Seattle Parks & Getaway Spots
Grab a Gig and get away (say that 3x fast)
Looking for a quiet spot? A place where you can get away for a few hours, clear your head, and enjoy the air? Well, we have a few ideas! So, come on Seattle, Grab a Gig, bring your walking shoes, and visit a few of these special Seattle parks and getaway spots.
Terry Pettus Park is right along Lake Union. Down the staircase you'll find a little boardwalk with built-in benches. You can walk out on the dock for a better view of the lake or launch a kayak or canoe. You can find it at 2001 Fairview Ave. E.
Shhh! The aptly named Secret Beach is one of the few soft-sand beaches around Seattle. This little oasis is hidden away at the end of 39th Ave. East and East Harrison. Enjoy views of Mt. Rainier and the Cascade
Head to Discovery Park, an oasis in the city, that offers a beach, a wildlife sanctuary, and views of both the Olympics and Cascades. Make sure to check out the West Point Lighthouse.
How does a nice, quiet walk sound? The 230-acre Washington Park Arboretum offers an eclectic mix of plants (some found nowhere else in the Northwest) displayed in a variety of thematic gardens. The Arboretum is a joint project of the University of Washington, the Seattle Department of Parks and Recreation, and the nonprofit Arboretum Foundation.
Seward Park (seen above) occupies all of Bailey Peninsula in southeast Seattle. Enjoy a 2.4 mile paved walking and biking loop, hiking trails, a picnic area, an amphitheater, a swimming beach, and more.
Kerry Park features 1.26 acres of greenery. Sure, it has a playground and a modern sculpture, but the views are its best feature. Make sure to head up to the top of the park.
Get your dose of nature at Green Lake Park - an oasis and urban retreat. The park serves as a natural preserve for birds, waterfowl, and hundreds of species of trees and plants. The 2.8-mile path around the lake provides a perfect recreational spot for runners, walkers, bikers, and skaters. The Green Lake boating house offers rowing, canoeing, kayaking and sailing rentals.
The perfect place for a sunset picnic? Gas Works Park is it! This park, formerly the site of a gas plant, was transformed in 1975 into a 21-acre recreational complex. The 60-foot hill equates to some of the best views of the downtown skyline, as well as the Blue Angels and 4th of July Fireworks.
Washington State Parks
Don't forget, all Seattle Gigs are equipped with a Discover Pass for free parking at select Washington State Park locations.
Grab a Gig Card before you go!
The Gig Card helps Members to communicate with their Gig car — even when there is no cellular service, and Bluetooth isn't working. Grab a Gig Card before your next trip to assist locking and unlocking your Gig, no matter where you might take it — whether you're out exploring, or just need to use a parking garage that may have little or no cell service.
Request a Gig Card here. If you need one right away, pick one up at the Seattle AAA Cruise and Travel office at 1523 15th Ave. W, Seattle, 98119.