Guided Public Tours

As of March 23rd 2020, public tours have been suspended. We hope to resume these programs when it is safe to do so. We are offering guided private tours for small groups. For more information on private tours, please email

Join us for an unforgettable experience on beautiful Lake Union and Portage Bay with our friendly and knowledgeable guides! Reservations are required and space is limited, so make sure to sign up early!

To sign up email with your name, phone number and number of spots you would like to reserve (4 max.). We ask people to sign up in advance and once we know that we have enough participation and a good weather window (usually 24-48 hours before the tour), we will call people in the order they signed up to collect payment. Your spots in the tour are confirmed when you have paid**. Our houseboat, sunset and arboretum tours are $55/person. Our moon tour is $70/person.

All of our public tours are in double kayaks. If you sign up solo, or with an odd number, we will pair you up with another paddler.

For smaller groups we offer a limited number of private or custom tours. Pick out some dates and give us a call at 206-545-8570 x23. We will help you plan a memorable event tailored to your group.

NEW! Brunch Lighthouse Tours

This tour launches from the shores of Shilshole Bay in Ballard. You’ll paddle along the shores of Discovery park to the lighthouse at West Point where you’ll stop for a light brunch before your return paddle. This tour starts and ends at Shilshole Bay Marina. Everyone will paddle double kayaks. Must be 21+. $100/person.

  • Saturday May 16th – 11 am to 1 pm
  • Saturday June 6th – 10 am to 12 pm
  • Sunday June 21st – 10 am to 12 pm
  • Saturday July 11th – 9 am to 11 am
  • Sunday July 26th – 9 am to 11 am
  • Sunday August 9th – 9 am to 11 am
  • Sunday August 23rd – 8 am to 10 am
  • Sunday September 27th – 8 am to 10 am

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Wander the eclectic Portage Bay houseboat district, from the famous “Sleepless in Seattle” houseboat to the oldest and most distinctive houseboats in the city. Our Tuesday Houseboat Tours depart at 3:00 and return at 4:30. Houseboat tours are scheduled for the following dates:

  • May 12th & 19th
  • June 9th & 23rd
  • July 7th & 21st
  • August 11th & 25th
  • September 8th & 15th

Wednesday Sunset Tours

Drift through thScreen Shot 2015-02-06 at 12.28.04 AMe heart of the city by night and watch from the water as the sun sets behind the spectacular South Lake Union skyline. Our Wednesday Sunset Tours depart at 6:30 and return at 8:00 pm. Sunset tours are scheduled for the following dates:

May 13th & 27th
June 3rd & 17th
July 1st & 15th
August 5th & 19th
September 2nd & 16th

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Thursday Arboretum Tours

Explore the beautiful Washington Park Arboretum by kayak. Keep your eyes open for our permanent residents – eagles, herons, muskrats, and beavers! Our Thursday Arboretum Tours depart at 3:00 and return at 4:30. Arboretum tours are scheduled for the following dates:

  • May 14th & 18th
  • June 11th & 25th
  • July 2nd & 16th
  • August 6th & 20th
  • September 3rd & 10th


Moon Tours

Meander the water trails of the Arboretum by the light of the full moon. Paddle through the historic waterways, and listen closely for the nocturnal wildlife prowling its territory. This is our most popular tour, and spaces fill in quickly, so reserve your spaces soon!

Thursday May 7th, 8-10 pm
Thursday June 4th, 8-10 pm
Thursday July 2nd, 8-10 pm
Monday August 3rd, 8:30-10:30 pm
Tuesday September 1st, 8-10 pm
SPOOKY Tour – Saturday October 31st, 6-8 pm

To sign up for a Moon Tour, email with your name, phone number and number of spots you would like to reserve (4 max.). $70/person. All paddlers must be 18 years or older to participate in our full  moon tours.

*Dates are susceptible to change based on weather.

**Once spots are paid for, tours are non-refundable.