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Address: North of downtown, south of Fremont, Seattle, WA

This large, recreational lake is great for renting an electric boat,...

This large, recreational lake is great for renting an electric boat, kayaking and admiring the Seattle skyline. The new South Lake Union Park is open and easily accessible from downtown by Streetcar.

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Drop in your kayak or boat..

Such a great place! You can star gasze, enjoy sun rises and set, boat, paddle board, kayak, canoe, or simply swim! Access to gas works park, restaurants, 4th of July fireworks... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Kenmore, Washington
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Kenmore, Washington
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Such a great place! You can star gasze, enjoy sun rises and set, boat, paddle board, kayak, canoe, or simply swim! Access to gas works park, restaurants, 4th of July fireworks, and so much more! A must go to place!

Thank ormbrek
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We really enjoyed looking at the boats and house boats on the shores of Lake Union. Our only regret was the cold, rainy, and windy conditions preventing us from seeing the lake by kayak! Next time!!

Thank Michelle I
Allentown, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Like you are in a different world there. Especially like the seaplanes taking off. Very relaxing and beautiful.

Thank laredo11
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a nice and relaxing area to walk. You should be able to see many wooden boats as well as kayakers.

Thank CaptTrouble
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Postcards of 100 years ago labeled Lake Union "The Heart of Seattle". It is somewhat shaped like a heart. But the phrase over decades grown in significance as Seattle has changed with Lake Union often the best mirror of those changes. From the commercialization of natural resources, then the birth of commercial aviation, through the doldrums of the Depression and... More 

Thank Jules J
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

My fiancé and I stopped here while walking mainly because I noticed the geese were out with their babies! But the area is so beautiful! I love being down by the waterfront! There were two boats out that I'm guessing they were practicing scuba diving which was really cool but I feel in love with the geese and their babies!... More 

Thank Will H
Champaign, IL
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Reviewed 20 April 2017

We took a tour of Lake Union. It was really awesome. We saw a boat owned by Drew Barrymore's grandfather who used it to host the Rat Pack. We saw the house from Sleepless in Seattle. The floating homes are amazing. Some are floating on old timbers. There are great views of Gas Park. Around the lake is a museum,... More 

Thank Illinifan1980
Hyderabad, India
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Reviewed 16 April 2017

Very scenic and nice place to visit on a sunny day on the lake side.Beautiful views. We can relax and /or take a waalk around.

Middlebury, Vermont
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Reviewed 3 April 2017

Gorgeous view over the water. Right next to Gas Works Park as well. Try to go on a clear day and it's just nicer to sit down and have a picnic or something.

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San Diego, California
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Reviewed 27 January 2017

We had lunch in the park by the lake and this really is a picturesque view of downtown. Calm, peaceful, beautiful scenery.

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