Naturally, we love Lake Chelan for all the watersports we get to enjoy in, on—and above!—its deep, clean waters. But when you and your family want to change things up, the lake hosts tons of various sundry activities, like boat tours, bowling, and a waterpark!
4 Family-Friendly Lake Chelan Tourist Attractions
1. Chelan Bowling
Talk about timeless family fun! Chelan Lanes has been a mainstay in downtown Chelan for years. It may be a small alley with only ten lanes, but it delivers oversize amounts of fun at “Mr. J’s Lane Eleven,” the associated restaurant serving up kid-friendly favorites like burgers, nachos, and pizzas. Exhausted adults, take note: there’s also a full bar serving a wide selection of draft and bottled beers, and creative cocktails (“Espresso White Russian,” anyone?).
2. Chelan Water Park
Debuting in Chelan in 1983—the very same year we kick-started Washington State’s parasailing scene—Slidewaters waterpark is another beloved part of the Chelan community of family-style funmakers. The park features breathtaking views of the lake below and designed to provide easy access, no-intimidation slip-sliding fun for guests of every age and ability. And while the park has changed hands a couple of times since its inception, it’s always been a family-owned business, and it shows in the park’s welcoming air and all-ages style of fun.
3. Chelan Boat Tour
Offering a stunning, close-up tour of some of Chelan Lake’s most remote and beautiful nooks and crannies, the Lady of the Lake takes visitors of all ages on voyages around Chelan’s deep blue waters. Singled out by none other than National Geographic and Sunset magazines as a “must-see trip,” the cruises offer the only access (besides floatplanes) to the remote and unspoiled wilderness in the northern reaches of the lake. If you’re concerned with sightseer stamina, the tour is available in shorter “express” lengths which may be more suitable for the youngest of visitors.
One of our favorite activities in Chelan isn’t even in Chelan: it’s the tiny village of Stehekin, accessible only by boat (see the Lady of the Lake, above), by plane or by a long trek on foot or horseback. Though it’s short on the amenities offered by Chelan, it’s an unbelievably pristine and one-of-a-kind experience. Stehekin is an isolated community based largely on fishing and hunting, existing much as it did 100 years ago. Think deer roaming through the village, glacier-fed waters, and an utter natural beauty. Do consider a visit to Stehekin Valley Ranch, where there’s a restaurant as well as gentle horseback tours of the area. Note: The Lady of the Lake makes a three-hour stopover in Stehekin; think about packing a picnic to enjoy while you’re there.
We love the relaxed pace and kid-friendly atmosphere of our hometown, Chelan, and we’re pretty sure you’ll find plenty of Lake Chelan Tourist Attractions for the whole family to enjoy here, too. Pay us a visit soon, and see all that our beautiful lake has to offer.