One of the things we love most about Seattle is that its residents are active, and unafraid of the elements. The city’s awesome park system and gorgeous landscape might have something to do with that. Whether it’s sunny and clear or the Pacific Northwest clouds are rolling in, you’ll always find Seattleites enjoying their city’s natural beauty. Here are some of the best spots to join them in celebrating the outdoors.
Seattle’s largest public park, Discovery offers outdoors enthusiasts a variety of different landscapes to explore. Bring your pup and hike down from Magnolia Bluff onto the rocky beach below, or find a secluded spot to sit and meditate. Discovery Park: 3801 Discovery Park Blvd; 206-684-4075
Alki Beach Park
Alki Beach Park, in West Seattle, allows picture-perfect views of the Olympic Mountain range and Puget Sound. Its 2.5-mile-long pathway attracts joggers, rollerbladers and beachcombers—it’s truly the ideal place for a sunset stroll. Alki Beach Park: 1702 Alki Ave SW; 206-684-4075
This park is best known for containing preserved ruins of Seattle’s Gas Light Company and its gasification plant, earning it the reputation as one of the “strangest” parks in America. It’s a fun spot to play hide and seek with the kids, or to toss a frisbee on a breezy day. It also has some of the best views of the Seattle skyline, rising high above Lake Union. Gasworks Park: 2101 N Northlake Way
Nestled on the South slope of Seattle’s Queen Anne Hill, the view from Kerry Park includes downtown Seattle, Elliott Bay, Mount Rainier and Bainbridge Island. If you’ve seen Grey’s Anatomy, Frasier or 10 Things I Hate about You, you’ll recognize it as the picture perfect frame for the Emerald City. Kerry Park: 211 W Highland Dr; 206-684-4075
Sunset Hill Park
Seattle’s Ballard Neighborhood attracts hipsters, live-music junkies, and sunset-seekers alike. Its Sunset Hill Park sits right above Elliott Bay, making it a great spot to watch sailboats bobbing against a pink and purple painted sky. Sunset Hill Park: 775 Meridian Rd; 219-465-3586