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!
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.
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.
Cama Beach State Park on Camano Island.
The hillside meadow near the officer's housing at Discovery Park.
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
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.
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... http://www.seattlepi.com/getaways/129...
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...
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-pr...
If you want to head North Padilla Bay is also a good option http://www.padillabay.gov/aboutlocati... It can be blowy, but there are some nice places to sit and great bird watching.
Just some ideas. Hope you have fun.
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.