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Exploring Kerry Park with Kids: A Family Guide to Seattle’s Iconic Viewpoint

Kerry Park is a must-visit for Seattle visitors or locals, offering iconic views of the city skyline and Mount Rainier, especially stunning at sunset with an orange glow.

If you’re planning a family trip to Seattle, Kerry Park is an absolute must-visit for its iconic views of the city skyline. Nestled just a twenty-minute walk from the Space Needle, this small neighborhood park provides a picture-perfect snapshot of downtown Seattle, the Puget Sound, and, on clear days, the majestic Olympic Mountains and the top of Mount Rainier.

What Makes Kerry Park Special?

Kerry Park isn’t just another city park; it’s a destination. The park is renowned for its panoramic views which are often featured on postcards. It’s a great spot for photography enthusiasts and families looking to capture that perfect Seattle backdrop. There’s a reason why this spot gets crowded around sunset — the views are spectacular, and the lighting is just right for those magical cityscape photos.

Here’s a tip: visit about an hour before sunset. Not only will you beat the crowds that gather to watch the sun go down, but you’ll also experience the city bathed in beautiful pre-sunset light. Just remember, it can get a bit chilly as the sun dips, so dressing in layers is advisable.

Family-Friendly Tips

While Kerry Park offers breathtaking views, it’s important to note that there are no bathrooms, picnic tables, or playgrounds at the park itself. However, a short walk down the hill will lead you to Bayview-Kinnear Park, which does have a small playground — a perfect detour if you’re visiting with young children.

Parking and Accessibility

Finding parking can be a bit of a hunt, but there is street parking available in the neighborhood. The walk from nearby attractions like the Space Needle is manageable for adults and older children, but you might consider driving if you’re with younger kids or if walking longer distances is a concern.

Our Family Experience

Our visit to Kerry Park was nothing short of magical. We visited mid-day on a sunny day, and the views of the Seattle skyline and Mount Rainier were clear and stunning. While the kids were initially more excited about posing with the park’s sculpture and enjoying some snacks, the scenic backdrop definitely added a special touch to our family photos.

Although young children might find the playground more appealing than the views, Kerry Park provides a wonderful setting for family outings. It’s also a fantastic place to bring out-of-town guests for a memorable experience of what Seattle has to offer.

In conclusion, whether you’re a local or a visitor, Kerry Park is a delightful spot for families to explore, relax, and take in some of the best views Seattle has to offer. Don’t forget your camera — you’ll want to capture these moments!

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