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Lake Union, Seattle

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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 visited Lake Union on a tour and saw house boats which we really enjoyed and it reminded us of Sausalito, California. As we passed the houseboats, people were lounging on their patios and reading a...  more »
  • I must admit the day we went it was raining, which made it feel a little miserable. However despite that the views were great and there was a tranquil feeling about it. Easiest to access from the tram...  more »
  • We visited the lake as part of the 'Ride the Ducks' tour. It's a nice lake with lots of activities and a nice view of the skyline of Seattle. There are houseboats in different sizes and are fun to loo...  more »

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