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Lake Washington Tours

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Lake Washington
More than just the second-largest lake in all of Washington State, Lake Washington defines Seattle as a city intimately tied to the water. Residents and visitors alike come to Lake Washington to connect with the natural beauty of the landscape, which includes views of Mt. Rainier and the Cascade Mountains.
 
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.
 
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.
 
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.
 
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.
 
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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16 Tours and Activities to Experience Lake Washington

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Snoqualmie Falls and Seattle Winery Tour

Snoqualmie Falls and Seattle Winery Tour

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Escape to the beauty of Snoqualmie Falls, one of Washington’s most popular scenic attractions, on this winery tour from Seattle. Visit an independent, family-run winery as well as the beloved, world-class Chateau Ste. Michelle, one of Washington’s oldest and most acclaimed wineries. The tour travels over Lake Washington on Seattle’s famous floating Evergreen Point Bridge to Woodinville, home to many of Washington’s wineries. With wine tasting available and beautiful scenery, it’s a relaxing day away from the hustle of the city.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$100.50
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Mt Rainier Seaplane Tour Departing from Lake Washington

Mt Rainier Seaplane Tour Departing from Lake Washington

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Enjoy aerial views of the Pacific Northwest wilderness and Puget Sound that can never be seen by any other mode of transportation. This seaplane tour showcases the West face, glaciers, and snowfields of Mount Rainier. An experienced pilot personally narrates the tour, pointing out historical sights and landmarks. Your take off and landing on the water, combined with amazing views, make this an unforgettable experience.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$325.00
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$325.00

Premier 3-Hour Seattle City Tour

Premier 3-Hour Seattle City Tour

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Seattle is famous for its bustling waterfront, numerous green spaces, and historic neighborhoods. Ideal for first-time visitors, this sightseeing tour provides an overview of top attractions such as Pioneer Square, the Space Needle, and Pike Place market. Sit back and relax while your guide provides historical and cultural background for each destination, and enjoy stops to walk and take photos.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$79.00
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Seattle's Favorite Sightseeing and Cocktail Cruise

Seattle's Favorite Sightseeing and Cocktail Cruise

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Enjoy the sights and sounds of Seattle from the water on this comfortable, 2-hour, cocktail cruise along Lake Union. Watch seaplane arrivals and departures and see landmark Seattle locations like the iconic Space Needle, Seattle Great Wheel, the Fremont Bridge, Gas Works Park, the University of Washington and much more — plus a plethora of floating homes, including the one from the popular movie ‘Sleepless in Seattle.’ Choose from a morning, midday, afternoon or evening cruise. The first round of drinks is included.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$89.00
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20-Minute Greater Seattle Scenic Airplane Tour

20-Minute Greater Seattle Scenic Airplane Tour

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Explore the Cascade and Olympic mountain ranges, plus the city of Seattle and Puget Sound, on an exhilarating seaplane adventure in the Pacific Northwest. This narrated, small-group, hybrid air-water Seattle seaplane tour includes stunning bird’s-eye views of the Emerald City’s skyline, featuring the iconic Space Needle, the Seattle Great Wheel Ferris wheel and much more. Also, see Lake Washington, the University of Washington, plus the Cascade and Olympic mountain ranges along with majestic Mt. Rainier, the highest peak in the range.
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  • 20 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$101.53
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Seattle Highlights Sightseeing Tour

Seattle Highlights Sightseeing Tour

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Check out Seattle’s latest attractions and hip culture on this 1.5-hour, guided sightseeing tour around the city. Drive by must-see sites like popular Pike Place Market, historic Pioneer Square and the iconic Space Needle. See Kurt Cobain’s former home as well as a certain floating house from the movie 'Sleepless in Seattle.' With lively narration and some of Seattle’s best music playing, this is sure to be a tour that is both educational and entertaining. Transportation by minibus. Hotel pickup is included for customers staying at downtown Seattle hotels, South Lake Union area hotels, or university area hotels.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$42.00
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Woodinville Wine & Snoqualmie Falls: All-Inclusive Small-Group Tour from Seattle

Woodinville Wine & Snoqualmie Falls: All-Inclusive Small-Group Tour from Seattle

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Get a taste for some of the Pacific Northwest’s top wines on this 5.5-hour, guided, small-group, wine-tasting tour. Roam through Woodinville wine country, nestled in the beautiful Sammamish River Valley just 30 minutes northeast of Seattle and home to over 100 wineries and tasting rooms. Visit three boutique wineries for a wine tasting with local meats, cheeses and crackers served. Hotel pickup and drop-off from downtown Seattle accommodations included.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$230.11
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Pre-Cruise Tour: Transportation & Seattle City Tour

Pre-Cruise Tour: Transportation & Seattle City Tour

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Waiting to take off on a cruise? Get to know the beautiful city of Seattle on a small-group guided sightseeing tour around town. Hop in a mini-coach and enjoy a relaxing ride to the city’s most popular attractions, like the iconic Space Needle, Pike Place Market, and many more, including a great view of Mt. Rainier. Hotel pickup and port drop-off are included. Luggage will be safely stowed during the tour, and a timely return to the cruise port is guaranteed.
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  • 3 hours
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$94.00
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$94.00
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Private Seattle Sightseeing and Cocktail Cruise

Private Seattle Sightseeing and Cocktail Cruise

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Cruise Lake Union to see Seattle's best sights from the water while sipping your favorite cocktail on this private cruise. Enjoy personalized attention from the staff and captain for your private group as you make your way past famous sights such as the Fremont Bridge, the Space Needle, and St. Mark's Cathedral. Bring a picnic or food from a favorite restaurant to munch on while you travel. This family-friendly cruise welcomes all ages.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$499.00
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Private 3-Hour Seattle City Tour

Private 3-Hour Seattle City Tour

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Get to know the landscape of Seattle on a private sightseeing tour that provides an introduction to the city--great for the start of your stay. Traveling in a Suburban (avoid the bus tours), you'll pass by Pike Place Market, the Space Needle, and other major attractions across seven neighborhoods. Along the way, stop for photo ops and learn about local history.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$659.00
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Bon Vivant Woodinville Wine Tasting Tour

Bon Vivant Woodinville Wine Tasting Tour

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Bon Vivant’s popular wine tasting tours are led by professionally wine educated tour guides. Here's what you can expect: >Your group's wine preferences will influence tour stop choices for the day >You'll receive a welcome call or text confirming pick up time on the day of the tour; a comfortable 30 minute drive from Seattle to Woodinville, crossing beautiful Lake Washington, gets you to Wine Country >Visiting a flagship winery starts the touring day off big >A boutique winery will be next >Lunch follows, at a locally owned café >The afternoon will find you visiting 2-3 boutique wineries and tasting rooms, we call them hidden gems. (There are 120+ to choose from!) En route, your guide will talk about the next winery on your custom tour, the winemaker, their history, etc. >You will be returned to your point of departure around 4:30 >All day long, you will be treated to your tour guide's insights and Washington Wine Country knowledge. >And you will go home with happy memories!
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$97.90
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Private Tour: Snoqualmie Falls and Woodinville Wineries Day Trip from Seattle

Private Tour: Snoqualmie Falls and Woodinville Wineries Day Trip from Seattle

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Go wine tasting just outside Seattle at two of Woodinville’s award-winning wineries on this private full-day tour. You’ll travel to this top wine-producing region in the comfort of a private vehicle, stopping at Chateau Ste Michelle Winery and Snoqualmie Falls at the foothills of the Cascades. Bite into boutique chocolate in Issaquah before returning to Seattle via the Evergreen Pt Bridge across Lake Washington.
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  • 6 hours
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$574.36
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Leavenworth Christmas Tour from Seattle with Optional Sleigh Ride

Leavenworth Christmas Tour from Seattle with Optional Sleigh Ride

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Escape to the quaint Bavarian village of Leavenworth, nestled deep in the snowy Cascade Mountains, for this annual Christmas Lighting Festival on an all-day tour from Seattle. This fun-filled event is overflowing with holiday cheer — like carolers strolling through the village, the scent of roasted chestnuts in the air, sledding at Front Street Park and so much more. The highlight is watching a half million Christmas lights come to life during a special ceremony at dusk.
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  • 12 to 13 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Seattle in One Day: Sightseeing Tour including Space Needle and Pike Place Market

Seattle in One Day: Sightseeing Tour including Space Needle and Pike Place Market

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See the best of Seattle on this sightseeing tour. Sit back and relax in a spacious coach as a knowledgeable guide presents Seattle’s neighborhoods and attractions. See the iconic Space Needle (admission included) with stellar views of the Olympic and Cascade mountain ranges, including majestic Mt Rainier. There’s Pike Place Market and the Elliott Bay waterfront, plus Pioneer Square. The list goes on. This tour includes convenient hotel pickup.
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  • 5 to 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$148.00
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San Juan Islands Seaplane Flight & Hiking Adventure Tour from Seattle

San Juan Islands Seaplane Flight & Hiking Adventure Tour from Seattle

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On this full-day air and land adventure, soar over Seattle and Puget Sound in a private seaplane to the wild outer San Juan Islands. Your guide will lead you on a 1-1.5-hour excursion over forested trails, along wild beaches above rugged cliffs that ring the island. During the hike, you’ll learn about the area's natural history and your guide will show you the best photo spots. As we go, we’ll keep an eye out for wildlife. We frequently spot bald eagles, harbor seals, sea lions, and harbor porpoises. Enjoy a delicious picnic and drinks before flying back to Seattle for flyby of the waterfront and the Space Needle. -Escape to wild outer San Juan Islands on a 1 hour 40 minutes round-trip seaplane flight. -Land at a beach and explore the island on a guided naturalist hike. -Indulge in a delicious chef-prepared picnic lunch amidst the island’s beauty. -Fly by the Seattle waterfront, Lake Union, and the Space Needle.
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  • 6 hours 30 minutes
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$2,439.00
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Private Seattle Lakefront Mansion Cruise

Private Seattle Lakefront Mansion Cruise

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Revel in personalized attention and enjoy a flexible itinerary on this private Lake Union cruise. Sip a cocktail or soft drink while your guide points out the luxe waterfront mansions that line the shore. Other sights include the floating homes of all varieties, views of seaplanes taking off and landing, and an array of drawbridges, some almost 100 years old. This private tour can accommodate up to 6 passengers.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$749.00
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