Wonderful 2.87 park located on a great body of water within Seattle city limits. Walk the path that encircles the lake and enjoy all of the hundreds of species of trees. Perfect recreation spot for walkers, runners, skaters, walkers and swimmers. There is a community center for basketball, baseball. In the summertime, the wading pool is very popular. The large playground is located just south of the main entrance, at E Green Lake Way and Latona Avenue NE. The large sandpit is the hallmark of this playground. Lots of climbing structures and other fun stations. Lots of great trees for climbing and hiding in. There is also indoor pool at Green Lake Park that is open year round.
If you want to get a real feel for Seattle, getting a coffee and going for a walk around the lake is what the entire population does on a sunny summer's day. It's not famous and not your typical tourist attraction, but the people-watching can rival the Market and the scenery can be just as pretty as a bright day at the Seattle Center.
Bring the kids and let them go crazy at the giant playground, or if it's warm enough they can get in the water at several different points around the lake. For little ones (and parents wary of whatever's IN that lake), the wading pool is where it's at. (Directly across the street from the wading pool? The Urban Bakery, Cake Envy, Chocolati, ice cream, and other munchies, all excellent choices for snacking on while the kids splash.)
A true Green Lake experience requires a latte (preferably from Peet's), appropriate Northwesty walking gear (a combination of REI and Lululemon), and a conversation partner. Bonus points if you have a dog on a leash.
You can rent a paddleboat, play basketball, run the 2.8 mile loop, bike, rollerblade, set up a volleyball court, and (if you're lucky) take Spanish lessons from the dude who offers them in the grass at the south end.
If you're exploring the city and willing to venture out of downtown, I highly recommend taking your crew to the place where the city goes when the sun is out!
Grab your runners and hit the trail with the kids strapped into your favorite jogging stroller. The 3 mile loop will help shed that baby weight you have been dying to lose all year. When that baby gets a little older grab a pastry and coffee from Urban Bakery, plop yourself down on a bench and let your toddler take on the playground. In the summer you can enjoy a jump in the lake. Lifeguards are on hand to help with emergencies. You can also rent boats to take out on the water.
This is one of our family's favorite parks in the city. Maybe we will see you there!
Green lake is the place to go for kids. Kids will have so much fun swimming in the lake. There is usually a lifeguard on duty. Showers are also close by to quickly wash off since all that dirt from the lake goes onto you. Paddle boats are at the lake but for a small rental fee.
Green Lake is great whether you live close or come from far. It is a perfect out door destination for all ages.
You can walk with your family and friends, bring your bike for a few laps around the lake, roller blade with your honey, or go for some cardio with a nice run. The scenery is beautiful lush green with spurts of color throughout. If your walking plan on about 45min to get around the lake.
This is a summer must. And if you want to just relax with the family or some good friends grab some food and make a picnic out of it. There's lots of places to stop along the way.
Don't forget your comfy shoes, a blanket, and some good tunes.
I've seen people fishing, swimming, you can rent these pedal boats and go out on the lake, there is a path that goes all the way around to walk/jog or take the stroller around for some good exercise. You can feed the ducks or have a picnic! Great for all ages and really has a bunch of different things to do.
This is my favorite workout. Take the jogging stroller or do it alone. It is a perfect 2.7 mile round trip and also great water activities in the summer like diving boards and a wading pool for the little ones. There is also a playground, pool, sport fields, etc etc.
I grew up near Green Lake and have spent LOTS of time here over the years. Starting when I was little playing in the wading pool while my Mom worshiped the sun. Then as a teenager trying to sneak a peek at the guys working out in the gym and on the basketball court. Lol, sorry. Now, as a place to get some exercise with beautiful scenery!
The surrounding area offers a lot of good eating places and shopping also. The paddle boats are a ton of fun and the kids play area is nice. There are also tennis courts and golf here. There is also another large park budded up against Green Lake; Woodland Park.
Beware, In more recent times, Green Lake has suffered from stagnation and pollution problems, as well as algae blooms. Milfoil and swimmers itch (caused by parasites from waterfowl) are still a consideration for those who swim in the lake.
Also, beware of the bike riders. They get cranky if you get in there way.
Green Lake is more than just a park, it's a Seattle institution. You can run, bike, swim, play field games and enjoy the huge playground. In the warm weather the wading pool (on the west side of the park) is a fun spot to spend the day with younger children - and it has great shaded areas so you'll be able to easily protect your little ones from the sun's harsh rays. There are coffee shops and restaurants on the north and west sides of the park and the Woodland Park zoo borders Green Lake to the south so that's an option for a full day of family fun too!
Green Lake is located between Highway 99 (Aurora Avenue) and I-5, about 10 minutes outside of downtown Seattle. The lake is a large one, surrounded by a paved, 3 mile walking path. If the sun is shining, this walking path will be full of people from all parts of Seattle!
During the day, you will find moms walking around with strollers, or retirees out for their morning walks. Later in the day the path tends to be more populated with people walking their dogs or going for a run after work. It's a great spot to see lots of cute puppies and babies!
Other than the walking path, Green Lake has tons of other things to do including: paddleboats, swimming, a large playground, a community center, basketball courts, soccer fields, baseball fields, a wading pool in the summer, and all sorts of other events. I've seen fencing lessons going on, I've heard a string quartet playing near the walking path, I've seen people learning to walk a tightrope.
The path is designed with space for both walkers and those on wheels, with clearly marked lanes. It does get crowded at times in places, but there's generally plenty of space for everyone.
Parking can get a little tough to find if it's a truly gorgeous day, but a spot can generally be found on one of the surrounding streets or in one of the parking lots with just a little effort.
If you want to get out and stretch your legs and see some nature in the city, this is a great place to do it.