One of Seattle’s top attractions is Lake Union, a freshwater glacial lake enhancing the aesthetics of the area while also offering a number of recreational activities. For those who want to be in the water, kayaking, standup paddle boarding and canoeing are popular activities. If you’d rather stay dry there are a number of things to do around Lake Union’s shores, mainly exploring the many scenic parks like Fairview Park, South Lake Union Park, North Passage Point Park, Gas Works Park, and Terry Pettus Park.
While at Lake Union you can also visit the Naval Reserve Building, home to the Museum of History & Industry (MOHAI). Along with a permanent collection holding over 100,000 objects, -- some of which include Seattle artifacts, local inventions, maritime pieces, local artwork and historical textiles -- there are rotating exhibits, historical workshops and lectures, and public tours.
If you enjoy festivals, don’t miss the annual Lake Union Wooden Boat Festival that takes place each July. The event pays homage to Seattle’s maritime heritage by giving people the chance to sail on historic wooden ships, see an array of beautiful wooden boats, listen to live music, indulge in tasty food and drink and even craft their own tiny wooden boats.
To enhance your water experience with some background information, there are a number of tours focused on Lake Union, for example a Seattle Kayak Tour on Lake Union. This excursion allows you to follow a knowledgeable guide on kayak, paddling through this beautiful natural attraction while taking in sights like the nearby parks, secluded coves, Fremont Bridge and the waterfront houseboats made famous in Sleepless in Seattle.