Day Hike - Seward and Kubota Parks

Seward and Kubota Parks

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9:00 AM at Seward Park play area; 5902 Lake Washington Blvd S., Seattle WA

A Study In Opposites:

Seattle's Seward and Kubota Parks - A Family Meander

Sweet and sour, yin and yang, salt and pepper, Venus and Mars - contrasting two very different things can better reveal both. So we're having a two-fold Family Activity: a stroll through one of Seattle's largest growths of old growth Douglas firs, on the shores of Lake Washington (one of the few wild areas remaining in the city), followed by leisurely walks through a wonderfully-groomed Japanese garden, one of the nation's finest. If you're hanging around town for the three-day weekend why not start it off right, walk with your kids...

We'll meet at the Seward Park play area next to the Audobon Center, (see Google Maps etc for 5902 Lake Washington Blvd S., Seattle); wander around Seward Park for an hour or two, have a picnic snack on the lake, feed the ducks if they're around (if you bring duck food please read below). Anyone who's interested can follow the Hike Leader to Kubota Gardens for a beautiful, meditative early afternoon stroll. Both parks are free; for information, directions, etc go to:

Find Kubota and Seward Parks on the A-Z Parks List. Both these exceptional parks also have their own organizations, below.

Activity Leader will have maps/handouts at the playground when we start.

SEWARD PARK: 5902 Lake Washington Blvd S., Seattle WA . A wild refuge within city limits, Seward Park was purchased by the City of Seattle in 1911 despite being too far from town! It boasts 300 acres of beautiful forest land - home to eagles' nests, old growth forest, a 2.4 mile bike and walking path, an amphitheater, a native plant garden, an art studio, miles of hiking trails, and more. The Audobon Nature Center and Store is on site, next to the playground (our meeting point), open 10 AM – 5 PM Wednesday – Saturday, you'll have time to check it out. Learn more at

KUBOTA GARDENS: 9817 55th Ave. S, Seattle. Kubota Garden is a stunning 20 acre landscape that blends Japanese garden concepts with native Northwest plants. The city acquired the property, which is an historic landmark, in 1987 from the estate of master landscaper Fujitaro Kubota. The Gardens are a spectacular setting of hills and valleys, interlaced with streams, waterfalls, ponds, bridges, and rock outcroppings with a rich array of plant material. Learn more at

You're encouraged to read these various websites, see how lucky we are to have these wonders almost literally in our backyards.

And as much as I enjoyed feeding the Seward Park ducks when I was a kid - nope, not no mo', it's Bad for them (have you ever noticed the absence of Wonderbread in the wild?). From an informed website:

If you still insist on feeding the ducks - please do not feed them bread. Substitute cheerios, grapes cut in half, a thawed bag of frozen peas/carrots or corn, or kale, romaine or other leafy greens (not iceberg lettuce).

For more info, or if you have any questions, please email leader Jim Harvey aka Mr. Goofy,

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