Cruising through the gentle waters of Venice's hidden canals while sipping on champagne with your boo is a top bucket-list item. But did you know you can get that amazing experience on an affordable gondola ride in Washington? It's also the only spot in all of the Pacific Northwest where you can cruise on one!

The Gig Harbor Gondola is an actual 36-foot Venetian gondola shipped all the way from Italy. It will take you for a sail around the beautiful bay in Puget Sound with stunning views of Mount Rainier.

For $85, two people can get a private tour of half the harbor for an hour.

We won't blame you if you want to stay longer. If you'd like, you can opt for a 1.5-hour package that'll take you around the entire marina for $115 for two. 

If your friends or fam want to join in on the fun, it's only $20 per additional person. 

You can even bring your own food and booze on this love-jaunt— just pop by the general store on the shore to pick up a bottle of bubbly or prosecco and toast away. 

To make it feel even more authentic, your gondolier John "Cinque" Synco is dressed the part in his red and white striped shirt and hat.

He'll offer you plates of salami, cheese, crackers, fruit or white chocolate dolce for an added cost of $12. 

Originally from California, the operator perfected this style of rowing in Europe before setting up this charming experience on the shores of Washington.

He croons some dreamy Italian tunes during the journey too! It's this passion that keeps the business open year-round. 

Although these rides are popular to enjoy during the Evergreen State's bright summers when kayaks and paddleboards fill the cool waters, it operates rain-or-shine.

Remember to dress warm though, get your hot cocoa, and bring your cuddle-mate! Blankets are also provided onboard for those who tend to get extra chilly.  

Either way, Valentine's Day is just around the corner, and we're yet to find a sweeter deal than drifting on the water, as the sun dips on a romantic boat.

Gig Harbor Gondola

Price: $85 for two people for 1 hour; $115 for two people for 1.5 hours

Address: Gig Harbor Marina & Boatyard, 3117 Harborview Dr, WA

Why You Need To Go: You can go on a romantic cruise in an authentic Venetian gondola without getting on a plane.


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