Like feral cats and domesticated roommates, bodies of water enjoy being poked with paddles every now and then. Give a nearby water body a relaxing paddle puncture with today’s Groupon: for $39, you get a kayaking or rafting trip from Outdoor Adventure Center in Redmond. Choose from three floatatious forays (all of which include tax):
- Redmond to Redhook kayak tour (an $81.45 value)
- Lopez Island three-hour sea-kayaking tour (an $81.45 value)
- Wild Sky Escape raft trip (an $85.80 value)
Outdoor Adventure Center makes it easy to experience the great nonindoors by offering professional instruction and quality equipment for a wide realm of activities. Guests can commandeer a kayak during the Redmond to Redhook tour, offered Saturday and Sunday, which journeys north on the Sammamish River toward the fabled Redhook Brewery. After breathing in the evening air’s rich scents, boaters arrive at their destination, where they can purchase and then politely devour a tasty dinner accompanied by a celebratory pint. The Lopez Island sea-kayak tour, also offered on weekends, grants kayakers three hours of leisurely paddling along 2–3 miles of Lopez Island’s protected shoreline, where the dungeness crabs and the moon jellies play backgammon on the friendly isle’s picturesque beaches.
Padawan paddlers can develop their sea-arms by spending a half-day conquering the Skykomish River during the Wild Sky Escape raft trip, offered Monday through Thursday at 2:30 p.m., where adventuresome aqua-conquerors tackle Class III and IV rapids. A photographer will be on hand to capture triumphant fist-pumps and paddle-jousts as the team of rafters conquers the churning river. Helmets, life jackets, paddles, and other gearstuffs are included in each adventure.
Outdoor Adventure Center is an American Canoe Association pro school and staffs experienced instructors who prepare daredevils for their tours by teaching important dos and don'ts, answering questions, and leading interpretative paddle dances.
CityVoters named Wave Trek, as part of Outdoor Adventure Center, the Second Best White Water Rafting.
Outdoor Adventure Center
The Outdoor Adventure Center's wildly experienced guides have led groups off the grid for more than a quarter century, pursuing rugged fun in the scenery and fresh air of mountains, rivers, and coastlines. Explorers at heart, the staff boldly launch kayaks into the ocean around the San Juan Islands and conquer the frothy waters of the scenic Skykomish River, known for its beginner-friendly rapids, migrations of spawning merpeople, pool and drop areas, and breathtaking views of 5,000-foot mountain peaks. Horseback and hiking trips delve into the lush woods, and nature photography excursions pause to celebrate the beauty of the wilderness near Index. The core team of 14 guides takes safety seriously, most with certifications from the American Canoe Association, training in wilderness first aid, CPR, and swiftwater rescue, and life vests tattooed over their chests.