Where can I Rent Kayaks in Seattle?

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Now that it’s truly summertime in Seattle, who doesn’t want to get out on the water? But how to do it? Most people don’t own boats, and taking boat trips can be expensive. Sometimes you just want to play around in the water! Luckily, there are some places you can go and rent kayaks in Seattle. You don’t have to buy one or transport it either. All of them also have stand up paddleboards, and they’ll show you want to do to get started. They also provide life jackets and dry bags (to put things in so they don’t get wet). Some also offer tours and classes if you want to learn the ropes from someone who knows what they’re doing! This post is not paid for or sponsored by any of these companies. If you’re looking for other fun things to do in Seattle that everyone will enjoy, check out this post.

Places to Rent Kayaks in Seattle

Agua Verde Paddle Club

Where is it? Agua Verde is located next to the University of Washington campus along the ship canal. Campus parking is free on Saturdays after noon and on Sundays. It’s also fairly close to the UW stadium light rail station, and all the buses that go to campus.

When are they open? Weekdays from 10-8, Saturdays from 9-8 and Sundays from 9-6. Their last rental is 1.5 hours before close.

What’s the cost? Single kayaks are $20 an hour and double ones (for two people) are $26 an hour. You can also get a membership and go out as much as you like!

What else should I know? Agua Verde is connected to the Agua Verde cafe, which has phenomenal mexican food and a great deck to enjoy it on! Great post paddle food option!

Alki Kayak Tours

Where is it? Alki Kayak Tours is near Alki beach next to the King County Water Taxi West Seattle dock. Parking is a CHALLENGE. In the summer I’d recommend getting there by bike, water taxi or bus.

When are they open? They open at 10 am and stop rentals two hours before sunset.

What’s the cost? Single kayaks are $20 an hour and double ones (for two people) are $30 an hour. They also have triples (for three people) and those are $40 an hour.

What else should I know? They also offer tours and lessons, and they rent fishing boats and bikes in addition to kayaks and paddleboards. Marination Ma Kai is a good place for a casual tasty bite after.

Moss Bay Rentals

Where is it? Moss Bay is located in South Lake Union near the Museum of History and Industry and Duke’s Chowder House. You can get there on the South Lake Union Trolley or bike or bus.

When are they open? In the summer, they are open 10-8 except for Sundays when they close at 7. Last rental goes out one hour before they close.

What’s the cost? Single kayaks are $18 per hour and double kayaks are $24 per hour.

What else should I know? They also offer tours and are located near several good restaurants with decks nearby.

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Jennie Thwing Flaming, Chief Adventure Officer: Jennie's life has been a continual quest for adventure (of the non-adrenalin inducing kind) from birth till now. Professionally, she pursues adventures in teaching, counseling and working to obliterate institutional racism for students in our region's public schools and also works as a tour and hiking guide. Previous professional adventures include working in schools in Seattle and Alaska, leading tours and managing tour guides and presenting traveling science shows and lessons with Pacific Science Center. She believes in sharing her beloved Pacific Northwest home with visitors. She likes to be outdoors and spend time with the people she loves. Jennie is born and raised in Seattle and has also lived in Alaska and the Netherlands.