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Free Things to Do: On the north end of Lake Union, you'll find what may be the most unique park in the area. The 21-acre industrial area, formerly the site of a gas plant, was transformed in the 1975 into a recreational complex (a worldwide first). You'll find that there's plenty to do in the park, including kayaking, sailing, picnicking and bicycling. From atop the park's 60-foot hill (which underwent renovations in late 2014), visitors have one of Seattle's best views, and the park is a favorite place to view the city's Fourth of July fireworks display. The 200-seat picnic shelter can be reserved for special occasions.

Things to Do with Kids, Beaches: On the north end of Lake Union, you'll find what may be the most unique park in the area. The 21-acre industrial area, formerly the site of a gas plant, was transformed in the 1975 into a recreational complex (a worldwide first). You'll find that there's plenty to do in the park, including kayaking, sailing, picnicking, and bicycling. From atop the park's 60-foot hill, visitors have one of Seattle's best views, and the park is a favorite place to view the city's Fourth of July fireworks display. To reserve their 200-seat picnic shelter for special occasions, call 206-684-4081 for reservations. BUS: 26

Outdoor Activities, Parks: On the north end of Lake Union, you'll find what may be the most unique park in the area. The 21-acre industrial area, formerly the site of a gas plant, was transformed in the 1975 into a recreational complex (a worldwide first). You'll find that there's plenty to do in the park, including kayaking, sailing, picnicking and bicycling. From atop the park's 60-foot hill (recently renovated in the winter of 2014/2015), visitors enjoy one of Seattle's best views. The park is a favorite place to view the city's Fourth of July fireworks display, and other festive gatherings happen throughout the year.

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Local Expert Corinne Whiting Says:

Free Things to Do, Things to Do with Kids, Outdoor Activities, Parks, Beaches: "The extensive urban Burke-Gilman Trail runs past Gas Works parking lot and follows the Burlington-Northern Railroad 12.5 miles north to Kirkland Log Boom Park."

Best for Free Things to Do Because: Gas Works Park is a unique, beautiful urban space that offers grassy knolls for wandering and picnicking. Come here for fantastic cityscape views.

Best for Things to Do with Kids Because: Gas Works Park offers gorgeous water and city views. Families will enjoy picnicking, climbing the man-made hill and flying colorful kites.

Best for Outdoor Activities Because: Gas Works Park, located in a 21-acre industrial area, is a unique space perfect for picnicking on the north end of Lake Union.

Best for Parks Because: Gas Works Park, a 21-acre industrial area, formerly the site of a gas plant, is now one of the city's most loved gems.

Best for Beaches Because: While Gas Works Park doesn't offer a traditional beach experience, its waterside knolls are the next best thing when the sun shines.

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