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, the Washington Park Arboretum is a botanical gem. Sitting on the shores of Lake Washington, it 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. At the south end of the arboretum, carefully cross the road to reach the excellent play structure at Washington Park Playfield.