Staff Size: 2?10 people
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Most Popular Attraction/Offering: Executive golf course, lake-side dining
Recommended Age Group: All ages
Pro Tip: Be sure to purchase your ferry tickets to Anderson Island ahead of time for a stress-free trip.
Though just a 20-minute ferry ride from the mainland, Puget Sound's Anderson Island is nonetheless a world away. It has few roads, no stoplights, and a single general store, but also plenty of reasons to stay. The 8-mile island, the sound's southernmost, brims with wildlife and scenery provided by rugged, untouched terrain and Mt. Rainier jutting from the horizon.
The Riviera Community Club provides just enough civilization with its nine-hole golf course, tennis courts, campground, and 22-slip private marina. It also boasts a lakeside restaurant with picturesque views.
Poking the water with long, stringy lines is the easiest way to access the rich fecundity of the underwater realm. Emerald Water Anglers teaches pupils what it takes to establish a quiet communion with beautiful aquatic bodies by instilling the basics of various casting methods and how to assemble a rod and reel. The two-hour single-handed group casting clinic provides students with all the equipment required and an instructional guide whose friendly nature embodies the calm serenity of this maritime sport. Small classes of up to six people give participants plenty of individualized attention as they learn the techniques behind overhead casting and roll casting, teaching their limbs the maneuvers required for future competent fishing ventures.
Now in its 32nd year, the Lake Union Boats Afloat Show gives guests the chance to check out hundreds of seaworthy craft, including sailboats, yachts, and trawlers. The more than 50 brands of yachts on display will include Bayliner, Westport, and Sunseeker, with roughly 30 vendors of insurance, maintenance, and other supplemental services on hand to help boat owners protect their investment. Attendees will also get to climb aboard and inspect the 64-foot Ocean Watch—which circumnavigated the Americas for a year in support of oceanic health—and discuss the epic voyage with the crew, as well as take part in interactive activities.
Sound Excursions describes their carefully curated group experiences as "field trips for adults." It's easy to see why: every outing takes groups to a new realm of Washington, whether it's the frothy shores of Puget Sound, inland forests and mountains, or tables at Seattle's thriving restaurants. The events held at these diverse locations range from culinary workshops on topics such as sushi-making and moonshine-tasting, to adventurous excursions with whitewater rafting or kayaking, to laid-back themed party cruises. For many outings, luxury transportation is provided.