The city of Seattle is home to many parks that exude their personality in the Pacific Northwest winter weather. Each is distinct in their terrain and the winter walk experience. These parks are great in any season, but winter brings out the best in each.
Discovery Park
3801 Discovery Park Blvd.
Seattle, WA 98199
(206) 386-4236

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.

Alki beach offers many great views of the Seattle waterfront. Photo by Karen Ulvestad.

Alki Beach
1702 Alki Ave. S. W.
Seattle, WA 98116
(206) 684-4075

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 is a great park to walk in during the winter months. Photo by Karen Ulvestad.

Green Lake Park
7201 E. Greenlake Dr. N.
Seattle, WA 98115
(206) 684-4075

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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The view of a sunrise from Warren G. Magnuson Park. Photo by Karen Ulvestad.

Warren G. Magnuson Park
7400 Sand Point Way NE
Seattle, WA 98115
(206) 684-4946

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.

The beach at Golden Gardens is spectacular on sunny, late winter days. Photo by Karen Ulvestad.

Golden Gardens
8498 Seaview Pl. N.W.
Seattle, WA 98117
(206) 684-4075

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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Karen Ulvestad is a mother and professional writer/photographer, who lives in the greater Seattle area. She graduated from the University of Washington with a BA in English Composition. Her background is in fitness, travel, photography and writing. She continually researches locations to visit, and/or entertainment opportunities for family outings and/or photo shoots. Her work can be found at