Tacoma's waterfront, from Schuster Pkwy to Ruston Way is considered to be Tacoma's version of Seattle's Alki Beach. In my opinion, it is even more beautiful, less crowded and easier accessible. The 2- mile- long waterfront sidewalk is one of the city's most popular places for many outdoor activities.
Tacoma's waterfront is one of my favorite places for longboarding, running, biking, and diving. Recently, by chance, I discovered a new favorite adventure for myself - parasailing !
Honestly, I've never thought of parasailing as an exciting ( extreme ) sport. Personally, I wouldn't even call it a sport. I've always thought of it as a leisure/recreational activity, something you do in Hawaii or Florida, after a couple of margaritas. It requires no formal training or preparation, no special gear ( from your part ), you don't need to be in ...any physical shape.
Parasailing is not a sport, it's an experience !
That's exactly what I got when I went on my trip with Pacific Parasail.
Flying 1000 feet high, with spectacular panoramic views of Commencement Bay, Vashon Island, the Olympic Mountains and Northeast Tacoma was...breathtaking ! On a clear, sunny day you can see downtown Seattle, and when "the mountain is out " ...it feels like you are on top of the world.
Please, do not confuse parasailing with the sport of paragliding. These are actually two very different activities. Parasailing is a passive activity, one in which anyone—even a complete beginner—can suit up and be flown through the air, suspended underneath a large parachute and propelled by a speedboat. You don't even have to worry about getting wet. On their custom made parasail boat you'll get a gentle, dry take off and landing right off of the back platform!
But, if you feel extra adventurous, ask for " "Toe dip" ( I am not going to describe it, and ruin the fun for you).
Parasailing is fun, safe and exciting for the whole family, regardless of age or skills.
Pacific Parasail can take flyers from ages 6 to...how old is your grandma ?
By the way, kids age 6-10 fly free ( with full fare adult). It's a great way to spend some quality time with your child !