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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

Best Spring Hikes in the Seattle Area for Kids and Families

A lighted tunnel at Discovery Park best spring hikes Seattle kids families
A short and eerie tunnel along Discovery Park’s loop trail.

Discovery Park, Seattle

In the heart of Seattle, kids can choose from several miles of trails traversing through different habitats at phenomenal Discovery Park. This urban nature reserve is accessible in all seasons and in all weather, and it will satisfy your need for green trees, birdsong and fresh air. (Check out our article on 10 fun things to do with kids at Seattle’s best park for more ideas.)

Favorite trails: For the 2.8-mile loop trail, park at the east parking lot, where the Environmental Learning and Visitor Center is located, which recently received ADA updates. A smaller parking area is open or you can find street parking along 36th Avenue West. The loop trail ambles through the woods, along bluffs with stunning views and through meadows; there’s even a sandy area where kids can dig. Try the whole loop or just do an out-and-back.

From the north parking lot (near the Daybreak Star Cultural Center), you can walk the short and fascinating Wolf Tree Nature Trail. Check out this guide to birds of Discovery Park if you’ve got budding birders in your crew.

Indoor options: The Environmental Learning and Visitor Center is open Tuesday–Saturday, 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m. The building is a great spot to escape the drizzle and interact with the hands-on exhibits.

Bonus fun: Discovery Park updated its playground a few years ago and it’s fantastic; find it a couple of hundred yards south of the Environmental Learning and Visitor Center.

Next stop: hike the dike

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