There are over 400 Seattle parks and recreation areas, and over 6200 acres of park land in Seattle itself. If you venture out into the surrounding metro area, there are even more recreational lands to enjoy. Whatever your outdoor passion, there are sure to be some Seattle parks that will please you.
Are you a dog-owner? There are some great dog friendly parks where you can take off the leash and let your four-footed best friend frolic with other dogs. Our dog, Sadie, loves to visit the off-leash area at Marymoor dog park, and bark at the waves at Marina Beach in Edmonds.
Cyclists will love the miles of paved trails that wind through public recreation land all over the Seattle area. One of the best is Marymoor Park.
If you like to be near the water there are plenty of waterfront areas - saltwater and freshwater. Some Seattle city parks have public beaches such as Golden Gardens. Some are located on rivers.
Birders and wildlife enthusiasts will enjoy urban wildlife habitats such as Juanita Bay Park, Discovery Park, and the one big enough to house a ton of animals - Woodland Park Zoo.
Ever wonder where photographers go to get those fabulous photos of the Space Needle and the downtown Seattle skyline? Some of them are taken from Seattle city parks! One of the best places is Kerry Park, an unassuming little green spot on Queen Anne Hill.
In fact, there are so many that it would be impossible to review them all here! I will tell you about some of the more well-known parks, as well as some of our favorites. Hopefully this will give you a good idea of the variety available and encourage you to explore and discover some favorites of your own!
Woodland Park Zoo
This Seattle park has huge trees, rhododendrons, bamboo, orchids... an amazing array of lush vegetation! Oh, and there are also some great animal exhibits as well!
Kerry Park Seattle
The best panoramic Seattle view is from this little city park on Queen Anne Hill! Bring your camera!
Juanita Bay Park
An urban wildlife habitat on the eastside of Lake Washington, this is the place to see birds, mammals, amphibians, fish, and maybe even a reptile if you're lucky! Bring your bird watching binoculars!
Volunteer Park Seattle
This beautiful park on Capitol Hill offers trails, picnic areas, tennis courts, playground, wading pool, a conservatory full of fabulous plants, a water tower with a view, summer outdoor theater, and the Seattle Asian Art Museum.
Burke Gilman Trail
This paved, off-road trail winds its way through parks, beaches, playgrounds, along a lake and river, and is very popular with cyclists, runners, walkers, and skaters.
Juanita Beach Park
Around the corner from Juanita Bay Park, this is a great place to have a barbeque, dig your feet into the sand, and watch the kids play on the playground by the beach.
For a complete list of Seattle parks and their addresses see Seattle Parks and Recreation