Puget Sound is an estuary in which salt water from the nearby Pacific Ocean mixes with fresh water from the surrounding watershed in Washington. The Puget Sound region is centered on Seattle and consists of the islands of Puget Sound, the Kitsap Peninsula, and nine counties. The Puget Sound area offers a rich variety of recreational and holiday pursuits and plenty of options for sightseeing, hiking, kayaking, sailing, whale watching and boating. Check out the tourist attractions, activities to do and other points of interest that you can discover in Puget Sound during your next vacation in Seattle.
Seattle and Puget Sound Parks: Puget Sound offers great marine parks near Seattle city. These amazing parks are the perfect destination for you and your whole family. Mount Rainier National Park is located about two hours south of Seattle and its perimeter extends to the present Puget Sound basin. This park is filled with natural wonders, including spectacular valleys and waterfalls, wildflower meadows, old growth forest, miles of hiking trails and more. With over 7 miles of wilderness trails, forests and meadows, Discovery Park is the best place to start your park adventure. It has a sandy beach, a wooded path, and amazing views of Puget Sound. Lincoln Park is a 135 acre park in West Seattle on Puget Sound. It offers something for everyone – a beach, tennis courts, baseball fields, picnic shelters, and a heated salt-water swimming pool. Mercer Slough Nature Park is in the neighborhood of Seattle, Bellevue and features diverse landscape such as wildlife habitat, wetland, canoe trails, agriculture, and a freshwater wetland ecosystem. Seward Park is located within the Seattle city limits, which offers 300 acres of beautiful forest land, a native plant garden, a nature center, beaches, miles of shorleine and more. The 350-acre Warren G. Magnuson Park is the second largest park in Seattle and Puget Sound area. It featuring several sports fields, a picnic area, a swimming beach, a dog park, and more.
Seattle and Puget Sound Kayaking: Start your Puget Sound journey with a Ballard Locks tour. Ballard Locks is the second most visited attraction in Seattle. It serves as a link for boats and yachts traveling between the salt water of Puget Sound and fresh water of Lake Union and Lake Washington. While sailing across the Ballard Locks, you are likely to see osprey, seals, sea lions, and great herons. Take in the scenery of the beautiful Puget Sound and feel the breeze as you cruise around the sound on board your private yacht charter. Moss Bay provides year-round kayaking opportunities and summer recreation programs for enthusiasts of all ages and abilities. Explore the south Sound in a rental kayak by starting your journey from Owen Beach. Take your private charter to Alki Beach and start your kayaking excursions to the Duwamish River, Elliott Bay, and Blake Island.
Seattle and Puget Sound Lighthouses: The Alki Point Lighthouse is a famous attraction in the Puget Sound region. The lighthouse and grounds are open for tours during the summer months only. The Dofflemyer Point Lighthouse is one of the first Puget Sound lighthouses to be automated. Although it is closed to the public, you can get a view and photograph of the lighthouse from the deck of your yacht. The Lime Kiln Lighthouse is the best land-based whale watching spot on the Puget Sound islands. It is also an amazing place for a picnic lunch. The West Point Lighthouse is one of the most memorable places that Discovery Park has to offer. Feel free to get your picnic basket and enjoy the scenic views of Puget Sound from the grounds of the West Point Lighthouse area. Other lighthouses in Puget Sound region include Point Wilson Lighthouse, Browns Point Lighthouse, and Admiralty Head Lighthouse to name a few.
Seattle and Puget Sound Fishing: Good fishing opportunities abound in the Puget Sound waters at nearly any time of year. King Salmon and Coho Salmon are the most targeted sports fish in the Sound. Some of the most common salmon species that you may catch include Silver salmon (Coho), Pink Salmon, Sockeye Salmon, Blackmouth, Chum Salmon, the legendary King Salmon (Chinook). Puget Sound is also known for its prized bottom fish such as Flounder and Ling Cod. Fishing adventures in Seattle and Puget Sound also offer great opportunities to see Sea Lions, Porpoises, Bald Eagles, Orcas, Gray Whales, and beautiful Mount Rainer and Olympics.
Seattle and Puget Sound Whale Watching: Experience whale watching in Seattle and Puget Sound's popular destinations such as San Juans, Friday Harbor, Port Townsend and more. Start your whale tour from Seattle and head to the San Juan Islands to spot orcas, humpbacks, minkes, sealions, eagles and more. The Strait of Juan de Fuca is a natural habitat for three resident pods – the J pod, the K pod and the L pod. Cruise from downtown Seattle to Friday Harbor and experience orcas in the wild waters of Puget Sound. The waters around Port Townsend provide amazing opportunities for whale watching.
Seattle and Puget Sound Dining: Nothing is better than gourmet food with a scenic view, especially when the restaurant is located right by the water. Seattle city and Puget Sound have plenty of fantastic waterfront dining options. Ray's Boathouse in Seattle is famous for Northwest seafood such as Wild King Salmon, Alaskan King Crab Legs and Dungeness Crab Cakes. Michael's on the Lake restaurant offers tasty steaks alongside premium beer and local wine selections. Other waterfront dining options in Puget Sound region include Budd Bay Cafe in Olympia, Doc's Marina Grill in Bainbridge Island, Elliott's Oyster House in Seattle, Salty's On Alki in West Seattle, Waterfront Pizza in Port Townsend, and QUA by El Guacho in Seattle just to name a few.
Seattle and Puget Sound Shopping: From upscale boutiques to local souvenirs, Puget Sound Islands have so many popular favorite shopping destinations. Top shopping centers in the area include Bellevue Square, Alderwood Mall, Westfield Southcenter Mall, Westfield Capital in Olympia, and South Hill Mall among others. You can buy local gifts, handcrafted wares and artwork from souvenir shops to keep them as memory of your wonderful Puget Sound vacation.
Start your Seattle adventure on board our luxury yacht and discover the natural and cultural charm of Puget Sound areas located near the Emerald City. We will take you to the most exciting whale watching sites, fishing areas, dining places, and shopping centers in and around the Puget Sound region. So, next time when you visit Seattle, plan your yacht charter excursion with Pacific Northwest Yacht Charters for a memorable experience. To find out more about the popular destinations in Seattle, click on the link provided here.