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Gas Works Park, Seattle

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Jog, picnic, fly a kite, or just take in the views at one of the city's most unusual and popular hangouts,Gas Works Park. Formerly the site of the Seattle gasification plant, the present-day park is the result of highly creative urban renewal projects. Combining a great view of the city, wide green spaces, and the remains of the old plant, the park retains a special character and serves as a great place for a variety of outdoor activities. Parts of the park have been remodeled into a children's play area, and there's also an artificial hill where your kite can catch some lift. The large parking lot and nearby bike lanes provide easy access. Put Gas Works Park on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Seattle day trip site .
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  • Gas works park is a great place to walk in the rain with great water front views of Lake Union and great old industrial to photograph .  more »
  • This is an ideal location to get out of the car and stretch your legs and take a short but beautiful walk through the now defunct Gas Works (see the great rusted pipe gas works which now looks like ar...  more »
  • We hiked up and around Gas Works Park on the north shore of Lake Union. This hill is on the site of the former Seattle Gas Light company gasification plant. Perched on top is a large walkable sundial....  more »
  • What a lovely, and interesting, unknown site. When I say "unknown" I mean that it's missing from guide books. This means it can be busy with locals. Great views over North Seattle, there's always lots of traffic out on the water. Because of the small steep hill built into the park, it's good for kite flying. There's a decent flat area for walking and playing. But what makes the park so different are the actual preserved gas works within its boundaries. Unique.
  • This is an excellent view of the city and a great place to picnic or fly kites in the summer. It can get windy so you may want to bring a vest just in case. Very pet friendly here as well. There are a lot of very interesting old boilers and machines that are perfect for photo ops, but be careful when entering the covered area where the colorfully painted tubes and tanks are housed; people live in there. If you want to preview this from the water, you can take the Ride the Ducks tour from the space needle or rent a boat from Hot Tub Boat Rentals.
  • This is an ideal location to get out of the car and stretch your legs and take a short but beautiful walk through the now defunct Gas Works (see the great rusted pipe gas works which now looks like art sculptures) climb a short grassy knoll and see Seattle in the distance as it glimmers from the backdrop of beautiful lake Union. Dogs are OK, bring the leach and the pickup bag. Great place for a picnic lunch too. The crowd on top of the hill is usually thick with people taking photos and group pictures. Worth the trip. Parking is free. Great for dates, couples, families, solo runs or walks, etc. Also a great bike ride if you don't mind the steep hill assent.
  • This park has fantastic views. You can see the space needle and Seattle skylines. Seems like abandoned gas works factory. Great location for taking plenty of pictures. I guess best would be summer so that the sun ☀ is in the northern sky so that it illuminates Seattle nicely. This one does have a restroom but highly recommended not to use. Parking is plenty and free.
  • It used to be an oil refinery and the city did a great job of making new friends but keeping the old. Lake union has changed much over the years so it’s no longer poisonous to swim here but I still would not. Just enjoy this great park from the land. Clint the hill in any day but July 4 then come back July 4 and remember what it was like to climb then. Lots and lots of picnic spots any day of the week—except July 4. 😁
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