Boating at Lake Union Park All of the fun at Lake Union Park is just a short trip away! Kids of all ages can find moments of delight year round at Lake Union Park. Come down and fly a kite, row a boat, get a tan...

Seattle Fireboat Duwamish

The Seattle Fireboat MV Duwamish is a National Historic Landmark and a City of Seattle Landmark. The Seattle Fireboat MV Duwamish team is dedicated to the restoration and preservation of this historic vessel as well as teaching the rich history of Seattle's waterfront and the importance of fireboats. The MV Duwamish is moored at the Historic Ships' Wharf at Lake Union Park.

Saturdays In The Park

Saturdays at Lake Union Park just got more exciting!

8:30-9:45am: Free Yoga class in the MOHAI atrium. Bring your own mat.

10am-5pm: MOHAI open, including 30-minute Atrium Tours at 11am and 2pm

11am-2pm: MOHAI Family Lab! Take-home crafts, collaborative games, and artifact exploration. Included with admission and appropriate for all ages.

Northwest Seaport

Northwest Seaport is dedicated to the preservation and interpretation of the maritime heritage of Puget Sound and the Northwest Coast, and to the development of maritime-based educational programs and opportunities. The historic fleet includes the 1889 tugboat Arthur Foss, and the 1904 Lightship #83.


On Lake Union, houseboats comprise Seattle’s most unique and coveted real estate. Now cherished features of the lakeshore, houseboats were not always accepted by mainstream Seattle. The first houseboats on Lake Union in the early 1900’s were floating shanties for workers at the Lake’s various industries. Post World War II, the houseboats began attracting writers, artists, musicians, and students. About 1,200 houseboats were moored in Lake Union, Portage Bay, and the Ship Canal in 1957.

Seattle Yacht Club

The last home inhabited by a Native Duwamish family stood near the site of the present-day Seattle Yacht Club. The cabin was home to Chief Chi-Siak-Ka (also known as Chodups John) and his wife Madeline until at least 1909. John and Madeline were some of the few Duwamish people who did not relocate to the Port Madison Reservation. The chief carved traditional lake canoes from red cedar logs. The Center for Wooden Boats has such a canoe, possibly made by Chi-Siak-ka, on display in its Pavilion.


During Prohibition, Portage Bay became a tolerance zone where houseboats provided alcohol and companionship. Entrepreneurial studentsfrom the nearby University of Washington ran a 24-hour rowboat taxi service to the houseboat speakeasies.


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