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Green Lake Park
Vacation Travel Guide

Follow the scenic walking path around the glacial lake, play basketball or see a play in the Bathhouse theater in north-central Seattle’s beloved park.

Explore Seattle’s scenic side in Green Lake Park. Find the park in the middle of the Green Lake neighborhood in the north-central part of the city. As you enjoy its serene lake, beautiful walking trails and plentiful amenities, discover why the park is a popular destination for both visitors and locals.

Green Lake, which was formed by the Vashon Glacial Ice Sheet over 50,000 years ago, sits at the center of the park. It was once much larger; years of dredging and filling by the City of Seattle have shrunk the lake by nearly 100 acres (40 hectares). Today, it is home to numerous types of birds and other animals, including herons, loons, geese, turtles and raccoons. Bring your binoculars to view many of them from afar on Duck Island, a wildlife sanctuary that is off-limits to humans.

Enjoy the scenery along the park’s 2.8-mile (4.5-kilometer) pathway. Run, walk, bike or skate along the trail, which loops around Green Lake.

During summer months, enjoy a refreshing swim in Green Lake. Its two swimming areas, East Green Lake Beach and West Green Lake Beach, have amenities that include a play area for children, diving boards and restroom facilities. Put your sailboat, canoe, rowboat or other non-motorized vessel in the water at one of the lake’s many boat access points.

See a performance in the park’s 1920s-era bathhouse, which is now home to the Seattle Public Theater at the Bathhouse. Play a variety of sports, from soccer to baseball, basketball and tennis, on the park’s many fields and courts. Enjoy a picnic in the barbecue area. Take children to the playground or wading pools.

Visit Green Lake Park daily throughout the year. Access it from elsewhere in the city via Seattle’s metro system. Park in the parking lots dedicated for its two beaches or take advantage of street parking.

Green Lake Park is largely surrounded by the lively Green Lake neighborhood. Phinney Ridge, Woodland Park and Wallingford border the park from west to south. Check out the shops, cafés and restaurants that line the streets of these lively neighborhoods.

Top Hotels Close to Green Lake Park

Spacious 3-Story Townhome in Prime Green Lake Location w/ Patio & Grill
Spacious 3-Story Townhome in Prime Green Lake Location w/ Patio & Grill
Seattle, WA
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Located in Green Lake, this vacation home is within 3 mi (5 km) of Green Lake Park, University of Washington, and Woodland Park Zoo. Neptune Theater and Northgate ...

4.3/5Excellent! (3 reviews)
A great location for a family visit.

"The location of this property is great! It's close to Green Lake so there are nice walking trails, as well as kid-friendly playground and wading pond. Grocery stores, restaurants, and coffee places are all close by."…"

Reviewed on Aug. 29, 2019

Spacious 3-Story Townhome in Prime Green Lake Location w/ Patio & Grill
Stylish, private cottage - two blocks from Green Lake
Stylish, private cottage - two blocks from Green Lake
Seattle, WA
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Located in Green Lake, this cottage is within 2 mi (3 km) of Green Lake Park, Woodland Park Zoo, and University of Washington. Neptune Theater and Lake Union ...

Stylish, private cottage - two blocks from Green Lake
New Listing! Dog & Family-friendly Home W/gas Grill, Cable, Wifi, and Netflix!
New Listing! Dog & Family-friendly Home W/gas Grill, Cable, Wifi, and Netflix!
Seattle, WA
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Located in Green Lake, this vacation home is within 2 mi (3 km) of Green Lake Park, Woodland Park Zoo, and University of Washington. Neptune Theater and Lake ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (8 reviews)
Beautiful!

"Awesome place!"…"

Reviewed on Dec. 18, 2020

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Spacious 3-Story Townhome in Prime Green Lake Location w/ Patio & Grill
Spacious 3-Story Townhome in Prime Green Lake Location w/ Patio & Grill
Seattle, WA
Spacious 3-Story Townhome in Prime Green Lake Location w/ Patio & Grill
Stylish, private cottage - two blocks from Green Lake
Stylish, private cottage - two blocks from Green Lake
Seattle, WA
Stylish, private cottage - two blocks from Green Lake
New Listing! Dog & Family-friendly Home W/gas Grill, Cable, Wifi, and Netflix!
New Listing! Dog & Family-friendly Home W/gas Grill, Cable, Wifi, and Netflix!
Seattle, WA
New Listing! Dog & Family-friendly Home W/gas Grill, Cable, Wifi, and Netflix!
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Green Lake Studio with private entrance/parking EV charging
Seattle, WA
Green Lake Studio with private entrance/parking EV charging
Graduate Seattle
Graduate Seattle
4 out of 5
4507 Brooklyn Avenue NE, Seattle, WA
The price is CA $101 per night from Jan 31 to Feb 1
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A-greenlake Garden Unit
3.5 out of 5
North 80th Street 1901, Unit 1, Seattle, WA
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A-greenlake Garden Unit
A-greenlake Garden Unit
3.5 out of 5
North 80th Street 1901, Unit 1, Seattle, WA
A-greenlake Garden Unit
A-greenlake Garden Unit
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3 out of 5
North 80th Street 1901, Unit 1, Seattle, WA
A-greenlake Garden Unit
A-greenlake Garden Unit
A-greenlake Garden Unit
3.5 out of 5
North 80th Street 1901, Unit 1, Seattle, WA
A-greenlake Garden Unit
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.