A day in Gig Harbor

Inside Washington’s prettiest harbor town
Kathryn True

Don’t own a boat? 3 (affordable) ways to get out on the water

By kayak: Guided by a Gig Harbor local, skirt the harbor perimeter during a 2½-hour tour with Paddle the Harbor ($60; reservations required; 3306 Harborview). Or rent your own kayak through Gig Harbor Rent-a-Boat & Charters (from $16; 8829 N. Harborview). Canoes, power boats, paddleboats, and rowboats also available.

By sailboat: With Gig Harbor Sailing Club & School, you can learn basic sailing skills like how to steer and trim—or, of course, just enjoy the quiet billow of the wind and sail propelling you around Puget Sound. Closed Sun; $69 per hour (two-hour ​minimum); reservations required.

By cruise ship: This is no Carnival cruise but an open-air ex-Navy Liberty Boat once used by U.S. sailors taking shore leave. Join in as Cap’n Tom Drohan shares his passion for being out on the water as well as historical highlights, while you snap close-ups of bald eagles and the Narrows Bridges. Two-hour tour $27; 8829 N. Harborview; destinymarine.com

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