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Forts, Hobbit Houses and Other Outdoor Spots that Unleash Kids' Imaginations

Climb a tower, build a fort, tour a treehouse

Inspiration always lies outside our front doors. Still, if there happens to be a treehouse, fort or hobbit door woven into an outing, inspiration quadruples. But where to find these secret spots designed for kids' imaginations? We’ve collected 10 places in the Greater Seattle area that could spark hours of outdoor play for kids, from treehouses to decommissioned forts to hobbit abodes and playgrounds with with build-it-yourself features. Some are suitable for a day trip, while some are a short drive away.

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Treehouse at Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center, Bellevue

Fort Worden State Park, Port Townsend

Fort Casey State Park, Whidbey Island

Magnuson Children's Garden Log Pile, Seattle

Adventure Playground program, Deane's Children's Park, Mercer Island

Treehouse at Guillemot Cove, Seabeck

Hobbit abodes, various places

Canopy tower, IslandWood, Bainbridge Island

TreeHouse Point, Fall City

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