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Lake Union, Seattle

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#4 of 6 in Nature in Seattle
Water Body · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
Lake Union is a freshwater lake located entirely within the city limits of Seattle, Washington, United States. It is a major part of the Lake Washington Ship Canal. The easternmost point of the lake is the Ship Canal Bridge, which carries Interstate 5 over the eastern arm of the lake and separates Lake Union from Portage Bay. Lake Union is the namesake of the neighborhoods located on its east and west shores: Eastlake and Westlake respectively. The northern shore of the lake is home to Gas Works Park. Notable features of the southern area of the lake—collectively known as the South Lake Union district—include Lake Union Park, Museum of History & Industry (MOHAI), and the Center for Wooden Boats.

The George Washington Memorial Bridge (also known as the Aurora Bridge) carries State Route 99 over the western arm of Lake Union. The Aurora Bridge is so named because it carries Aurora Ave N down the western side of the lake. Lake Union's westernmost point can be considered the Fremont Cut, which is located just west of the Aurora Bridge and is spanned by the Fremont Bridge. The Fremont Bridge carries Fremont Ave N between the neighborhoods of Fremont and Queen Anne and separates Lake Union from the rest of the Lake Washington Ship Canal to the west.

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  • There are only a few "hot tub boats" in the world and most of them are here on Lake Union! You can rent one and go on the lake boating and hot tubbing....it is an experience you will never forget...  more »
  • Lake union is within the city centre and so can walk there or from. Sea planes take off and land here, just 30 minutes or so to fly to Victoria on Vancouver island, the capital of British Columbia in....  more »
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  • Scenic Lake abutting Downtown Seattle. Developed, but fairly smartly as seems to be the Seattle way. Gasworks Park at the opposite end from downtown (north), on an abuttment of land with waterways breaking to either side. The lake is lined by marinas and houseboats, many of which are stunning and worth the time to view. You can travel the lake by kayak ( recommend Northwest Outdoor Center, off Westlake Ave N) or electric boat (recommend Electric Boat Co, same location); we did both. Kayaking much less expensive and gives you a more intimate experience. I am sure other options are available, from stand-up paddle-boarding to motorboat rental. This is a definite must-do when visiting Seattle. Cap it off with a quick drive over to Fremont for a meal, a drink and a sunset view of Seattle from Gasworks Park.
  • Scenic Lake abutting Downtown Seattle. Developed, but fairly smartly as seems to be the Seattle way. Gasworks Park at the opposite end from downtown (north), on an abuttment of land with waterways breaking to either side. The lake is lined by marinas and houseboats, many of which are stunning and worth the time to view. You can travel the lake by kayak ( recommend Northwest Outdoor Center, off Westlake Ave N) or electric boat (recommend Electric Boat Co, same location); we did both. Kayaking much less expensive and gives you a more intimate experience. I am sure other options are available, from stand-up paddle-boarding to motorboat rental. This is a definite must-do when visiting Seattle. Cap it off with a quick drive over to Fremont for a meal, a drink and a sunset view of Seattle from Gasworks Park.

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