Activities & Resources
Warren G. Magnuson Park050in Seattle, WA 98115
about Warren G. Magnuson Park:
The park offers gorgeous views of water and mountains, and a range of varied habitats, from grasslands to wetlands, light forest, and a mile of Lake Washington shoreline. The park is host to one of Seattle's seven motorized boats launches.
It's not difficult to navigate here: look for prominent signs that point to major attractions (the children's playground, beach access, Promontory Point, Kite Hill.)
The Junior League of Seattle Playground contains three large climbing structures - one of them toddler-scaled - that present plenty of interesting climbing opportunities for kids at all levels of skill. No other park in Seattle offers so many climbing structures. Wide paved paths are good for scootering or triking.
A picnic shelter (call 206.684.4081 to reserve) and grassy area sit next to the sand pit at the park entrance. At the other end, look for a basketball court with one short hoop. Bring hats on warm days - this park has no shade.
Trails: The trailhead to the pleasant Cross-Park Trail is located to the right of the playground; it cuts right across the park to the beach, a shy mile away. A trek across the wild grasslands feels like a grand adventure on a summer morning. (Take care not to cut through grass and underbrush during nesting season in the spring.) Enter here for the dog run as well. Promontory Point, at the south end of the park, offers hikes through restored wildlife habitat. Wear sturdy shoes! The park offers over four miles of hiking trails; click on the link for a map.
Kite Hill is a 35-foot hill that offers views of Mount Rainier and Lake Washington, and unimpeded air space for kite flying. It's considered one of the best kite-flying areas in the city.
Birding: One hundred species of birds have been spotted here, not surprising given the range of habitats within the park. Check out the Cross-Park Trail, or hike around the Promontory Park Area. Watch for killdeer in the grasslands.
Picnicking: Picnic shelters and tables are available near Kite Hill and the swimming beach. Call to reserve a shelter. [206.684.4075]
Kayaking/Canoeing: Launch at the 100-foot section of shoreline just south of the public boat launch area. Enter park at 65th. Go straight ahead to lake and park. Another launch area is located south of the swimming beach. Look for a 30-foot section of shoreline immediately east of the Restroom Building Tower. Enter at 65th, go straight ahead to lake, then left to shoreline. Park at the Kite Hill parking lot.
Bicycling: The park doesn't have designated bike trails; biking is allowed on all paved surfaces. Smooth trails are good for inline skating, too.
Swimming: Swim at the lovely lifeguard-attended pebbly beach, or check out a lakeside wading pool with what has to be the best view in the city. The wading pool is open daily, Jun-Aug, 12n-7pm. Call the wading pool hotline if you're unsure about the weather.
Tennis Courts: Follow signs when entering the park; call in advance to reserve a court. [206.684.4075]