More than just the second largest lake in all of Washington State, Lake Washington defines Seattle as a town intimately tied to the water, and it’s here that residents come to connect with their natural surroundings. Plenty of shoreline let visitors swim, picnic, hunt for clams and crawfish, and just generally relax and play. Floating platforms allow swimmers to rest and sunbathe, and the Madrona Park is a nice wooded area that slopes down to the beach and offers a changing station. Other attractions include the Kurt Cobain bench – a nice de facto cultural memorial also serving as homage to Seattle’s large music scene.

Practical Info:

Lake Washington is the eastern body of water defining the boundaries of Seattle proper. The most popular beaches on Lake Washington are Madison Park Beach (E Madison St. and E Howe St.) and Denny Blaine Park (200 Lake Washington Blvd. E).

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

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 198 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 $109.00

Seattle Locks Cruise

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 42 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 $43.20

Lake Washington Cruise from Seattle

4.5 star rating: Recommended 18 Reviews

From picturesque houseboat districts to luxury waterfront homes and the Husky Stadium, former home to the NFL's Seahawks - this two-hour cruise is an ...  Read more

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

From USD $36.25

Seattle Shore Excursion: Pre-Cruise Sightseeing City Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 13 Reviews

Making a short stop in Seattle before embarking on a cruise? Take this three-hour pre-cruise tour of Seattle and discover the best of the beautiful Emerald ...  Read more

Location: Seattle, Washington
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $76.00

Lake Washington Cruise from Kirkland

4.5 star rating: Recommended 5 Reviews

Since 1992, guests have viewed the beautiful scenery, views of Mt. Rainier, University of Washington's Husky Stadium and luxurious waterfront homes of ...  Read more

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

From USD $32.53

Private Outdoor Adventure and Wine-Tasting Tour in Seattle

Experience the best of the Pacific Northwest on this one-of-a-kind two-part tour of the Seattle area! Spend your morning enjoying the great outdoors -- ...  Read more

Location: Seattle, Washington
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $212.91

Seattle Shore Excursion: Private Outdoor Adventure and Wine-Tasting Tour

When you’re in port in Seattle, make the most of your time by combining two of the city's best activities on this one-of-a-kind two-part shore excursion! On ...  Read more

Location: Seattle, Washington
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $212.89

Seattle Seaplane Flight: Waterfront Highlights

This exciting seaplane tour lets you admire the whole Seattle metropolitan area from a whole new perspective. Soar over downtown Seattle, Puget Sound and Lake ...  Read more

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

From USD $79.00

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