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Lake Washington

Lake Washington

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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.

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Recent reviews from experiences in Seattle

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Amazing Ride
Jennifer_K, Jun. 2022
Mt Rainier Seaplane Tour Departing from Lake Washington
James, our pilot, was wonderful. Very friendly and informative. He made the trip very worthwhile. The scenes were unbelievable. Once in a lifetime trip to get that up close and personal with Mt. Rainier.
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Don't pass it up!
Kimberly_D, May 2022
Mt Rainier Seaplane Tour Departing from Lake Washington
Although the clouds were too low for Mt Rainier we had a wonderful time with a very personable and knowledgeable pilot. Nice tour of the mountains, lakes, and all of Seattle area! Well worth it!
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Amazing Experience
Lucas_M, May 2022
Mt Rainier Seaplane Tour Departing from Lake Washington
From the moment we met our pilot to the moment we were walking away we was great. The pilot obviously loved his job and it showed. His knowledge of the area, his love for the art of flying, and his professionalism was very apparent through and through.
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Up close view of Mt....
Shane_L, May 2022
Mt Rainier Seaplane Tour Departing from Lake Washington
Up close view of Mt. Rainer. Skill and knowledge of pilot. Went above and beyond to make the ent party happy and comfortable
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Great Views
Kerri_C, Apr. 2022
Mt Rainier Seaplane Tour Departing from Lake Washington
Even though out tour had to change it was still worth it! The views were amazing. The Pilot was Great! Highly recommend. Cannot wait to come back and do it again!
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Experience of a Lifetime
Christi_J, Feb. 2022
Mt Rainier Seaplane Tour Departing from Lake Washington
We had a wonderful trip. Jamie was an excellent pilot and very informative. What a great experience. My. Rainier is a must see from the air and close up. Don’t hesitate to book this trip.
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Great tour!
Elise_H, Jan. 2022
Mt Rainier Seaplane Tour Departing from Lake Washington
We absolutely LOVED our tour! Our pilot was welcoming, hilarious, and incredibly knowledgeable. The views were amazing and we enjoyed every second of it!
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Breathtaking
Celeste_S, Aug. 2021
Mt Rainier Seaplane Tour Departing from Lake Washington
Our tour guide so very friendly and knowledgeable. The views were absolutely incredible. This is a one of a kind experience.
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Fun time
Catherine_r, Jul. 2021
Mt Rainier Seaplane Tour Departing from Lake Washington
The pilot was confident and made us feel comfortable A great experience and learn some interesting facts
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Gorgeous, once-in-a-lifetime experience
Aaron_H, Jul. 2021
Mt Rainier Seaplane Tour Departing from Lake Washington
Absolutely beautiful tour of Mt. Rainier. Our pilot, James, was phenomenal. He provided a great sense of humor and narration of the tour. The views of the mountain were breathtaking. Although expensive, we have no regrets about doing this and was the highlight of our vacation. Communication between the managers was great (we switched locations from Kirkland to Remington based on our location) and they provided easy-to-follow directions to the pickup and drop-off locations.
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Awe inspiring peaks
Marie_P, Jul. 2021
Mt Rainier Seaplane Tour Departing from Lake Washington
There aren’t the right words in the a English language to describe how amazing this experience was. From take to landing, the flight delivered awe.
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Awesome views and a friendly pilot
Rick_M, May 2021
Mt Rainier Seaplane Tour Departing from Lake Washington
We had an awesome time on our seaplane flight over Mt. Rainier for our honeymoon. Our pilot was engaging and informative. We had a lot of fun and the view was incredible.
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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