Do you consider yourself an outdoors person? Would you and your family rather paddle through fresh, rushing water then stand in a long line at a hot amusement park? Does it take bracing mountain water, splashing across your bow, and your brow, to get your blood racing? Are you a Splash Family?

Welcome to the Outdoor Adventure Center. The Adventure Center has a variety of family-friendly and/or instructional adventures set up for August, including Lopez Island 3 Hour Sea Kayak Tour, Redmond to Redhook Kayak Tour and the Total Immersion Whitewater Adventure Camp.

Other adventures include Hardshell Kayak Camp, River Kayaking 1 Day Course, 5 Day Teachin’ Trip in the San Juan Island and the 5 Day Photography & Sea Kayaking Adventure Trip. Want to know more?

* Lopez Island 3 Hour Kayak Tour:

This tour is fun and perfect for most families. Kayaking through the crisp water off Lopez Island in Washington State, porpoises, Bald eagles and harbor seals may be encountered. This adventure is considered appropriate for beginners including ages 6+ with a parent. The cost is $79 per person.

* Redmond to Redhook Kayak Tour:

For those wishing to introduce children to the joys of kayaking, this tour, in Woodinville, WA, is perfect. During the 1.5 hour tour, with the pungent scent of blackberries in the air, you and your family will paddle up the Sammamish River to a mouthwatering dinner at the RedHook Brewery. This kayak tour is for all, including 6+ with parent. Cost has been reduced to $79 per person.

* Total Immersion Whitewater Adventure Camp:

If you have a water-loving teen, who likes adventure, this may be the camping experience for them. Based in beautiful Index, WA, this 4 day/3 night overnight camp is a teen favorite. At a private campground, near the banks of Trout Creek and the Skykomish River, teens, supervised by highly trained instructors, will camp, bike, hike, paddle and swim. For ages 13-16, this adventure has been reduced to $895.00 per person.

* Hardshell Kayak Camp:

Beginning kayakers, who are confident swimmers, will love this camp. Each paddler gets considerable 1:1 instruction from our friendly, fully certified instructors. Teens, five days later, will leave camp water worthy, with strong kayaking skills. For boys and girls 13-16. The cost is now only $895.00.

* River Kayaking 1-Day Course:

All you ever needed to know about kayaking, compressed into eight hours. On the Skykomish River, in Index, WA, kayakers will learn about paddlestrokes, safety gear, maneuvering through currents and much, much more. This course is designed for confident swimmers who wish to acquire basic river running skills. For ages 16+. Now only $150 per person.

* 5 Day Teachin’ Trip to San Juan Island:

For instructional adventures, this is one of the most popular. For those with basic kayaking skills, this adventure, exploring the San Juan Islands along the Pacific Northwest coast, is a top choice. ACA guides provide instruction in kayak packing, setting up camp, camp cooking and reading a marine chart, among many skills taught. Other activities include exploring, kayaking, photography, hiking, socializing, beach combing and more. For ages 16+. $1,099.00 per person.

* 5 Day Photography & Sea Kayaking Adventure Trip:

Combines 3 days paddling and exploring the San Juan Islands with a 2-day photography/digital editing workshop. Your kayak guides will provide leadership in exploring the islands, setting up camp and meal preparation. Your photography instructor, Teresa Meier, is an editorial photographer based in Oregon. In a beautiful environment with wildflowers, driftwood and curious crabs, you’ll learn all the ins and outs of nature and adventure photography. For ages 16+, this adventure takes place August 6-10. The cost is $1,400.00 per person.

Advance registrations are required for all kayak adventures. Call 425-833-9039 to book your next splash adventure.


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Outdoor Adventure Center: Splash Families welcome!

Fun Family Field Trip; Kayaking & Wildlife for Beginners!

School is out for the summer and it’s time to plan for some sunny day adventures with the kids! What could be better than a fun and educational paddling adventure in nearby Woodinville? Last weekend my son and I had the pleasure of joining a group of beginning paddlers for Outdoor Adventure’s Redhook Kayaking Tour on the Sammamish River – a 2 hour kayaking trip that was full of surprises!  Outdoor Adventures offers family-friendly kayak trips in stable double and triple kayaks, so your younger children can participate without too much pressure to perform as a paddler, making this a stress-free adventure for everyone. Our guides Thomas and Erin provided some basic instruction and helped us to get settled in the kayaks, then we were off for a fantastic 90-minute paddle  (including several on-water stops to take photos!). The trip begins at the Redhook Brewery and takes place on the Sammamish River, alongside the popular Sammamish River Trail. Throughout our adventure we could hear (and sometimes see) the joggers and bicyclists enjoying the trail or a ballgame at the nearby Northsore Athletic Fields. Though the river does have some moving current, it is minimal and so our paddle towards Redmond was relaxing and very enjoyable. Along the way we encountered several families of ducks and geese who were out for an afternoon swim in the sun. Other wildlife that made an appearance after we reached the halfway point and turned our kayaks around for the return trip included a river otter, 2 bald eagles and a blue heron. Our kayaking experience was fantastic – everyone had a wonderful time and we have some great pictures too! Highly recommended for your next family outing and totally doable with younger and older family members (minimum age is 6+). Just be sure to plan ahead and schedule 1 week or more in advance – this is a popular trip especially on weekends!