Seattle, Washington, is a city known for its natural beauty, and one of the best ways to experience it is by strolling through (or hiking through) one of the many parks scattered throughout the city. Thanks to nearby mountains and miles of waterfront access Seattle parks offer a wide range of recreational activities, and many boast incredible mountain or water views. Some of the best Seattle parks are on the shores of Puget Sound, while others sit closer to mountains and forested lakes.
Many parks in Seattle have well-maintained biking and walking paths, and kayak rentals are readily available during the spring and summer. Sure, the sun may not come out quite as often in Seattle as in other cities, but when it does, there are plenty of options for where to enjoy it. Here are seven of the best parks in Seattle you truly don’t want to miss if you’re planning an outdoorsy PNW vacation.