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Best parks in King County

Park
“This park is home to the crumbling ruins of an old Gasification plant, but is also an amazing lookout point on Lake Union.”
424local recommendations
Park
“A small park with a great view of downtown. Excellent photo opportunity to get your picture with the skyline, Space Needle, and on clear days Mt. Rainier”
451local recommendations
Canal Lock
“This park hosts a botanical garden, a small museum, a “fish ladder”, and the Locks themselves- a manmade engineering marvel that works sort of like a boat elevator.”
403local recommendations
Other Great Outdoors
“A former naval base, the park is a network of trails, beach, open fields, and a bluff looking over the Sound and Olympic mountain range ”
403local recommendations
Beach
“Our closest beach. A great spot, especially in the fall when the trees backstopping the beach prove the park’s namesake. ”
333local recommendations
Sculpture Garden
“Take the time to visit the Olympic Sculpture Park, an outdoor extension of the Seattle Art Museum that’s open to the public for free about a mile away at the waterfront.”
256local recommendations
Playground
“Good for running or walking and water activities such as canoeing. Can be crowded on nice days.”
336local recommendations
Park
“Volunteer Park is a large rolling wooded park nestled next to some of the most gorgeous historic homes in Capitol Hill! Bring a blanket and take a nap in the fields with a variety of Seattleites, read a book under a tree, check out the Volunteer Park Conservatory with an impressive variety of plants and flowers (weird hours check website), run or pace yourself to the top of the water tower for 360 views of the city and if you get lucky you can run across weekend events of all kinds on the outdoor stage (or check the website ahead of time if your're not feeling super lucky :). We've come across Shakespeare plays, latin dance performances and multicultural fairs just by chance! ”
303local recommendations
Park
“This beautiful historic park with both woods and waterfront, is within walking or biking distance of the apt. Colman Pool, a seasonal outdoor public Olympic sized salt water pool is accessed by walking or biking (no car access) through the park or along the waterfront at the edge of Puget Sound with sweeping views. Lots of free parking at various lots by the park.”
200local recommendations
Botanical Garden
“230-acre nature preserve that includes all sorts of trails and a Japanese garden”
138local recommendations
Park
“Pioneer Square is “Seattle’s Original Neighborhood”. The neighborhood is built around a cobblestone triangular plaza, composed of dozens of stone and brick buildings in the late-Victorian Romanesque architecture style. There are sights and memorials such as the enormous Tlingit totem pole, the bust of Chief Seattle, and Smith Tower. This historic area has been restored in the past decades to host a vibrant music, art, shopping, and dining scene in addition to the historical events and tours.”
102local recommendations
Preschool
“-Trails for running and hiking. -Cross the bridge over the railroad tracks to the beach. -Small but fun playground. ”
125local recommendations
Garden
“Absolutely beautiful Japanese garden, definitely worth a visit. Around 15-20 mins by bus or 5 mins driving.”
78local recommendations
Park
“This is the hub of Capitol Hill. People are hanging out in this park all evening, especially in summer and the people watching is great. ”
107local recommendations
Park
“Seattle's oldest park is still one of the most popular parks in the city. This park is such a gem to have in the midst of our city. A fantastic play area for children and many wonderful walking paths to explore.”
108local recommendations
Garden
“Located in the Arboretum about a 8 min drive from home. Beautiful Landscape, and cultural experience.”
61local recommendations