See Seattle with on a Kenmore Air seaplane tour!
This blog post was made in collaboration with Kenmore Air and all my opinions are my own.
I went on my first seaplane ride with Kenmore Air a few weeks ago with my friend/photographer Holly. It was on my birthday bucket list to experience a seaplane ride and Kenmore Air graciously gifted this experience!
If you’re local to Seattle or planning a trip to the Northwest soon and are looking for a unique way to see the city, this blog post for you! Seeing the views of Seattle from a seaplane is an incredible experience.
Who is Kenmore Air?
Kenmore Air was founded in 1946 by three high school friends: Jack Mines, Bob Munro, and Reg Collins. The three started with one airplane and a hangar on Lake Washington.
Today, Kenmore Air operates 25 aircraft with 250 employees and 52 pilots during peak season. Kenmore Air has a mix of Cessna Caravans, Havilland Beavers, and turbine de Havilland Otters aircraft.
Where might you see these seaplanes flying around?
If you’ve ever visited Gasworks Park, you’ve probably seen the Kenmore Air seaplanes flying over Lake Union. Seeing the seaplanes take off and land with the Seattle skyline in the background is an amazing sight.
Gasworks Park and Lake Union was the first time I personally discovered Kenmore Air! I used to run to Gasworks before classes and I loved watching the planes take-off and land.
Where can you fly with Kenmore Air?
Destinations: You can fly to the San Juan Islands, Victoria, Vancouver, Seattle, and inside the BC Passage.
- Seattle Scenic Seaplane Tour (this is the one we did!)
- Mt. Rainier & St. Helens Volcano Tour
- San Juan Ride Along
- Father’s Day Flights
Highlights of the Kenmore Air Seattle Seaplane Tour:
Unique views of Seattle
One of the best parts about the Kenmore Air Seattle Seaplane tour was the views! The seaplane took us above Lake Union, Lake Washington, and Elliot Bay. We flew over the Space Needle, both floating bridges, and even West Seattle. You literally get a bird’s eye view of the city, water, and mountains.
Take-off and landing was smooth
I guess I wasn’t sure what to expect for take-off and landing but I was surprised how smooth it was!
Staff was friendly and accommodating
The Kenmore Air staff was incredibly friendly and allowed Holly and I take all the photos we needed for the blog post! Our pilot even posed for one of our photos!
Would I recommend Kenmore Air?
YES! Whether you’re a tourist or a local, I highly recommend Kenmore Air. I don’t know where else you can fly on a seaplane on the West Coast. It’s probably one of my favorite things I’ve done this year. It’s such a unique way to see the city that I also included it in: 8 Unique Things to Do in Seattle this Summer.
Would you take a Kenmore Air Seattle seaplane tour?
My photographer Holly took these photos but I did want to share a few iPhone photos I snapped on our flight:
Thank you for reading! And thank you again to the Kenmore Air staff for hosting Holly and I! We hope we can travel with Kenmore Air again soon.
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Photos: Holly Phan