Seattle's Best Parks
A guide to enjoying Seattle's best parks
19 Places • ago
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Seattle has some wonderful parks throughout the city that provide stunning views of the city and sound. 

Kerry Park
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upper park is really just a viewpoint with instagrammable views of downtown and mt rainier. usually busy especially at sunset. pro tip - walk over to molly moon's befor or after for an ice cream
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Olympic Sculpture Park
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Free park with lots of events during the summer
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Myrtle Edwards Park
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Excellent running trail. views of downtown, mt rainier and west seattle.
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Discovery Park
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bring your walking shoes, this is a HUGE park. you'll have to walk through wooded trails before you get to the open fields and lighthouse. continue on to get to the beach. recommend taking a photo of the trail map so you dont get turned around.
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Volunteer Park
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park in capitol hill with views overlooking the space needle and olympic mountains. hang around for awhile to check out the conservatory. stop into the Seattle Asian Art Museum and you can even visit Bruce Lee's grave.
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Washington Park Arboretum
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spacious park with trails along the montlake cut. includes a lovely japanese garden (paid admission required).
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Seattle Japanese Garden
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serene and peaceful japanese garden located inside the arboretum. paid admission required, check website for hours.
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Gas Works Park
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Large park, you’ll always find it busy on a sunny spring or summer day. wonderful location to watch the sunset Fun fact this is where the paintball scene was filmed for 10 Things I Hate About You
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Green Lake
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Perfect for a casual walk (or run) around the lake (less than 3miles). In the summer you can also rent paddle boards and paddle boats.
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Golden Gardens Park
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extremely popular beach park. best location to watch the sunset over the olympic mountains. always busy in the summer, packed with people paying beach games, bbq-ing, bonfires etc. limited parking.
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Carkeek Park
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located farther north, a great alternative to golden gardens with similar views. has lots of walking/running trails and beach access. to get to the beach take the path and bridge over the train tracks, then walk down the stairs to the beach. bonus: large parking lot!
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Sunset Hill Park
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small "park" more of a scenic lookout with incredible views of the olympic mountains and sound, especially at sunset. tucked away in a neighborhood, so mostly occupied by locals.
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Warren G. Magnuson Park
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large park on the east side of the city located along lake washington. park and beach access. includes a very large dog park with water access. there are hangers on the grounds that regularly host large events like craft fairs.
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Madison Park Beach
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park right in downtown madison park with beach access. check out one of the many nearby restaurants after you stop by the park. parking is limited.
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Denny Blaine Park
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small park with water access on lake washington. well known LGBT+ park and sometimes clothing "optional"
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Alki Beach
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excellent views of downtown and both mountain ranges. extremely popular beach park. always busy in the summer, packed with people playing beach games, bbq-ing, bonfires etc. parking is non-existant. there is no designated parking only street parking. be prepared to walk up to 10-15 min to meet your group.
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Lincoln Park
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large park in West Seattle right on the sound. watch the ferries come and go from Coleman dock next door. in the summer there is a community pool open right next to the water. lots of walking/running trails. beware of dock traffic on weekends.
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Jefferson Park
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sprawling park with views looking north over downtown.
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Seward Park
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large park/peninsula in lake washington. has many walking/running trails. has a small beach at the main entrance. incredible views of the lake and mt rainier. very busy in summer season. limited parking available.
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Seattle's Best Parks
A guide to enjoying Seattle's best parks
19 Places • ago
Free

Seattle has some wonderful parks throughout the city that provide stunning views of the city and sound. 

Kerry Park
@adventureswithcarli
upper park is really just a viewpoint with instagrammable views of downtown and mt rainier. usually busy especially at sunset. pro tip - walk over to molly moon's befor or after for an ice cream
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Details
Olympic Sculpture Park
@adventureswithcarli
Free park with lots of events during the summer
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Myrtle Edwards Park
@adventureswithcarli
Excellent running trail. views of downtown, mt rainier and west seattle.
Add to
Details
Discovery Park
@adventureswithcarli
bring your walking shoes, this is a HUGE park. you'll have to walk through wooded trails before you get to the open fields and lighthouse. continue on to get to the beach. recommend taking a photo of the trail map so you dont get turned around.
Add to
Details
Volunteer Park
@adventureswithcarli
park in capitol hill with views overlooking the space needle and olympic mountains. hang around for awhile to check out the conservatory. stop into the Seattle Asian Art Museum and you can even visit Bruce Lee's grave.
Add to
Details
Washington Park Arboretum
@adventureswithcarli
spacious park with trails along the montlake cut. includes a lovely japanese garden (paid admission required).
Add to
Details
Seattle Japanese Garden
@adventureswithcarli
serene and peaceful japanese garden located inside the arboretum. paid admission required, check website for hours.
Add to
Details
Gas Works Park
@adventureswithcarli
Large park, you’ll always find it busy on a sunny spring or summer day. wonderful location to watch the sunset Fun fact this is where the paintball scene was filmed for 10 Things I Hate About You
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Green Lake
@adventureswithcarli
Perfect for a casual walk (or run) around the lake (less than 3miles). In the summer you can also rent paddle boards and paddle boats.
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Details
Golden Gardens Park
@adventureswithcarli
extremely popular beach park. best location to watch the sunset over the olympic mountains. always busy in the summer, packed with people paying beach games, bbq-ing, bonfires etc. limited parking.
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Carkeek Park
@adventureswithcarli
located farther north, a great alternative to golden gardens with similar views. has lots of walking/running trails and beach access. to get to the beach take the path and bridge over the train tracks, then walk down the stairs to the beach. bonus: large parking lot!
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Details
Sunset Hill Park
@adventureswithcarli
small "park" more of a scenic lookout with incredible views of the olympic mountains and sound, especially at sunset. tucked away in a neighborhood, so mostly occupied by locals.
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Warren G. Magnuson Park
@adventureswithcarli
large park on the east side of the city located along lake washington. park and beach access. includes a very large dog park with water access. there are hangers on the grounds that regularly host large events like craft fairs.
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Madison Park Beach
@adventureswithcarli
park right in downtown madison park with beach access. check out one of the many nearby restaurants after you stop by the park. parking is limited.
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Denny Blaine Park
@adventureswithcarli
small park with water access on lake washington. well known LGBT+ park and sometimes clothing "optional"
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Alki Beach
@adventureswithcarli
excellent views of downtown and both mountain ranges. extremely popular beach park. always busy in the summer, packed with people playing beach games, bbq-ing, bonfires etc. parking is non-existant. there is no designated parking only street parking. be prepared to walk up to 10-15 min to meet your group.
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Lincoln Park
@adventureswithcarli
large park in West Seattle right on the sound. watch the ferries come and go from Coleman dock next door. in the summer there is a community pool open right next to the water. lots of walking/running trails. beware of dock traffic on weekends.
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Jefferson Park
@adventureswithcarli
sprawling park with views looking north over downtown.
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Seward Park
@adventureswithcarli
large park/peninsula in lake washington. has many walking/running trails. has a small beach at the main entrance. incredible views of the lake and mt rainier. very busy in summer season. limited parking available.
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CURATED BY
Hi, I'm Carli! I'm a travel lover living in the Pacific Northwest, Seattle to be exact. I'm always the planner for group trips finding the housing, flights, activities to create a basic travel itinerary. I also frequently travel for work so I'm regularly researching hotels, restaurants etc. Travel planning is truly one of my favorite activities. I've visited 36 states in the US and 23 countries with efforts to keep that tally growing! I've loved travel ever since I was a child and really love it all. Visiting the best museums in Europe? Absolutely! Relaxing on the beach for 5 days? let me pick up my next beach read! ATVing in the desert in Morocco? start your engines! My travel also varies from solo international travel to group travel with friends or colleagues, as well as travel with my 70+ year old mother. I'm here to help take the stress out of the trip so you can just enjoy it once you get there. You can hire me for: Consultation calls - Get your questions answered quickly to save time Curated Recommendations - save time from researching "what to do" or "where to go" Custom Itineraries - If you truly just want to show up and enjoy the trip, this will take away all the questions and let you just focus on the memories
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