Best lakes in Seattle

Check out the top lakes in Seattle, reviewed and ranked by the city’s locals
1. Green Lake
1. Green Lake
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347 local reviews
Green Lake, Seattle
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Sharda
Green Lake Park is a Olmsted Brother's park now in a dense urban neighborhood. Given to the City of Seattle in…
Shannon
Green Lake is one of Seattle's favorite gathering places! Why? First, the centerpiece of the park is a huge…
Aleksandra
Green Lake is one of Seattle's most beloved parks. Its expanse of water and green space in the center of a…
1. Green Lake
1. Green Lake
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347 local reviews
Green Lake, Seattle
Sharda
Sharda
Green Lake Park is a Olmsted Brother's park now in a dense urban neighborhood. Given to the City of Seattle in 1905, It's walking/running/bi…
Shannon
Shannon
Green Lake is one of Seattle's favorite gathering places! Why? First, the centerpiece of the park is a huge lake! Just sitting on a bench…
Aleksandra
Aleksandra
Green Lake is one of Seattle's most beloved parks. Its expanse of water and green space in the center of a dense urban neighborhood draws…
2. Gas Works Park
2. Gas Works Park
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441 local reviews
2101 N Northlake Way, Seattle
Closed · Opens 6:00 AM
+1 206-684-4075
ParkPoint of interestEstablishment
Shawn
This is the park of Fremont area. It was once an industrial gas plant that was turned into a park many years…
Pamela
Gas Works Park has a play area with a large play barn, and big hill popular for flying kites. Special park…
Candace
This park is along side of the Burke Gilman Trail which is a fabulous running, jogging, walking and biking…
2. Gas Works Park
2. Gas Works Park
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441 local reviews
2101 N Northlake Way, Seattle
Closed · Opens 6:00 AM
+1 206-684-4075
Shawn
Shawn
This is the park of Fremont area. It was once an industrial gas plant that was turned into a park many years ago. The industrial towers are…
Pamela
Pamela
Gas Works Park has a play area with a large play barn, and big hill popular for flying kites. Special park features include a sundial, and a…
Candace
Candace
This park is along side of the Burke Gilman Trail which is a fabulous running, jogging, walking and biking trail which stretches from…
3. Ballard (Hiram M. Chittenden) Locks
3. Ballard (Hiram M. Chittenden) Locks
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414 local reviews
3015 NW 54th St, Seattle
Closed · Opens 7:00 AM
+1 206-780-2500
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Craig
The Ballard Locks carry more boat traffic than any other lock in the US, and the Locks, along with the fish…
Ashley
All Free. Catch the salmon room in the fall to have an incredible experience! Year-round visitor center,…
Angel
The Hiram M. Chittenden Locks, or Ballard Locks, is a complex of locks at the west end of Salmon Bay, in…
3. Ballard (Hiram M. Chittenden) Locks
3. Ballard (Hiram M. Chittenden) Locks
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414 local reviews
3015 NW 54th St, Seattle
Closed · Opens 7:00 AM
+1 206-780-2500
Craig
Craig
The Ballard Locks carry more boat traffic than any other lock in the US, and the Locks, along with the fish ladder and the surrounding Carl…
Ashley
Ashley
All Free. Catch the salmon room in the fall to have an incredible experience! Year-round visitor center, beautiful gardens and, of course,…
Angel
Angel
The Hiram M. Chittenden Locks, or Ballard Locks, is a complex of locks at the west end of Salmon Bay, in Seattle, Washington's Lake…
4. Museum of History & Industry (MOHAI)
4. Museum of History & Industry (MOHAI)
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165 local reviews
860 Terry Ave N, Seattle
Closed · Opens 10:00 AM
+1 206-324-1126
MuseumPoint of interestEstablishment
Rory
Museum of ­History & Industry This museum doesn’t have the most enticing name (although it’s known locally as…
Allison
LOVE this place. History and Industry doesn't sound very interesting but this museum is freaking fascinating…
Melanie
I wouldn't miss this. MOHAI as known in Seattle reopened in late 2012, with new galleries and multimedia…
4. Museum of History & Industry (MOHAI)
4. Museum of History & Industry (MOHAI)
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165 local reviews
860 Terry Ave N, Seattle
Closed · Opens 10:00 AM
+1 206-324-1126
Rory
Rory
Museum of ­History & Industry This museum doesn’t have the most enticing name (although it’s known locally as MOHAI, which at least is…
Allison
Allison
LOVE this place. History and Industry doesn't sound very interesting but this museum is freaking fascinating if you ask me - with great…
Melanie
Melanie
I wouldn't miss this. MOHAI as known in Seattle reopened in late 2012, with new galleries and multimedia displays, in a new location in…
5. Green Lake
5. Green Lake
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112 local reviews
Green Lake, Seattle
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Christy
It's a park that surrounds a lake. The inner trail is ~3 miles of flat walking, riding or blading. Expect to…
Happy Nimbus
Our very own man made lake that is flooded with walkers, joggers of all shapes and sizes. The outer loop is…
Shannon
A very popular park with a 2.8 mile trail that surrounds the lake. Very crowded on warm, sunny days. …
5. Green Lake
5. Green Lake
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112 local reviews
Green Lake, Seattle
Christy
Christy
It's a park that surrounds a lake. The inner trail is ~3 miles of flat walking, riding or blading. Expect to see a lot of dogs, kids,…
Happy Nimbus
Happy Nimbus
Our very own man made lake that is flooded with walkers, joggers of all shapes and sizes. The outer loop is roughly 3 miles will the inner…
Shannon
Shannon
A very popular park with a 2.8 mile trail that surrounds the lake. Very crowded on warm, sunny days. Swimming available, wading pools with…
6. Seward Park
6. Seward Park
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131 local reviews
Seward Park, Seattle
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Belinda
The 300 acres of Seward Park has about a 120 acre surviving remnant of old growth forest, providing a glimpse…
Kerry
Seward Park is right down the hill from us. The Audobon Society is hosted there. We have Native Bald Eagle…
Mark
This used to be an island before they connected Lake Washington to the Puget Sound with the ship canal. The…
6. Seward Park
6. Seward Park
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131 local reviews
Seward Park, Seattle
Belinda
Belinda
The 300 acres of Seward Park has about a 120 acre surviving remnant of old growth forest, providing a glimpse of what some of the lake shore…
Kerry
Kerry
Seward Park is right down the hill from us. The Audobon Society is hosted there. We have Native Bald Eagle families and their nests, an old…
Mark
Mark
This used to be an island before they connected Lake Washington to the Puget Sound with the ship canal. The only place in Seattle that…
7. Seward Park
7. Seward Park
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116 local reviews
5900 Lake Washington Blvd S, Seattle
Closed · Opens 6:00 AM
+1 206-684-4396
ParkPoint of interestEstablishment
Mark And Katie
Seward Park is a great spot to get outside for some fresh air and/or exercise. It has a great walking/running/…
Bryan
'Seward Park boasts 300 acres of beautiful forest land, home to eagles' nests, old growth forest, a 2.4 mile…
Allison
Drive or Uber to get here - it is an oasis in the city with a 3 mile walking, running or biking path around a…
7. Seward Park
7. Seward Park
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116 local reviews
5900 Lake Washington Blvd S, Seattle
Closed · Opens 6:00 AM
+1 206-684-4396
Mark And Katie
Mark And Katie
Seward Park is a great spot to get outside for some fresh air and/or exercise. It has a great walking/running/biking trail that loops around…
Bryan
Bryan
'Seward Park boasts 300 acres of beautiful forest land, home to eagles' nests, old growth forest, a 2.4 mile bike and walking path, an…
Allison
Allison
Drive or Uber to get here - it is an oasis in the city with a 3 mile walking, running or biking path around a peninsula surrounded by Lake…
8. Agua Verde Paddle Club
8. Agua Verde Paddle Club
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108 local reviews
1307 NE Boat St, Seattle
Closed · Opens Friday 12:00 PM (noon)
+1 206-545-8570 ext. 2
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Peggy & Kevin
Take a walk or a short bike ride across the University bridge to Aqua Verde. See Seattle from the water! …
Diana
Take a walk or a short bike ride across the University bridge to Aqua Verde. See Seattle from the water! Rent…
Markus
Not only a great Mexican restaurant with killer margs and an outdoor patio that's sheltered in rain - but…
8. Agua Verde Paddle Club
8. Agua Verde Paddle Club
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108 local reviews
1307 NE Boat St, Seattle
Closed · Opens Friday 12:00 PM (noon)
+1 206-545-8570 ext. 2
Peggy & Kevin
Peggy & Kevin
Take a walk or a short bike ride across the University bridge to Aqua Verde. See Seattle from the water! Rent a kayak and paddle around…
Diana
Diana
Take a walk or a short bike ride across the University bridge to Aqua Verde. See Seattle from the water! Rent a kayak and paddle around Lake…
Markus
Markus
Not only a great Mexican restaurant with killer margs and an outdoor patio that's sheltered in rain - but kayak rentals for touring around…
9. Westward
9. Westward
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107 local reviews
2501 N Northlake Way, Seattle
Closed · Opens 5:00 PM
+1 206-552-8215
BarRestaurantPoint of interest
Bret
Westward is on the shores of Lake Union and locals often arrive by on boat and tie up on the dock during…
Bryan
Beautiful location for dinner or just happy hour. Grab an Adirondack chair by the fire pit and enjoy stunning…
Eric And Arisa
Best place in town to enjoy a glass of rose, sitting in an adirondack watching the sun set over South Lake…
9. Westward
9. Westward
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107 local reviews
2501 N Northlake Way, Seattle
Closed · Opens 5:00 PM
+1 206-552-8215
Bret
Bret
Westward is on the shores of Lake Union and locals often arrive by on boat and tie up on the dock during dinner. On a sunny day, relax on…
Bryan
Bryan
Beautiful location for dinner or just happy hour. Grab an Adirondack chair by the fire pit and enjoy stunning views of the Seattle skyline…
Eric And Arisa
Eric And Arisa
Best place in town to enjoy a glass of rose, sitting in an adirondack watching the sun set over South Lake Union and Seattle. Their seafood…
10. Madison Park Beach
10. Madison Park Beach
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69 local reviews
1900 43rd Ave E, Seattle
Open · Closes 11:30 PM
+1 206-684-7796
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Julia & Bjarni
This is our local beach (it has some sand, but mostly grass). In the summer time it is packed with Seattlites…
Della
Want to sunbathe with locals? Madison Street runs from downtown Seattle all the way through Capitol Hill,…
Rebecca
Great lake washington swimming spot. Diving boards and fresh water. Great people watching too, be ready to…
10. Madison Park Beach
10. Madison Park Beach
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69 local reviews
1900 43rd Ave E, Seattle
Open · Closes 11:30 PM
+1 206-684-7796
Julia & Bjarni
Julia & Bjarni
This is our local beach (it has some sand, but mostly grass). In the summer time it is packed with Seattlites from the city who come to…
Della
Della
Want to sunbathe with locals? Madison Street runs from downtown Seattle all the way through Capitol Hill, ending in the posh Madison Park…
Rebecca
Rebecca
Great lake washington swimming spot. Diving boards and fresh water. Great people watching too, be ready to have some fun. Hang on the left…
11. Green Lake Park
11. Green Lake Park
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53 local reviews
7201 East Green Lake Dr N, Seattle
+1 206-684-4075
ParkPoint of interestEstablishment
John
Green Lake is one of Seattle's most beloved parks. Its expanse of water and green space in the center of a…
Nathan
Green Lake is one of Seattle's most beloved parks. Its expanse of water and green space in the center of a…
Judith
If you have an hour and a reasonable amount of energy, just walk over the ridge and down and around the lake…
11. Green Lake Park
11. Green Lake Park
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53 local reviews
7201 East Green Lake Dr N, Seattle
+1 206-684-4075
John
John
Green Lake is one of Seattle's most beloved parks. Its expanse of water and green space in the center of a dense urban neighborhood draws…
Nathan
Nathan
Green Lake is one of Seattle's most beloved parks. Its expanse of water and green space in the center of a dense urban neighborhood draws…
Judith
Judith
If you have an hour and a reasonable amount of energy, just walk over the ridge and down and around the lake (2.8 miles all the way around)…
12. Magnuson Park
12. Magnuson Park
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51 local reviews
7400 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle
Open · Closes 11:30 PM
+1 206-684-4075
ParkPoint of interestEstablishment
Fabio
Magnuson Park is a 350 acre park on Sand Point at Pontiac Bay, Lake Washington, in the Sand Point neighborhood…
Kerry
Beautiful lakeside park with beaches, trails, kayak & sailboat rentals. Views across the lake to Mt. Rainier,…
Karen
One of Seattle’s great parks! Located on Lake Washington it offers bird watching,walking paths and nature…
12. Magnuson Park
12. Magnuson Park
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51 local reviews
7400 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle
Open · Closes 11:30 PM
+1 206-684-4075
Fabio
Fabio
Magnuson Park is a 350 acre park on Sand Point at Pontiac Bay, Lake Washington, in the Sand Point neighborhood of Seattle, Washington. The…
Kerry
Kerry
Beautiful lakeside park with beaches, trails, kayak & sailboat rentals. Views across the lake to Mt. Rainier, the Cascades & Mt. Baker…
Karen
Karen
One of Seattle’s great parks! Located on Lake Washington it offers bird watching,walking paths and nature trails. Also known as a kite…