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Have you visited every one of Seattle’s downtown parks?

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Seattle’s 16 coolest playgrounds

From fire trucks to gardens

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Where to see fall foliage in Seattle

Take in the autumn scenery in some of Seattle’s most beautiful parks and gardens.

Seattle Parks

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Seattle’s 10 best dog parks, mapped

Looking for a new spot for your pup to play? We have some ideas.

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14 gorgeous waterfront campgrounds near Seattle

Take your tent on a beach vacation.

Voters poised to approve six-year parks and open space funding in King County

Early ballot returns show a landslide of approval

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15 Seattle parks with outdoor exercise equipment

Seattle parks can basically replace a gym—for free.

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11 transit-accessible hikes in and around Seattle

For those who hate driving, and more importantly, those without a car who still want to access the region’s amazing natural areas, it’s possible to go hiking by transit both within the city and nearby.

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15 parks near Seattle with cabin rentals

Get outdoors, but not too outdoors, on the cheap, with cabins along the beach, in the woods—or even on a small island.

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The very best lesser-known parks around Seattle

Try something new

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Washington State’s bummer place names, mapped

As much as we love it here, we all know it can be dreary sometimes in the Pacific Northwest—and as it turns out, many of our towns and geographical features have names to match.

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7 places to find free, outdoor fitness classes this summer

The weather is getting warmer and sunnier by the day, so it’s a great time to get outside and get moving.

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13 places to rent a boat in and around Seattle—for cheap

Get out on the water on a kayak, paddleboard, canoe, or even a floating hot tub.

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Where to find sandy beaches in and around Seattle

For when you’ve had enough rocks

Day hiking on Mount Rainier: An introductory guide

There’s so much to explore on the Northwest’s most visible mountain—but here’s how to get started.

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14 Washington State campgrounds with historic buildings to explore

Campouts for history buffs, architecture aficionados, and abandoned-place enthusiasts.

Seattle-area camping trips for everyone

Want to leave the car at home? Stay by the water? Rent a cabin? Hit the backcountry?

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The best outdoor swimming spots around Seattle

Summer is here. Beat the heat by hitting the beach.

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9 dog-friendly campgrounds near Seattle

Get your pup tent—and your pup—ready for an adventure.

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8 essential backpacking trips near Seattle

When was the last time you found bliss in the backcountry?

Try out adaptive cycles for free all summer long

There will be opportunities at Magnuson Park, at Seward Park, and in White Center

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15 Seattle places to take your mom this Mother’s Day

Don’t just get brunch. Here are 15 rain-or-shine ideas for things to do with your mom.

Gas Works Park is a beautiful way to remember a toxic past

How a groundbreaking cleanup transformed a former gas plant—and created one of Seattle’s most beloved parks.

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Where to see cherry blossoms in Seattle

The pink blooms usher in an end to winter gloom.

Car-free days for Lake Washington Boulevard bike rides are returning this summer

Bicycle Sundays are a time-honored Seattle tradition

New parks levy proposal aims to repair, add, and complete area trails

A proposal to renew the King County Parks levy includes both basic maintenance and bigger projects

The Beacon Food Forest grows community agriculture in South Seattle

This thriving two-acre edible landscape lets everyone enjoy the harvest

Denny Park is about to turn into a winter wonderland

Snow Day, which kicks off December 14, is a new way to keep South Lake Union festive

Occidental Square is getting a light-up corridor

The Illumination Station art installation is supposed to cut through Seattle’s long winter

Seattle to give outdoor bathrooms another shot in Ballard

Seattle Parks and Recreation plans to install a Portland Loo—specifically designed to be better than Seattle’s previous potty attempt—in Ballard Commons Park.

Seattle moves forward with I-5 lid study

Imagine downtown without an I-5 shaped hole on one side

New South Park pavement park celebrates Day of the Dead

The design pays tribute to artist Dahvee Enciso’s mother

Urine-fixated goats are being airlifted out of the Olympics

An AP video shows a chain of three tranquilized goats in orange slings and blindfolds being slowly lowered into a truck.

Here’s what Seattle did for Park(ing) Day 2018

Including cakes, bikes, and see-saws.

Seattle’s Milk Carton Derby is a creative boat-building exercise

These boats are human-powered... and made of milk cartons

Pioneer Square is getting a playground

The play space is designed to blend with the Occidental Park’s natural materials.

E-bikes will be allowed on some Seattle trails

A Seattle Parks pilot program starts August 1

Seattle Parks board to vote on e-bike trail use

A pilot program would allow some kinds of electric-assist bikes on five local trails

McGraw Square gets a rain-themed makeover

The revamped park has new seating and more staffing

Revised plan will increase fees at Mount Rainier and Olympic National Park by $5

The National Parks Service abandoned a plan that could have tripled the cost of entry

Seattle Japanese Garden will be free on First Thursday afternoons

It’s the second year the garden is observing a free day

Westlake Park fountain will light up starting this week

The secondary art installation gives people something to walk through year-round