Whether it’s a beach park, a garden park, a state park or one of the other numerous parks to picnic at and enjoy in Seattle Southside. Picnics are a great stress buster and help reduce the stress and anxiety related to work and home. Here’s a quick list of the top parks to have the best picnic:

  1. Saltwater State Park
  2. Angle Lake Park
  3. Des Moines Beach Park


Saltwater State Park

Saltwater State Park is an 88-acre marine camping park with 1,445 feet of saltwater shoreline on Puget Sound. It is located halfway between the cities of Tacoma and Seattle. The cities jointly and literally buried a hatchet in the park as a symbol of an end to their mutual competition. This park offers beautiful views and wildlife-watching opportunities and is a favorite for camping, scuba diving, picnics, clamming, hiking and swimming. There are 52 tent and RV campsites total, fire grills, tables, flush toilets, sanitary disposal station, showers and firewood available. Saltwater State Park also provides two kitchen shelters without electricity, plus 147 unsheltered picnic tables.

Scuba Divers at Saltwater State Park in Des Moines Saltwater State Park Beach and Driftwood
Man walking along trail surrounded by greenery Sailboat and Bird at Saltwater State Park in Des Moines

Angle Lake Park

Angle Lake Park, a 10 acre lake-front park, is the perfect place to cool off in the summer. Swimming, boating, and fishing are fun activities for the entire family. A spray park play area recently opened with many fun water features. There is also a barbeque area and picnic shelter and plenty of room to play games. Angle Lake Park is home to many community events, including SeaTac International Festival held each year in the summer!

View of the lake during the fall with trees of different colors Angle Lake Polar Plunge Angle Lake Wide Shot

Red Tricycle Spray Park Review:

Hands down we think this is the coolest spray park south of the Ship Canal. The central point of this King of All That Is spray park is a 50-gallon, bright red bowl--accurately named the Mega Splasher--that slowly, silently fills with water, 20 feet above teenagers and tots alike. As the bowl fills, watch the braver kiddos begin to line up under its splash zone, and then get ready for the tidal wave—the bowl slowly tips, and those carefully collected gallons of water wash down towards the sea of kid-manity, completely drenching the ones who dared to stay. It’s great entertainment for you and a cool thrill for the bravest of splashers.

Besides the awesomely entertaining Mega Splasher--the only one in Washington--there are smaller tipping bowls that also spin by kid power, a spray circle, spray guns and various gentle ground sprayers, including four “flowers” that send a sweet spray two feet in the air, and can be turned on with little toes. The spray area is surrounded by a low cement wall, perfect for parents to sip their iced lattes and steer clear of the sun. Bathrooms and water fountains are right next to the spray zone, just the right distance for the potty-trainers who just gotta go.

Insider Mega-Splash Zone Tip: Keep an eye on your tots and steer them away from the Mega Splasher—because of the amount of water, we suggest this area for kiddos 5 and up.

Kids playing in the fountains at Spray Park at Angle Lake Park in SeaTac Angle Lake Park kids playing in the water at the spray park

Des Moines Beach Park

Pick your pleasure at the Des Moines Beach Park. Whether it's walking the trail, splashing in the water, or a picnic with a view, there's an outdoor experience for the old and young alike. Find a play area, natural area with trails, a walking path, creek, picnic area, a beach with scenic views and much more.

Des Moines Beach Park Des Moines Beach Park
Des Moines Beach Park View from Pier Des Moines Beach Park