14 Of The Top Parks in Seattle Southside
The official start of summer is almost here and we Washingtonians know that around here, every sunny day must be enjoyed. Now is the perfect time to explore the best parks in Seattle Southside – whether it’s a beach park, a garden park, a state park or one of the other numerous parks we have to enjoy. Here’s a quick list of parks to visit throughout the greater Seattle area.
- Des Moines Beach Park
- Lake Meridian Park
- Point Defiance Park & Garden
- Saltwater State Park
- Tukwila Skate Park
- North SeaTac Park
- Green River Natural Resources Area
- Angle Lake Park
- Redondo Beach, Pier and Boardwalk
- Duwamish Hill Preserve
- Tukwila Community Center Park
- Bicentennial Park
- Riverton Park
- Fort Dent Park
Just three miles from the airport, the 19.6-acre Des Moines Beach Park offers a variety of activities for everyone. Whether you want to walk a trail, collect seashells, hang out in the water or picnic, Des Moines Beach Park has everything.
*22030 Cliff Avenue S, Des Moines, WA
Lake Meridian Park covers 16.02 acres of lakeshore recreation and is just 7.6 miles from the airport. Head to the park to enjoy one of the many facilities Lake Meridian Park offers – swimming and fishing areas, a boat launch, barbeque equipment, a concession stand, play equipment, changing rooms with showers, picnic shelter with electrical and water outlets, trails and even a public art display. Whew! Better plan a whole day!
*14800 SE 272nd Street, Kent, WA
Did you know nestled in our own backyard is one of the 20 largest urban parks in the United States? The 696-acre Point Defiance Park & Garden attracts more than two million people a year to its natural forest, saltwater beaches and numerous recreation activities including the Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium, pagoda, Fort Nisqually, go-karts, hiking trails and off leash dog parks, among many others.
*5400 North Pearl Street, Tacoma, WA
There is nothing more Pacific Northwest than our marine habitat and rocky beaches. Saltwater State Park in Des Moines offers a chance to get up close and explore the wildlife inherent to the Puget Sound. The park is a favorite for camping, scuba diving, clamming, hiking and swimming.
*25205 8th Place, Des Moines, WA
Want to learn to skateboard, practice or just watch some of the amazing tricks others can do? Head to the Tukwila Skate Park, which opened in 2002 – it’s free to users and features HUNA ramps, quarter pipes, grinding rails, fun boxes and more!
*12424 42nd Ave S., Tukwila, WA
Are outdoor sports more your thing? North SeaTac Park has room for everything – even a BMX track! Head to this City of SeaTac park for baseball, soccer and softball fields, outdoor basketball and disk golf. For those who are looking for something else, there is a great open area, playground equipment, paved walking trails, picnic area and a community center.
*128th and 20th Ave S, SeaTac, WA
The Green River Natural Resources Area is one of the best parks in the greater Seattle area. The project’s 304 acres are home to an estimated 165 birds and 53 mammal species and serves the many animals that use the Green River corridor for traveling. Bring your bike or some good walking shoes to explore everything this park has to offer. You can also run the river on rafts, tubes or kayaks.
*21861 Russell Road, Kent, WA
If the jam-packed Alki Beach is too busy for you in the summer, head south to the much quieter Redondo Beach, Pier and Boardwalk – all the views of Alki, but without the noise. If you get hungry, just head to Salty’s for a seafood lunch.
*Redondo Beach Drive and Redondo Way S, Des Moines, WA
Situated on a hill, this neighborhood park provides families with trails to go exploring or hike the historical hill up to the lookout of Mt. Rainier. Facilities at the site include trails, viewpoints and an outdoor classroom gathering area, accommodating up to 50 people.
3800 South 115th Street, Tukwila
Home to the Recreation Division of Tukwila's Parks and Recreation Department, the Tukwila Community Center is right along the Duwamish River with a southern view of Mt. Rainier.
The public can reserve the area for events such as wedding receptions, sporting events, community and business meetings, and special events. With a spray park and ample grass arena, the TCC is a fun gathering place for families.
The park accommodates parties up to 50+ people, with 310 parking spots, easy freeway access, and close vicinity to the airport, major hotels and large shopping centers.
12424 42nd Avenue South, Tukwila
Also located adjacent to Duwamish River and close to Westlake Southcenter Mall, this park is heavily used by daytime employees and local residents as trail runners and walkers passing through along the trail. Facilities include a playground, shelter, picnic area, walking path and a log cabin built by volunteers in 1976 serving as a tribute to our nation’s pioneer roots. The parks also hosts many summer music concerts and is available for reservations of up to 25 people.
6000 Christensen Road, Tukwila
This park upholds a historical significance, being the site of the old South Gate elementary school in the 1950s. Vacated and never rebuilt, it became one of the first and now most popular neighborhood parks, accommodating reservations of up to 35 people with an open grass area, playgrounds, picnic tables and paved path providing handicap access. The backside of the park is a small pea patch serving as a community garden catering to Tukwila’s immigrant population as well as offering spaces available to rent out personal gardens.
4101 South Street, Tukwila
Part of the Starfire Sports Campus, Fort Dent Park is co-owned by both the parks department and Starfire Non-Profit Corporation. As the largest park in Tukwila, it features 54 acres of soccer fields, trails, open areas, restrooms, and a playground and picnic area. Reservations for soccer fields are available upon request.
6800 Fort Dent Way Tukwila