Being a dog in some cities can be tough going but in Seattle dogs are decidedly lucky since their humans seem to take them just about everywhere and they are more than welcome on public transit. Even so, some times a pup just needs to rest their dogs in the grass, get in a good hard run or take a dip in a the cool refreshing water. These parks are great destinations for you and your pooch.
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.
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.
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.
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.
No Clifford the big red dog here. Instead a big blue dog sculpture guards this off leash area that you don't have to be a dog lover to love. There is a promenade of sorts that circles essentially a large drainage pond. The fun for non dog owners is to watch canines strut their stuff before and after they've had a roll in what more often than not is a mud pit.
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.
Previously a fairly uninviting crowd controlled this pint sized park but with the conversion of it to a canine off leash area it's now a fine place to visit since dogs rule the roost.
Not the sunniest or lushest park but still a nice sized patch of grass to picnic or relax with friends in the heart of South Lake Union.