Whatever the weather, Magnuson Park is a great place for play because it has so many different things to offer. Here are a few of my favorite places in the park:
This is Seattle’s biggest playground. It has everything! There are lots of places to climb, swing, slide and dig. I particularly like the soft pathway marked like a runway that runs through the play area. It’s meant to be a tribute to the airfield that used to be in the same spot, but it’s also a great place to practice riding bikes. I also love that children provided some of the input in the design of the playground–it shows. This is a very kid-intuitive place.
Community Center Play Gym
I’ve yet to find a community center play gym that I don’t like, but the facilities at Magnuson Community Center are especially nice. This is partly because they have a huge variety of really nice toys. There’s also lots of bouncy houses, a play house and sensory tables.
There’s about a mile of Lake Washington shoreline at Magnuson. During the warmer months it’s nice for a dip and a small wading pool near the shore is a nice added attraction for younger kids. Even if you don’t go into the water, the view is gorgeous and there’s a nice grassy area along the shore with picnic tables and shelters. Perfect for a laidback afternoon.
Though there are lots of trails connecting the various parts of this gigantic park, my favorite walk is the four mile paved path along the shore. It never gets too crowded and the flat terrain is great for bikes and roller skates.
Magnuson also has one fine kite flying hill. If your having trouble finding parking at Gasworks Park, this is your place. Located near the shoreline, there’s a lot right next to the hill. It also provides a great view of one of the park’s most distinctive art features, several large whale fins which appear to rise out of the ground.
These are just some of my favorite places in Magnuson Park. I know there’s a lot more to see and do. If you have another favorite activity, please share in the comments!
Warren G. Magnuson Park
7400 Sand Point Way NE