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Kerry Park
#1 of 126 Nature & Parks in Seattle
Kerry park is probably on of the most famous spot in seattle!! great spot to make a good pictures aspecially on the clear day!! Yu can enjoy the view of the Puget Sound as well as Elliot Bay!
This quite modest park - in terms of real estate - is a hidden gem: this is THE vantage point to best view the Space Needle and the rest of the high-rises in downtown Seattle.
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Green Lake Park
#2 of 126 Nature & Parks in Seattle
It is bordered by Woodland Park and the Woodland Park Zoo, so you can easily make a day of hiking around the Lake, hiking the park, strolling through the zoo, taking a paddle boat out on the water - you name it.
love this park it's so beautiful they have places were you can do golf or play basketball you can do paddle boarding, wake boarding,you can do paddle boats; you name it they most likely have it, canoeing even.
Hiram M. Chittenden Locks
#3 of 126 Nature & Parks in Seattle
There's a little park with nice manicured lawns and some garden paths nearby and a cute museum/gift shop with miniature model boats where you can press pennies into souvenir tokens for free.
And the salmon ladder was really awesome to watch too! (Free) tIP: if you are doing this as part of a several day trip to Seattle - check out the goings on in the 2 parks on either side of the water.
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Washington Park Arboretum
#4 of 126 Nature & Parks in Seattle
Close to the freeways and busy University District is this large beautiful park with extensive walking trails, water features and a large collection of trees and shrubs including rhododendrons, azaleas and hydrang...
The Washington Park Arboretum is full of tall old growth trees, beautiful plantings, and well-maintained pathways that will delight visitors of all ages who are seeking a pleasant natural experience in this urban...
Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park
#5 of 126 Nature & Parks in Seattle
this is a great location to learn about Seattle history during the Alaska Klondike Gold Rush the museum is conveniently located downtown near king street Amtrak station the park rangers are very knowledgeable be s...
A small museum- part of the National Park system, Free Can get National Park Pass there Related to Skagway National Park - lots of artifacts and a small movie theater that shows several movies related to the gold...
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Lake Washington
#6 of 126 Nature & Parks in Seattle
You are able to get scenic boat rides on the lake, find a few very good restaurants located here, and a number of excellent parks including Washington Park Arboretum.
offers numerous parks for boating, hiking, birding and picnicking and in many locations offers views of Mt Rainier
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Kubota Garden
#7 of 126 Nature & Parks in Seattle
Easy to travel to, this wonderful spot transports you outside of the bustling city and into a beautifully sculptured park.
The trails are perfectly kept, wide and obvious, with side trails filled in as well trimmed tunnels at times to make for a truly special experience in nature.
Discovery Park
#8 of 126 Nature & Parks in Seattle
Discovery Park has great trails for biking, hiking, dog walking, jogging, whale and bird watching; there are perfect hills and meadows for kite flying, grass sledding, picnicking; the beaches are excellent example...
Discovery Park is a super fun and relatively easy hike (in Seattle-ite terms) where you hike down to the beach, and can even walk around an old lighthouse--with excellent views of the city, the Sound, and the Olym...
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Golden Gardens Park
#9 of 126 Nature & Parks in Seattle
When we want to relax, we drive along the end of 45th Street in Ballard, (North Seattle) which turns north and follows the shoreline, passing marinas and launch sites, ending in a park with sandy beach and nature...
This is a go to beach park in Seattle, I like it a bit better than Alki because of all the views you get and the location is a bit more secluded than Alki, its a fun place, but its very busy these days.
Volunteer Park Conservatory
#10 of 126 Nature & Parks in Seattle
If you like orchids, bromeliads, succulents and all the other varieties of flowering and non-flowering plants, a few hours in the Conservatory and a walk around Volunteer Park are in order.
A lovely community park With incredible views and gorgeous plants and grounds, A nice, peaceful setting for a stroll or a family picnic!
Lake Union
#11 of 126 Nature & Parks in Seattle
We were at Lake Union often during our visit to Seattle.......some of our favs were Kenmore Air (we took a seaplane tour), the Ducks, and just sitting in Gas Works Park watching the other people enjoying the lake!!
There are some beautiful houseboats here too--yes, including the one Sam Baldwin, aka Tom Hanks, lived in in Sleepless in Seattle, best seen from Gas Works Park (look to the west side of the lake).
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Alki Beach
#12 of 126 Nature & Parks in Seattle
The park has picnic shelters, public restrooms, a 6 mile bike / walking path, and has the most lovely views of the Olympic mountains, and the skyline of Seattle, and the Puget sound.
If you walk a couple of miles, you are in Luna Park and Harbor Avenue from where you get an excellent view across the Elliot Bay of the Seattle Skyline (weather permitting of course).
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Woodland Park Zoo
#13 of 126 Nature & Parks in Seattle
My family and I enjoyed a trip to the zoo, on our recent stay in Seattle.The zoo is setup nicely,the walking paths are wide and the movement around the park is very easy to get from one exhibit to the next.There i...
Woodland Park Zoo is a family-friendly Seattle experience with beautiful meandering paths leading to well-curated enclosures and exhibits.
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Seattle Japanese Garden
#14 of 126 Nature & Parks in Seattle
Along with the Washington Park Arboretum, the Seattle Japanese Garden will thrill your senses and bring a feeling of serenity as you stroll through this urban nature preserve.
Across the street is a pretty park with an easy walking trail, or you can do what we did and download the bike app and do a bike ride through it.
Seattle Center
#15 of 126 Nature & Parks in Seattle
Whether you just enjoy strolling around and soaking in the park-live environment, listening to visiting musicians or hitting the interesting museums (Chihuly Glass and Pop Culture), Seattle Center is a great famil...
Love this beautifully landscaped park that has many of the attractions tourists love ( in a good way): Space Needle, Chihuly Glass Museum, Pacific Science Center, Museum of Pop Culture , and more.
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Burke-Gilman Trail
#16 of 126 Nature & Parks in Seattle
... communities to the north and east of Lake Washington to Seattle, passing through the University of Washington campus and the Fremont and Ballard neighborhoods on the way to Golden Gardens Park along Puget Sound.
You can go to amazing places , like Ballard locks , gas works , Uw district , Magnusson Park , kenmore and Juanita park/ beach.
Gas Works Park
#17 of 126 Nature & Parks in Seattle
This unique park is beautiful, totally unique and provides some amazing views of Puget Sound and the Seattle skyline!
The retired coal gasification plant is both a little post-apocalyptic and fascinating (lots of rusty steel tubes make for a movie-like setting), and the view of the city from the park is absolutely incredible.
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Lincoln Park
#18 of 126 Nature & Parks in Seattle
I usually start out by walking along the trail at the far west side of the park, and when I reach the end of this trail, their is a trail leading down to the beach area.
There are also sometimes car break-ins when there aren't many people around.You will sometimes find a very long line of cars for the ferry lined up next to the park, but they keep the entrances to the parking lots...
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Waterfall Garden Park
#19 of 126 Nature & Parks in Seattle
It was almost magical stepping across the threshold of the park and enjoying the refreshing feeling of being in the forest with a beautiful waterfall, quiet and serene.
While walking in the Pioneer Square area, we found this small park with a man made waterfall in a lovely landscape garden.
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Seattle Aquarium
#20 of 126 Nature & Parks in Seattle
Another wonderful day outing that is a great Seattle excursion to impress visitors is to park in West Seattle near the ferry terminal, get your tickets at the kiosk and have a shave ice or beer at Marination while...
Great place to see marine life Lots of interesting information provided Good for nature lovers They also provide school tours Right on the water front
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Elliott Bay Waterfront
#21 of 126 Nature & Parks in Seattle
We saw a biking and walking trail cruise ships a park sculpture garden rose garden restaurants big wheel aquarium.
You might start at the Seattle ferry terminal and walk north to Olympic Sculpture Park, created by the Seattle Art Museum.
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Olympic Sculpture Park
#22 of 126 Nature & Parks in Seattle
The Olympic Sculpture Park is part of the Seattle Art Museum (SAM), and is about a city block's worth of grass, plants, sculptures, paths, bridges, and great views of the whole city.
And along with a soothed soul I got culture too! Interesting and beautiful sculptures are scattered throughout the park.
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Volunteer Park
#23 of 126 Nature & Parks in Seattle
It is a large park in the heart of downtown Seattle that transports you miles away from the hustle and bustle of the city.
Volunteer Park is great for tourists and locals alike, especially for summer picnicking and napping in the sun/shade.
Artist at Play Playground at Seattle Center
#24 of 126 Nature & Parks in Seattle
Especially when the weather is nice, I would highly recommend a trip to this great park!
The play ground has the tallest slides of any city park I've ever seen offering a challenge and excitement at the same time.
Seward Park
#25 of 126 Nature & Parks in Seattle
In certain seasons, eagles are perched on the trees at the northern point of the park, and in summer you can watch the rowing teams from the nearby Mt Baker Rowing Center working out.
This gem of a park offers picnicking, biking, swimming and a great kids park (esp 2-8 year olds).
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Myrtle Edwards Park
#26 of 126 Nature & Parks in Seattle
We hiked the Elliott Bay Trail and Myrtle Edwards Park on Saturday, June 17, 2017 After a filling breakfast at Seatown (see separate review) we headed off down Alaskan Way and eventually to the trail.
The additions to the sculpture park help it feel like a living outdoor museum and on a pretty day ( even a windy day) this walk ( plus warming in at the café on the premises) is a romantic thing to do.
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The Lake Washington Ship Canal Fish Ladder
#27 of 126 Nature & Parks in Seattle
The fish ladder can be an interesting experience and is an opportunity to teach children about how some fish migrate and about nature/human coexistence.
In the summer, they have free concerts in the park starting at 2 PM.
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Carkeek Park
#28 of 126 Nature & Parks in Seattle
Great place to have a secluded walk since it really is one of Seattle's best kept secret parks.
This is a great park and is a great escape from the hustle and bustle of the city.
Warren G. Magnuson Park
#29 of 126 Nature & Parks in Seattle
It has picnic tables and picnic areas with barbecues in/at them, great views of the lake, frisbee and kites flying areas, nice paths-nature walks with informative displays of the wildlife in and around the park, f...
During our second visit to visit our son, we continue to explore all the local parks, especially those who have open spaces and off leash spaces for our canine friends.
Lake Union Park
#30 of 126 Nature & Parks in Seattle
Wonderful park in South Lake Union.
Perfect piece of nature in an urban area.