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Lake Washington Tours

More than just the second-largest lake in all of Washington State, Lake Washington defines Seattle as a city intimately tied to the water. Residents and visitors alike come to Lake Washington to connect with the natural beauty of the landscape, which includes views of Mt. Rainier and the Cascade Mountains.
 
The Basics
Bordered by the towns of Kirkland and Bellevue, Lake Washington is home to Mercer Island. The Lake Washington Ship Canal connects the lake to the Puget Sound. Plenty of shoreline lets visitors take in the lake’s inherent natural beauty through activities such as swimming, picnicking, and hunting for clams and crawfish. Other attractions include the Kurt Cobain bench, a cultural memorial that pays homage both to the Nirvana legend and to downtown Seattle’s vibrant music scene.

Sightseeing tours here often include a Lake Washington cruise (many with live narration from a captain or naturalist guide), views of some of the lake’s opulent waterfront homes, and a visit to the floating bridge. Some tours combine stops at Seattle’s other major water features—Lake Union and the Puget Sound—via boat, ground transportation, or even seaplane. Another option is a dinner harbor cruise, which allows you to enjoy the sunset over the water after spending the day enjoying other activities. The University of Washington operates a boat rental facility in Union Bay, where you can rent a boat and explore under your own steam in a rowboat or canoe.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • Outdoor enthusiasts, Seattle sightseers, and city slickers looking for an urban escape will love a day at Lake Washington.
  • Expect summer crowds at the most popular beaches, Madison Park Beach and Denny Blaine Park.
  • Seward Park, at the south end of Lake Washington, is the nexus for the lake’s perimeter path, perfect for pedestrians and bicyclists.
 
How to Get There
As Lake Washington defines Seattle’s eastern boundary, it’s hard to miss. There are several access points along the shore, including the Atlantic City Boat Ramp, Seward Park, Stan Sayres Memorial Park, and Warren G. Magnuson Park.
 
When to Get There
Seattle's rainy reputation is well earned, but the summer months tend to be drier and suitable for beach days or forays on the water. Most sightseeing cruises have covered interior cabins and operate rain or shine.
 
Floating Bridges
A drive over one of the world’s longest floating bridges—the Lacey V. Murrow Memorial Bridge, the Evergreen Point Floating Bridge, and the Homer M. Hadley Memorial Bridge—is totally worth a brief detour from downtown Seattle. The three floating bridges on Lake Washington connect Seattle, Mercer Island, and Bellevue. Constructed on floating concrete pylons, these engineering marvels came about by necessity, as the bottom of Lake Washington is soft, muddy, silt, which is unsuitable for anchoring a traditional suspension bridge.

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Lake Union Cruise from Seattle, Seattle, null
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Lake Union Cruise from Seattle

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 37 Reviews

From picturesque houseboat districts to panoramic views, experience the best of Seattle two different ways--Wine Tasting on Saturday or Seattle ...  Read more

Location: Seattle, Washington
Duration: 90 minutes (approx.)

From USD $36.88
Lake Washington Cruise from Kirkland, Seattle, Day Cruises
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Lake Washington Cruise from Kirkland

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 7 Reviews

Since 1992, guests have viewed the beautiful scenery, views of Mt. Rainier, University of Washington's Husky Stadium and luxurious waterfront homes of ...  Read more

Location: Seattle, Washington
Duration: 90 minutes (approx.)

From USD $36.88
Snoqualmie Falls and Seattle Winery Tour, Seattle, Day Cruises
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Snoqualmie Falls and Seattle Winery Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 446 Reviews

On the Snoqualmie Falls and Seattle winery tour you will see incredible views and taste wines at Chateau Ste. Michelle and another boutique winery. This ...  Read more

Location: Seattle, Washington
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $97.99
Seattle in One Day: Sightseeing Tour including Space Needle and Pike Place Market, Seattle, Day ... 
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Seattle in One Day: Sightseeing Tour including Space Needle and Pike Place Market

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 602 Reviews

Not sure what to see in Seattle? Take the stress out of sightseeing on this 6-hour tour, which covers 50 miles (80 kilometers) of downtown Seattle and the ...  Read more

Location: Seattle, Washington
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $146.00
Seattle Locks Cruise, Seattle, City Tours
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Seattle Locks Cruise

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 207 Reviews

Take in the spectacular views and experience the transition from salt to fresh water on a Locks Cruise! This fully narrated tour provides you with knowledge, ...  Read more

Location: Seattle, Washington
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $46.79
Seattle's Favorite Sightseeing and Cocktail Cruise, Seattle, Day Cruises
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Seattle's Favorite Sightseeing and Cocktail Cruise

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 36 Reviews

Cruise Lake Union and enjoy the sights and sounds on this 2-hour cocktail cruise. Watch seaplane take-offs and landings up close and see the iconic Space ...  Read more

Location: Seattle, Washington
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $75.00
Seattle Highlights Sightseeing Tour, Seattle, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Seattle Highlights Sightseeing Tour

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Pair pop culture with history during this 1.5-hour sightseeing tour of Seattle by minibus. Drive by city highlights like Pike Place Market, Pioneer Square and ...  Read more

Location: Seattle, Washington
Duration: 90 minutes (approx.)

From USD $42.00
Seattle Shore Excursion: Pre-Cruise Sightseeing City Tour, Seattle, City Tours
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Seattle Shore Excursion: Pre-Cruise Sightseeing City Tour

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Making a short stop in Seattle before embarking on a cruise? Take this three-hour pre-cruise tour of Seattle and discover the best of the beautiful Emerald ...  Read more

Location: Seattle, Washington
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $89.00
Private Tour: Snoqualmie Falls and Woodinville Wineries Day Trip from Seattle, Seattle, Ports of ... 
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Private Tour: Snoqualmie Falls and Woodinville Wineries Day Trip from Seattle

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Enjoy a day full of wine tasting and amazing Northwest scenery on this private tour from Seattle. Washington has emerged as one of the top wine-producing ...  Read more

Location: Seattle, Washington
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $128.00
Seattle to Friday Harbor Seaplane Flight, Seattle, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Seattle to Friday Harbor Seaplane Flight

Enjoy a breathtaking flight from Seattle's Lake Washington to Friday Harbor aboard one of our classic 6-passenger Dehavilland Beaver seaplanes. A quick and ...  Read more

Location: Seattle, Washington
Duration: 50 minutes (approx.)

From USD $139.00

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