There are only a few places to rent kayaks for a paddle on Lake Union or through Portage Bay to Lake Washington. Ague Verde Paddle Club offers a good price and a convenient location to paddle either East or West. We chose to head toward Lake Washington (East.) It was a lovely, sunny afternoon. I guess that meant every boat in existence in Seattle was out on the water that day. So, it made paddling a bit tricky, as you had to stay out of the way of the boats AND deal with the wake that they made. This would be difficult for inexperienced paddlers. We got tired of the traffic, so we headed over toward Lake Union, staying close to shore. This was more pleasant and relaxing. We love kayaking, so this is one of our go-to things to do when we visit Seattle. Also, if its a busy day (like the day we went) be prepared to get wet from the wake from the large boats!