Cycling and Kayaking in Seattle
Go through the Ballard Locks with Ballard Kayak and Paddle Board
From now until the end of November, they are offering guided tours of Seattle's waterways. For a a truly unique experience, consider booking their Ballard Locks tour. Instead of looking at one of Seattle's top attractions, take a 2.5 to 3 hour tour through the historic Hiram M. Chittenden (Ballard) Locks. This family friendly tour welcomes beginner paddlers.
Start the tour with a paddle through Ballard's scenic Shilshole Bay with the possibility of spotting seals, sea lions, osprey and great herons.Then enter the 30 ton gates of the "water elevator" and rise to Lake Union's water level. Then go through the ship canal for a short tour of the infamous Deadliest Catch boats and some of Seattle's largest mega yachts and. Then return back through the locks and a final paddle back to Shilshole Bay Marina. (Note: As Ballard Kayak does not have control over the locks schedule, they cannot guarantee they get through them.)
In addition, they are offering sea kayaking classes year round for those looking to expand their kayaking skills during the off season.
Their tour location is at the Shilshole Bay Marina, more specifically their kiosk is at W-Dock near the Corinthian Yacht Club. Their rental location is at the Golden Gardens beach park and is open Thursday-Sunday on a first come first serve basis. More information can always be found at their website.
Exploring West Seattle and Puget Sound with Alki Kayak Tours
Those looking to explore West Seattle's shoreline, Elliot Bay and the surrounding environs should check out the offerings from Alki Kayak Tours. Their Alki Lighthouse, Elliott Bay, and West Seattle Sunset sea kayak tours allow visitors with limited time to experience a glimpse of this area's natural beauty. Consider booking their full moon tour if one happens to be visiting Seattle during a full moon. Those looking for a more intense adventure experience can take their guided overnight tour/camping trip across the Puget Sound to Blake Island. Also, they offer classes and rentals. For more information, check out their website.
Cycling with Beautiful Bike
For those nights when it's too rainy or cold to enjoy a recreational bike ride, consider checking out the Beautiful Bike Cycling Studio in the Fremont section of Seattle for one of the city's most unique workouts. On Monday nights at 7pm, Peter Cannon, owner of Beautiful Bike, leads the class titled Endurance Ride. This a 60-minute guided hike accompanied by music and live drums by an assortment of local drummers. Also, Beautiful Bike has added a second class to the schedule using rock drums. The 45minute "Core Ride" intensity is supported by steady, crisp beats featuring Delaney Levin of the Seattle based band Hybrid Jesus.
In 2012, Cannon built this custom cycling studio with only 13 RealRyder stationary bikes, a design that gives the space an intimate feel not found in larger more impersonal spin classes. While other stationary bikes remain in a fixed position, these bikes move in manners similar to how a cycle operates on the trail or road. Hence, a cyclist can get a full body workout that engages the albs and arms. Also the bikes can be programmed for an individual's height and weight with the numbers stored in the system. This ensures that a cyclist will have a customized bike ready for them whenever they step inside the studio for a class.
To reserve a bike or get information on additional course offerings, log on to Beautiful Bike's website.