×
Back to News
Kayaks in the Pacific Northwest - Seattle and Bothell
Back to News

10 Summer Activities To Do on Puget Sound

There’s no shortage of places to visit and activities to do on the Puget Sound in the summer. To help you venture beyond the Bothell city limits and explore, we’ve got 10 ideas for activities to help you discover more of the city of Seattle and waterfront while you’re in the Pacific Northwest.

1.     Go whale watching.

Take a 45-minute seaplane ride on Kenmore Air from Seattle’s Lake Union to San Juan Island’s Friday Harbor Marina. There you’ll board a 55-foot MV Sea Lion whale watching boat for a 3-hour adventure in the San Juan Islands where you’re bound to see whales of all sizes.

2.     Rent a kayak.

Head to Southworth via the ferry from Fauntleroy, rent a kayak, and open-water paddle the Kitsap Peninsula and even cross Puget Sound to explore Blake Island.

art on the waterfront

3.     View art on the waterfront.

Seattle’s largest downtown green space is home to Olympic Sculpture Park, an award-winning nine-acre sculptural art park located right on the waterfront. It’s free to visit and offers impressive views of Elliott Bay and the Olympic Mountains, and is a great spot for Seattle sunsets.

4.     See someone throw fish.

Seattle’s open-air Pike Place Fish Market is world-famous for its eye-catching fish tossing. Take a walk through the market to enjoy the spectacle.

5.     Enjoy the nature of Seattle.

Wander the world-class botanical gardens or watch this summer’s salmon migration at the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks in Ballard. Boats of all sizes travel frequently through the Locks, and tours are offered daily.

6.     Hail a water taxi.

Take a cruise across Elliott Bay to West Seattle on the Elliott Bay Water Taxi for a mere $3. When you arrive, you’ll find beaches and shopping to enjoy and picturesque views on your cruise.

7.     Play volleyball on the beach.

While you’re in West Seattle, head to Alki Beach. With partial protection from a sea wall and minus tides, the beach is wide and often filled with volleyball matches and beachgoers on roller skates and longboards.

Space Needle

8.     Enjoy a 360-degree view.

For 360-degree views of the Puget Sound, you must add a Space Needle visit to your plans. With both a rotating glass floor for a peek at the ground below and floor-to-ceiling glass windows, this is the place for the best of the best in Pacific Northwest views.

9.     Attend an air and water show.

The Seafair Weekend Festival is one of the most popular Seattle events of the summer and features Hydroplane races, wakeboarders showing off their tricks and skills and the Blue Angels performing in the sky.

10.  Take a ride.

The Seattle Great Wheel offers thrilling views of Seattle from 175 feet over the water. Hop-on in time for sunset and watch the sun descend behind the Olympic Mountains in a picture-perfect (and Instagram worthy) swath of colors.

Enter to Win $2,500

By taking our brief survey and helping us bring the best of Bothell to you.

Thank you for your assistance with this survey. It will only take a couple of minutes of your time and is greatly appreciated. Upon submission, your email address will be automatically entered into a sweepstakes for a chance to win $2,500. For further information on the offer, please click here for the Official Rules. Every submission, regardless of answers, will have equal opportunity to win the prize.

Which of the following statements best describe why you visited Begin at Bothell’s website? (Please check all that apply)

Which of the following decisions had you made prior to visiting Begin at Bothell's website? (Please check all that apply)

How did you find Begin at Bothell's website?

When visiting the Begin at Bothell website, what information were you hoping to find? (Please check all that apply)

Where is your permanent residence?

Please feel free to share any comments you may have about Begin at Bothell's website.

Please provide your e-mail address.  ***This will only be used for the drawing and for one follow up communication in approximately six months related to your travel.***

Please opt me in to receive ongoing communications from Begin at Bothell with valuable trip planning information. I understand I can unsubscribe at any time.

If you answered Yes to the previous question, please let us know your first name.  

Chance to win: $2500

  • 1
  • 10

You’re entered for the chance to win $2500! Start planning your trip now.

GET STARTED