Free Activities Part 3: Guided Park Tours

Is relaxing and walking around more your thing? Seattle has dozens of great urban parks for you to enjoy – a few even have great complimentary guided tours for you to learn more about the natural wildlife sharing the city.


  • Explore the nine acre Olympic Sculpture Park on the waterfront – what used to be an industrial site is now a green space dotted with contemporary works by artists set against the Puget Sound and the Olympic mountains in the background.

  • With 534 acres, Discovery Park is Seattle’s largest City Park overlooking the Puget Sound from Magnolia Bluff. The park is situated on Magnolia Bluff on what was the former Fort Lawton site – you can still see the 26 historic homes in the park, which used to house officers and their families stationed at Naval Station Everett and now are available to rent.
  • There is no better place to see Seattle than the water tower at Capitol Hill’s Volunteer ParkSeattle Weekly readers voted this part the “best free view in Seattle.”

  • Explore the 230 acres of 10,000 native plants in the internationally recognized Washington Park Arboretum. You can learn more about this spectacular park and the tree and animal species that call it home during one of the free tours offered at 1 p.m. on the first and third Sunday of the month.
  • Did you know there are more than 280 varieties of roses and that the Pacific Northwest’s moderate climate is one of the best places to grow them? Stop to smell the roses at Woodland Park Zoo’s Rose Garden – it’s one of 24 All-American Rose Selections Test Gardens in the country!
  • See some of Seattle’s biggest private boats go from Lake Washington to Puget Sound at the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks. From the public viewing window, you can also see salmon as they climb the fish ladder. The Locks offers a free, guided tour March through November.