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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

Published on: April 17, 2023

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
The newer path through the Washington Park Arboretum is perfect for strollers and kids on bikes. 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.

Next pedal: Maple Leaf Reservoir

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