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Seattle:Green Lake Park
Green Lake is a self-contained lake located 15-20 minutes north of downtown Seattle, Washington.
This popular lake has a surface area of 259 acres so there is plenty of room for numerous activities that entertain locals and visitors alike.
Green Lake has many features and attractions that make it unique.
- Designated pedestrian path around the perimeter of the lake
- Fully functional Recreation Center
- Large Wading Pool
- Guarded Swimming Area
- Professional Rowing Club
- Bicycle and Boat Rentals
- Large Park Area
Around The Lake
The 2.8 mile path surrounding Green Lake is reserved for running, walking, bike riding and in-line skating.
The path is separated so that foot traffic is going in one direction and anything with wheels goes in the other direction.
Many people use this path every day for exercise, dog walking, a fun activity or just a relaxing stroll.
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The Recreation Center at Green Lake has fitness classes, table tennis, indoor swimming pool, sauna, a stage, conference rooms and full showers.
There are many teams and groups to join through the community center. A few of the options include:
- Flag football
- Fly fishing
The Green Lake Recreation Center is always looking for new ways to bring the community together. There are new classes and leagues added and updated on a regular basis.
The center is located on the north east side of the lake right by the east side swimming area.
The wading pool at Green Lake is one of the largest in Seattle. The Parks and Rec employees fill the wading pool every day that it is 70 degrees or higher and it is drained every evening.
The wading pool is surrounded by a spacious green grassy area for families to spread out and enjoy the day. Due to the size, many young kids can enjoy the pool at one time without the risks that come with overcrowding.
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Green Lake has two small beach areas with large designated swimming areas that are manned by three lifeguards.
These areas are located on the west side and east side of the lake for visitor convenience.
Two lifeguards have visible designated chairs on the beach and one is stationed on the water in a rowboat for extra security and safety. The shallow portion of the swimming area is roped off from the deeper parts to allow a safe place to play for the smaller children and for those who aren’t proficient swimmers.
There are low and high diving boards attached to a large dock in the deeper portion of the swimming area. These are an enormously fun attraction whether you enjoy diving off yourself or simply watching some of the amazing moves other people come up with.
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Green Lake Park
Green Lake Park has large grassy areas surrounding the lake that are always put to good use.
When the sun is out it is common to see many volleyball games being played, Frisbee throwing, tossing of footballs, sunbathing, picnicking, playing lawn darts and just about any other activity one could enjoy outdoors on a beautiful day.
The lake also offers a full sized baseball diamond, tennis court, soccer field and full sized basketball court with referee. Even the pickiest sports enthusiast will find some fun to be had at Green Lake Park.
Bicycle and boat rentals are at your disposal.
Gregg’s Cycles is located directly across the street from the Recreational Center at Green Lake and was voted Seattle’s Best Bike Shop. They have everything you need from fix a flat for a low tire to renting one for the whole family to enjoy for a day at the lake.
Green Lake Small Kraft Center is located right by the Recreational Center and is the perfect solution for those who don’t want to just stand of the sidelines. Boats with motors are not allowed on Green Lake but there are many canoes, kayaks, paddle boats and sail boats available for rent.
Green Lake Crew
Green Lake Crew is a rowing club that teaches youths and adults rowing and ultimately competing. The rowing teams are frequently practicing out on the lake and it is a magical sight.
Green Lake Crew also offers youth summer camps. Kids get to learn about and participate in rowing, sailing, kayaking, canoeing and wind surfing.
Restaurants and Café’s
There are many restaurants and café’s with patio seating surrounding the lake.
This is a perfect venue for visitors to relax and enjoy a wonderful meal with a view of all that the lake has to offer.
Green Lake Is a Must See
Green Lake is a beautiful, spacious place where people of all ages can come to enjoy all that the outdoors has to offer.
There are many activities for those who have energy to burn and acres of green lawn with shade trees for those who just need to recharge.