Skip to main content
Advertising

Originally published Friday, May 13, 2016 at 6:00 AM

  • Share:
             
  • Comments
  • Print

Summer Guide: 5 great picnic spots around Seattle

From Seattle’s Discovery Park to Bellevue’s Kelsey Creek Farm, you’ll find fun spots to eat in the open air.


Seattle Times staff

advertising

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.

Discovery Park

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.

Lincoln Park

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).

Carkeek Park

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.

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.

Madeline McKenzie: mmckenzie@seattletimes.com



Four weeks for 99 cents of unlimited digital access to The Seattle Times. Try it now!

Also in Travel & Outdoors

News where, when and how you want it

Email Icon

 Subscribe today!

Subscribe today!

99¢ for four weeks of unlimited digital access.

Advertising

Partner Video

Advertising


Advertising
The Seattle Times

The door is closed, but it's not locked.

Take a minute to subscribe and continue to enjoy The Seattle Times for as little as 99 cents a week.

Subscription options ►

Already a subscriber?

We've got good news for you. Unlimited seattletimes.com content access is included with most subscriptions.

Subscriber login ►
The Seattle Times

To keep reading, you need a subscription upgrade.

We hope you have enjoyed your complimentary access. For unlimited seattletimes.com access, please upgrade your digital subscription.

Call customer service at 1.800.542.0820 for assistance with your upgrade or questions about your subscriber status.

The Seattle Times

To keep reading, you need a subscription.

We hope you have enjoyed your complimentary access. Subscribe now for unlimited access!

Subscription options ►

Already a subscriber?

We've got good news for you. Unlimited seattletimes.com content access is included with most subscriptions.

Activate Subscriber Account ►