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Lakes Alive: Summer Fun at Lake Washington

Lakes AliveCruises, Beaches, Festivals and Waterfront Parks

Everyone knows that life in Kirkland revolves around the lake, and summer is when things spring to life in a big way. With free parks making up 25 percent of Kirkland’slakefront square footage, it’s easy to embrace the water-centric eastside lifestyle. Beaches, docks, hidden rocky alcoves, waterfront movies, festivals and water sports galore make for a sizzling summer in the city. Here’s a look at what’s in store for the coming months.

Boating and Watersports

If you happen to have a boat, Kirkland is one of the most cruising-friendly spots on Lake Washington, with lots of places to pull up for quick excursions into the art galleries, shops and cafes. Marina Park and South Dock in the downtown area are excellent choices for those who don’t pay for annual moorage, as you can park for three hours at no charge – and then continue exploring around the coastline.

Even better, head over to Carillon Point or Yarrow Bay Marina to rent a boat for a few hours when the mood strikes you. At Woodmark Waterfront Adventures, located at Carillon Point, you’ll have access to renting everything from motorized boats to wakeboards, paddleboards, jet skis, kayaks and bicycles.

Waterfront Parks

Small waterfront parks create Kirkland’s iconic sense of community, open year-roundand free to everyone. Enter from the water on kayaks or small vessels, or cycle the lakefront and stop for picnics, pier fishing and even watching salmon streams as they meander through wooded enclaves. You can explore wetlands and creep quietly across bird-watching trails at Juanita Bay Park, or join a volleyball game at Houghton Beach Park. Paddle boards and kayak rentals are also available at Juanita Beach Park.

Marina Park sparkles like the aquatic queen of Kirkland, hosting summer concerts at the open-air pavilion and nonstop events such as Kirkland Uncorked (July 13-15, 2018) and a July 4th celebration with fireworks. For swimming, barbeques, dock fishing and a children’s playground, stake a spot at Waverly Park.

Cruises and Seaplanes

Kirkland City Dock is where to go for lake cruises, including narrated Argosy tours to see spectacular waterfront homes and the Bill and Melinda Gates Estate. Take a sunset cruise for glimmering skylines punctuated by snowcapped Mount Rainier and the Cascades. A full-service bar onboard serves cocktails, snacks and non-alcoholic drinks.

Get above the fray with parasailing over Lake Washington; book an outing with Parasail Kirkland on Lake Street South. Or skim both water and skies on a seaplane adventure with Kirkland Delight, where you’ll soar above the floating bridges, Seattle sports stadiums, Space Needle and mountain ranges. If you feel like keeping your seat on solid ground, snuggle up with a blanket at Carillon Point to watch huge-screen outdoor movies on the lake. Check the Kirkland Downtown Association website for seasonal summer dates and film titles.

Living in Kirkland puts you in the center of Eastside living, so stop by for a Pinnacle tour of our Kirkland apartment communities. Call today for move-in specials!