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9 Hidden-Gem Playgrounds With Beautiful Views

Soak up amazing views of water and mountains at scenic parks around Seattle

Published on: March 27, 2024

9 Hidden-Gem Playgrounds With Beautiful Views

View of the Space Needle with the top painted orange from tiny Ward Springs Park on the south slope of Queen Anne Hill
Evening view from tiny Ward Springs Park on the south side of Seattle’s Queen Anne Hill. Credit: Nancy Chaney

Ward Springs Park, Queen Anne

Much less well-known than Queen Anne's famous Kerry Park, pocket-sized Ward Springs Park affords great city views and is a blast for kids. A wooden play structure looks like a fort and has lots of spots for climbing and sliding. Kids will also get a kick out of the tire swing and sandbox, while parents or grandparents can sit on benches and gaze at the Space Needle and city skyline. A gently sloped lawn is perfect for a picnic lunch.

Location: Fourth Avenue North and Ward Street, Queen Anne. Free parking is available on residential streets nearby. Buses stop at Taylor Avenue North and North Prospect Street. 

Also nearby: Bhy Kracke Park, three blocks to the north, has equally amazing views from its upper section and a small playground in the lower area.

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Editor's note: This article was originally published a few years ago and updated for 2023.

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