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Best Spring Hikes in the Seattle Area for Kids and Families

Kid-friendly trails with indoor learning spots that are perfect for cool spring days

Published on: March 12, 2024

two kids run on a hiking trail among blooms on a spring hike near Seattle

Spring hikes are a chance to get outside

In the late winter and early spring, my kids and I start to go a little stir-crazy. We long to go hiking, but the weather is still drippy and our favorite hiking trails in the mountains are snow-laden. It’s time to get creative and explore trails closer to home.

We especially like places that offer indoor nature centers where we can duck out of the rain to keep learning and exploring. Some of the visitor centers and indoor facilities mentioned have limited hours, so double-check before you go if you want to be sure to have an escape from the rain.

Now, let’s get going on 11 of our favorite spring hikes, including one longer road trip for when the wanderlust bug bites.

First stop: Ballard Locks

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