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Seward Park with Kids: Seattle’s Miniature Stanley Park

Seward Park in Seattle features a beautiful 2.4-mile paved loop around its perimeter, perfect for strollers, wheelchairs, bicycles, and scooters.

The first time I stepped into Seward Park in Seattle, I was immediately struck by its resemblance to Stanley Park in Vancouver—albeit on a smaller scale. Now, as a parent, each visit with my kids brings back fond memories of my childhood bike rides through Stanley Park. Nestled in Seattle’s south end, Seward Park spans 277 acres of ancient forest on the Bailey Peninsula, extending into Lake Washington. This beautiful park attracts a diverse crowd—from families with young children in strollers to seniors enjoying the serene environment.

Let’s explore why Seward Park is an essential destination for both tourists and locals alike, with its captivating waterfront playground and the stunning natural beauty that lines the Lake Washington shoreline.

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A Playground Like No Other

The centerpiece for many families visiting Seward Park is its exceptional playground.The playground is divided into two areas, catering to different age groups. For the younger children, there’s a section with a small slide, seesaws, a digging area, and a merry-go-round, perfect for safe, engaging play. 

The area for older children offers more challenging fun, a zip line, mini rope course and a notably fast slide that promises excitement and a bit of a thrill. The playground’s design creatively incorporates varied play experiences, including navigating slopes and weaving through trees, providing a stimulating adventure for children of all ages.

Family-Friendly Paved Trails

Seward Park’s design caters to a wide range of ages and interests, making it a versatile destination for families. The park boasts a beautiful 2.4-mile paved loop around its perimeter that is perfect for strollers, wheelchairs, bicycles, and scooters. This path offers easy navigation and breathtaking views of the lake, lined by the park’s majestic trees.

More Than Just a Walk in the Park

For those looking to venture off the beaten path, Seward Park offers numerous trails for hiking and biking that delve deeper into its old-growth forests. These trails provide a perfect opportunity for kids to explore the natural world and for parents to escape the hustle and bustle of city life.

Summer Swimming Destination

During the summer months, Seward Park becomes a prime spot for swimming, boasting lovely sandy-ish beaches along the vast and scenic Lake Washington. This impressive body of water is shared by several cities including Seattle, Mercer Island, Renton, Bellevue, and Kirkland, making it a central hub for water activities. You can enjoy a variety of water sports such as boating, kayaking, paddleboarding, swimming, and water skiing.

The park offers designated swimming areas that are patrolled by lifeguards throughout the summer, ensuring a safe environment for everyone. Whether you’re looking to cool off with a swim or want to bring along your paddleboard for a leisurely day on the water, Seward Park provides the perfect backdrop for water enthusiasts of all ages.

Seasonal Activities and Events

Seward Park is also a fantastic spot for seasonal activities. In February and March, the park is adorned with cherry blossoms, creating a spectacular backdrop for a family outing. During the summer, it becomes one of the city’s favorite picnic spots, especially on the Fourth of July, when it fills with families enjoying barbecues and celebrating together.

Our Family Review: A Treasured Escape at Seward Park

Our family absolutely adores Seward Park, and it has been a cherished part of our routine for years. When our children were younger, we frequented the park with our baby stroller, joining numerous other parents who also enjoyed the park’s accessibility and beautiful setting. The 2.4-mile paved loop around the park is exceptionally stroller-friendly and provides a serene environment for a leisurely stroll. It’s remarkable how many fellow parents we encountered on our walks!

As our children have grown, our visits have evolved. We now take advantage of the same paved paths for bike rides. The car-free trails offer peace of mind, allowing us to relax while the kids pedal away. The breathtaking views of Lake Washington from the waterfront add to the experience, making each visit memorable. And of course, the kids love the playground! Seward Park continues to be a place where both safety and beauty converge, providing the perfect outdoor escape for our family.

Making the Most of Your Visit

When planning your trip to Seward Park:

Pack a picnic to enjoy at one of the many scenic spots throughout the park.

Bring along bikes or scooters for the kids to make full use of the paved loop.

Don’t forget to visit during the cherry blossom season for some of the best natural displays in the city.

Check the Seattle Parks website for any special events or activities that might coincide with your visit.

Whether you’re a longtime resident of Seattle’s south end or a visitor from afar, Seward Park offers a delightful retreat with endless activities that children and adults alike will cherish. It’s a perfect spot for creating lasting memories with your family, right in the heart of Seattle.

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