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May 11, 2010 08:56 AM

Picnic Spots?

With summer on the horizon, I'm beginning to think about picnics. Looking for a few new spots. We're a lazy sandwich-and-soda-on-a-blanket family, so don't need cooking or recreational facilities. Any good ideas within an hour of Seattle? Water - lake, river, sound a plus but not required. Thanks!

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  1. I like to sit on the grass at the Ballard Locks. There is also nice gardens. I also like Golden Gardens for the Sound, and Alki Beach.

    1. Look into Rattlesnake Lake-off I-90-out by North Bend.
      Husband & I and the dogs went there many times....dogs had a great time in the
      water and we had great picnics.

      1. Cama Beach State Park on Camano Island.
        The hillside meadow near the officer's housing at Discovery Park.

        1. Kinnear Park is kind of hiding in plain sight, on the southwest side of Queen Anne Hill above Myrtle Edwards Park. A lot of people have lived in Seattle forever and still they've never been there. It's got lots of trees and grass and one of the prettiest views of Elliott Bay and the Olympics in town.

          Queen Anne Cafe
          2121 Queen Anne Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109

          1. Carkeek Park! +1 on all the other suggestions too, lots of good ideas on this thread.