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Best Places for a Picnic in Puget Sound

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When you want to pack a picnic and head outside, here are some of our favorite places in Puget Sound to sit with family and friends on a sunny afternoon.

Green Lake Park
7201 E Green Lake Dr. N
Seattle, WA 98115
http://www.seattle.gov/parks

Green Lake is one of Seattle’s most beloved parks. Its expanse of water and green space in the center of a dense urban neighborhood. The park serves as a natural preserve for hundreds of species of trees and plants, as well as numerous birds and waterfowl. The newly reconstructed 2.8-mile path allows for walkers, runners, strollers and bicycles. Come out to enjoy boating, picnics and swimming at this 323 acre park.

Golden Gardens
8498 Seaview Pl. NW
Seattle, WA 98117
http://www.seattle.gov

This popular Ballard area park provides extraordinary views of Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains. Picnic tables are available, as well as sandy beaches and a fishing pier.

Gas Works Park
2101 N Northlake Way
Seattle, WA 98103
http://www.seattle.gov/parks

Gas Works Park has a play area with a large play barn, and big hill popular for flying kites. Special park features include a sundial, and a beautiful view of Seattle. There are plenty of places to spread out a blanket and enjoy a picnic.

Wilmot Gateway Park
1730 NE 131 Avenue
Woodinville, WA 98072
http://www.ci.woodinville.wa.us

Wilmot Gateway Park, Woodinville’s flagship park, is busy year round. Rollerbladers, walkers, joggers, and bicyclists enjoy trekking along the Sammamish River Trail that runs through the center of the park. The park features covered picnic areas, restroom facilities, a children’s play area and a large grassy bowl that is perfect for Frisbee or sun soaking. Sheltered picnic tables are a popular lunchtime gathering.

Alki Beach Park
1702 Alki Ave. SW
Seattle, WA 98116
http://www.seattle.gov

Alki Beach Park is a long beach strip that runs from Alki Point to Duwamish Head on Elliott Bay. It’s a great spot for a 2.5 mile walk any time of year. There are picnic tables, a bathhouse housing an art studio, and a restroom at the south (Alki Point) end of the beach. Fire pits on the beach allow fires. You need to carry in your own wood and make sure the fire is out when you leave. Don’t forget your s’mores fixings!

Langus Riverfront Park
400 Smith Island Road
Everett, WA 98201
http://www.everettwa.org

Langus Riverfront Park, adjacent to the Snohomish River, boasts premier river access with a boat launch, fishing pier, shell house and rowing dock. The three-mile paved trail is perfect for walking, jogging and biking. It is also a great vantage point to see waterfowl, raptors and shorebirds. There’s a picnic shelter, picnic tables and BBQs available for picnics.

Browns Point Lighthouse Park
201 Tulalip Street NE
Tacoma, WA 98422
http://www.metroparkstacoma.org

Browns Point Lighthouse Park lies on the tip of historic Browns Point, and provides the community waterfront access, enticing beachcombers year round and sunbathers and picnickers during the summer. A large green space makes this a nice spot for a picnic as you watch the deep-sea ships entering Tacoma’s busy portal.

Jetty Island, Everett
http://www.portofeverett.com

Celebrate Jetty Island Days from July to September every year. Ferry rides to the island are free and leave from the 10th Street Boat Launch 7 days a week. The Jetty Island Ferry is located in Marine Park at 10th Street and the 529. With no electricity or plumbing, the only structure on the island is the seasonal floating restroom off its shores. The sandy beaches and shallow waters make the water warm enough for any swimmer to enjoy. Set up your beach towels, bring your picnic basket, bucket and shovel to play in the sand, and be prepared for the perfect day at the beach.

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