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Outdoor Experiences

Housing Around Seattle

Parks and Trails

The city of Seattle maintains over 400 parks, providing glorious water and mountain views, opportunity for natural exploration and a respite for reflection during treatment.

For more information about Seattle parks and trails: http://www.seattle.gov/parks/

Gas Works Park

This 20-acre lakefront park features the skeleton of a decommissioned gas and coal plant. With a grassy hill for flying kites and spectacular views of Lake Union and downtown Seattle, the city’s most unusual park is a favorite for relaxing and picnicking.

For more information and directions: http://www.seattle.gov/parks/park_detail.asp?ID=293

Discovery Park

At 534 acres, Discovery Park is Seattle’s largest, providing a natural retreat for city dwellers. In the Magnolia neighborhood, Discovery Park features 12 miles of walking trails, beaches, mountain views and a bounty of wildlife, especially birds and marine life. The Discovery Park Loop Trail runs 2.8 miles through the park and connects to other trails.

For more information and directions: http://www.seattle.gov/parks/environment/discovery.htm

Green Lake Park

A favorite destination for Seattleites, Green Lake Park is a green space in the midst of an urban neighborhood.  A 2.8-mile path around the park is popular among runners, walkers, bikers and skaters. At different spots around the lake are swimming areas, tennis courts, play areas and kayak rentals. Bordering the park grounds are countless restaurants, cafés and shops.

For more information and directions.

Kerry Park

Halfway up Queen Anne Hill is everyone’s favorite view of Seattle. A plaque at the park notes “Kerry Park given to the city in 1927 by Mr. and Mrs. Albert Sperry Kerry, Sr., so that all who stop here may enjoy this view.” The park overlooks the Space Needle, downtown, Elliott Bay and Mt. Rainier. On a clear day, it’s a Seattle icon-packed photo opportunity.

For more information and directions.

Golden Gardens

Located in the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle, Golden Gardens Park is an 88-acre waterfront park with coastline trails, forest hiking trails and sandy beaches. Golden Gardens is well known for native and migrating birds including mallard ducks, red-winged blackbirds and eagles.

For more information and directions.

With more than 400 Seattle city parks, we defer to local experts on other areas to explore. Seattle Parks and Recreation Trails Coordinator, Chukundi Salisbury, has walked all 120 miles of Seattle Park trails again and again. The Seattle Times asked him for his Top 10 picks for short walks with a view, easy parking and kid-friendly.

Seattle Met magazine’s Will Austin ranks and categorizes Seattle’s 10 best parks based on natural beauty, variety of experiences and pleasant surprises.