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Washington State

Free Scenic Parks

Seattle boasts many parks that offer stunning views of the city, Elliott Bay, Mt. Rainier and the Olympic Mountains, or just a quiet shady retreat from the fast-paced city. Pack a picnic lunch of fresh fruits, meats and cheese from Pike Place Market and enjoy Seattle from off-the-beaten path.

Olympic Sculpture Park
The nine-acre park unifying the Belltown neighborhood in downtown and the waterfront features a 2,500-foot, descending, z-shaped pedestrian path leading to a beach on the waterfront. With sweeping views of the Puget Sound and Olympic Mountains, the path takes visitors past sculptures and major works by world-renowned artists such as Richard Serra, Alexander Calder and Mark di Suvero. Open daily; summer hours are 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. and winter hours are 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Free of charge.
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Hiram M. Chittenden Locks
Also known as the Ballard Locks since they are located in Ballard. One of the city's most popular visitor attractions, locks raise and lower boats between salt and fresh water between 6 to 26 feet. Watch salmon make their way up the fish ladder from the viewing window (sometimes you may catch a sea lion hunting for a meal) or just watch pleasure boats go through the locks. Free. For more information see Website Link below.

Washington Park Arboretum
The Arboretum collects, conserves and teaches about plants that are hardy to the Northwest. Its 230 acres are filled with 10,000 native plants and its landscape is an excellent setting for hands-on learning and recreation. The Arboretum is recognized as one of the most beautiful and diverse collections in the western United States. Free. For more information see Website Link below.

Japanese Gardens
Located at the south end of Washington Park Arboretum, this garden contains native Japanese flowers, shrubs and trees and is open to the public March 1-November 30. Chado, a traditional Japanese tea ceremony, is presented free with admission on the third Saturday of the month, April-October at 1:30 p.m. Garden admission is $5 for adults and $3 for children, students and seniors. For more information see Website Link below.

Discovery Park & Daybreak Star Indian Center
Situated in Seattle's Magnolia neighborhood, Discovery Park is the perfect urban retreat. Spend the day exploring 534 acres of wooded trails where small animals hide among native plants. Open meadows and bluffs overlook Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains. Stop by the Daybreak Star Indian Center to view original Native American arts and crafts. Free of charge. For more information see Website Link below.

Kerry Park
This small grassy strip on Upper Queen Anne offers a picture-perfect view of Seattle Center, Downtown Seattle and Elliott Bay. On clear days Mt. Rainier looms aboveproviding a stunning backdrop. Free of charge. For more information see Website Link below.

Volunteer Park
Look down upon the city from this prime location on Capitol Hill. This park is home to the Seattle Asian Art Museum. Be sure to climb the water tower for "the best free view in Seattle," as voted by readers of the Seattle Weekly. Free of charge. For more information see Website Link below.

Seattle boasts many parks that offer stunning views of the city
Seattle boasts many parks that offer stunning views of the city



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