Seattle has beautiful parks and gardens where you can spend a leisurely afternoon. The parks offer a variety of amenities including beaches, playgrounds, community events such as festivals and classes, off-leash areas for dogs, hiking and biking trails plus much more. See the Seattle Parks and Recreation website for a complete list of parks and what each park has to offer. For those who love flowers, plants and unique landscape features, visit one of the gardens where you can escape from the hustle and bustle in a scenic atmosphere. Below you can watch our video featuring the Kubota Garden.
Seattle Parks and Recreation. 100 Dexter Avenue N, Seattle, WA 98109. Phone: 206-684-4075.
Walking and jogging trails through forest and upon wild and windswept grassy meadows. Steep sea cliffs with beach access and lighthouse. Reputedly Seattle's best birding spot. Native American cultural activities and art exhibits are at the park's Daybreak Star Arts Center. The 535 acre park is Seattle's largest, and is also home to the Fort Lawton Military Reservation. (City of Seattle, Department of Parks and Recreation web site.)
Gas Works Park. 2101 N. Northlake Way, Seattle, WA 98103. Phone: 206-684-4075; TTY: 206-233-1509.
Located in the Wallingford neighborhood on the north shore of Lake Union, Gas Works Park may be one of the strangest parks of all time. built on the former site of Seattle Gas Light Company, the park incorporated the pieces of the gas plant, hence the name.
Green Lake. 7201 E. Greenlake Drive N, Seattle, WA 98115.
Green Lake Park is home to a good variety of birds and waterfowl in addition to hundred of plants and trees. A path travels around the lake for walking, biking and skating. There is also a workout station, athletic fields, a beach for swimming and picnicking spots.
Japanese Gardens at the Arboretum. 1075 Lake Washington Boulevard E, Seattle, WA 98112. Phone: 206-684-4725.
Kubota Garden. 9817 55th Avenue S, Seattle, WA 98178. Phone: 206-684-4584.
The Kubota Garden Foundation. Office: 10915 51st Avenue South, Seattle, WA 98178. Mail: PO Box 18946, Seattle, WA 98118-0946. Phone: 206-725-5060.
Myrtle Edwards Park. 3130 Alaskan Way W, Seattle, WA. Phone: 206-684-4075; TTY: 206-233-1509.
Myrtle Edwards Park features a 1.25-mile winding bike and pedestrian path along Elliott Bay sporting views of the Olympics Mountains, Mount Rainier, and Puget Sound. It offers easy access from downtown and easy connection to bike paths to Magnolia.
Northwest Garden Show. February
Five acres of gardens created inside the Convention Center.
Oxbow Park. 6430 Corson Avenue S, Seattle, WA. Phone: 206-684-4075; TTY: 206-233-1509.
Oxbow Park, home to Hat n' Boots, is Georgetown's most famous landmark where a premium Tex Texaco gas station was built in the 1950's. The giant red cowboy hat served as the office and the elaborately painted cowboy boots housed the restrooms.
Victor Steinbrueck Park. 2001 Western Avenue, Seattle, WA 98101. Phone: 206-684-4075. GPS: N 47 36.555; W 122 20.517.
Located at the north end of Pike Place market, Victor Steinbruek Park sits of the site of the Washington State National Armory built in 1909. This a great park for relaxing in or enjoying a picnic.
Volunteer Park. 1247 15th Avenue E, Seattle, WA. Phone: 206-684-4075; TTY: 206-233-1509.
Volunteer Park is home the Conservatory which houses the "corpse flower", the Seattle Asian Art Museum, monuments and sculptures. Rich in history this park became a Seattle landmark in 2011. Here you can play tennis, walk or bike on paths, have a picnic or watch children play on the equipment or splash in the wading pool.
Waterfall Garden. 219 2nd Avenue S, Seattle, WA 98104.
A secluded park in Pioneer Square featuring a 22 foot waterfall.
Waterfront Park. 1407 Alaskan Way. Seattle, WA 98101. Phone: 206-684-4075. GPS: N 47 36.411; W 122 20.483.
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