Out­door At­trac­tions

Where Seattle - - Contents - BY STACY BOOTH

The best spots to visit on a sunny, warm day.

Seattle’s Pike Place Mar­ket turns 109 years old this month! Visit this his­toric spot to find the sea­son’s best pro­duce, plenty of ven­dors sell­ing ev­ery­thing from bath prod­ucts to jew­elry and lots of locally owned busi­nesses. Ven­dor stalls ex­tend be­yond the build­ing, giv­ing vis­i­tors even more hand­made items to pe­ruse. Be sure to ex­plore Post Al­ley, where you’ll find lots of spots for out­door din­ing and even more shop­ping. Head below the Mar­ket’s main level to find more stores and restaurants—find ev­ery­thing from a record shop and barber to an in­de­pen­dent book pub­lisher and candy store. The Mar­ket isn’t air con­di­tioned, so when you need a break, head to Shug’s Soda Foun­tain and Ice Cream (www.shugssodafoun­tain.com) along First Ave. This new spot at the mar­ket has an old-fash­ioned soda foun­tain as well as ice cream, beer, wine and cof­fee.

BAL­LARD LOCKS

The Hi­ram M. Chit­ten­den Locks move boats be­tween the salt wa­ter of Puget Sound and the fresh wa­ter of lakes Union and Washington. Watch ves­sels of all sizes come through the locks. Dur­ing sum­mer week­ends, there are free con­certs at the locks. Don’t miss the fish lad­der—you might catch sal­mon swim­ming up­stream at the un­der­ground win­dow. www. bal­lard­locks.org. 3015 N.W. 54th St.

LIN­COLN PARK

This West Seattle park, while not as pop­u­lar as some other city parks, is a great place to spend a few hours. Sit­u­ated on a cliff, the up­per park is wooded while down by the beach find plenty of sand and sun. The best part is the heated, out­door saltwater pool, which is pop­u­lar with lo­cals. 8011 Fauntleroy Way SW

DIS­COV­ERY PARK

At 534 acres, Dis­cov­ery Park is the largest city park in Seattle. A for­mer mil­i­tary base, find in­cred­i­ble views, wooded forests and sandy beaches. There are plenty of trails as well as a light­house, the Dis­cov­ery Park En­vi­ron­men­tal Learn­ing Cen­ter and a chil­dren’s play area. 3801 Dis­cov­ery Park Blvd.

EMER­ALD CITY TROL­LEY

Hop aboard one of these open-air trol­leys for a look at all the big­gest sights in Seattle. The tours are hop- on, hop- off, so if you see some­thing of in­ter­est, you can take the time to ex­plore be­fore get­ting on an­other trol­ley and con­tin­u­ing your tour. The Down­town Seattle Tour in­cludes all the big­gest spots, from Pike Place Mar­ket to the Space Nee­dle. www. emer­ald­c­i­tytrol­ley.com

OLYMPIC SCULP­TURE PARK

Sit­u­ated along El­liott Bay, this park, which is part of the Seattle Art Mu­seum, is filled with amaz­ing art and stun­ning views. Stroll through the grounds to see works by Louise Bour­geois, Alexan­der Calder, Jaume Plensa and more. Open daily and free to visit. www. seat­tleart­mu­seum.org. 2901 Western Ave.

Pike Place Mar­ket’s sum­mer crowds know it’s the spot to be.

Dis­cov­ery Park

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