8.5 – 8.7 Best Places To Watch The Blue Angels

It’s Seafair weekend, the weather is predicted to be warm and the Blue Angels are in town to celebrate with Seattle.

Related: Jack’s Blue Angels Photo Gallery here

The mainlines of I-90 will be closed between I-5 in Seattle to Island Crest Way on Mercer Island:

Thursday, Aug. 4: 9:45 a.m. – noon; 1:15 – 2:40 p.m. (practice)
Friday, Aug. 5: 1:15 – 2:40 p.m. (practice)
Saturday, Aug. 6: 1:15 – 2:40 p.m. (Seafair Air Show)
Sunday, Aug. 7: 1:15 – 2:40 p.m. (Seafair Air Show)
The I-90 express lanes will close approximately one hour prior to the times above.

The bridge high-rises will still be accessible to pedestrians and cyclists. However, no one on foot or bike can travel beyond the high-rises up to 30 minutes prior to posted closure times.  More info from WSDOT here.

Sky View Observatory (SVO) at Seattle’s Columbia Center

The public is invited to experience the Boeing Seafair Air Show from the SVO. The SVO offers a 900-foot high, 360 degree view of Seattle and the scenic Puget Sound region. Floor 73 of the Columbia Center – 701 5th Ave, Seattle, WA, 98104 (corner of 5th and Columbia)

Friday, August 5: 8:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. (Practice)
Saturday, August 6: 8:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. (Full Show)
Sunday, August 7: 7:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. (Full Show)

Admission is $14.75 for adults and $9 for seniors, students and military with identification, and children ages 6 to 12. Admission is free for children ages 5 and under. For more information about visiting Columbia Center’s Sky View Observatory, please call 206-386-5564 or visit http://www.skyviewobservatory.com.

Museum of Flight
9404 East Marginal Way S
Seattle, WA 98108
206.764.5720

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.

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.

Parks along Lake Washington

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

Newcastle Beach, 4400 Lake Washington Blvd. SE, Seattle, WA 98144

Kerry Park, 211 W Highland Dr Seattle, WA 98119

Mt Baker Ridge Viewpoint, 1403 31st Ave S, Seattle, WA 98144

Colman Park, 1800 Lake Washington Blvd. S, Seattle, WA 98144

Mount Baker Park Bathing Beach, 2521 Lake Park Dr. S, Seattle, WA 98144

East Portal Viewpoint, 1400 Lake Washington Blvd. S, Seattle, WA 98144

Day Street Boat Ramp, 1402 Lakeside Ave. S, Seattle, WA 98144

Pritchard Island Beach, 8400 55th Ave. S, Seattle, WA 98144

Parks on Mercer Island

Park on the Lid, 2030 72ND AVE SE, Mercer Island

Groveland Park, 7740 SE 58TH ST, Mercer Island

Slater Park, 2835 60TH AVE SE, Mercer Island

Aubrey Davis Park, 72nd Ave SE Mercer Island

Seafair’s Schedule for Air Show Events

Friday  8 a.m. – Gates Open

11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. – U.S. Coast Guard; Lucas Oil Airshows featuring pilot Mike Wiskus and Lucas Oil Skydivers; Historic Flight Foundation; Flying Heritage Collection; Team Oracle presenting pilot Sean D. Tucker.

1:15-2:30 p.m. – Special guest flyover; U.S. Navy Blue Angels including Fat Albert C-130.

Saturday  8 a.m. – Gates open

12:25-1:15 p.m. – U.S. Coast Guard; U.S. Air Force A-10 flyover; U.S. Army helicopter; Team Oracle presenting pilot Sea D. Tucker.

1:15-2:30 p.m. – Special guest flyover; U.S. Navy Blue Angeles including Fat Albert C-130.

3:25-4:15 p.m. – Historic Flight Foundation; Flying Heritage Collection; Lucas Oil Airshows featuring pilot Mike Wiskus and Lucas Oil Skydivers.

Sunday  7:30 a.m. – Gates Open

10:15 a.m. – Opening Ceremony

12:25-1:15 p.m. – U.S. Coast Guard; U.S. Air Force A-10 flyover; U.S. Army helicopter; Team Oracle presents pilot Sean D. Tucker.

1:15-2:30 p.m. – Special guest flyover; U.S. Nave Blue Angeles including Fat Albert C-130.

3:25-4:20 p.m. – Historic Flight Foundation; Flying Heritage Collection; Lucas Oil Airshows featuring pilot Mike Wiskus and Lucas Oil Skydivers.

 

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