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(Note: To maintain space from other walkers and joggers here, go at off hours or keep to less secluded grassy areas.) This local park accommodates a host of joggers, in-line skaters and sunbathers... Read More
(Note: To maintain space from other walkers and joggers here, go at off hours or keep to less secluded grassy areas.) This local park accommodates a host of joggers, in-line skaters and sunbathers that exercise and bask along the greenbelt that circles Green Lake, the park's picturesque centerpiece. A favorite of locals, the park's plentiful green space and open water in the midst of an urban landscape creates a true oasis. The park also serves as a natural preserve for hundreds of species of trees and plants, as well as for numerous birds and waterfowl. Seattleites also make good use of the expansive athletic fields or visit the park for boating, picnics, and swimming. Make sure to visit Green Lake Small Craft Center, which is located at the southwest corner of the park and offers rowing, canoeing, kayaking, and sailing classes.
- Daily 24 hours
- Free Things to Do, Parks, Beaches: "The 2.8-mile path around the lake provides a perfect recreational spot for runners, bikers, skaters, and walkers, but hardcore athletes often test their abilities on the unpaved 3.2-mile, outer-loop track."
- Outdoor Activities: "The 2.8-mile path around the lake provides a perfect recreational spot for runners, bikers, skaters, and walkers. After getting your workout in, grab a coffee or bite at a nearby cafe or restaurant (like Retreat, an airy cafe with delicious baked goods)."
- Best for Free Things to Do Because: This local park accommodates a host of joggers and cyclists exercising, plus those relaxing along the greenbelt that circles Green Lake. (Visit during unpopulated hours.)
- Best for Outdoor Activities Because: Green Lake Park proves a popular urban retreat for enjoying a dose of nature while circling the water on foot or by bike.
- Best for Parks Because: Green Lake Park bustles with walkers, joggers, bikers and skaters who enjoy the 2.8-mile path situated just north of the city.
- Best for Beaches Because: Green Lake Park doesn't offer a beach in the traditional sense, yet its sandy zone and swimming dock draw crowds in warmer months.