Kayaking With Kids

Kayaking with kids is a breeze at Kayak Brinnon! We have life vests for infants, toddlers and children weighing 30 pounds and up. Our tandem kayaks can be made into triple kayaks by inserting a child seat. These child seats generally fit kids between 1 and 4 years of age, and some small 5 year olds. There is no extra charge for these seats so your small child rides for FREE for both rentals and tours! For kids a little older you can rent a tandem kayak with an adult paddling from the back seat. We’ve had children as young as 7 years old paddle their own single kayak as well, but this all depends on the child and parent’s comfort and the child’s capabilities.

Summer water conditions are usually calm and glassy, and surface waters in the Hood Canal reach 73ºF in the summer. We feel this is the safest and most beautiful kayaking on the Puget Sound so don’t be afraid to bring the kids. Our location at Yelvik’s Beach is also a popular swimming spot so bring the water wings and a beach blanket and spend the day!

For an educational experience book an educational kayak tour to learn about the Hood Canal and the wildlife we will encounter along the way. Our Introduction to Kayaking Tour is especially popular with young children, and being surrounded by harbor seals on our Dosewallips Tour is an unforgettable experience for kids and adults alike.

Kayak Brinnon was recommended by ParentMap Magazine in this 2016 article entitled Unplugged Summer Fun on the Olympic Peninsula. The article is also rich in other kid friendly activities to do while visiting the area.

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