When it gets sunny, it seems like Seattle’s population doubles as more and more people head outside to explore the Emerald City. Here are a few spots to help soak up the most vitamin D.
Gas Works Park
Not too far from campus is the scenic Gas Works Park. It’s just over a mile from SPU, a nice walk that goes through Fremont, where you can stop for ice cream at Old School Custard or get burgers at Blue Moon.
Gas Works sits along the Burke-Gilman Trail, and showcases great views of the Seattle skyline over Lake Union. This hilly park provides a lounge area to sit down and read a book or sip on a Frappuccino in the sun.
A little further down the Burke-Gilman is Agua Verde Café and Paddle Club, at the south end of the University District, where you can rent kayaks to cruise around the lake.
University of Washington
Continuing on the Burke-Gilman Trail, it’s easy to end up on the University of Washington campus. In the Quad of UW are the Yoshino cherry trees. They blossom in early April and fill the campus with gorgeous pink and white flowers.
The campus is open for anyone to stroll through the cherry blossoms and enjoy the direct view of Mt. Rainier across the Drumheller Fountain. The mountain stands above the city and is visible from the campus on clear days.
After walking through the campus there are places to eat all along University Way, and University Village, the open-air shopping center, isn’t too far away.
On the other side of the Ballard Bridge in Magnolia is Discovery Park. Discovery Park looks over Puget Sound and has access to walk along the shore.
There are nearly 12 miles of hiking and bike trails that wrap around the park, which make it an excellent place for walks or runs on sunny days. For people interested in photography, it’s an aesthetically pleasing place for a friend’s photo shoot or Instagram post.
Every Sunday, across the canal, are the Ballard and Fremont markets. These two markets are filled with food trucks, artist’s stands and music. The ambiance is a festival feel. For the best local food options, try the University District market on Saturdays.
Vintage and antique merchants come from around the greater Seattle area to show and sell their items and keep the market feeling authentic.