Ballard’s Golden Gardens Park is a gorgeous waterfront park with a beach and wetland marsh that looks out onto the Olympic Mountains and Puget Sound. Watch kayakers and sailboats drift by on the bay and stroll along the rugged coastline. There is an off-leash dog park in the northern portion of the park and forest trails to walk on. The park is a popular place to sit and watch the sun set on the water and Olympic Mountains.
Golden Gardens Park, 8498 Seaview Pl NW Seattle, WA USA +1 206-684-4075
Washington Park Arboretum, 2300 Arboretum Dr E Seattle, WA USA +1 206-543-8800
Green Lake Park, 7201 Green Lake Trail Seattle, WA USA +1 206-684-4075
A 534 acre park on Magnolia Bluff overlooking Puget Sound, Discovery Park is Seattle’s largest city park. The park offers sublime views of both the Cascades and the Olympic Mountain ranges, two miles of tidal beaches, dramatic sea cliffs, and peaceful forest groves. Walk the loop trail through the park that runs for 2.8 miles and meets up with other walking trails, or go bird watching on the beach. The Seattle Audubon Society has compiled a list of 270 birds to be seen in the park and on the Elliott and Shilshole Bays. Be sure to finish your visit with a walk out to the West Point Lighthouse for a gorgeous view of the Sound.
Discovery Park, 3801 Discovery Park Blvd Seattle, WA USA +1 206-386-4236
With 120 acres of old growth forest, eagles’ nests, and 2.4 mile bike and walking trail, Seward Park is a 300 acre haven for wildlife and nature enthusiasts. The park covers the entire Bailey Peninsula, a former island that juts out into Lake Washington. It’s an urban refuge for native plants and animals, including Garry’s Oak—the only native oak in Washington State. Whether for a picnic, a forest walk, or a visit to the bathing beach, Seward Park is one of Seattle’s most beautiful and treasured parks.
Seward Park, 5900 Lake Washington Blvd S Seattle, WA USA +1 206-684-4396