Summer is (still) in full swing, and Seattleites are taking advantage of the clear skies and sunny weather, including enjoying meals outside.
Surrounded by water and mountains, Seattle is a hot spot for outdoor enthusiasts. And while the city offers a variety of outdoor recreational activities, there’s nothing quite like a simple picnic in the park. Luckily for locals and tourists alike, the Emerald City is overflowing in lush green spaces with scenic views. Below are eight of the most beautiful places to have a picnic in Seattle.
Seattle’s hills may be an obstacle when it comes to getting around the city, but they’re vital to its parks. These hilltop green spaces provide unique views of everything from the city to the Puget Sound to the Cascade Range to the Olympic Mountains. When it comes to the Dr. Jose Rizal Park though, the Beacon Hill hot spot offers views of them all. The park covers a whopping 9.6 acres of the neighborhood and includes a play area, fields, picnic tables and even an off-leash dog park. For those looking for something a little more spacious for their picnic, the Dr. Jose Rizal Park is the way to go.
When people think of Seattle’s botanical gardens, usually the first one to come to mind is Washington Park Arboretum. But near the iconic Ballard Locks is another botanical garden that’s sure to please plant enthusiasts. With over 1,500 plant varieties and 500 species from all over, the Carl S. English Jr. Botanical Garden features Mexican pines, rhododendrons, and palms, with annual fuchsias and lilies. After touring the garden, lay a blanket down and have lunch in one of their scenic fields.
Formerly known as the IDX, the 40-story Fourth and Madison Building stands in the middle of Seattle’s downtown area. Its modern architecture blends in with its surrounding high-rises, making it an easy structure to pass by. But that doesn’t make it any less of a neighborhood gem. Located on the seventh-floor rooftop of the privately owned building is a public garden. With views of downtown and the Puget Sound, benches and greenery galore, this hidden gem is one of the best low-key areas in which to sit, eat and relax.