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One of my favorite springtime activities in Seattle involves renting a canoe or rowboat from the Waterfront Activities Center (WAC) at University of Washington and paddling around Lake Washington.
Pack a picnic and pull up to one of the floating docks or inlets along the Washington Park Arboretum/UW Botanic Gardens. Keep an eye out for turtles, cormorants and Great Blue Herons.
Crossing the “cut,” a high boat traffic area where yachts and other fancy vessels pass through can be a bit terrifying and will put your upper arm and body strength to test.
For outdoor adventurers on a budget, rentals to the public start at a reasonable $9.00 an hour.
Among my favorite activities in Seattle are biking the Burke-Gilman Trail, a 27-mile bike path that runs in part along Lake Washington. Adventurous cyclists can take it all the way to Woodinville, Western Washington’s version of Napa Valley. There are a slew of wineries here, including Chateau Ste. Michelle, which offers excellent tours. Beer lovers can head across the street to the Redhook Brewery.
Or you can drive to Woodinville. Be sure to make reservations at the Herbfarm, one of the best restaurants in the area.
On a sunny day, rent a kayak or stand up paddle board from the Northwest Outdoor Center. Paddle around Lake Union, often clogged with colorful sailboats and floatplanes in summer. You can get pretty close (just don’t trespass) to the city’s famous houseboats, which you may recognize from Sleepless in Seattle.