Dash Point State Park. Credit: Ruth Hartnup/Flickr CC
5. Dash Point State Park
Dash Point State Park is a popular seaside park in Federal Way, convenient for South Sound and South King County families. Because of its popularity, Dash Point is one of the parks for which state parks authorities are limiting capacity. You'll definitely want to pick a weekday, early in the morning or late in the day, to venture here. But the wide-open beach, huge and inviting to explore at low tide, is worth timing it right. If you do encounter the park at full capacity, you'll need to go elsewhere.
This park has 8 miles of biking trails and 11 miles of hiking trails if you want time in the woods. It also has campsites and cabins for rent (both closed at present) but worth a look for a future nearby camping trip.