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9 Perfect Picnic Spots Around Seattle, the Eastside and South Sound

Pack a family picnic and relax at one of these gorgeous local gems

Fiona Cohen
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Published on: July 12, 2021

9 Perfect Picnic Spots Around Seattle, the Eastside and South Sound

Dash Point State Park
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Dash Point State Park. Credit: Elisa Murray

Big, beautiful beach

Dash Point State Park, Federal Way

This state park offers woods and trails, but the main attraction is the beach. At high tide, it is broad and sandy. At low tide, it grows enormous, with acres of sand flats to explore. Spot sea stars, moon snails and other tidal life. A Discover Pass is required for parking (5700 S.W. Dash Point Rd., Federal Way).

Eats: Located near Interstate 5, about 15 minutes away from the park, Marlene’s Market & Deli carries a variety of wholesome sandwiches, salads and baked treats. If your family can’t agree on a picnic food (mine certainly can’t!), you can order, say, a sandwich for one person and quinoa salad for another (2565 S. Gateway Center Pl., Federal Way).

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