By: Les Alfred of The Balanced Berry
Summer is in full swing, and that means it is time to take your workouts outside. Here in the Pacific Northwest, we have some of the best summers around. When the sun shines in Seattle (and the neighboring cities) it really shines, making the plush green landscapes of our region the perfect backdrop for summer workouts. If you’re looking to work up a sweat and enjoy some fresh air at the same time, check out my picks for the best places for outdoor workouts in and around Seattle.
(photos: Bellevue Downtown Park)
1. Greenlake If you’re looking for a good place to get some steps in, look no further. The path around Greenlake is just under three miles and is perfect for runners, joggers, and walkers alike. There’s even an exercise equipment site on the northside of the lake where you can get a little strength training in.
2. Alki Where can you find a beautiful waterfront running path, beach volleyball courts, and some of the best views of the Seattle skyline? Alki beach!
3. Burke Gilman Spanning from Ballard to Bothell, Burke Gilman Trail is nearly 20 miles long and is the perfect setting to get some major mileage.
4. Enatai Park (Bellevue) Just under the I-90 bridge, Enatai Park is a hidden gem on the shores of Lake Washington. Between paddle boarding, kayaking, and enough grassy space to get in a full bodyweight workout, Enatai is a great place to go when you want to enjoy being on the water without having to fight through the crowds at busier parks.
5. Bellevue Downtown Park Located right in the heart of downtown Bellevue, this park is a beautiful urban oasis. There’s a jogging/walking loop that is ½ mile long and plenty of stairs that can give you an epic lower body workout. Plus, this park is located right next to Jujubeet’s Main Street Cafe, so you can take your juice or smoothie with you while you walk the park.
6. Discovery Park If you love to workout with a beautiful view, Discovery Park in Magnolia needs to be on your list of places to visit this summer. Located right on the Puget Sound, Discovery Park offers breathtaking views of both the Cascade and Olympic Mountains. Whether you prefer running on a trail or on the beach, Discovery Park has you covered.
7. Golden Gardens If stair workouts are your jam, Golden Gardens in Ballard is the place to be. There’s an epic staircase that will take you from Golden Gardens beach to to 85th St NW in 272 steps. Yeah, you’ll definitely want to refuel with a smoothie after that.
8. Gasworks Park Located on the shores of Lake Union in Fremont, Gasworks Park is another great place to get in an outdoor sweat session. There is a ton of grassy areas making outdoor group workouts a blast, and the park has some great hills that offer a killer booty workout - if you’re into that sort of thing.
9. Olympic Sculpture Park The Olympic Sculpture Park in downtown Seattle is beautiful any time of year, but during the summer it gets even better thanks to the free fitness classes offered. In July, you can catch free Yoga and Zumba classes in this stunning park.
10. Lincoln Park If hiking is your jam but you don’t have time to leave the city, Lincoln Park in West Seattle is the place to go. There are beautiful biking and walking trails along the water.
(photo: Enatai Park)