During late spring and summer a nice and alternative way to experience Utrecht canals is by canoe! you can rent canoes or boats at the Botenverhuur de Rijnstroom and starting from there you can go either to the historical city center or more to country.
went to the green country around Utrecht and after paddling for a couple of hours
stopped at Theehuis Rhijnauwen B.V. for a pancake. This is a pancake house right on the canal, so you can step out and leave your canoe on the bank. Botenverhuur de Rijnstroom Weg naar Rhijnauwen 2, 3584 AD Utrecht http://www.rijnstroom.nl/