Photo: Magnuson Park
Where all sports meet
Magnuson Park, Seattle
If you live in Seattle, and you or your kids have any inclination to be sporty, chances are you’ve spent time in this sprawling park on the shore of Lake Washington. It plays host to a huge variety of organized and disorganized sports, from soccer to cricket (on the specially built pitch south of the Tennis Center) to boating (at Sail Sand Point). There’s even a miniature golf course.
But there’s a quieter side to the park: the woods, natural meadows, lovingly restored wetlands and a children’s garden, just north of the large Junior League playground.
The best picnic spots are by the lake, near the swim beach and its spacious bathrooms, which are a stone’s throw from Kite Hill (7400 Sand Point Way N.E., Seattle).
Eats: Pick up freshly baked bagels, sandwiches and other goodies from the beloved Wedgwood bakery Grateful Bread, which also has a few toys for kids (7001 35th Ave. N.E., Seattle).