Gas Works Park Tours
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Locals flock to Seattle’s Gas Works Park for its grassy hills and steampunk-esque former gas plant structures. Set at the northern end of Lake Union, visitors come to fly kites, picnic, watch sailboat races, and take in skyline views. This National Historic Landmark appeared in the 1999 movie 10 Things I Hate About You.
Gas Works Park isn’t usually on the docket for many tourists, but it’s a worthwhile diversion as one of Seattle’s most beautiful parks. You might spend an afternoon or evening here, taking in the sunset over Lake Union from the top of Kite Hill. Or, watch a Tuesday night Duck Dodge, the summertime sailboat races that draw scores of boats. Many visitors bring lawn chairs and a picnic, or fly a kite when the breeze off the lake is strong enough. At the very least, this is a great spot to photograph the Seattle skyline, laid out as a backdrop against sparkling Lake Union.
Things to Know Before You Go
- Gas Works Park is free to enter.
- Parking is also free in the provided lot . If you come on a busy summer evening, be prepared to find street parking, which may have a 2-hour limit.
- While there are a handful of picnic tables, they tend to be occupied during peak times. Be prepared by bringing your own supplies.
- The park has public restrooms.
How to Get There
Gas Works Park is located at the northern end of Lake Union, near the Fremont and Wallingford neighborhoods, off Northlake Way. It is easily accessible by car or bus numbers 31 and 32. Cyclists can reach the park using the Burke-Gilman Trail, a paved multi-use path that runs alongside the park.
When to Get There
Gas Works Park is open from 6 am to 10 pm daily. It’s worth a visit any time of year, but the park shows off Seattle at its best on summer evenings. At dusk, the city’s skyline and the lake are stunning. However, this can also be the busiest time to visit. If avoiding crowds is your priority, stop by during the day, or go on a weekday.
Fourth of July
Gas Works is especially popular on the Fourth of July. Each year, Seattle launches an incredible fireworks show from a barge in Lake Union, and the park is one of the best viewpoints in the city. Admission is free, but you can purchase reserved seating in advance. Ahead of the show, there are food vendors, live music, a beer garden, pie-eating contests, sack races, and exhibit booths.
Address: 2101 N Northlake Way, Seattle, Washington 98103, USA
7 Tours and Activities to Experience Gas Works Park
Let's explore the busiest locks in the nation, the Hiram Chittenden Locks! We will watch boats "lock through" and watch for baby salmon (smolts) going out to sea, and adults returning to navigate the fish ladder on their way home to spawn. The resident harbor seals and herons are always fun to watch too! We will learn how this critical component of our maritime industry and history transformed Seattle, and it's role in managing our fresh water lake systems. Then we're off to Gas Works to learn about this one-of-a-kind park, where we will see float planes taking off and landing, and enjoy stunning views of the city. Finally we will visit to the houseboat communities along Lake Union, a uniquely Seattle experience! Kids aged 8 and up are welcome, as I do not have car seats for younger ones.
Enjoy the sights and sounds of Seattle from the water on this comfortable, 2-hour, cocktail cruise along Lake Union. Watch seaplane arrivals and departures and see landmark Seattle locations like the iconic Space Needle, Seattle Great Wheel, the Fremont Bridge, Gas Works Park, the University of Washington and much more — plus a plethora of floating homes, including the one from the popular movie ‘Sleepless in Seattle.’ Choose from a morning, midday, afternoon or evening cruise. The first round of drinks is included.
Cruise Lake Union to see Seattle's best sights from the water while sipping your favorite cocktail on this private cruise. Enjoy personalized attention from the staff and captain for your private group as you make your way past famous sights such as the Fremont Bridge, the Space Needle, and St. Mark's Cathedral. Bring a picnic or food from a favorite restaurant to munch on while you travel. This family-friendly cruise welcomes all ages.
Flytographer 60 Minute Vacation Photoshoot Connect with a local professional photographer in Seattle and capture your most memorable moments during this private photoshoot. Get insider tips on the best things to do in Seattle, including where to eat and what to see from your vacation photographer. Return from your trip with beautiful, high-quality, vacation photos. The best souvenir ever.
This private photo session gives you 30 minutes with a professional photographer in Seattle. Capture your most memorable moments on camera at a location of your choosing, such as Pike Place Market, Pioneer Square, or Seattle Center—ideal for individuals, couples, families, and groups of friends. The high-quality photo package makes for a great souvenir.
Revel in personalized attention and enjoy a flexible itinerary on this private Lake Union cruise. Sip a cocktail or soft drink while your guide points out the luxe waterfront mansions that line the shore. Other sights include the floating homes of all varieties, views of seaplanes taking off and landing, and an array of drawbridges, some almost 100 years old. This private tour can accommodate up to 6 passengers.
Frequently Asked Questions
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What's the best way to experience Gas Works Park?
The best ways to experience Gas Works Park are:
- Seattle Ballard Locks, Gas Works Park and Houseboats Tour
- Seattle's Favorite Sightseeing and Cocktail Cruise
- Private Seattle Sightseeing and Cocktail Cruise
- 60 Minute Private Vacation Photography Session with Photographer in Seattle
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