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A group workout at Fisher Pavilion in Seattle Center. | Courtesy of the Seattle Municipal Archives, item No. 175113

7 places to find free, outdoor fitness classes this summer

Outdoor recreation without the gym membership

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A group workout at Fisher Pavilion in Seattle Center. | Courtesy of the Seattle Municipal Archives, item No. 175113

The weather is getting warmer and sunnier by the day, so it’s a great time to get outside and get moving. For those who don’t already have a preferred fitness activity or who want to try something new, classes are a great option—and if they get you outside, even better.

Unfortunately, starting up a new fitness hobby can be financially challenging. Good thing that it’s summertime, and Seattle’s parks and promenades are full of free fitness options for people looking for everything from some gentle movement and a more difficult workout.

Yoga classes are, of course, a popular option, but they’re not the only option. One park has spin classes; another even has Crossfit. Many are focused around the downtown core, making a free class or two an easy bus ride or detour away.

(More of a solo athlete? Seattle Parks and Recreation has installed adult fitness equipment at many Seattle parks.)

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1. Cascade Playground: Yoga

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333 Pontius Ave. N
Seattle, WA

Every Saturday at 11 a.m. through September 14, there’s free drop-in yoga at Cascade Playground—mats provided.

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2. Seattle Center: Circuit training, yoga, and Zumba

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305 Harrison St
Seattle, WA
(206) 684-7200
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Seattle Center’s campus is host to a few free fitness classes, all on Wednesdays, from June 19 through August 21.

Workout Wednesday starts with circuit training with the November Project at 6:30 a.m. starting at the Artists at Play plaza. Then there’s a bring-your-own-mat gentle yoga class at 11:30 a.m. on the Exhibition Hall Lawn. Wrap up the day with Zumba classes at 6 p.m., again at Artists at Play.

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3. Denny Park: Spin and yoga

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100 Dexter Ave N
Seattle, WA 98109
(206) 684-4075
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In kind of a free-for-all movement party, Denny Park combines a live DJ with spin and yoga into one event, happening Saturday, July 20 and August 17 from 2 to 4 p.m.—coordinating with the South Lake Union Market.

4. Olympic Sculpture Park: Zumba and yoga

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2901 Western Ave
Seattle, WA
(206) 654-3100
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A visit to the Olympic Sculpture Park is already a great way to spend a sunny Saturday, but if you’re so inclined you can check out a couple of fitness classes while you’re at it.

Throughout the summer, 8 Limbs teaches yoga classes every Saturday at 9 and 10:30 a.m. Zumba classes start at 2 p.m.—with some art education and park tours in between.

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5. Freeway Park: Zumba and yoga

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700 Seneca St.
Seattle, WA
(206) 684-4075
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The nearby Washington Athletic Club hosts free classes in this park separating Downtown from First Hill from mid-July through early August.

Zumba classes are on Monday evenings at 5:30 through July 8 through August 26. Yoga classes are on Wednesdays at noon July 10 through August 28.

6. Hing Hay Park: Tai chi

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423 Maynard Ave S
Seattle, WA 98104
(206) 684-4075
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The city’s hosting free tai chi classes at this International District hub on Tuesdays from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. through September 24.

7. Alki Beach Park: Tai chi

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1702 Alki Ave. SW
Seattle, WA
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Storm Tai Chi hosts classes at Alki Beach Park near the Statue of Liberty every Saturday at 9 a.m. through October 19.

1. Cascade Playground: Yoga

333 Pontius Ave. N, Seattle, WA

Every Saturday at 11 a.m. through September 14, there’s free drop-in yoga at Cascade Playground—mats provided.

333 Pontius Ave. N
Seattle, WA

2. Seattle Center: Circuit training, yoga, and Zumba

305 Harrison St, Seattle, WA

Seattle Center’s campus is host to a few free fitness classes, all on Wednesdays, from June 19 through August 21.

Workout Wednesday starts with circuit training with the November Project at 6:30 a.m. starting at the Artists at Play plaza. Then there’s a bring-your-own-mat gentle yoga class at 11:30 a.m. on the Exhibition Hall Lawn. Wrap up the day with Zumba classes at 6 p.m., again at Artists at Play.

305 Harrison St
Seattle, WA

3. Denny Park: Spin and yoga

100 Dexter Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109

In kind of a free-for-all movement party, Denny Park combines a live DJ with spin and yoga into one event, happening Saturday, July 20 and August 17 from 2 to 4 p.m.—coordinating with the South Lake Union Market.

100 Dexter Ave N
Seattle, WA 98109

4. Olympic Sculpture Park: Zumba and yoga

2901 Western Ave, Seattle, WA

A visit to the Olympic Sculpture Park is already a great way to spend a sunny Saturday, but if you’re so inclined you can check out a couple of fitness classes while you’re at it.

Throughout the summer, 8 Limbs teaches yoga classes every Saturday at 9 and 10:30 a.m. Zumba classes start at 2 p.m.—with some art education and park tours in between.

2901 Western Ave
Seattle, WA

5. Freeway Park: Zumba and yoga

700 Seneca St., Seattle, WA

The nearby Washington Athletic Club hosts free classes in this park separating Downtown from First Hill from mid-July through early August.

Zumba classes are on Monday evenings at 5:30 through July 8 through August 26. Yoga classes are on Wednesdays at noon July 10 through August 28.

700 Seneca St.
Seattle, WA

6. Hing Hay Park: Tai chi

423 Maynard Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104

The city’s hosting free tai chi classes at this International District hub on Tuesdays from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. through September 24.

423 Maynard Ave S
Seattle, WA 98104

7. Alki Beach Park: Tai chi

1702 Alki Ave. SW, Seattle, WA

Storm Tai Chi hosts classes at Alki Beach Park near the Statue of Liberty every Saturday at 9 a.m. through October 19.

1702 Alki Ave. SW
Seattle, WA