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Best Places to See the Blue Angels in Seattle

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It’s Seafair weekend 2012, the weather is predicted to be warm and the Blue Angels are in town to celebrate with Seattle. Here are some spots where you can go to get a good glimpse of these world-famous US Navy jets.

Argosy Cruises’ Seafair Blue Angels Viewing Lunch Cruise
Saturday and Sunday
August 4 and 5
12:00pm – 3:00pm
Royal Argosy
3240 Carillon Point
Kirkland, WA 98033
206.622.8687
http://www.argosycruises.com

During one weekend each year, BLUE ANGELS fans witness captivating sights as the best pilots in the world perform heart-pounding stunts over Lake Washington. The Blues provide spectators a one of a kind performance of choreographed aerobatic maneuvers. In years past, they have executed knife edge passes so closely that guests will feel their engine forces. Your Argosy cruise includes a fabulous lunch buffet as well as coffee, tea and soda. Call or go online for tickets.

Museum of Flight
Thursday – Sunday
August 2 – 5
9404 East Marginal Way S
Seattle, WA 98108
206.764.5720
http://www.museumofflight.org

If getting up close and personal with the Blue Angels is what you’d like to do, head to the Museum of Flight. Away from the Lake Washington performance, you’ll be able to see the US Navy Blue Angels at their host venue (the museum) during the team’s entire Seafair stay. Activities include the team’s precise pre-flight walkdowns, plus thrilling formation takeoffs and landings. Please note, parking and access to the Museum will be limited on Saturday and Sunday. Blue Angels family activities will be featured all week, with events inside and outside of the Museum including the Museum’s new Need for Speed Festival on Aug. 3 – 5!

I-90 Bridge (for pedestrians only)

If you allow yourself plenty of time to park and walk (2 -3 hours before the airshow), you can stand on the I-90 bridge for a straight-up view of the Blue Angels. Drive to Mercer Island, and walk onto the I-90 bridge from West Mercer Way.

Lake Washington Boulevard

Seward Park is closed during Seafair, but you want to park somewhere north of Seward and walk or cycle along Lake Washington Boulevard (it is closed to vehicle traffic). Ice cream trucks, neighbors selling cookies and lemonade line the route as you head toward the spot where you’d like to stake out a seat for the airshow performances. Just south of the Stan Seyes Pits you can usually find a good spot for viewing.

Gene Coulon Memorial Beach Park
1201 Lake Washington Boulevard North
Renton, WA 98057

On the south end of Lake Washington, you can get peek-a-boo views of the Blue Angels as they fly by. With a swimming beach, playground equipment and Ivars and Kidd Valley food concessions, it’s the perfect place to bring young ones who may need other activities besides looking for US Navy Blue Angels.

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