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Lake Union, Seattle

Categories: Bodies of Water, Nature & Parks
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4.4/5 based on 180+ reviews on the web
Lake Union is a freshwater lake entirely within the Seattle, Washington city limits and a major portion of the Lake Washington Ship Canal. Its easternmost point is the Ship Canal Bridge, which carries Interstate 5 over the eastern arm of the lake and separates Lake Union from Portage Bay. Lake Union is the namesake of the neighborhoods located on its east and west shores: Eastlake and Westlake, respectively. The northern shore of the lake is home to Gas Works Park. Notable features of the southern portion of the lake—collectively known as the South Lake Union district—include Lake Union Park, Museum of History & Industry (MOHAI), and the Center for Wooden Boats.The George Washington Memorial "Aurora" Bridge carries State Route 99 over the western arm of Lake Union. The Aurora Bridge is so named because it carries Aurora Ave N down the western side of the lake. Lake Union's westernmost point can be considered the Fremont Cut, which is located just east of the Aurora Bridge and is spanned by the Fremont Bridge. The Fremont Bridge carries Fremont Ave N between the neighborhoods of Fremont and Queen Anne and separates Lake Union from the rest of the Lake Washington Ship Canal to the west.
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  • We walked here not beleiving that there could be such a beautiful relaxing spot in the vacinity, lots of old boats and planes with views of the city sat outside the Museum having a nice relaxing coffe...  read more »
  • The lake was so beautiful when surrounded by the changing leaves and I fell in love with it! There's a walking trail nearby and interesting sculptures and statues, plus you'll get to see all of the ho...  read more »
  • We're the Space Needle to the floating houses where it was filmed Sleepless in Seattle and it was a wonderful ride, and tiring because it is too far. But it was worth every kilometer walked. It is very interesting this neighborhood of houseboats. You can't walk on their catwalks as it is private property and residents had no more quiet due to amount of walk-ins. On the edge of the Lake there are bars and restaurants, including a Brazilian for the nostalgic. It wasn't our case. The Lake is fresh water and has a lock that prevents the sea advance. Have kayak rental. Anyone who doesn't want to walk, you can take a taxi. I know of no public transport to the site.
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