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The best in urban recreation, arts and culture, sports, dining and shopping is just outside our front doors in downtown Seattle. Outdoor activities abound both in and around the city, including biking, hiking, skiing, boating and whale watching and many more. Seattle is a city with a strong culture of the arts, offering symphony, opera, ballet and professional theatre.

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A thriving music scene exists here, with local and national acts playing in small clubs and major event venues. Seattle also hosts national sports teams, including football, baseball, soccer and women’s basketball.

The city offers an array of annual events that are locally and nationally appealing, drawing huge crowds year after year. The Boat Show, Bite of Seattle, Seafair Festival, Pride Parade, Bumbershoot music festival, Northwest Folklife Festival and numerous film festivals are a tribute to Seattle’s cultural diversity.

Foodies and casual diners alike will delight in Seattle’s culinary offerings. Waterfront dining, informal bistros, historic restaurants, stall vendors at Pike Place Market and the mobile truck trend have all contributed to a city known for excellent cuisine and memorable dining experiences. Award-winning chefs and restaurants abound in each of the city’s distinctive neighborhoods.

We look forward to welcoming you to Seattle! You may find the following resources helpful as you plan your stay.

Guide - Attractions - Parks

Anderson Neighborhood Park

7802 168th Ave NE, Redmond, WA 98052 425-556-2900

Description: REDMOND. Located in the heart of Redmond, this charming neighborhood park is an excellent spot for relaxing after a busy day of shopping. As the first park in town, Anderson has a substantial history to recommend it, as well as picnic shelters, rental cabins, playgrounds, and restrooms.
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Discovery Park

3801 W Government Way, and 36th Ave, Seattle, WA 98199 206-386-4236

Description: MAGNOLIA. With two miles of beach trails and nine miles of winding footpaths, this bluff-top reserve protects a remarkable "urban wilderness" and is a great place for nature-watching. The Daybreak Star Indian Cultural Center, which features art and cultural exhibits, is also located at the park, as is a marine reserve. An 1881 lighthouse, the oldest in the area, can also be found here. In addition, the park features the Fort Lawton Historic District, including "Officers' Row" and military buildings surviving from the park's days as an Army fort. BUS: 33
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Farrel McWhirter Park

19545 Redmond Rd, Redmond, WA 98053 425-556-2300

Description: REDMOND. This 68-acre park offers numerous recreation options for the entire family. Enjoy trails for horseback riding, walking, and biking or take advantage of picnic areas and the playground. There's also a group of farm animals that are especially popular with the kids. Located a short drive from Redmond's town center.
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Gas Works Park

2101 N Northlake Way, Seattle, WA 98103 206-684-4075

Description: WALLINGFORD. On the north end of Lake Union, you'll find what may be the most unique park in the area. The 21-acre industrial area, formerly the site of a gas plant, was transformed in the 1975 into a recreational complex (a worldwide first). You'll find that there's plenty to do in the park, including kayaking, sailing, picnicking, and bicycling. From atop the park's 60-foot hill, visitors have one of Seattle's best views, and the park is a favorite place to view the city's Fourth of July fireworks display. To reserve their 200-seat picnic shelter for special occasions, call 206-684-4081 for reservations. BUS: 26
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Grass Lawn Park

7031 148th Ave NE, Redmond, WA 98052 425-556-2900

Description: REDMOND. Tennis enthusiasts will be sure to enjoy Grass Lawn Park, which features six outdoor courts. The 28-acre park also offers ball fields, playgrounds, basketball courts, restrooms, and picnicking areas.
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Green Lake Park

7201 East Green Lake Dr N, Seattle, WA 98115 206-684-4075

Description: NORTH METRO. This local park accommodates a host of joggers, in-line skaters, and sunbathers. The greenbelt around Green Lake, picturesque as it is, looks like a slice of southern California transferred to the Northwest. Although the 2.8-mile paved inner circuit can be crowded, enterprising runners often test their abilities on the unpaved 3.2-mile, outer-loop track. As you exercise, you may find yourself in good company: Former President Clinton has been known to jog here when he's in town.
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Idylwood Beach Park

3650 W Lake Sammamish Pkwy NE, Redmond, WA 98052 425-556-2300

Description: REDMOND. Overlooking Sammamish Lake, Idylwood Park is a great place for picnicking, swimming, or just relaxing and taking in the great scenery. Dogs are welcome as long as you use the cleanup bags provided. Located within close proximity to businesses such as Microsoft, Safeco, and Nintendo.
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Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park

319 2nd Ave S, Seattle Unit, Seattle, WA 98104 206-220-4240

Description: PIONEER SQUARE. When gold was discovered in the Yukon Territory in 1897, thousands of people flocked to Seattle to outfit their expeditions to the north. The exhibits here detail this phenomenon, as well as the conditions, hardships, and successes in the quest for gold. Uniformed rangers guide visitors through informative displays and recount stories full of both fact and folklore. During the summer months, they offer gold panning demonstrations and historic walking tours of Pioneer Square.
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Marymoor Park

6046 W Lake Sammamish Pkwy NE, Redmond, WA 98052 206-205-3661

Description: REDMOND. This 560-acre park has just about everything: a 45-foot climbing wall, a cycling velodrome, and trails for hiking, biking and walking. There's also a local history museum and facilities for baseball, soccer, tennis, softball, and picnics. Children are quite fond of the playground, forty-acre leash-free dog zone, and the remote-control airplane venue. This is the site of numerous community events throughout the year, including a hugely popular summer concert series.
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Olympic Sculpture Park

2901 Western Ave, Seattle, WA 98121 206-332-1377

Description: DOWNTOWN. Stroll through the grounds and admire the fascinating large-scale works on display at this nine-acre green space. Extensive landscaping enhances the park's beauty, and a walkway, extending from the beach to Belltown, provides views of the Puget Sound and of downtown landmarks.
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Sammamish River Trail

Multiple Access Points, Redmond, WA 98052 206-296-8687

Description: REDMOND. This 10.9-mile trail runs from Marymoor Park to Burke Gilman Trail in Bothell, and features a paved path for walkers and cyclists and an adjacent unpaved trail for equestrian use.
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Volunteer Park

1247 15th Ave E, 15th Ave E and E Prospect St, Seattle, WA 98112 206-684-4555

Description: CAPITOL HILL. Thanks to well-manicured grounds and lovely ponds, this park is one of Seattle's most elegant. Mansions surround the 48-acre complex, imparting a stately feel to the area and giving it added beauty. The park, which is dedicated to Seattle residents who fought in the Spanish-American War, also features tennis courts, a 1912 greenhouse, and a kids play area with a wading pool. The sweeping views alone ­ of the Space Needle, Puget Sound, and the Olympic Mountains ­ make this park an excellent destination. BUS: 10, 7
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