Recreate Seattle-Style at Lake Union

Spire is placed at the edge of everything, conveniently located where Belltown, South Lake Union and Denny Triangle meet. Less than a mile from Spire, Lake Union is in the heart of Seattle. Loved by locals and visitors alike, the lake is filled with many ways to enjoy Seattle’s unique maritime culture from boating, paddleboarding, kayaking, hanging out on the shoreline watching the action or catching all of it from above from a float plane.


At the edge of downtown Seattle’s thriving South Lake Union District is an 12-acre urban oasis: Lake Union Park, which offers a multitude of opportunities along the water for recreation and to learn about Seattle’s rich heritage. It is home to the Museum of History and Industry (MOHAI) and the Center for Wooden Boats, as well as a Kayak Float and Model Boat Pond. Sea kayaks and Standup Paddle Boards can conveniently be rented on the hour, seven days a week at Northwest Outdoor Center or Moss Bay Rentals on Fairview Avenue North! Whether you are looking to cruise Lake Union, learn how to sail or enjoy the day waterside, it’s all within easy reach from Spire.


Rent Your Favorite Ride. Or Reserve a Rowboat for FREE.


The Center for Wooden Boats, ~1 mile from Spire. This is a place where you are encouraged to touch, build, sail, and learn. They rent boats from their collection so you can grab the oars or tiller and find out for yourself what it was like as our region grew to love the water. Their fleet of rental boats includes classic wooden sailboats, canoes, kayaks, SUPs and row boats with year-round passes available. Pro-tip: You can reserve a peapod rowboat for a free one-hour rental, available Wednesday-Sunday all year long. These boats can hold up to 5 adults and are perfect for rowers of all experiences. Just go through the online reservation system and take one out today. The free program books quickly and is available 2-3 weeks in advance.


Seattle Donut Boat Co., ~1 mile from Spire. Donut boats are the easiest way to hit the water and be at the center of it all.  Want some nibbles for the ride? Add a cheese plate, then sit back and savor the ride. The boats seat up to six people, have electric motors steered by tiller and are very easy to operate. Enjoy two hours in a donut boat on Lake Union between March 15th to October 1st.


The Electric Boat Company, ~1.7 miles from Spire. Rain or shine you can take in the breathtaking views of the Seattle skyline with Duffy boats that are heated and can be completely enclosed for year-round enjoyment. They offer three styles of electric boats including the Duffy, Luxury Duffy, and Donut Boat, ranging from six to twelve passengers. Want to elevate your lake experience? Add on a Scavenger Hunt to bring out the competitive spirit in everyone. You are also invited to experience over 200 years of Seattle history at your own pace with an GPS guided audio tour during the Lake Union Tour or add onsite catered food and beverages with fresh, locally sourced choices.


Lake Union Hot Tub Boats, ~3.6 miles from Spire in Northlake. Combine your two favorite things, adventure and relaxation, by boating the lake in a wood-fire hot tub tug with 104-degree water. Take in the view of famous sights such as, the Seattle skyline, the Space Needle, Gas Works Park, the Sleepless in Seattle floating home and even Sea Planes taking off and landing. Two-hours of bliss for up to 6 people runs approximately $400-$500.


All Aboard. Enjoy the Ride.


Seattle Water Tours, ~1 mile from Spire. Seattle Water Tours offers ticketed tours of Lake Union. Climb aboard the Fremont Avenue at Lake Union Park for the Ice Cream Cruise, Seattle’s sweetest trip around Lake Union. Every hour on the hour this narrated tour sets out on a 45-minute trip around Seattle’s Lake Union.


Emerald City Pirates, ~1 mile from Spire. Ahoy, Mate! As Seattle’s only full-time pirate ship cruise, Emerald City Pirates offers interactive pirate-themed boat tours in Seattle on Lake Union from April-October. Select from an Adult Pirate Party Cruise, Family Treasure Cruise or Pirate Brews Cruise featuring beer from Figurehead Brewing, including a beer brewed especially for the cruise; it’s called Queen Anne’s Revenge, named after the ship, in the style of India Pirate Ale. Yes, India PIRATE Ale.


Image credit: The Center for Wooden Boats on Instagram


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