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About Ballard Kayak & Paddleboard
If you are considering a visit to Seattle or you are looking for a completely unique Pacific Northwest experience, let Seattle's top rated kayak and paddleboard tour and rentals company show you a truly remarkable experience. Whether you are completely new to watersports or have been around water your whole life, our trained guides will take excellent care of you during your time with us. We offer: TOURS leaving from Shilshole Marine -Ballard Locks Tour (our top seller) -Sunset tour -Discovery Point Tour (Lunch included) -2 hour Puget Sound Tour -Custom tour curated just for you And other seasonal offerings RENTALS from the beautiful Golden Gardens beach -Kayaks (Singles and doubles) -Paddle boards GROUP EVENTS at either beach or marina locations -Fully tailored to the specific needs of your group Do you have a group? We specialize in large, medium and small group activities or even fully catered parties that will leave your guests speechless! We handle it all, from transportation, F&B, games/activities to the entertainment. Make the easy choice, Ballard Kayak & Paddleboard. Let's go explore!
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Reviewed September 21, 2019

I hosted a company event for about 30 people and Ballard Kayak was a wonderful choice. The equipment is in great shape, the staff are friendly and they even encourage people to come out and play games or kayak with them! Wonderful people, highly recommended.

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank HaleyDale
Reviewed August 19, 2019 via mobile

We met Anna and Jay at the Ballard kayak kiosk! Very impressed they made a point to learn all the names of the people in our tour (15 people, I think). After outfitting each of us with gear they gave us a very informative intro...More

Date of experience: August 2019
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Reviewed August 15, 2019

What a fabulous way to bond with coworkers, enjoy this beautiful city we call home, and experience something new! Blaine and crew took care of all the details so all we needed to do was show up. Not only are they certified for safety, they...More

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank Charley W
Reviewed July 27, 2019 via mobile

Had an excellent experience with Chloe as my guide for the quick 2-hour sound tour. You paddle out of the marina into the sound proper and down to the locks before coming back to the marina. If you’re not an experienced paddler this is just...More

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank Stackx
Reviewed July 23, 2019

My stepdaughter and I did the Ballard Locks kayak trip on Sunday, July 21. The weather was spectacular, which may account for the large group we had. We had two guides, Chloe and Ana, who were delightful, and who tried hard to include everyone. The...More

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank AnneMac0101
Reviewed July 14, 2019

We went on a Ballard Locks kayak trip Wednesday the 10th of July. It was my husband and I and our two teenage kids. The tour guide was amazing. She was knowledgable, helpful, friendly, and a wonderful guide. We had an amazing time. She went...More

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank mrsrangelsroom
Reviewed June 2, 2019

Afternoon tour to Discovery Point - we had Chloe as our guide. Good material, excellent guide - we had fantastic weather as well, but this was a fun activity wth a very good tour guide. Easy going, but looking out for our safety and making...More

Date of experience: June 2019
Thank BAS D
Reviewed April 19, 2019 via mobile

We took our two daughters, ages 8 and 10 on the two hour sound tour and it was amazing! Not only was Blane knowledgeable, but he was also entertaining and we all had a blast. He had all the gear we needed to stay warm...More

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank spundar78
Reviewed September 16, 2018 via mobile

I was fortunate to have a one to one guide on my recent trip. Chloe was a fantastic and interesting guide down the Puget Sound, through the lock and into Union Lake. Given I was the only guest they had and it could have been...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Pinnington51
Reviewed September 15, 2018 via mobile

I went on the Ballard locks tour with Ana! I had such a blast. I am a professional kayaker and eco tour guide myself and I was thoroughly impressed with Ballard Kayak Co. Because of my experience Ana let me paddle my own kayak and...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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September 11, 2019|
Response from Blaine_DeWalt |
Hello! Thanks for reaching out to us. All of our tours are exclusively conducted in tandem kayaks. We find they are more more stable and efficient than single kayaks. Hope to see you soon!
sarah w
April 20, 2017|
Response from Ballard_Kayak | Property representative |
Hello Sarah, Thank you for reaching out to us! All of our tours are beginner friendly. So you can pick a tour that looks the best for you and go with it! Hope to see you on the water! Ballard Kayak Team
July 3, 2016|
Response from MarcyFR | Reviewed this property |
We only went on the sunset tour so I don't know. If you email Ballard Kayak I guarantee they will get back with you right away. They would be better suited to answer your question.