Parks & Beaches

Where Seattle - - The Guide -

ALKI BEACH— Seat­tle’s first Euro­pean set­tlers es­tab­lished their home­steads at this scenic West Seat­tle spot 150 years ago. To­day the 2.5-mile stretch of sandy beach on the shores of Puget Sound is great for walk­ing, jog­ging or in-line skat­ing. Alki’s his­toric 1913 light­house is a charm­ing sight for tourists and light­house buffs.­ Alki Ave. SW in West Seat­tle. Map 2 H3 BLOEDEL RE­SERVE— Lo­cated a short ferry ride away on Bain­bridge Is­land, Bloedel Re­serve com­prises 150 acres of nat­u­ral beauty, in­clud­ing 84 acres of sec­ond growth for­est, and var­i­ous ponds, gar­dens and mead­ows. www.bloedel­re­ 7571 N.E. Dol­phin Drive, 206.842.7631. Map 3 H10 BURKE- GIL­MAN TRAIL— This pop­u­lar bik­ing and jog­ging trail cov­ers more than 10 miles in Seat­tle. It be­gins in Shils­hole Bay and ends in Bothell.­ 60th Place NE and Bothell Way to Eighth Ave. NW. Call 206.684.4122 for trail in­for­ma­tion and a map. Map 2 D4 DIS­COV­ERY PARK— A trek through Dis­cov­ery Park, the largest wilder­ness ex­panse in the city, feels like an es­cape to an­other world. The park’s sprawl­ing grounds fea­ture forests, mead­ows, tide pools, sand dunes and a gor­geous view of the sound.­ 3801 Dis­cov­ery Park Blvd., 206.386.4236. Map 2 D2 GAS WORKS PARK— One of Seat­tle’s most un­mis­tak­able land­marks is the moun­tain­ous tan­gle of iron that forms the cen­ter­piece of Gas Works Park. The now-de­funct struc­ture com­ple­ments a stun­ning down­town view. This is a choice spot to fly a kite, en­joy a pic­nic or ex­plore the play barn. The park boasts ex­cel­lent views of Lake Union and the Seat­tle sky­line, mak­ing it one of the most pop­u­lar spots to watch Fourth of July fire­works. The pop­u­lar Burke-Gil­man bik­ing and jog­ging trail passes by as well.­ 2101 N. North­lake Way, 206.684.4075. Map 2 D5

GOLDEN GAR­DENS PARK— This city park of­fers sweep­ing views of Puget Sound and the Olympic Moun­tains. The park in­cludes a long sandy beach, a short loop trail through two wet­lands ar­eas, a dog park, a fish­ing pier, fields for soc­cer and grills for pic­nics.­ 8498 Seav­iew Place NW, 206.684.4075. Map 2 A3

GREEN LAKE— Seat­tle’s cher­ished par­adise for jog­gers, bik­ers, in-line skaters and dog-walk­ers, Green Lake of­fers a bustling slice of na­ture in the heart of the city. In ad­di­tion to the scenic trail, pic­nic ar­eas and pad­dle­boat and kayak ren­tals are avail­able.­ 7201 E. Green Lake Drive N, 206.684.4075. Map 2 B5

JACK BLOCK PARK— This spot in West Seat­tle has won­der­ful views of down­town Seat­tle and the sports sta­di­ums. There is a 45-foot high ob­ser­va­tion tower, a chil­dren’s play area, plenty of walk­ing paths and re­strooms. www.port­seat­­sPublic-Ac­cess/Parks/Pages/Jack-Block-Park.aspx. 2130 Har­bor Ave. SW, Map 2 I3

KERRY PARK— A small park on the west side of Queen Anne fea­tur­ing the much-pho­tographed Chang­ing Forms sculp­ture and stun­ning view of down­town Seat­tle.­ 211 W. High­land Drive, 206.684.4075. Map 2 F4 LAKE UNION PARK— On the south end of Lake Union sits this beau­ti­ful park, which is also home to the Mu­seum of His­tory and In­dus­try and the Cen­ter for Wooden Boats. The South Lake Union Street­car has a stop here, and it’s close to Ama­zon’s cam­pus as well as a va­ri­ety of restau­rants and bars.­lake­u­nion­ 860 Terry Ave. N, 206.684.4075. Map 1 F2 MARYMOOR PARK— This park in Red­mond, on Seat­tle’s East­side, has 640 acres to ex­plore. In ad­di­tion to trails, there is a gi­ant off-leash dog park, a velo­drome, ath­letic fields and an amp­ithe­atre for live mu­sic, in­clud­ing the pop­u­lar sum­mer­time Con­certs at Marymoor Park. www.king­­cre­ation/parks/in­ven­tory/marymoor.aspx. 6046 W. Lake Sam­mamish Park­way NE, Red­mond, 206.205.3661. Map 2 D14 VOL­UN­TEER PARK— At this beloved Olm­sted Broth­ers-de­signed park, watch the sun­set sparkle on the reser­voir or climb the wa­ter tower for a 360-de­gree view of the city. The park is also home to the Asian Art Mu­seum, the Vol­un­teer Park Con

ser­va­tory, and the work of sculp­tor Isamu Noguchi. Neigh­bor­ing Lake View Ceme­tery is the rest­ing place of Seat­tle pi­o­neers and Bruce Lee and his son, Bran­don.­ 1247 15th Ave. E, 206.684.4075. Map 1 K1 WAR­REN G. MAGNUSON PARK— Sit­u­ated on Lake Wash­ing­ton, this park boasts beaches, an of­fleash dog area, sports fields, walk­ing trails, pic­nic shel­ters, a boat launch, and open stretches for kite fly­ing.­ 7400 Sand Point Way NE, 206.684.4946. Map 2 C9

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