5 Exciting Outdoor Adventures in Seattle
Why should you buy a new home in Seattle? Well beyond being known for Fortune 500 companies like Microsoft and Amazon, a thriving music scene, and breathtaking scenery, Seattle consistently ranks as one of the greenest cities in the US for progressive environmental moves such as carbon neutral electricity and plenty of green spaces. And, while there are plenty of museums, attractions and things to do in Seattle that are inside, the Emerald City also offers plenty of outdoor activities families, singles and couples to enjoy. Here are top 5 outdoor adventures for you to explore this summer and fall.
1. Olympic Sculpture Park
If you’re taking a trip to the Seattle Art Museum, why not continue the tour outdoors? The Olympic Sculpture Park is only a short walk down Elliott Avenue and run by the art museum. Settled on nine acres of waterfront, this outdoor activity is located on a former industrial site that is now home to over 20 sculpture installations by note-worthy artists. See a living sculpture with Mark Dion’s Neukom Vivarium, a six-foot section of fallen tree whose decay seeds new life that represents the complex beauty of nature. The sculpture park is the largest green space in downtown Seattle and is free to the public, offering free one-hour tours every Saturday and Sunday at 1pm.
2. Woodland Park Zoo
Lions, tigers, and bears—oh my! You can see these creatures and more at the Woodland Park Zoo, just north of the Seattle neighborhood of Fremont. With ten exhibits covering 97 acres, the zoo is home to over 1,000 animals across more than 300 species including jaguars, greater one-horned rhinos, komodo dragons, and brown bears. Outdoor exhibits also include a domesticated petting zoo, butterfly garden, and an indoor children’s area called the Zoonarium, featuring a historic carousel from 1918.
3. Discovery Park
Some of the best Seattle hikes are located right within the city proper. Hike, bike and paddle your way through 534 acres in Seattle’s largest recreational park, Discovery Park. Settled on the Magnolia Peninsula on what was once Fort Lawton, the park offers scenic views of Puget Sound, as well as the Olympic and Cascade mountain ranges. The grounds cover a variety of landscapes including rocky beaches, forested bluffs, and large meadows making the park an excellent place for outdoor adventures like searching for native wildlife like birds and sea lions. For some insight into the region’s indigenous history, check out the Daybreak Star Indian Cultural Center to learn more about the tribes of the Pacific Northwest.
4. Burke-Gilman Trail
Get to know Seattle’s northern neighborhoods, like Bothell, by bike using the Burke-Gilman trail. This sprawling multi-use trail that was once a railway line contains 27 miles of pathway that winds from Lake Washington in the east, along the shipping canal, over to Puget Sound in the west. Bike enthusiasts are sure to get plenty of use from this serpentine path, with multiple points of access around the city making it a convenient way to stay active close to home.
5. Olympic National Park
The 13th largest national park in the United States, Olympic National Park is on many hikers’ bucket lists. At 922,650 acres, this park is one of the most geographically diverse in the nation with coastline, mountains, and temperate rainforest all located within its border. Due to its incredible size, it will take more than a day trip to experience all the outdoor adventures Olympic National Park has to offer. Hike Hurricane Ridge to see the pristine waters of Lake Crescent, see the lush greenery of the temperate rainforest on the Hoh River Trail, or visit the rocky coast on the Ruby Beach Trail in your exploration of Seattle’s natural beauty.
The cost of living in Seattle is higher than the national average, but a robust transit system makes commuting in from neighboring subdivisions fairly easy. If you’re looking to buy a new home in Seattle, see what communities Pulte has available today.
Contributed to Your Home blog by Cory Olesen
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