Seattle Like a Local: Volunteer Park

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Volunteer Park Water Tower

Today was gorgeous! A little brisk air gave the city a fresh feel. I met a friend for lunch on Capitol Hill and we went for a walk afterwards, winding down Broadway, then back up and around through Volunteer Park.

What I love about this park is it’s size and variety of options to do/see. Above all, bring a camera!

  • On a lazy day, pack a picnic and sprawl out on the ample lawn. You may even catch some cosplay or LAIRE going on! I once found myself in the middle of a sword-fight–awkward but fun!
  • Practice yoga near the koi ponds.
  • Admire the beautiful dahlia gardens.
  • Check out the Seattle Asian Art Museum which is located here as well. They charge a $7/adult fee and have a lovely display of Asian art, plus bring in new exhibits every now and then. I believe you can also buy a pass which covers the Seattle Art Museum, SAAM, and Olympic Sculpture Park.
  • If you’re feeling up to the challenge, climb the water tower and be prepared for 360 of incredible views of the city on a clear day. It’ll get you almost as high as the Space Needle…only for free! And a healthy workout included!
  • Bring little ones to the children’s play area and let them splash in the wading pool.
  • My personal favorite is the Volunteer Park Observatory which houses everything from tropical plants to arid-loving cacti. A few benches make this a lovely place to meditate or read a book. Plus it’s a great hideout on a rainy day.
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Meditation tree

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Seattle skyline from the Water Tower

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Volunteer Park Conservatory

This post is meant to be a guide to visitors and locals alike.

I love finding new spots in the city and want to share them with others! Enjoy! ~Noël

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