From Seattle’s Discovery Park to Bellevue’s Kelsey Creek Farm, you’ll find fun spots to eat in the open air.
Seattle and the surrounding communities offer a bounty of picnic spots. Summer’s long days are perfect for grabbing your cooler and picnic blanket to explore new destinations.
Seattle’s largest park, on Magnolia Bluff overlooking Puget Sound, has more than seven miles of hiking trails and miles of beach with a historic lighthouse. The 2.8-mile Loop Trail, circling the park through forests, meadows and sand dunes, is the most popular walk. Picnic tables are available close to parking lots and on the lighthouse grounds.
3801 Discovery Park Blvd., Seattle; 206-386-4236 or seattle.gov/parks/environment/discovery.htm.
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A mile of seawall, rocky beaches, forests, meadows, 4.6 miles of walking paths and the outdoor, saltwater Colman Pool are among the park’s 135 acres of attractions. There are five reservable picnic shelters, some at the water’s edge, a playground and sports fields.
8011 Fauntleroy Way S.W., Seattle; 206-684-4075 or seattle.gov/parks/park_detail.asp?ID=460).
Views of Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains from 220 acres of watershed forest, meadows, wetlands, creeks and beach. There’s a salmon-themed play area that celebrates the park’s restored Pipers Creek salmon runs, historic Piper Orchard, trails, reservable picnic tables and two picnic shelters.
950 N.W. Carkeek Park Road, Seattle; 206-684-0877 or seattle.gov/parks/environment/carkeek.htm.
Kelsey Creek Farm Park
Step into Bellevue’s rural past on 150 acres of forest, meadows, wetlands and historic farm, with farm animals in the barnyards and pastures near two historic barns. There’s a small playground, lots of open space and 1.5 miles of trails. A picnic shelter is available for rental and there are picnic tables and benches throughout the park.
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410 130th Pl. S.E., Bellevue; 425-452-7688 or parkstrails.myparksandrecreation.com/details.aspx? pid=23.
Gene Coulon Memorial Beach Park
On a scenic corner of Lake Washington, the park’s 57 acres include boat launching, tennis courts, a playground, a fishing pier and a 1.5-mile shoreline walking path. The sandy beach has lifeguards from mid-June to Labor Day, and there are four reservable picnic shelters. Bringing your own picnic isn’t required, since the park has two restaurants, Ivar’s and Kidd Valley, on site. Pets, rollerblades, skateboards and alcohol aren’t allowed.
1201 Lake Washington Boulevard N., Renton; rentonwa.gov/living/default.aspx?id=74.