Washington Rock has sent rock to some of the coolest parks in the Puget Sound. Here are 5 of The Rock’s favorites.
#1. Washington Park Arboretum
Gravel trails wind throughout the park, giving visitors a look at birds, fish ponds, and rare plants.
Consider renting a boat to explore the inlets of Union Bay, or use the LimeBike app or Spin app to rent a bicycle and follow the new 2-mile bike trail. You can also visit the beautiful Seattle Japanese Garden for a small entry fee. Children under age 5 get in free.
For more information, visit the Washington Park Arboretum website.
#2. Discovery Park
The biggest park in Seattle, Discovery Park is a favorite spot to jog, bike, and hike. Trails atop a bluff offer views of the Puget Sound and the Cascade and Olympic Mountain ranges. You can hike down the cliff to the beach below to hunt for shells or take pictures in front of the lighthouse.
The newly renovated playground (located near the south parking lot) opened at the end of 2017 and features slides, swings, climbing structures, and more.
For more information, visit the Discovery Park website.
#3. Northwest Trek
Kids’ Trek at Northwest Trek is one of the largest outdoor playgrounds in Washington State. It has a running stream, sand pit, climbing nets, slides, and plenty of shaded seating for adults. There’s even a tasty restaurant nearby.
The entry fee for Kids’ Trek includes access to the rest of the park, including animal exhibits and a 40-minute tram tour to see animals in their native habitat. Buy your tickets online to get a great discount!
For more information, visit the Northwest Trek website.
#4. Meridian Habitat Park
Meridian Habitat Park is one of South Hill’s best-kept secrets. Tucked away from the traffic on Meridian, the playground features a “talking log,” giant climbing net, and rope swing.
The park is currently adding walking paths through the wetlands area where visitors can spy feathered friends like ducks and geese.
For more information, visit the Meridian Habitat Park website.
#5. Dune Peninsula
Slated to be completed in late summer or early fall of 2018, Dune Peninsula is the latest addition to Point Defiance Park. A long walkway leads from the main picnic area at Point Defiance down to the peninsula.
Visitors will enjoy large swaths of wildflowers and breathtaking views of Mount Rainier and the Puget Sound. If you’re looking for great exercise and amazing views, you can climb the steep stairs of the sail mounds throughout the peninsula.
To find out when the park opens, visit the Destination Point Defiance website for updates.