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.