New path through the Washington Park Arboretum. Courtesy Arboretum Foundation
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 for serene family walks. Now, a new-last-year 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 let kiddos and parents take a breather between bursts of pedaling.