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One of Seattle’s top attractions is Lake Union, a freshwater glacial lake enhancing the aesthetics of the area while also offering a number of recreational activities. For those who want to be in the water, kayaking, standup paddle boarding and canoeing are popular activities. If you’d rather stay dry there are a number of things to do around Lake Union’s shores, mainly exploring the many scenic parks like Fairview Park, South Lake Union Park, North Passage Point Park, Gas Works Park, and Terry Pettus Park. 

While at Lake Union you can also visit the Naval Reserve Building, home to the Museum of History & Industry (MOHAI). Along with a permanent collection holding over 100,000 objects, -- some of which include Seattle artifacts, local inventions, maritime pieces, local artwork and historical textiles -- there are rotating exhibits, historical workshops and lectures, and public tours.

If you enjoy festivals, don’t miss the annual Lake Union Wooden Boat Festival that takes place each July. The event pays homage to Seattle’s maritime heritage by giving people the chance to sail on historic wooden ships, see an array of beautiful wooden boats, listen to live music, indulge in tasty food and drink and even craft their own tiny wooden boats.

To enhance your water experience with some background information, there are a number of tours focused on Lake Union, for example a Seattle Kayak Tour on Lake Union. This excursion allows you to follow a knowledgeable guide on kayak, paddling through this beautiful natural attraction while taking in sights like the nearby parks, secluded coves, Fremont Bridge and the waterfront houseboats made famous in Sleepless in Seattle.

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Best Seattle in One Day: Sightseeing Tour including Space Needle and Pike Place Market

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 341 Reviews

Not sure what to see in Seattle? Take the stress out of sightseeing on this 6-hour tour, which covers 50 miles (80 kilometers) of downtown Seattle and the ...  Read more

Location: Seattle, Washington
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $119.00

Seattle Combo Tour: City Tour, Pike Place Market and Boeing Factory

4.5 star rating: Recommended 65 Reviews

See Seattle’s essential sights in one fun, busy day on this 9-hour adventure that includes a city tour, time at Pike Place Market and a trip to the Boeing ...  Read more

Location: Seattle, Washington
Duration: 8 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $138.00

Best Seattle Seaplane Flight from Lake Union

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 10 Reviews

See the sights of Seattle during a 20-minute flight in a 5- or 10-passenger seaplane. Everyone gets a window seat on this flightseeing tour over Seattle’s ...  Read more

Location: Seattle, Washington
Duration: 20 minutes (approx.)

From USD $101.00

Seattle Locks Cruise

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 89 Reviews

Enjoy beautiful views of Seattle from the water on this relaxing cruise along the Ballard Locks, connecting Puget Sound, Lake Union and Lake Washington. Watch ...  Read more

Location: Seattle, Washington
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $40.52

Seattle Highlights Sightseeing Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 16 Reviews

Pair pop culture with history during this 1.5-hour sightseeing tour of Seattle by minibus. Drive by city highlights like Pike Place Market, Pioneer Square and ...  Read more

Location: Seattle, Washington
Duration: 90 minutes (approx.)

From USD $36.00

2-Hour Cruise on Lake Union

Experience Hawaii in Seattle aboard Candere , Seattle's only private Cocktail Cruise! While cruising Lake Union, you'll view seaplane take-off and landings ...  Read more

Location: Seattle, Washington
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $60.00

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