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Green Lake Park, Seattle

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#2 of 6 in Nature in Seattle
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Surrounding a glacial lake, Green Lake Park features landscaped lawns and scattered trees that reflect off the glacial waters. The park was part of the 1903 Olmsted Plan, which aimed to create interconnected green spaces throughout Seattle. Set out on the dirt footpath or the two-lane bicycle and stroller path, which stretch the 4.5 km (2.8 mi) perimeter of the lake. You'll see soccer games, Tai Chi classes, and other outdoor activities in the park's open spaces. At the community center, take a dip in the outdoor swimming area, or visit the bathhouse that has been converted into a small theater venue. To visit Green Lake Park on your holiday in Seattle, and find out what else Seattle has to offer, use our Seattle vacation trip planner.
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  • This is my favorite place to walk - the circular track is just the right length (about 3 miles) to feel like you are getting a good work out without over doing it. It is also a very scenic walk with t...  more »
  • Very nice park-lots of dogs. Flat, comfortable walking paths. We wanted to rent boats, but it started raining.  more »
  • The walk around the lake is just the right distance for a coffee and talk with a friend. I always try and urge my friends to meet me here when we need to catch up. Winter or Summer, if it's not rainin...  more »
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  • This is where the locals go on nice days! You can rent boats and boards at the boathouse, bring a blanket and have a picnic, hang out on the beach, go for a run, whatever you want to do. There is incredible people (and dog) watching here, and you will most likely see some cool birds (eagles, osprey, & blue herons are pretty common). I like to bring some lawn games as there is plenty of room. If you are into Pokemon Go, this park has a ton of stops and usually some interesting pokemon. This park has something for everyone!
  • Green lakes is a jewel in an already beautiful city. There are so many things going on here. A walking/running path around the lake. A large lake to look at. A big playground for the youth. Basketball courts. Baseball diamond. So many people.
  • As the most used Park in the state of Washington there's nothing more to say it is gorgeous wonderful walking paths boat rentals food everything you could possibly want. It's not a miniature version of Central Park as some people describe it. It is its own park that is unique unto itself.
  • Love this park. Great wide open fields of all different types. A Great Lake front: you can rent paddle boats and such. Little shops on the sides, amazing trail the stretches all the way around. Great for walking, biking, and lots more.
  • Well paved trail around the lake and lots of green space to enjoy the outdoors. Toddlers and little kids play area is also relatively large and engaging. We love going to this park as a family.