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5 Seattle-Area Parks Your Dogs and Kids Will Love

Wander scenic trails that are perfect for families with four-legged "kids"

Published on: August 08, 2017

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Westcrest Park | Discovering Seattle Parks

Editor Note:

This article is excerpted with permission from Discovering Seattle Parks, by Linnea Westerlind, The Mountaineers.

Dogs — and their families — get happy when the sun comes out and the daylight hours stretch out into evening. Make the most of the extra hours to play and explore one of these great parks for a family-friendly hike with your pet this summer.

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Luther Burbank Park. Photo credit: Linnea Westerlind

Luther Burbank Park

Start off in the waterfront off-leash area (there’s even a doggie shower!) and then leash up for a fun romp through the rest of this park following a trail that hugs the shoreline of Lake Washington.

Find it: 2040 84th Ave. S.E., Mercer Island 

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Westcrest Park. Photo credit: Shelley Bjornstad

Westcrest Park

A web of wooded trails is the draw at this West Seattle park, and the bonus is an adjacent 8.4-acre off-leash area with plenty of shade for hot days.

Find it: S.W. Cloverdale St. and 5th Ave. S.W., Seattle

Leschi Park and Frink Park

A quiet, cool forest with bridges and a waterfall make these two neighboring parks a great spot for a hike with your dog on a warm day.

Find it: 201 Lakeside Ave. S., Seattle

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Golden Gardens. Photo credit: Linnea Westerlind

Golden Gardens Park

A mile and a half of unpaved trails in the forest above the beach beckon owners and their dogs to explore — and the trail will lead you to a shaded off-leash area tucked among the trees.

Find it: 8498 Seaview Pl., Seattle

Shoreview Park and Boeing Creek Park

A fantastic and varied network of dog-friendly trails crisscross these two Shoreline parks, plus there’s an off-leash dog park accessible from the trail system.

Find it: 700 N.W. Innis Arden Wy., Shoreline

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