South Lake Union, Seattle Places

Part of our Seattle travel guide; our list of the best things to see in South Lake Union, including Space Needle, EMP Museum and Ride the Ducks Seattle.
  • The best place in South Lake Union Seattle: Space Needle

    Space Needle

    400 Broad St
    M-Th 9:30AM-11PM, F-Sa 9AM-11:30PM, Su 9AM-11PM. Adults $18, age 4-12 $11, under 4 free, over 65 $16, active military $16. The most expensive elevator ride in America. However, the view is spectacular on a clear day when the sun sets. Downtown Seattle contrasts beautifully with the ocean to the west and the snow-capped mountains in every other direction. You can get a comparably good view for free from Bhy Kracke Park (pronounced "By Crackie") atop Queen Anne Hill. If you are going to eat at the revolving restaurant near the top, called Sky City, the elevator ride is free. Sky City is surprisingly good given its touristy setting, and a three-course brunch only adds $29 to the cost of going up the tower...well worth it. The restaurant completes one revolution per 45 minutes as you eat.
    Lower Queen Anne food nearby
  • EMP Museum

    EMP Museum

    325 5th Ave N
    Memorial Day-Labor Day: 10AM-7PM daily, Labor Day-Memorial Day: 10AM-5PM daily. Adults $18 ($15 if purchased online), aged 65+ or military $15, aged 5–17 or student $12, 5 and under free. A rock 'n' roll museum, designed by Frank Gehry, and which has the Jimi Hendrix special exhibit. Do not expect to get your turn with the many interactive exhibits.
    Lower Queen Anne eat nearby
  • Ride the Ducks Seattle

    Ride the Ducks Seattle

    A 90-min ride on an amphibious World War II vehicle (yes, part of the ride is on Lake Union), not cheap ($23 adult) and not for those with a limited sense of humor (the style is a bit over-the-top). Definitely unique. 5th Ave. and Broad St., across from the Space Needle. Open-year round.
    Lower Queen Anne restaurants nearby
  • Seward Park

    Seward Park

    The entire park is a large peninsula that is surrounded by Lake Washington. Kids activities in the summer, great scenery, and a 2 and half mile paved level path that circles the whole peninsula, are a few of the attractions.
    Belltown food nearby
  • Myrtle Edwards Park

    Myrtle Edwards Park

    Also a great place to take a walk, jog or bike ride. The walking and cycling paths (at times separate) start north of the ferry piers and go right along the water for 1.5 mi (2.4 km), and provide a delightful way to get close to the harbor. It is separated from the rest of the city by several train tracks, so you won't have to listen to any vehicle traffic.
    Belltown eat nearby
  • Volunteer Park

    Volunteer Park

    home of the Seattle Asian Art Museum
    Designed by John Charles Olmsted and Fredrick Law Olmsted Jr, this is the largest park in Capitol Hill and is the site of a botanical conservatory and the Seattle Asian Art Museum (above).
    Belltown restaurants nearby
  • Discovery Park

    Discovery Park

    Magnolia is great for kite-flying as well as a trail to the beach with great cliffs and boat watching. At Park's beach, you can see the view of both Cascade and Olympia Mountain ranges. This is a great getaway from long weeks of work and to bring kids to enjoy some quality family moments. The wildlife sanctuary is well protected to maintain the rich natural environment.
    Belltown food nearby
  • Golden Gardens Park

    Golden Gardens Park

    Water around here is too cold to swim except for crazy and determined kids during the hottest months, but you can wade a little, walk the beach, make sand castles, claim a fire pit, watch wind surfers and ships go by. If it's clear there is a magnificent view of the Olympics on the other side of Puget Sound. Kids of all ages have endless muddy fun trying to dam up or re-route the fresh water stream flowing across one end of the beach.
    Belltown eat nearby
  • Green Lake

    Green Lake

    4 km) asphalt and gravel trails for walking, jogging and rollerblading around the circumference of the lake, plus several sports fields. The path is good for people-watching as there is a constant stream of thousands of Seattlelites all day long. On the East side there are areas of grass where you can often find pick-up soccer, volleyball as well as basketball on outdoor courts. There's also an indoor swimming pool, which is much cleaner than the lake. If the signs warn that the lake is closed, don't ignore them or risk getting "swimmer's itch" from the plentiful parasites spread through duck feces. The surrounding neighborhood is vibrant and fun in good weather, with rental rollerskates, bikes, restaurants, etc.
    Belltown restaurants nearby
  • Kerry Park

    Kerry Park

    Rainier visible behind the skyline. The best view is to go on a clear summer day around 9PM, the sun will have just dropped behind the Olympic range, the city lights will just be coming on, but there will be enough sunlight left that Rainier glows purple behind the city. The Sculpture "Changing Form" by Doris Chase is standing in the center of Kerry Park since 1977 and this park attracts many tourists and locals to enjoy their afternoon or night chillaxing.
    Belltown food nearby
  • South Lake Union Discovery Center

    South Lake Union Discovery Center

    101 Westlake Ave
    An introduction to the neighborhood, with displays explaining the history of South Lake Union. There is also a model of the whole neighborhood in the building.
    South Lake Union eat nearby
  • Lunchbox Laboratory

    Lunchbox Laboratory

    1253 Thomas St
    Previously, Southlake Bar and Grill, it has now been converted to the new location of Lunchbox Laboratory (formerly in Ballard).
    South Lake Union
  • SkyCity at the Needle

    SkyCity at the Needle

    219 4th Ave N
    The Space Needle is 605' tall and was built for the 1962 World's Fair.
    Lower Queen Anne
  • Science Fiction Museum (SFM)

    325 5th Ave N
    $15, aged 65+ $12, 5–17 $12, student or military (with I.D.) $12, 5 and under free. Denny Regrade and Seattle Center is home of the Science Fiction Hall of Fame as well as numerous exhibits.
    Lower Queen Anne eat nearby
  • Public Art at Headquarters

    426 Terry Ave N
    com Headquarters, 426 Terry Ave N. While the buildings are not open to the public, there are several signed outdoor art pieces around the complex and other nearby buildings, and you can hob-nob with "blue badges" at local restaurants and coffee shops. Seattle Architecture Foundation also leads guided walking tours.
    South Lake Union restaurants nearby
  • Bamboo Garden

    Bamboo Garden

    364 Roy St
    Serves up delicious food from the rich tradition of Chinese vegetarian cooking. With a menu that boasts over 120 items, there's a lot to choose from, and the servings are generous. Also one of the few certified Kosher restaurants in Seattle.
    Lower Queen Anne
  • Skillet


    Location Varies
    We are a modern American diner & leading producer of bacon jam.
    South Lake Union
  • Lunchbox Laboratory

    Lunchbox Laboratory

    1253 Thomas St
    its delicious.
    South Lake Union
  • Ride the Ducks of Seattle

    Ride the Ducks of Seattle

    516 Broad StSte 201
    We are ambassadors of Seattle! Our Facebook page is for our fans who love Seattle and Ride the Ducks!
    Lower Queen Anne
  • Brave Horse Tavern

    Brave Horse Tavern

    310 Terry Avenue North
    26 Taps Breakfast, Lunch n' Dinner Shuffleboard Monday Brew Nights Live Music on Tuesdays
    South Lake Union
  • Flying Fish

    Flying Fish

    300 Westlake Ave N
    Located in South Lake Union and known for our rotating seafood menu, oyster happy hour, and 3-course Sunday dinners for two!
    South Lake Union
  • 13 Coins

    13 Coins

    125 Boren Ave N
    125 Boren Avenue North Seattle, WA 98109(206) 682-2513 18000 International Blvd. Seatac, WA 98188(206) 243-9500Open 24 Hours Always Free Parking
    South Lake Union
  • Feierabend


    422 Yale Ave N
    Opened February 26th, 2006, Feierabend is Chris Navarra’s first attempt at a German pub/restaurant, featuring a "Northwest inpsired" German menu.With 18 imported German Biers on tap, and a great menu, Feierabend has fit well into South Lake Union
    Capitol Hill
  • re:public restaurant & bar

    re:public restaurant & bar

    429 Westlake Ave N
    "re:public might be your new favorite restaurant." - The Stranger Happy Hour: 4-6 pm daily
    South Lake Union
  • Blue Moon Burgers

    Blue Moon Burgers

    920 Republican St
    Making the World Better, One Burger at a Time The great thing about being a small locally owned business is that you can still be a little different. Blue Moon Burgers making the world better, one burger at a time. Email:
    South Lake Union
  • Citizen


    706 Taylor Ave. N.
    Coffee. Crepes. Wine. Beer. For the people.
    Lower Queen Anne
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