A glimpse of Lake Washington from the trails at Saint Edward State Park. Credit: Sinziana Gafitanu/Flickr CC
Saint Edward State Park
Beautiful Saint Edward State Park is a popular natural area and protected gem on the Eastside. Mature forest entices children to explore wild paths. Choose between a mostly level shady walk or a steeper trek down to the shores of Lake Washington.
Kids will love: The beach, the Grotto and the giant castle playground. (And parents will love the swanky lodge, right in the park!)
Distance: There are 7.5 miles of trails in the park. Toddlers will enjoy the half-mile Orchard Loop, offering just enough roots and curves to make things interesting. If you take the Seminary Trail down to the beach, it adds another half-mile each way, and you can choose which trail to hike back up based on energy levels.
Next up: Horse-spotting spot
Image credit: Sinziana Gafitanu/Flickr CC