The various parks intertwined throughout the city’s concrete landscape provide breathtaking views, waterfront recreation, luscious green scenery and park amenities that help contribute to Seattle’s reputation as the Emerald City.
Lake Union Park is no exception, as it is home to a number of activities and dining experiences to fill an afternoon, no matter the weather.
Center for Wooden Boats
Nestled in a perfect location on the waterfront of Lake Union Park is The Center for Wooden Boats, where a collection of antique wooden boats is on display for visitors to learn about and experience firsthand. Visitors can participate in workshops or take one of the available boats to rent out for a spin and sail the way mariners have for centuries.
The Museum of History and Industry also sits in this waterfront park and has rotating exhibits year round where visitors can educate themselves on various historical time periods and how they affected the Seattle region and the nation as a whole. The exhibit “True Northwest: The Seattle Journey” digs deep into significant historical events such as when Native Americans first came into contact with Europeans in the area, the Great Fire of 1889, how the two world wars and the World’s Fair impacted the city, and much more.
Not only does the park provide terrific views of the Space Needle and Lake Union, but you can also find a number of park benches and grassy areas for picnics, a Spraypark where you can cool off on warm days and ducks roaming the grounds. A variety of cruises depart from the park area if you want to venture out on the water including Soundview Sunset Cruises, Argosy Cruises, Hot Tub Boats and Lake Union Charters up the road, with Kenmore Air seaplane tours accessible close by via the Lake Union Park Bridge.
The Emerald City has its fair share of great dining views and Daniel’s Broiler Prime Steaks and Seafood adds to that list. Enjoy USDA prime steaks complemented by waterfront dining overlooking Lake Union, with glimpses of Gas Works Park and Queen Anne off in the distance. MOHAI’s South Lake Café is no slouch either when it comes to views to pair with a wide selection of sandwiches, salads, soups and desserts. Just across the street on Westlake Avenue North you can find Italian food at Buca di Beppo, barbecue and American at Cask & Trotter or grab a drink at the contemporary, hip Art Marble 21 featuring happy hour and a 3,000-square-foot game room.