Dragon boating in Seattle’s South Lake Union

We’ve wrapped up our series on the Central District, and we’re diving in to our next neighborhood: South Lake Union. Why not check out the view from the water?

Maybe you’ve seen them out on Lake Union: a long, colorful boat, and a group of people paddling in cadence to the beat of a drum. It’s the Seattle Flying Dragons.

Dragon boating started in China more than 2,000 years ago. The Seattle area has a handful of dragon boat clubs; this one launches from the Kenmore Air dock on the south end of Lake Union.

It’s a fun way to meet new friends and get a workout. Some folks train for races with other teams around the region; others just want to get out and enjoy the scenery. Either way, boating with the Seattle Flying Dragons is open to everyone.

Practices are either 60 or 90 minutes and take place every Monday, Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday. Interested in checking it out? The first three practice sessions are free; no need to sign up, just stop by the Kenmore Air dock during a regularly scheduled practice.

By Eric Keto
Eric is a video producer based in Seattle, Washington.