This 12-acre park in the South Lake Union neighborhood is the perfect place to learn about the region's industrial and maritime heritage.
In addition to its restored shoreline, model boat pond, and boat launch, Lake Union is home to Seattle's Museum of History and Industry (MOHAI). The largest heritage organization in Washington, portions of its extensive collection are on display at the historic Naval Reserve Armory. Don't miss seeing Boeing's first commercial plane, the 1919 Boeing B1.
Museum tickets are $21.95 for adults, and free for members and youth under 14. There are also discounts for groups, seniors, students, and military. All of the museum's permanent exhibits are FREE on the first Thursday of each month, so be sure to stop by if you are in town at this time!
The other key attraction at Lake Union Park is the Center for Wooden Boats. This organization hosts exhibits about watercraft and the maritime history of the Pacific Northwest. In addition, it offers boat rentals, allowing visitors to enjoy the waters of Lake Union the same way their grandparents' generation did.
Boats available for rent include large and small sailboats, rowboats, canoes, and kayaks. No motorboats are offered for rent. Prices range from $35-65 per hour, with discounts available for members. If you live in Seattle or plan to spend a lot of time there, various season passes are available for the April-September boating season.
Cover photo "Lake Union Houseboats" by Stephen P. Johnson is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0