Join me for a free walking tour!

Join me for a free walking tour!
Lake Union with the Seattle skyline in the background. (Cara Kuhlman/Future Tides)

At age 17, I followed in the footsteps of many backpackers before me and found one of Berlin's famous free walking tours — it blew my mind. It wasn't one thing but a compilation of the guide's knowledge, storytelling prowess, and ability to acquaint us with a major historical city in about three hours. I've taken other great tours but this one still resonates.

Tours came back on my radar when I moved to Seattle in 2012, but as a potential paycheck. Alas, the brewery tour company didn't hire me (I still toured the breweries on my own time) and I decided I wasn't theatrical enough to even apply to Ride the Ducks (whose amphibious vehicles were a regular sight on city streets and Lake Union until they filed for bankruptcy in 2020, five years after being involved in a fatal accident).

Then, in 2021, while participating in an intensive entrepreneurial journalism program (it's a thing!), tours resurfaced. After a class taught by the founder and CEO of Untapped New York, multiple people in my cohort messaged me: You should do tours too!

Come explore Lake Union's modern maritime community with me!

I'd had the very same idea during class. As a visitor, tourist, traveler, and museum enthusiast, I love that the exchange of knowledge and information can happen in many different ways.

Now, as a media organization focused on the maritime community, boat tours might seem obvious. That's in the works, but Seattle is a place where you can see a lot from the shoreline — if you know where to look.

I'm excited to invite you, your friends, local and out-of-town relations, and pretty much anyone who is curious to a free Future Tides walking tour:

Explore Seattle’s active waterfronts where people live, work and play with a local guide.

This spring through summer, I'll be hosting a monthly walking tour starting in Lake Union Park. I'm excited about it for many reasons, including:

  • Getting out from behind the laptop and connecting with folks in person
  • Hearing your questions, comments and maritime memories
  • Learning what I don't know about Lake Union and the surrounding waterfront
  • Connecting the dots between our maritime heritage's past, present and future
  • And taking another step towards realizing Future Tides business plan (for my fellow entrepreneurds!)

Sign up for an upcoming tour to come along for the journey and, if you're able, please consider supporting Future Tides as a Crew Member or with a one-time donation.

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