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Best Outdoor Activities in Seattle

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Spend a day exploring the city and its surroundings and learning new facets of its culture and natural beauty with EverGreen Escapes. The company, which has been operating in the city of close to a decade now, offers guided tours of the city and its neighboring regions. Some of the tours offered include trips around Mt. Rainier National Park and Olympic National Park. You can go with a group of other tourists or opt for a private experience with a special someone.

Although Discovery Park has a beach, it is not a prime spot for sunbathing or swimming as the water's a little cold and the beach a little rocky. Most visitors hike the miles of trails, which offer great bird-watching opportunities. One of the trails extends to Puget Sound, and after a lengthy downhill walk, you will find tide pools and a lighthouse.

This two-and-a-half-mile strip of sandy beach is one of the most popular beaches in the area, and it was also where Seattle's first non-Native American settlers spent their first winter. In warm weather, Alki Beach is crowded with sunbathers, swimmers and families. For athletic types, there are volleyball games. The beach is also lined with a path, great for walking, jogging, biking and skating. Across the street there are several cafes and restaurants where you can stop in for a bite after a day in the sea air.

The Green Lake Park is one of Seattle's most popular recreation parks that became a part of the city as a part of the grand Olmsted plan which aimed at creating a cluster of interconnected green spaces within the city. The lake is engulfed by a 2.8 mile (4.5 km) path that is divided into two different lanes, one for unmotorized vehicles and the other for pedestrians. These paths attract a lot of people seeking relaxation and exercise and hence can be crowded especially on weekends. The Park also features watersport facilities, a golf course, a library and a theater. The Green lake is home to a wide array of flora and fauna, making it a popular destination for wildlife enthusiasts and photographers.

Located on the south slope of Queen Anne Hill, Kerry Park is a popular park in Seattle that is renowned for providing the beautiful panoramic views of the city. With Mount Rainier as a picturesque backdrop, this park is popular with locals and tourists alike. At night, the view of the city from the park is breathtaking and dream-like which makes it perfect for pictures.

Like the state in which it resides, Lake Washington is named after our first president, George Washington. The second largest lake in Washington, it attracts numerous visitors daily. While the lakeside is a perfect spot to idle away time, active people can indulge in boating, kayaking, sailing and other sporting activities offered at the lakefront. Pack a lunch, bring the family and let the sun envelop you as you enjoy one of Seattle's most famous spots.

Walk, stroll or simply sit at this beautiful beach overlooking Shilshole Bay in North Seattle. It is a great place to watch the sunset or frolic in the water. During the day, families and couples walk their dogs or play volleyball, basketball or Frisbee on the sandy beach. On cooler evenings, bonfires can be lit in park-owned concrete pits. The park is conveniently located near some fabulous waterfront restaurants like Anthony's Pier 66 and Ray's Boathouse. Park permits are also available for company and family picnics.

Gas Works Park is an example of urban renewal at its best. Take an old gas-processing plant that has outlived its usefulness, and transform it into something everyone can enjoy. Located on the north shore of Lake Union, the park has excellent water views and a spectacular, unobstructed view of the city skyline. It is a popular spot for concerts, bikers, kite flyers, families on picnics and just about everyone else. This is also a prime spot from which to view the fireworks on the Fourth of July.

The Sand Point Country Club is an elite sports club in Seattle which offers tennis, golf and swimming all in one place. Their facilities are superb and entry is free only for members. Non-members, can, however, play on one of their superbly curated golf courses. This 18-hole course is full of fast greens and has a sloping terrain which adds to the challenge. It is considered to be one of the most difficult courses where women play the game. The golf club regularly hosts various tournaments. Sand Point Country Club also has a large hall in their elegant clubhouse where you can conduct your family events like receptions or birthday parties.

This 27-mile trail runs from Golden Gardens Park to Kenmore, with a "missing link" segment around Ballard. Cyclists and hikers will find beautiful views and natural surroundings. From start to finish, the trail will take you through several of Seattle's neighborhoods as well as surrounding suburban towns.

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