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Green Lake Park, Seattle

#2 of 6 in Nature in Seattle
Water Body · Hidden Gem · Park
Surrounding a glacial lake, Green Lake Park features landscaped lawns and scattered trees that reflect off the glacial waters. The park was part of the 1903 Olmsted Plan, which aimed to create interconnected green spaces throughout Seattle. Set out on the dirt footpath or the two-lane bicycle and stroller path, which stretch the 4.5 km (2.8 mi) perimeter of the lake. You'll see soccer games, Tai Chi classes, and other outdoor activities in the park's open spaces. At the community center, take a dip in the outdoor swimming area, or visit the bathhouse that has been converted into a small theater venue. PutGreen Lake Park into our Seattle trip itinerary builder and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • We love Green Lake! The playground is pretty soggy at the moment--there were signs referencing a "drainage problem." And, of course, COVID is messing everything up right now. Overall, though, this....  more »
  • Pioneers first settled at Green Lake in the 1860’s, and the area was annexed into Seattle in 1891. The water level was lowered in 1911 to form more park space, cutting off the water inflow and...  more »
  • Many people do not realize that the Green Lake Park and surrounding attractions were inspired by Central Park and Golden Gate Park. Green Lake is a man-made lake with a 3 mile trail around it. The lake itself offers SUP, kayak, and paddle boat rentals. Early in the morning you can enjoy watching the crew teams row. Connected to the park is a mini-gold course, an off leash dog park, baseball fields, tennis courts, the Woodland Zoo, the Woodland Park, and even a small fishing park...all of these green spaces are link together, though locals tend to view them as separate entities. Much of Seattle visits Green Lake on sunny days and it is a common date site with coffee shops and restaurants around the perimeter.
  • We went to the swimming area by Seattle Public Theatre. It's free! And it's safe! There is a very shallow place inside a rope. To go outside the rope, guards ask that you pass a quick swimming test. Then you can use the driving deck.

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