The sun doesn't bust out often in Seattle but when it does it is time to mobilize. Why not visit one of these splendid parks with a view?
This amazing property has got it all, an environmental center, great trails, stunning views, a lighthouse and a generous slice of beach. This park is the perfect destination whether you are in the mood for a picnic, a run, a kayak or just some fun in the sun.
Historic Volunteer Park is part of the Olmstead Brothers gift to the city of Seattle. In addition to being just lovely for strolling the park houses a water tower which you can climb for territorial views, the Seattle Asian Art Museum, a conservatory, tennis courts, an amphitheatre, koi ponds and a perfect view of the Space Needle through a Tsutakawa sculpture.
Go fly a kite on kite hill, picnic or just laze about with a stellar view of Lake Union and the downtown skyline. Generally a pretty chill place the park becomes overrun as a prime viewing spot for the fourth of July fireworks.
This long stretch of beach also has a narrow path for a stroll or bike. There are plenty of restaurants nearby, a bathhouse with restrooms, volleyball courts, a statue of liberty and sweeping views of Puget Sound, the downtown skyline and the working port.
My go to for a gorgeous 4 mile waterfront bike ride or stroll, plenty of benches, grass and log populated tiny beaches also make it perfect for a picnic or catching up with a friend. Love checking out the gorgeous old grain elevator as well.
Note: This park feeds into the lower level of the Olympic Sculpture Park as well as Seattle's downtown waterfront.
Perched near the top of Queen Anne hill this park offers sweeping views of the skyline, the Space Needle, the working port, the Olympic mountain range and the stunning Mount Rainier when it makes it’s appearance. A coin operated telescope, a Doris Chase sculpture and a well manicured lawn for picnicking makes this a jewel in the parks system's crown.
Sadly there isn't much grass in this park but it does have a motion sensitive fountain that drives kids mad, lake front seating, a pint sized beach and historic boats. The recently opened MOHAI as well as the Center for Wooden Boats are located in this park. Parking can be tight so take the street car.
A small wetlands area, a roomy beach, a picnic & grilling area, a small snack bar, indoor restrooms as well as tremendous views means this beach is generally packed any time of day. This is also an excellent beach to visit for low tides talks with environmentalists.
Note: As an extra bonus when tides are at their lowest it is possible to walk from Golden Gardens to Carkeek Park Beach and back again.
Hike through the old growth forest and you will be rewarded with stunning waterfront views, pincic & bbq shelters and an olympic size salt water pool. Go!
This monster of a park offers great bird watching, dog watching, lake strolling, P-patch gardening, public arts, and playfields. It also plays host to a number of festivals including Blues for Food.
The works of Calder, Serra, Oldenberg and more call this multi-acre park home. Great outdoor seating whether you prefer tables & chairs or the grass between your toes. Stunning water views, a cafe and beautiful dogs parading by are a plus.
This park named after the first openly gay legislator in Washington state is situated in what was once the heart of the gay community in Capitol Hill. Expect plenty of great seating, people watching, a contemporary wading pool and fountain as well as courts and fields to accommodate the numerous bike polo, basketball, softball, baseball and soccer matches that seem to take place at all hours of the day and night.
Keep your eye out for free music and films during the summer months.
Located North of Ballard Carkeek is worth the drive for it’s large bbq area, environmental center, comfortable beaches, stream to watch the salmon migration and easy but forested trails. Also a great place to visit for various festivals and during low tide.
Perched on the western slope of Queen Anne Hill the park boasts sweeping views of Puget Sound and the gorgeous old grain elevator as well as a swings, an off leash dog run, a couple of picnic tables and plenty of well maintained green in which to lounge and picnic.
This nearly 10 acre park is perched on the west side of Beacon Hill and has stunning views of downtown and Elliot Bay. It's also home to an off-leash area, picnic tables, a small playground and public restrooms.
Tucked into the eastern slope residential area in Queen Anne this small park offers great views of the Lake Union, Downtown and Capitol Hill. Bike in and enjoy a leisurely sit on a bench and refill your water bottle. Enjoy the azaleas, rhodies, peekaboo views , play area and pergola.
A great place for a leisurely stroll or a hearty and hilly hike or bike. The park also has stellar bbq facilities, a ceramics studio, an amphitheatre which hosts free jazz and community festivals as well as a beach with public restrooms