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Green Lake Park

One of Seattle’s most beloved parks. This hike loops around Green Lake.
Rating: 3 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 2.8 miles
Duration: 1-3 hours
Family Friendly

Overview:  Geologists say the Vashon Glacial Ice Sheet, which also formed Puget Sound and other area lakes, formed Green Lake 50,000 years ago.... more »

Tips:  From I-5 (north or south)

take exit #169, 45th/50th Street exits
turn West
Stay on 50th to Stone Way/Green Lake Way.
Turn right and... more »

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Points of Interest

Beautiful views from all around the lake, with a nicely paved path. There are two lanes on the path, the left for walkers, the right for bikers/Rollerblades, ect. If you are slow STAY OUT OF THE RIGHT LANE.


Within the lake is an artificial island that is commonly called Duck Island but was originally named Swan Island. It was built by the Works Progress Administration in 1936. The island was built (with dumped gravel) as a wildlife sanctuary and later housed some swan gifted to the city by Vancouver, British Columbia. The park board named the island ... More

3. Green Lake Small Craft Center

Classes & Programs are available on the website linked in this guide. THEY DO NOT RENT OUT BOATS.

Annually, the Rowing Advisory Council (RAC) hosts three major rowing regattas on Green Lake.

The Frostbite Regatta in November, the Green Lake Spring Regatta in April and the Summer Rowing Extravaganza in August draw competitors from throughout... More

4. Green Lake Aqua Theater

The Green Lake Aqua Theater was an outdoor theater located at Green Lake in Seattle, Washington.

The Aqua Theater was built in 1950 for the first Seafair Summer Festival in order to house an attraction called the Aqua Follies and their "swimusicals" - a combination of aqua ballet, stage dancing, and comedy. The first ever performance at the venue... More

5. Green Lake Boat Rentals

The Boat House is open daily from 11am to dusk, April to Sept, weather permitting. In Sept. weekends only. The Cafe is also open year round on weekends and major holidays.Hourly RatesKayak, Canoe, Pedal & Row Boats: $15/hr

Stand Up Paddle Boards: $15/hr

Sailboats: $20/hr

6. Wading Pools

The wading pool is located on the north end of Green Lake at the intersection of Wallingford Ave N and East Green Lake Drive North. Green Lake is one of the more popular wading pools in the Seattle area. With sunshine all day and into the evening, you can have hours of warm summer fun.

June 26 - September 6, 2010
Daily 11 a.m. -... More