Seattle is nicknamed The Emerald City. Thanks to environment-conscious Seattleites, the city has been known to be environment friendly and being a green city means more than 6200 acres of parkland.

 

Here is the list of 5 best parks in Seattle recommended by local Airbnb hosts:

1.  Kerry Park  

 

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Kerry park is a 1.26-acre park on the south slope of Queen Anne Hill in Seattle. The park gives you the best view of the iconic Space Needle and downtown Seattle, and the majestic Mt. Rainier.

 

2.  Gas Works Park

 

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This small park used to be a gas plant, and you can see the artfully rusted guts of the former gas works. But it’s also on the north end of Lake Union, meaning it’s a great place to park to go on a walk/jog along the Burke Gilman trail, to have a picnic, watch sea planes landing on the lake, or toss a Frisbee around. Essential Baking Co. nearby is a good place to grab picnic food.

 

3.  Discovery Park

 

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Not the typical park, Discovery park has hiking trails that covers green forest, grassy fields, with blackberries and wild animals, down to more woods, down to a beach and historic lighthouse. The park is the largest public park in Seattle and is considered the best place to view wildlife, specially birds and marine mammals.

 

4.  Volunteer Park

 

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A beautiful park with city views, designed by the Olmsted brothers (who also designed Central Park in New York, Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, and Balboa Park in San Diego). The park includes a conservatory (a designated city landmark), completed in 1912; a water tower with an observation deck, built by the Water Department in 1906, a fenced-off reservoir; the dramatic Art Deco building of the Seattle Asian Art Museum (a designated city landmark); a statue of William Henry Seward; a memorial to Judge Thomas Burke; and a sculpture, Black Sun, by Isamu Noguchi (colloquially referred to as “The Doughnut”) around which a scenic view of the Seattle skyline that prominently includes the Space Needle can be seen, as well as several meadows and picnic tables. The wading pool is operational in the summer months and operated daily from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Volunteer Park is also well known for its extensive dahlia garden in season. There are also Koi ponds at the park which contain fish during the summer months.

 

5.  Olympic Sculpture Park

 

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Olympic Sculpture Park is nine acres of outdoor artwork, gardens, a fountain and beach access. It’s available 365 days per year (just one indoor pavilion is closed some holidays). It’s free. The base of it is along the trail that lines Elliot Bay, with access by foot or bus along the water front — stores, restaurants, a game arcade, the aquarium, boat rides, the giant Ferris Wheel.

 

Source: Best Parks in Seattle