Seattle and Puget Sound Parks:
1880 SW Camano Dr, Camano Island, WA 98282 | 360-387-1550
If you're looking to get away from it all, you can't do much better than Cama Beach State Park. This 433-acre park on the southwest shore of Camano Island resembles a 1930s-era fishing resort complete with refurbished waterfront cedar cabins and bungalows, beautiful sunsets over Saratoga Passage, hiking and bicycling trails, a vast array of wildlife, and much more!
2269 S. Lowell Point Road, Camano Island, WA 98282 | 360-387-3031
Camano Island State Park is one of two state parks on the island, offering 6,700 feet of rocky shoreline and beach, and sweeping views of the surrounding mountains. The park is open year round for camping and day use, and offers five cabins in a diverse mature forest with views of Saratoga Passage. Activities include hiking, biking, clamming, diving, waterskiing, and more.
41020 State Route 20, Oak Harbor, WA 98277 | 360-902-8844
The most popular of Washington's State Parks, Deception Pass State Park has it all - beaches, horse trails, fishing, bird watching, old-growth forests, abundant wildlife, 38 miles of hiking trails, over 300 campsites, crabbing, clamming, boat rentals, and so much more - all on 4,134 acres with stunning views and beautiful wilderness at every turn.
3801 Discovery Park Blvd, Seattle, WA 98199 | 206-386-4236
With over 7 miles of wilderness trails and 534 acres of forests and meadows, Discovery Park is the perfect place to get away from it all. Enjoy a picnic lunch on the bluff overlooking the Sound, spend the afternoon basking in the sun on a sandy beach, take a stroll down a wooded path. Whether you come to relax or to play, Discovery Park offers something for everyone.
1280 Engle Road, Coupeville, WA 98239 | 800-233-0321
This 467-acre park on Central Whidbey Island has it all - spectacular views of the Admiralty Inlet along over 10,000 feet of shoreline, a lighthouse you can tour, historic military bunkers and guns to explore, large fields perfect for kite-flying, camping, boating, fishing, and much more. You'd be hard-pressed to find a more perfect location for a summer weekend outdoors!
2101 N. Northlake Way, Seattle, WA 98103 | 206-684-4075
Perhaps the most unique of Seattle's outdoor recreational facilities, Gas Works Park at the north end of Lake Union offers supreme city and lake views from its steep grassy hills. Take a picnic lunch and enjoy a free summer concert while you watch the sailboats and kayakers in Lake Union, and be sure to take your camera along for a few snapshots of that amazing Seattle skyline!
32101 Kanaskat-Cumberland Rd., Ravensdale, WA 98051 | 1-888-226-7688
Kanaskat-Palmer State Park is a 320-acre camping park located on a low plateau in the Green River Gorge. With 2 miles of shoreline on the Green River, the park serves as a great place for trout fishing, nature walks, camping, and picnicking. Boat and raft launching is by hand only, but river rafting and kayaking on the Green River is for expert-level enthusiasts only.
8011 Fauntleroy Way SW, Seattle, WA 98136 | 206-684-4075
Lincoln Park is a 135 acre park in West Seattle on Puget Sound just north of the Fauntleroy Ferry Terminal. Attractions include the paved walkway along the beach, tennis courts, baseball fields, picnic shelters, and a heated salt-water swimming pool during the summer. Its landscape is diverse, with rocky beaches, grassy meadows, and forests typical of the Northwest.
1625 118th Ave. SE, Bellevue, WA 98005 | 425-452-2565
Mercer Slough Nature Park offers over 320 acres of wildlife habitat, agriculture, and freshwater wetland ecosystems. The park features more than 7 miles of walking trails in Lake Washington's largest remaining wetland, and a unique canoe trail that meanders through the park. Free guided nature walks are offered every Saturday afternoon.
39000 State Route 706 E, Ashford, WA 98304 | 360-569-2211
Mount Rainier National Park, one of the nation's earliest national parks, is located about two hours south of Seattle and is home to the highest peak in Washington state. The park features an array of natural wonders, including spectacular valleys and waterfalls, subalpine wildflower meadows, old growth forest, and the largest collection of glaciers on one peak in the contiguous U.S.
3002 Mount Angeles Road, Port Angeles, WA 98362 | 360-565-3130
From its majestic mountain peaks to its lush rainforest, to its colorful ocean tidepools at the Pacific coast - Olympic National Park is like three parks in one. Covering almost a million acres on the Olympic Peninsula, the possibilities for adventure are limitless. The biggest challenge will be deciding where to start!
2901 Western Avenue, Seattle, WA 98121 | 206-654-3100
This unique waterfront park gives Seattle residents and visitors the opportunity to experience a variety of sculpture in an outdoor setting, while enjoying the incredible views and beauty of the Olympic Mountains and Puget Sound. The 9-acre sculpture park, operated by the Seattle Art Museum, is open daily and free to the public.
5400 N. Pearl St., Tacoma, WA 98407 | 253-305-1000
Point Defiance Park sits on 702 acres at the northern tip of Tacoma and features the best of everything, with miles of forested hiking and walking trails, beautiful rose gardens, picnic areas, beachfront access, and a 29-acre zoo. It's no wonder over 2 million people visit each year - once you come here, you won't want to leave!
Ruston Way, Tacoma, WA | 253-305-1000
Panoramic views of Commencement Bay, Vashon Island, the Olympic Mountains and Northeast Tacoma greet visitors to Ruston Way. The two-mile long scenic waterfront is a great place for walking, jogging or rollerblading. Fishing enthusiasts can find a place to drop their lines at the Les Davis pier.
5551 SW Admiral Way, Seattle, WA 98116 | 206-684-4075
Near Alki Beach in West Seattle, Schmitz Preserve Park is a 53-acre park featuring old growth forest and walking trails. Except for its paved entrance and a parking lot at the northwest corner, the park has remained essentially unchanged since 1908, and contains the largest old growth forest in Seattle.
5898 Lake Washington Blvd South, Seattle, WA 98118 | 206-684-4396
Within the Seattle city limits, Seward Park boasts 300 acres of beautiful forest land, home to eagles' nests, old growth forest, a 2.4 mile bike and walking path, an amphitheater, a native plant garden, a nature center, an art studio, miles of hiking trails, shoreline, beaches and more - all surrounded by the waters of Lake Washington.
6501 Railroad Avenue SE, Snoqualmie, WA 98024 | 425-985-6906
With a drop a full 100 feet higher than Niagara Falls, Snoqualmie Falls cascades 268 feet over granite cliffs into a pool of deep, blue water below. One of Washington state's most popular attractions, the falls are also known for its appearance in the Twin Peaks television series. View the falls from the observation platforms above, or take the scenic nature trail through old trees to the powerhouse and views from below.
7400 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle, WA 98115 | 206-684-4946
In the Sand Point neighborhood bordering Lake Washington, the 350-acre Warren G. Magnuson Park is the second largest park in Seattle, featuring several sports fields, a picnic area, a swimming beach, public sailboating, many paths for walking and bicycling, a dog park, and more. It boasts the second richest bird habitat of any park in Seattle, and is home to Seattle's biggest playground.