3801 Discovery Park Blvd.
Seattle, WA 98199
Discovery Park sits on the west end of Magnolia Bluff and extends through forest to the shore of Puget Sound. This park contains the remnants of an old fort and now is a popular park. It sits just northwest of downtown Seattle and is accessible from the southeast and northeast areas. The park offers many trails through forest, meadow or on the beach. Views from the park include the Olympic Mountains (on a clear day). A hike down to the beach brings visitors to the West Point lighthouse. From that point, visitors see the Shilshole Marina to the north, Olympic Mountains to the west and Bainbridge Island to the southwest.
1702 Alki Ave. S. W.
Seattle, WA 98116
Alki Beach is an incredible place to experience the wind of a winter storm. The boardwalk is a paved sidewalk that follows the coastline with access to the beach. It is a great place to walk, run or explore. This park offers a spectacular view of the Seattle skyline. During storms, this is one of the best places to see the waves on Puget Sound. It’s a great park for all ages.
Green Lake Park
7201 E. Greenlake Dr. N.
Seattle, WA 98115
Green Lake is protected from the on-shore winds of Puget Sound, yet shows the winter weather from a calmer viewpoint. The lake is home to resident and migratory birds, including ducks, grebes, great blue heron and bald eagles. The path is open year-round and is quieter during the winter. The deciduous trees are barren of leaves, yet the color of the trunks bring warmth to the mono-chromatic winter colors. Boats are not rented during this season, but there is plenty to see in the park. It becomes an oasis in the middle of the north Seattle area.
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Warren G. Magnuson Park
7400 Sand Point Way NE
Seattle, WA 98115
Magnuson Park sits on the shore of Lake Washington in the Sand Point area. The park was once part of a military base and currently is home to many walking/running trails. The wetlands are home to many birds, both resident and migratory. Views from the lake include the eastside (Kirkland) and Mount Rainier (on a clear day). Time seems to stand still in the park during the winter, with fewer people enjoying the paths through forest, field, beach and wetland areas. This is a dog-on-leash friendly park and a great area to explore with a furry companion.
8498 Seaview Pl. N.W.
Seattle, WA 98117
Golden Gardens is one of the best parks and beaches on Puget Sound. This park has open grass areas, trees and a small pond. Visitors are treated to views of the Olympic Mountains (on clear days), the Shilshole Marina and the variety of pleasure craft on the sound. This park is family friendly, and the paths are easy for all levels of ability. The park is directly on the shore of Puget Sound, and further up the hillside behind the beach is a popular dog park. As with all beaches on Puget Sound in the Seattle area, dogs are not allowed, because these areas are considered Marine Sanctuaries.
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