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Water Activities around the Puget Sound

Posted July 3, 2024

In need of summer activities? Here at McCormick, we want to ensure all residents know about fun summer activities near your home! Being close to the Puget Sound means access to numerous fun water activities, and this summer, we hope you take some time to enjoy them!


The Puget Sound is a treasure trove of stunning views and exciting activities that residents get easy access to being so close to great beach spots. Whether you’re in search of a secluded spot, a place to enjoy the day with family and cool off, build sandcastles, enjoy a picnic, or simply take in the breathtaking scenery, the Sound has something for everyone.

Local Beaches Near McCormick:

  1. Sunrise Beach Park – 30-minute Drive from McCormick

2. Tacoma Narrows Park – 28 -Minute Drive from McCormick

3. Illahee State Park  – 24 – Minute Drive from McCormick

4. Port Orchard Waterfront Park – 10 Minute Drive from McCormick

Explore countless public beaches and state parks that are a short drive from McCormick with your loved ones this summer!

Explore the Sound by Boat

Puget Sound boasts incredible wildlife, making it a prime spot for nature enthusiasts. Explore the ocean in a variety of ways with boat tours, boat rentals and fishing charters, offering the chance to enjoy the ocean and magnificent animals and enjoy breathtaking views from the water. Boat rentals are also an excellent option for those who prefer independent exploration.

Boat Rentals in Bremerton:

  1. Get My Boat, Bremerton
  2. Boat Rental From Salio, Bremerton

Wildlife Tours in Gig Harbor:

  1. Destiny Harbor Tours

Fish Charters:

  1. Seattle Salmon Fishing Charters
  2. Gaffney’s Fishing Charters

Whale-Watching Tours in The Puget Sound

Whale Watching is one of the most sought-after activities during the summer! Witnessing these magnificent creatures in their natural habitat is an experience that draws visitors from all over the world! Click the link below to learn more about the top 6 whale-watching tours in the Seattle Area!

  1. Puget Sound Express
  2. RFS Clipper, Seattle
  3. Island Adventures
  4. Western Prince Whale Watching Adventures

Kayaking and Stand-Up Paddle Boarding Rentals

For water sports enthusiasts, Gig Harbor offers numerous locations to rent kayaks and stand-up paddleboards. Explore the calm, scenic waters of the harbor, or paddle along the shoreline to enjoy stunning views of the Puget Sound.

Many rental shops provide all the necessary equipment, including life vests and paddles. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced paddler, Gig Harbor has the perfect spot for your next adventure on the water.

Here are our top kayak and Paddle Board rental places located near McCormick:

  1. Lee’s SUP Explore
  2. Gig Harbor Water Sport Rentals
  3. Dead Man’s Kayaks & SUP

Additionally, Dead Man’s Rentals provides a variety of self-guided excursions around the Gig Harbor area!

The Puget Sound offers abundant fun water activities for you and your loved ones to explore! This blog is just a starting point for your summer adventures!

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