By Land and By Sea: Exploring the History of Seattle’s Lake Union

Weekend Tour

Explore the diverse natural, cultural, and economic history of Lake Union (known in Lushootseed as Ha-ah-chu), as we hike and sail around the heart of Seattle’s Lake Union neighborhoods. Begin your journey by taking the South Lake Union line of the Seattle Street Car to Lake Union Park. Upon arrival at the park, discover thousands of years of human experience, with Museum of History and Industry (MOHAI) Director Leonard Garfield, and guest archeologists, historians, and naturalists providing insights into the dynamic legacy of Coast Salish, settler, industrial, and recreational uses of the land and waterscape.

The tour includes time aboard the legendary Virginia V mosquito fleet ferry and optional free admission to the museum afterward. We’ll also have a chance to visit two other on-site community partners: the Center for Wooden Boats, which promotes Pacific Northwest maritime history and heritage, and the Northwest Native Canoe Carving Center, which will still be under construction. 

Please note: This will include urban and shoreland walks and time aboard a vessel. Dress appropriately for time outdoors and shoes suitable for walking.