Discover Seattle’s Hidden Gems

SEATTLE SHINES with amazing gems but they are easy to overlook while driving a car. This summer try parking that car to walk or grab a bike and discover a whole new face of Seattle! Explore some of your neighbors’ favorite places, some of which can only be accessed by walking or biking.

Murals in the I-90 Tunnel (SE)

I-90 mural, photo credit - Flickr Photographer Chas Redmond

Eastside bike commuters should not be the only ones to experience the beautiful student murals in Mt. Baker Tunnel. Ride or walk from Sam Smith Park, named after the first black city council member, through the tunnel, enjoy the art and then connect to Lake Washington Boulevard. Bring a picnic and a bathing suit – you’re just a few blocks from Mt. Baker Beach.

Ravenna Park and 20th Avenue (NE)

Ravenna Park - ParksDepFlikr

You can see the sports fields, tennis court and playground from the street but you’ll have to walk or bike to experience the beauty of Ravenna Park. Walk underneath the car-free 20th Avenue NE bridge to reach the hidden place etched with quotes by Robert Frost. Find quiet peace in the city.

Foster and Marsh Island (Central)

Foster Island, photo credit - Flickr Photographer shelmac

We all know the arboretum is beautiful. But have you ever taken the loop across Foster and Marsh Islands? In just 1.5 miles you will see ducks, kayakers, lily pads and, if you are lucky, a great blue heron catching its lunch. Make a day of it – picnic and explore the rest of the arboretum as there are many opportunities to walk and bike in this luscious escape from the urban grind.

Carkeek Park (NW)

What better place to spend a summer day than at Carkeek Park? Enjoy the shade of the creekside paths, play Frisbee in the park, or soak up the sun on the beach. Explore miles of trails and find the historic Piper Orchard that dates from 1889.

Southgate Roller Rink (SW)

Rainier Roller Girls, photo credit - Flickr Photographer Jason Garland

Family skate, hip-hop nights, skate-a-roake, pride skate, adult night, Rainier Roller Girls – there is something for everyone. You could drive, but why not ride the 120 bus on Delridge or try the new Delridge/Highland Park greenway instead?