The Emerald City has some great parks. Thanks to the vision of the Olmstead Brothers, by 1904, Seattle had purchased much of the land now designated as city parks. Did you know there’s over 400 parks here? Yowza.
We haven’t even come close to exploring them all (I’m sure there’s some hidden gems) but here are some of our top parks in the city:
5. Carkeek Park
Right on Puget Sound, great views of the Olympics and 216 acres of wooded trails. Great place for a picnic, capture the flag, or exploring sea life during a low tide. I’ve got lots of great memories of coming out here for field trips in elementary school.
4. Volunteer Park
One of our first dates, Volunteer is home to a sweet brick water tower, great views of the Space Needle, the Asian Art Museum, and a great conservatory with cool exotic flowers. Needless say, the date was a slam dunk. Thanks Olmstead Brothers!
3. Louisa Boren Lookout
A cooler, less crowded version of Kerry Park, this little gem looks out over Lake Washington and the Cascades. There’s not much too it other than the view, but it’s worth a stop if you’re up on Capitol Hill.
2. Gasworks Park
The quintessential place to take visitors to show off the Seattle skyline, Gasworks is especially cool at night. It’s right off the Burke-Gilman Trail, and is a great place to grille on a summer afternoon.
Where do we begin? This Seattle Classic has it all. A great lake, grassy fields, swimming docks and tennis courts. And a Starbucks across the street. What more do you need? Greenlake has been a second home for us over the past few years. A good zone-out 3 mile run around the perimeter and a relaxing lunch break spot (Tim) or a cool swim across and baby/puppy watching mecca (Ashley). This one is just down the hill from us takes prize for our top Seattle Park!
What are some of your favorites?