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10 Best Bike Paths for Seattle-Area Kids on Wheels

Less crowded trails for bikes, balance bikes and scooters around Seattle and the Eastside

Kate Missine
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Published on: April 13, 2021

10 Best Bike Paths for Seattle-Area Kids on Wheels

Dad pushing stroller and school-age son walking along newer biking and walking path in the Washington Park Arboretum best places to ride bikes with kids Seattle
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Newer path through the Washington Park Arboretum. Credit: Nancy Chaney

Washington Park Arboretum, Seattle

Covering 230 acres and growing over 20,000 varieties of trees and plants, this botanical gem on the shores of Lake Washington has long been a favorite destination for serene family walks. A newer loop trail adds to the park’s appeal for families with youngsters on wheels. The fully paved path calls for whole-family rides, stretching for 1.2 miles from East Madison Street to the Graham Visitors Center. A creek, restored wetlands and plenty of trees along the way make for cool exploration stopovers, and lots of benches mean kiddos and parents can take a breather between bursts of pedaling. Beautiful blooms abound in spring.

Post-cycling pit stop: The Montlake Tot Lot at the park’s western edge is a small but cute playground for the littles; as is the sweet kids’ corner at the nearby Montlake library branch.

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