Red Tricycle Recommends: 10 Awesome Parks & Playgrounds for Kids

As summer continues to heat up the city, Seattle kids yearn for some park and playground fun.

By Seattle Mag June 22, 2011


Seattle’s numerous playground spots serve as excellent places to bask in the sun, to enjoy the summer breeze, and to let your kids out of the house. Not only will your kids get the opportunity to meet and befriend other Seattle youngsters, but they will also be thanking you with yelps of laughter and hugs of joy. Here are a few suggestions from our friends at

1. Luther Burbank Park on Mercer Island
Located between Seattle and Bellevue, Mercer Island serves home to beautiful Luther Burbank Park. Alongside Washington Lake, Luther Burbank Park has tennis courts, nature trails, beaches, and picnic areas. The playground, however, remains Luther Burbank Park’s best asset for Seattle kids. In the center of tall trees, the playground’s swings, tunnel, and climbing area will certainly satisfy your kids’ hunger for joy and excitement.

2. North Seattle’s Forest Park Playground
Situated a few miles from the Imagine Children’s Museum, Everett’s Forest Park remains one of the Seattle metropolitan area’s funnest outdoor locations. Forest Park provides kids with a bevy of kid-friendly activities. In addition to visiting the park’s animal farm, take your young ones to Forest Park’s water-spray playground for some aquatic fun.

3. Seattle’s Washington Park Arboretum
Overlooked and managed by the University of Washington and the City of Seattle, Washington Park Arboretum stands as the perfect place for Seattle kids to experience nature. Visiting Washington Park’s Japanese Garden, Wilcox footbridge, ponds, and nature trails will undoubtedly quench your kids’ thirst for enjoying the outdoors. more

4. Green Lake Park’s Kids Playground
Green Lake Park is one of Seattle’s biggest and best recreational parks. Surrounding a gorgeous lake, Green Lake Park is a great place to enjoy a sunny summer day. Located close to the Green Lake Community Center, the park’s playground caters to toddler and bigger-kid play. If you got some free time, don’t hesitate to take your kids to Green Lake Park’s kid playground. They’ll love it! more

5. Junior League Playground in Seattle’s Magnuson Park
Junior League of Seattle’s Playground is the city’s largest playground for young kids. The play area has 20,000 square feet of climbing, sandbox, and swinging and sliding fun. After taking a stroll with the dog and kids around beautiful Magnuson Park, don’t miss out on one of Seattle’s most famous playgrounds. It’s an experience your kids will never forget. more

6. Seattle’s Carkeek Park Kids Playground
If you suddenly feel the urge to experience Seattle’s wetland area, take a trip with the kids to Carkeek Park. After learning about the wetlands’ flora and fauna, your kids can expend some energy at the Carkeek playground. Artistically designed to match the amazing views of Pugent Sound, Carkeek Park’s kids playground has a salmon-shaped slide, a gigantic sandbox, and a set of seesaws and swings. more

7. Mercerdale Park Playground
Located in the center of Seattle’s Mercer Island, Mercerdale Park playground is a wonderful play area for Seattle kids. The playground’s train theme sets the stage for hours of fun. If you feel like strolling the youngsters around, take advantage of the playground’s paved walkways. more

8. Seattle’s Ravenna Park and Playground
All Seattle kids should visit Ravenna playground. At the Ravenna-Eckstein Community Center, you and your kids will find an incredible indoor playground area. Home to climbing structures, slides, ride-on cars and motorcycles, this Seattle playground is certainly one of the city’s finest. more

9. Maple Leaf Park and Kids Playground
Perhaps Seattle’s most overlooked play area, Maple Leaf playground lies in the heart of Maple Leaf neighborhood. This peaceful playground overlooks a wonderful view of the city. Always packed with many kids, Maple Leaf playground possesses an environment perfect for your children to make friends with other Seattle kids. more

10. Seattle’s Kubota Garden
Collect the kids and drive down to Seattle’s Kubota Garden. This scenic park encompasses an area brimming with colorful flowers, small lakes and streams, forested walkways, and beautiful bridges. In short, Kubota Garden is a wonderful venue for all Seattle kids. more


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