The story of the Mary Adda is one of heartbreak, tragedy, mystery, and above all, redemption. With her stunning make and Nordstrom-Franck influence, the vessel was born in 1928, just before the Great Depression ravaged the boat-building industry. Some 60 years later, while awaiting her official demise, the Mary Adda was discovered in a boatyard on the banks of Lake Union, not far from her original birthplace. Her interior stripped out and her planking rotted, Mary Adda was in need of significant repairs, if not a complete overhaul. She received just that, and today, she sails on as a link to bygone eras while toting small groups across the waters of Lake Union, Lake Washington, and the San Juan Islands during tours and customizable trips.
Big Rig Peddler sends passengers on a bike tour unlike any other, with patrons working as a group to send an ironclad, American-made, pedal-powered vehicle on two-hour crawls of local bars. Guests work out their calves as they visit local Tacoma watering holes and breweries, with the option for a motor-powered engine or on-board sound system to help out tired muscles. Just like a real truck, the Big Rig Peddler barrels down the road with its path lit by twin headlights, and can be powered by up to 14 people at a time.
Waterways Cruises offers a unique and unforgettable way to experience Seattle aboard its beautifully appointed yachts. Our Dining Cruises will treat you to the best of fresh Northwest cuisine and spectacular sights along the way, while our private charters will accommodate groups up to 200 guests for special celebrations.
Charles Mickelson knows Seattle so well, he can unearth trolls hiding under its bridges?specifically, the Fremont Troll, an 18-foot-high stone troll statue nestled beneath the Fremont Bridge. This is just one of the landmarks that Charles?s company, Seattle Qwik Tour, showcases on its signature 90-minute mini-coach tours. Their tour routes also pass the Space Needle, the Central District, and Viretta Park, one of Kurt Cobain?s old haunts. As the group rolls through the city, passengers learn statistics and historical tidbits from their guides while snapping photos of the scenery during periodic stops.
From the south end of Lake Union, kayakers and paddle boarders can head north toward Gas Works Park to see the century-old former Seattle Gas Light Company plant. From there, they can head east and wind through Portage Bay on the way through Montlake, then cut over to the Washington Park Arboretum and Lake Washington. If they turn west instead, they can cut through a canyon of city buildings until reaching Ballard Locks and Puget Sound, where they may arrive in time to see the sun hang just above the Olympic Mountains.
Moss Bay Rowing, Kayaking, Sailing and Paddle Board Center's team facilitates adventures like these by renting man-powered water vessels by the hour, day, or week. Rentals afford paddlers and sailors the chance to explore Seattle's sheltered waterways, which are held to a 7-knot speed limit. Moss Bay's staff also leads small-group and private lessons in rowing, kayaking, and sailing, and coordinates guided tours including excursions designed for kids and adults.
The Electric Boat Company sets customers loose on Lake Union in trusty, battery-powered Duffy boats. Set-sailors steer their own 21-foot craft while traditional lake chanteys spill from the sound system, which includes a CD player and an iPod jack. Other passengers can lounge on leather seats in the cabin area, whose windows can be kept open to invite in the breeze or fully closed to avoid being poked by a marlin. Before a trip, guests can pack a cooler with snacks, pick up forgotten ice and drinks at the on-site snack shop, or satisfy appetites at lakeside restaurants.
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