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JKSea May 11, 2010 08:56 AM

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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    Realtydog1 May 16, 2010 10:37 AM

    The Brown's Point Lighthouse park, a Tacoma metro park just north of Tacoma, is a small but beautiful little park right on the water. It is a shingle beach with several tables, nice grassy area, and a lighthouse.. It gets a little busy on weekends, but no heavy use, because it is not well known outside of Brown's Point.

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      burritobelle May 17, 2010 07:21 AM

      It's an obvious spot, but I really never tire of Greenlake. Also, there's a little park in Magnolia, on the left if you follow the curve for about 5 minutes after you get off over the bridge, is really lovely too. Really great view, never too crowded, swing set.

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      PaqpIn May 12, 2010 05:56 PM

      If you are looking for some places that might be a short drive just to get out of Seattle for a bit there are two places in Everett that could be nice. - Langus Riverfront park - which is right on the Snohomish river and has some nice trails and is also near Spencer Island. http://www.everettwa.org/default.aspx?ID=549 http://www.seattlepi.com/getaways/12941_hike01.shtml

      Also in Everett in the middle of the Summer (after July 1st) you can take the free ferry out to Jetty Island. http://www.everettwa.org/default.aspx?ID=503

      If you want to head South there is a nice place at the base of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge on the Gig Harbor side. There is not a lot of hiking, but it is a nice beach for a picnic and a great view. http://wildliferecreation.org/wwrp-projects/projects/Tacoma_Narrows/

      If you want to head North Padilla Bay is also a good option http://www.padillabay.gov/aboutlocationhours.asp It can be blowy, but there are some nice places to sit and great bird watching.

      Some ideas for places to pick up supplies for your picnic are Savour in Ballard http://savourspecialtyfoods.com/or Picnic http://picnicseattle.com/

      Just some ideas. Hope you have fun.

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        Leper May 12, 2010 11:22 AM

        The Pick Quik Drive-In in Fife, has their own park and picnic tables. You can order the classic American burger, fries and a shake and dine Al Fresco with other Chowhounds.

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          antennastoheaven May 12, 2010 10:08 AM

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

          1. MsMaryMc May 11, 2010 09:15 PM

            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

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              christy319 May 11, 2010 08:32 PM

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

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                grangie angie May 11, 2010 01:58 PM

                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.

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                  cocktailhour May 11, 2010 12:32 PM

                  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.

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