9 parks that are perfect for an outdoor picnic in Seattle

Mar 29 2021, 5:07 pm

This spring, skip the restaurant patios and instead have a takeout picnic.

Pack a blanket, bring some water bottles, and order out from one of Seattle’s many amazing restaurants.

Here are seven parks to bring your food for a fantastic picnic in Seattle.

Kerry Park


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Sunset is the best time to take your date to Kerry Park. Enjoy the best view of Seattle on the south side of Queen Anne Hill. If you’re lucky, you may even be able to see Mount Rainier through the haze.

Location: 211 West Highland Drive, Seattle

Washington Park Arboretum

What is an arboretum, you ask? It’s an area devoted to the planting of trees and shrubs. In a way, it’s a museum of trees. The park itself is laced with miles of walkable trails and bridges, and it even houses its very own Japanese garden.

Location: 2300 Arboretum Drive E, Seattle

Discovery Park


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Being the largest park in the city, there are so many picturesque spots to have a picnic. The trees offer wonderful shelter and views of the flowers, birds, and even some owls. If you make it down to South Beach, keep an eye out for possible seals, sea lions, and orcas.
Location: 3801 Discovery Park Boulevard, Seattle

Seward Park


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Seward Park trail features picnic benches and tables, as well as an amphitheater, bike loop, walking loop, native plant garden, a swimming beach, and more. You can make a whole day out of the park!

Location: 5900 Lake Washington Boulevard S, Seattle

Frink and Leschi Parks


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Although Frink and Leschi Park are two separate places, a network of trails connects them. We love this spot because it is not only easily accessible by transit and driving, but is well maintained and close to the water.

Location: 201 Lakeside Avenue S, Seattle

Cowen and Ravenna Parks


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For those who’d like a backdrop of the city for their picnic, Cowen and Ravenna Parks are where to set up the blanket. Enjoy sharing miles of green with sparrows, squirrels, and more, all while keeping the city close.

Location: 5849 15th Avenue NE, Seattle

Gas Works Park 


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Of course, we couldn’t round off this picnic list without including Gas Works Park. The iconic and hilly park is one of the best in the city for picnics, especially during sunset.

Location: 2101 N Northlake Way, Seattle

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