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Kerry Park
#1 of 123 Nature & Parks in Seattle
When the weather permits, this park has an AMAZING view of the city, and wonderful and relaxing atmosphere, and a great play area for smaller kids (toddlers-9 years old).
Lovely unique, quaint, fabulous homes and views to enjoy within walking distance to Kerry Park.
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Green Lake Park
#2 of 123 Nature & Parks in Seattle
Wonderful for people watching and a nice flat cardio workout with plenty of nature and beauty to enjoy within close access to the city feel.
The Emerald City's Green Lake Park is a lovely place to take walk, jog, sail, fish, ride a bike, swim, or have a picnic.
Hiram M. Chittenden Locks
#3 of 123 Nature & Parks in Seattle
There's a little park with nice manicured lawns and some garden paths nearby and a cute museum/gift shop with miniature model boats where you can press pennies into souvenir tokens for free.
Fascinating for the engineer, nature lover, gardener and history lover!
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Washington Park Arboretum
#4 of 123 Nature & Parks in Seattle
Close to the freeways and busy University District is this large beautiful park with extensive walking trails, water features and a large collection of trees and shrubs including rhododendrons, azaleas and hydrang...
The Arboretum is a serene, beautifully designed park, has numerous features, special events are held in the park, and it is a wonderful place to take your family for special occasions or when you have a few hours...
Volunteer Park Conservatory
#5 of 123 Nature & Parks in Seattle
A lovely community park With incredible views and gorgeous plants and grounds, A nice, peaceful setting for a stroll or a family picnic!
The Volunteer Park Conservatory is a hidden treasure within the larger park near Seattle's Asian Art Museum - definitely also worth a visit.
Lake Washington
#6 of 123 Nature & Parks in Seattle
You are able to get scenic boat rides on the lake, find a few very good restaurants located here, and a number of excellent parks including Washington Park Arboretum.
offers numerous parks for boating, hiking, birding and picnicking and in many locations offers views of Mt Rainier
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Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park
#7 of 123 Nature & Parks in Seattle
this is a great location to learn about Seattle history during the Alaska Klondike Gold Rush the museum is conveniently located downtown near king street Amtrak station the park rangers are very knowledgeable be s...
This National Historical Park had awesome interactive exhibits which were very kid friendly and a short movie that plays every so often which was really great!
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Discovery Park
#8 of 123 Nature & Parks in Seattle
Discovery Park has great trails for biking, hiking, dog walking, jogging, whale and bird watching; there are perfect hills and meadows for kite flying, grass sledding, picnicking; the beaches are excellent example...
This is a terrific oasis near the heart of Seattle; we stayed near Lake Washington and had easy access to the Discovery park for a day of exploring in the woods and along the seashore.
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Lake Union
#9 of 123 Nature & Parks in Seattle
We were at Lake Union often during our visit to Seattle.......some of our favs were Kenmore Air (we took a seaplane tour), the Ducks, and just sitting in Gas Works Park watching the other people enjoying the lake!!
Located in the heart of Seattle it provides great views of the space needle, house boats, gas works park, and so much more!
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Golden Gardens Park
#10 of 123 Nature & Parks in Seattle
When we want to relax, we drive along the end of 45th Street in Ballard, (North Seattle) which turns north and follows the shoreline, passing marinas and launch sites, ending in a park with sandy beach and nature...
Loved watching the birds, walking along the beach, and enjoying the scenery and nature.
Seattle Japanese Garden
#11 of 123 Nature & Parks in Seattle
Along with the Washington Park Arboretum, the Seattle Japanese Garden will thrill your senses and bring a feeling of serenity as you stroll through this urban nature preserve.
Across the street is a pretty park with an easy walking trail, or you can do what we did and download the bike app and do a bike ride through it.
Kubota Garden
#12 of 123 Nature & Parks in Seattle
Easy to travel to, this wonderful spot transports you outside of the bustling city and into a beautifully sculptured park.
The trails are perfectly kept, wide and obvious, with side trails filled in as well trimmed tunnels at times to make for a truly special experience in nature.
Alki Beach
#13 of 123 Nature & Parks in Seattle
The lengthy waterfront offers a range of experiences from quiet sandy & pebbly beaches, especially fun at low tide, to a park-like beach waterfront with walking paths, waterfront activities, & nearby restaurants.
The park has picnic shelters, public restrooms, a 6 mile bike / walking path, and has the most lovely views of the Olympic mountains, and the skyline of Seattle, and the Puget sound.
Burke-Gilman Trail
#14 of 123 Nature & Parks in Seattle
... communities to the north and east of Lake Washington to Seattle, passing through the University of Washington campus and the Fremont and Ballard neighborhoods on the way to Golden Gardens Park along Puget Sound.
You can go to amazing places , like Ballard locks , gas works , Uw district , Magnusson Park , kenmore and Juanita park/ beach.
Woodland Park Zoo
#15 of 123 Nature & Parks in Seattle
We enjoyed touring the park which was beautifully landscaped with a variety of trees, shrubs and flowers.
I go to ZooTunes concerts at Woodland Park Zoo but before the concerts I always take in the penguins, elephants, giraffes, gorillas, bears, otters, and so many other animals.
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Gas Works Park
#16 of 123 Nature & Parks in Seattle
Enjoyed the walk along the way and what a reward when we arrived at the park! Stunning views and a nice place to lay down in the soft grass and watch the clouds go by!
It might because I'm from NYC, and loved the peace and tranquility of the hilly park with vibrant green grass overlooking Lake Union and the Seattle skyline.
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Lincoln Park
#17 of 123 Nature & Parks in Seattle
Beautiful, extensive park with trails, kids play area, covered structures with BBQ's, on or above the beach.
I usually start out by walking along the trail at the far west side of the park, and when I reach the end of this trail, their is a trail leading down to the beach area.
Waterfall Garden Park
#18 of 123 Nature & Parks in Seattle
It was almost magical stepping across the threshold of the park and enjoying the refreshing feeling of being in the forest with a beautiful waterfall, quiet and serene.
In the midst of the downtown area and you come across a wonderful little park with a bueatiful waterfall.
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Seattle Aquarium
#19 of 123 Nature & Parks in Seattle
Another wonderful day outing that is a great Seattle excursion to impress visitors is to park in West Seattle near the ferry terminal, get your tickets at the kiosk and have a shave ice or beer at Marination while...
Great place to see marine life Lots of interesting information provided Good for nature lovers They also provide school tours Right on the water front
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Elliott Bay Waterfront
#20 of 123 Nature & Parks in Seattle
We saw a biking and walking trail cruise ships a park sculpture garden rose garden restaurants big wheel aquarium.
Very nice walk, nice parks along the way and only took 45 minutes.
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Volunteer Park
#21 of 123 Nature & Parks in Seattle
The park was amazing, fun stuff to climb on, sand area, pond to play in....little bit of everything to keep each kid happy!
It is a large park in the heart of downtown Seattle that transports you miles away from the hustle and bustle of the city.
Olympic Sculpture Park
#22 of 123 Nature & Parks in Seattle
The Olympic Sculpture Park is part of the Seattle Art Museum (SAM), and is about a city block's worth of grass, plants, sculptures, paths, bridges, and great views of the whole city.
The Park includes about a mile of well-maintained pedestrian walkways and bicycle paths, lined with sculptures, rose gardens, beaches and grassy parks for picnics.
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Artist at Play Playground at Seattle Center
#23 of 123 Nature & Parks in Seattle
Especially when the weather is nice, I would highly recommend a trip to this great park!
The play ground has the tallest slides of any city park I've ever seen offering a challenge and excitement at the same time.
Seward Park
#24 of 123 Nature & Parks in Seattle
What a delightful park!!! Perfect for runners, skate boarding, hiking, tree climbing, I mean there's something for everyone here!!!
In certain seasons, eagles are perched on the trees at the northern point of the park, and in summer you can watch the rowing teams from the nearby Mt Baker Rowing Center working out.
Carkeek Park
#25 of 123 Nature & Parks in Seattle
Great place to have a secluded walk since it really is one of Seattle's best kept secret parks.
This is a great park and is a great escape from the hustle and bustle of the city.
The Lake Washington Ship Canal Fish Ladder
#26 of 123 Nature & Parks in Seattle
The fish ladder can be an interesting experience and is an opportunity to teach children about how some fish migrate and about nature/human coexistence.
Ballard Locks are a draw for many Seattle visitors who generally park and walk to the locks from the north.
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Myrtle Edwards Park
#27 of 123 Nature & Parks in Seattle
Walking through the beautiful park taking in the sights and movement on Puget Sound as well as viewing the Olympic Mts. is a lovely experience.
We hiked the Elliott Bay Trail and Myrtle Edwards Park on Saturday, June 17, 2017 After a filling breakfast at Seatown (see separate review) we headed off down Alaskan Way and eventually to the trail.
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Warren G. Magnuson Park
#28 of 123 Nature & Parks in Seattle
It has picnic tables and picnic areas with barbecues in/at them, great views of the lake, frisbee and kites flying areas, nice paths-nature walks with informative displays of the wildlife in and around the park, f...
But this park is awesome for people to enjoy well cultivated trails and brand avenues of poplars that lead in every direction and every type of elevation.
Blake Island State Park
#29 of 123 Nature & Parks in Seattle
Beautiful nature and views
state park and salmon house
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Lake Union Park
#30 of 123 Nature & Parks in Seattle
Wonderful park in South Lake Union.
Perfect piece of nature in an urban area.