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Ballard Kayak & Paddleboard

7901 Seaview Ave NW, Shilshole Bay Marina, W-Dock, Seattle, WA 98117-6006
+1 206-494-3353
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90-Minute, Beginner Stand-Up Paddleboarding Lesson
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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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7901 Seaview Ave NW, Shilshole Bay Marina, W-Dock, Seattle, WA 98117-6006
+1 206-494-3353
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Reviewed May 11, 2017

We were in Seattle to visit our son and decided to go kayaking. I found Ballard Kayak & Paddleboard via TripAdvisor. We went on the Discovery Point tour and had a great time! Like the previous reviewer wrote... we saw seals, bald eagles, and a...More

Thank ArkansasAggie
Reviewed April 10, 2017

I highly recommend Ballard Kayak & Paddleboard, I went on the Discovery Point tour and enjoyed every second of it. I saw a seal and a bald eagle with in 5 minutes of each other, this was then followed by a picnic lunch are a...More

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Reviewed October 24, 2016 via mobile

My friends and I had were in town for a long weekend and decided to try kayaking for the first time. We signed up for the two hour tour of the Puget Sound. Our guide was Blaine, and he was incredibly welcoming, friendly, and experienced....More

Thank JKB86
Reviewed September 14, 2016

Blane and Devin were fantastic! My parents had never kayaked before, and after the tour was over they wanted to buy a kayak (SUCCESS!) Blane was able to coach my parents while Devin led the rest of the group and provided interesting and "punny" stories...More

Thank Mikelle F
Management response:Responded September 22, 2016

We love that your parents wanted to buy a kayak after our tour! We'll write that off as a very successful tour! Our guides are truly amazing professionals as well as awesome people. We work very hard to provide exactly the experience you enjoyed and...More

Reviewed September 13, 2016

I did the Discovery Point trip this past weekend. It was a beautiful day, so I was surprised there were only 3 customers. Since I was solo, I was in the kayak with the guide, who was great. The other 2 were brand new to...More

Thank Clare S
Management response:Responded September 22, 2016

Clare, great to hear you had such a good time on the water with our guide! For safety reasons, all our tours provide tandem kayaks but we always welcome experienced kayakers to bring their own singles. We also have single kayaks that are available to...More

Reviewed September 12, 2016

We took the Discovery Point tour, it was a small group just our group of 2 and one other person. It was very relaxing and chill, we where able to see some sea otters that followed our Kayak. On Discovery Point, we hiked around a...More

Thank Crystal M
Management response:Responded September 22, 2016

Crystal, thanks for the wonderful review! Seattle is truly amazing for being such a lively city while still providing breathtaking nature and scenery. We are so happy to hear that you were able to experience that nature through us and sure hope you'll come back...More

Reviewed September 2, 2016

During a recent getaway weekend to Seattle, we took the Discovery Point Kayak Tour (3 hours, with lunch included). Our guides, Blaine & Devon, were awesome: funny, patient, informative, helpful--even to the point of towing a kayak with people who couldn't get the hang of...More

Thank travelgirl11228
Management response:Responded September 4, 2016

Jennifer, So awesome to hear that your experience was fun and informative with Blaine and Devin! The guides at Ballard Kayak do their best to make sure everyone has a great time out on the water, no matter the experience level. Every year we make...More

Reviewed August 27, 2016 via mobile

loved every part of this, the guides were awesome, we will definitely go again! The sunset tour was amazing, saw a seal briefly and the sunset could not have been betterMore

Thank kbcadd
Management response:Responded September 1, 2016

We are so happy to hear you had a great time! Thank you for sharing such extraordinary sunset photos from your tour, it sure looks like a blast. We hope if you're ever back in Ballard that you can swing on by and check out...More

Reviewed August 25, 2016 via mobile

Because so many locals highly recommend Ballard Kayak I chose them for activities during my second visit to the great city of Seattle. Another plus is the recommendation for beginners (moi) to try it. Our guide Devin Burns (descendant of Burns and Burns, not from...More

Thank Desiree B
Management response:Responded August 26, 2016

Desiree, thank you so much for your wonderful review of us! Devin is an excellent guide and we're so happy you had a great time going out on a tour with him. Also, WOW! Looks like your tour was jam packed with some truly remarkable...More

Reviewed August 16, 2016

I recently did the Ballard Locks tour and it was SO AWESOME! Highly recommend. Super organized, professional, and friendly staff. Very safety conscious - I appreciated that as a novice kayaker. I was worried about going by myself since they use 2 person kayaks, but...More

Thank Mariann G
Management response:Responded August 19, 2016

What an amazing review to read! Thank you so much for all the exceptionally nice things you've had to say about our company. It truly makes our day to know that a customer was able to have such a stellar time on the water while...More

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sarah w
Should beginners sign up specifically for the beginner lesson or can beginners for sure handle taking the Guided Tour one?
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
Which tour would you most likely encounter whale sightings?
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.