Travel & Outdoors

Seattle’s Best Parks And Gardens

December 8, 2010 3:49 PM

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Cal Anderson Park offers a well-maintained playground for children. (Credit: seattle.gov)

Cal Anderson Park offers a well-maintained playground for children. (Credit: seattle.gov)

In the mood to find a quiet place off the beaten path for a day of relaxation, solitude or romance? Here are some beautiful options in the nearby area – Discovery Park, Carkeek Park, Kerry Park, Cal Anderson Park and Kubota Garden never fail to disappoint.
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A stunning park offering some of the most spectacular views of Seattle, Discovery is a true oasis away from the city. (Credit: seattle.gov)

Discovery Park

3801 W Government Way
Seattle, Wash. 98199
(206) 386-4236
www.seattle.gov/parks/Environment/discovparkindex.htm

A stunning park offering some of the most spectacular views of Seattle, Discovery is a true oasis away from the city. Check out the 2.7-mile loop trail which winds its way around to a picturesque lighthouse. The lookouts show off the vast expanse of the Puget Sound.

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The Carkeek Park Environmental Learning Center (ELC) has been built using sustainable practices to provide additional space for environmental education. (Credit: seattle.gov)

Carkeek Park

950 NW Carkeek Park Road
Seattle, Wash. 98177
(206) 684-0877
www.seattle.gov/parks/environment/carkeek.htm

Another great park that feels like an oasis away from the city, Carkeek offers short (less than three miles), varied trails and a paved trail through Piper’s Creek perfect for strollers and wheelchairs. A rehabilitated apple orchard, a small footbridge and beach make Carkeek worth the visit. The Carkeek Park Environmental Learning Center (ELC) has been built using sustainable practices to provide additional space for environmental education.

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Kerry Park offers an unsurpassed view of the city and a unique sculpture. (Credit: seattle.gov)

Kerry Park

211 W. Highland Drive
Seattle, Wash. 98127
(206) 684-4075
www.seattle.gov/parks/park_detail.asp?ID=342

Known for its iconic views, Kerry Park is not a hiking spot, but good for a visit and a photograph. It offers an unsurpassed view of Elliott Bay and Mount Rainier and has a small play area for children.

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Cal Anderson Park offers a well-maintained playground for children. (Credit: seattle.gov)

Cal Anderson Park

1635 11th Avenue East
Seattle, Wash. 98102
www.seattle.gov/parks/park_detail.asp?ID=3102

Visit Cal Anderson for a friendly game of pick-up soccer or frisbee. Cal Anderson also offers outdoor movies and performances, several water sculptures including a reflecting pool and a wading pool, walking paths and a large, well-maintained playground for children. This parks invites play.

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Kubota Garden is a unique urban refuge with streams, waterfalls and copious mature plants. (Credit: kubota.org)

Kubota Garden

9817 55th Avenue South
Seattle, Wash. 98118
(206) 725-4400
www.kubota.org

Kubota Garden is a unique urban refuge with streams, waterfalls and copious mature plants. Fujitaro Kubota, a self-taught gardener and Japanese immigrant to Seattle, imagined the idea for the garden more than 80 years ago. Kubota and his family were interned during World War II when the garden fell into neglect. Today, it has been restored and designated a Historical Landmark of the city of Seattle. The Kubota Garden is free.

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