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These Hot Tub Boats Are the Coziest Way to See the Seattle Skyline at Any Time of Year

Seattle Outdoor
by Eben Diskin Sep 8, 2022

When you think of Seattle, there’s a good chance that oysters, salmon fishing, rain, and a baseball team that never quite lives up to its potential come to mind. Now you can add “hot tub boats” to the list. Lake Union’s Hot Tub Boats experience combines the two most relaxing things you can imagine: a day on a boat, and a dip in a hot tub.

Docked on Seattle’s Lake Union, Hot Tub Boat lets you enjoy views of the city from the comfort of a floating hot tub that you can rent for two hours. To make them float, the tubs are embedded in what looks like a skiff. They come with a Bluetooth speaker, heating, a dry storage hatch for your personal items, and joystick navigation so you can steer the “boat” wherever you wish.

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Driving the boat is as easy as playing Pacman. Just use the joystick on the starboard side to maneuver through the calm waters. You can reach the joystick while sitting in the tub or sunbathing on the deck, so the driver won’t miss out on any hot tub action. The onboard heating is another crucial feature of the experience, as it allows the tub to remain a toasty 104 degrees even in mid-winter.

The experience begins with a visit to the changing hut, where you’ll prepare for your adventure before receiving a safety demonstration on the boat. Then, you’re free to explore Lake Union, which includes views of Gasworks Park and the Seattle Skyline, as well as watching seaplanes take off and land. Once you disembark, a hot shower will be waiting for you, equipped with luxury soaps, shampoos, conditioners, and essential oil bath salts.

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