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Seattle Sea Planes: A Quintessential Pacific Northwest Experience

Red Door Team

Sherri Hansen and Carmen Johnson, a mother daughter duo, together formed the Red Door Team...

Sherri Hansen and Carmen Johnson, a mother daughter duo, together formed the Red Door Team...

Aug 14 5 minutes read

It’s always beneficial to familiarize yourself with a city whether you've lived in it your whole life, are planning to move in, or just a visitor wanting to take in the sights and sounds; And while walking tours are a great way to get to know the locale, Seattle's seaplane rides allow people to enjoy the unique thrill of flying off the water and soaring over one of the most beautiful regions in the world. Taking a seaplane flight is a quintessential Pacific Northwest experience. Skilled pilots offer a chance to see spectacular views in a brand-new way: from the clouds

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What to Expect: Take Off

The process is simple: walking from check-in to the seaplane takes about 5 minutes. Upon reaching the plane, the pilot introduces himself and will go over some routine safety drills. If the tour is a "narrated tour" the headsets will act as the guide if not, its primary purpose is to cancel noise. Note that even with these headsets, passengers are free to move around the cabin. 

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Image source: Kenmore Air

Choose Your View:

TOUR THE EMERALD CITY FROM THE AIR

Everyone gets a window seat on this narrated 20-minute sightseeing flight over the Seattle metropolitan area. You’ll see Lake Union’s famous houseboat communities, the beautiful University of Washington campus, magnificent lakeside and seaside estates, Seattle’s professional sports stadiums and the dramatic downtown skyline on bustling Elliott Bay. And of course, the flight begins and ends with an exciting water takeoff and gentle landing on Lake Union right in the heart of the city.

MOUNT RAINIER & MOUNT ST. HELENS VOLCANO TOUR

This incredible 90-minute scenic flight tour from Seattle flies you around Mount Rainier and Mount St. Helens getting you up close and personal with Rainier’s 25 glaciers – the largest collection of permanent ice on a single US mountain south of Alaska. From your window seat aboard our 10-passenger Caravan wheel-plane, you’ll also have the perfect vantage of Mount St. Helens’ 2-mile wide crater.

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CHARTER CASCADES & CITY TOUR

Enjoy an up-close view of the western Cascade Mountain Range on our Cascade Mountain Tour.  Your tour will take you into the beautiful and rugged Cascade Mountain Range with fantastic aerial views of glaciers, waterfalls and sapphire blue glacier lakes.  This narrated tour is combined with the City Tour of Seattle and all of the best of Western Washington all in an hour and fifteen minutes.

TOUR THE SAN JUAN ISLANDS FROM ABOVE

Fly from Seattle to Friday Harbor on a 6-passenger seaplane, and enjoy spectacular aerial views of the San Juan Islands. Flying over the San Jan Islands is a great way to take in the scale of the hundreds of islands, coves, and remote beaches that line the Washington coast, and you’ll touch down in the charming island town of Friday Harbor, which is linked to the mainland by ferry.

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Image source: Kenmore Air

These Unique Adventures are Brought to You By:

Kenmore Air

With 25 aircraft in operation, 52 pilots on staff and more than 250 employees in peak season, Kenmore Air is among the best-known and most respected seaplane operations in the world. Flying an eclectic mix of piston de Havilland Beavers and turbine de Havilland Otters and Cessna Caravans, landing passengers on lakes, harbors, and tarmac among the mist-shrouded fjords and islands of the US and Canadian northwest.

Seattle Seaplanes

For over 30 years Seattle Seaplanes has proudly operated on Lake Union, just minutes from downtown Seattle. Our pilots have logged more than 20,000 hours of flying time and countless water landings. At Seattle Seaplanes, we take pride in our high standards of service!

Northwest Seaplanes

Northwest Seaplanes has logged over 24 years of accident and incident free flying. From their pilots to their dedicated maintenance staff, you will feel comfortable knowing you are flying with experienced professionals. This tradition and safety culture has been continued through their sister company, Chelan Seaplanes. Safety and customer service is our utmost goal and has led the Carlson’s to success for over 40 years in the business.

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