayaking and SUPing (see above listing), then we suggest driving an additional two or more hours (depending on traffic) from Seattle to the gorgeous coastline of Westport Beach to surf the rock jetty that protrudes out from Westhaven State Park and the wave pressed, sand dollar decorated shoreline of this pristine beach. Westport is a small fishing town with some of the best seafood around and the areas first surf shop, Steepwater found along the only road in, where you can rent everything you need to ensure your cold salt water surf session goes as smooth as possible. Be sure to squeeze into as much neoprene as possible (and necessary, depending on the time of year) and paddle out to the south of a relatively friendly crew of local surfers that surf the peaks of the jetty. There are two other breaks worth surfing, but Half Moon Bay (a.k.a. “The Cove”) is best left to the local more experienced surfers and “The Groins”, a series of five jetties, that can feel a little overwhelming to beginners and are located within close proximity to a river mouth which may scare off those with an extreme aversion to shark potential, regardless how rare a sighting is.
After a potentially long drive and tiring session in the water, consider spending the night in comfort and luxury at Chateau Westport.
Driving Directions: I-5 Traveling South from Seattle
1. Take exit #104 onto US-101 North towards Port Angeles/Aberdeen - go 5.9 miles.
2. Continue on WA-8 West towards Montesano/Aberdeen - go 21.0 miles.
3. WA-8 West becomes US-12 West - go 20.7 miles
4. Continue on E. Wishkah ST (US-101) - go 0.1 miles
5. Turn Left on S. H ST (US-101) - go 0.1 miles
6. Continue on WA-105 - go 17.9 miles
7. Bear Right on S. Montesano St - go 1.4 miles
8. Steepwater Surf Shop is located on the Right hand side of Montesano St.