Forget the Space Needle and Pike Place Market – if I had to pick a quintessential Seattle landmark, it would be Gas Works Park, or ‘Gasworks’, as it’s known to the locals.
Gasworks is the perfect place for several recreational activities. In the summer, pack your dinner or bring a pizza and picnic on the grassy hills while watching the boats and the sun setting over Aurora bridge. Rent a paddle-board at Urban Surf and launch from Gasworks, or kayak from the nearby Aguaverde rental. From the grass-covered hills overlooking Lake Union, you get the best view of the downtown Seattle skyline and Space Needle, and some of Seattle’s iconic bridges like University Bridge, Aurora and the quaint blue Fremont bridge. It’s a favored spot for kite flying year-round and the best place to watch the 4th of July 20-minute fireworks show launched from the lake. Be sure to stop and catch your breath if you’re running the 10k route around Lake Union.
Still not convinced that it’s worth getting out of downtown for? How about Gasworks being within walking distance from some of the best restaurants in town on Stone Way, a great coffee shop (Milstead coffee on N 34th), Fremont brewery, where you can sit outside in the summer and play board games, and the fun Fremont neighborhood with the bridge Troll and a very instagrammable statue of Lenin brought home from the USSR? So there’s no excuse for not heading to Gasworks, and hang with the locals.