Seattle's Mount Baker Park
Neighborhood gems, ideal for family picnics
At its best, a family picnic is a mini vacation: a chance to leave the day-to-day routine behind and spend some time together out under the open sky. These best picnic spots in Seattle and beyond offer a range of experiences, from farm fun to exploring tidepools to hiking.
What they have in common are beauty, nature and that sense of getting away from it all.
Mount Baker Park, Seattle
This leafy lakefront park is one of Seattle Parks' swimming beaches that's open this summer, with lifeguards on duty. The most popular place to picnic is probably near the swimming area, but there are many lovely shady spots in the inland part of the park. The updated playground will enthrall the kids. For biking families, pack your wheels and enjoy a ride along Lake Washington Boulevard. A section is closed to cars on summer weekends to accommodate cycling.
Eats: Pick up a wood-fired pizza and a salad at Mioposto Pizza, just across the street from the Mount Baker Park playground. (3601 S. McClellan St., Seattle).
Next up: the farm in the woods