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Gas Works Park
  • 3300 Meridian Ave N

    Seattle, WA 98103

  • Phone: 206-684-4075


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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

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Ten Best Logo 03 Local Expert Says:

"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 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.

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 Romantic Things to Do Because: Gas Works Park is another urban gem where beautiful water and city skyline views make for a stunning picnic backdrop.

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.