A sign asks people to protect this source of drinking water for the Seattle area. Credit: Luke McGuff/Flickr CC
Cedar River Watershed, North Bend
My kids have fond memories of puddle-stomping the trail at the wonderful Cedar River Watershed, about 45 minutes east of Seattle, and watching ospreys dive for fish in the lake. Kids love the musical rain drums here, too.
Indoor options: Inside the education center, kids can learn about the water cycle by popping ping-pong balls into a fabulous system of pipes, talking to the naturalists or touching some fascinating items collected from nature. Check out one of the center’s backpacks stocked with bug-catching tools, binoculars, field guides and other activities for a quick walk around the area. The education center is open, but hours are slim: It's currently open Thursday–Friday, noon–5 p.m., and Saturday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Check the website for status updates, hours and more information. Note that some of the parking spaces near Rattlesnake Lake may require a Discover Pass.
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Image credit: Luke McGuff/Flickr CC