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 parks – 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
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
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
Point Defiance Park & Garden
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
Saltwater State Park
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
Tukwila Skate Park
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
North SeaTac Park
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
Green River Natural Resources Area
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
Angle Lake Park
Just a mile from the airport is the 10-acre lake-front Angle Lake Park. With views of Mt. Rainier, a boat launch, fishing pier and swimming, this park is the place to go on a sunny day. The park also offers an open recreation area, stage, picnic shelter and barbeque area to enjoy all summer long.
*19408 International Blvd., SeaTac, WA
Redondo Beach, Pier and Boardwalk
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