Get lost in these labyrinths around Seattle

We can guide you to the labyrinths around town... but we can’t guide you out. You’ll have to do that on your own.

The sun sets over the labyrinth at Saint Mark's Episcopal Cathedral

The labyrinth on the front lawn of Saint Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral is available to the public 24 hours a day.

Photo via Saint Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral

It may sound contradictory, but a winding labyrinth can be a nice way to, well, unwind.

But wait, what exactly is a labyrinth? Unlike a maze, there are no dead-ends in a labyrinth, which means there’s only one way through. Perfect for meditation. Check out these six windy, peaceful paths around town.

Saint Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral, 1245 10th Ave. E.

Those looking for a meditative walk have two choices at this Capitol Hill cathedral — a permanent, bricked path in the courtyard or a temporary labyrinth placed inside the sanctuary during select holidays like New Year’s Eve. The addition of the temporary installment is a tradition that spans two decades.

Denny Park, 100 Dexter Ave. N.

Head to the children’s play area for this meditative space nestled beneath the trees. It was created thanks to the efforts of the Friends of Denny Park.

The Seattle Center Labyrinth is an orange flat labyrinth backdropped by the Space Needle

The Seattle Center labyrinth is perfect for kids.

Photo by thekirbster via Flickr

Seattle Center, 305 Harrison St.

Located just behind the Space Needle and in front of MoPOP, this large orange labyrinth is based on the one at Chartres Cathedral in France. It takes about 10 minutes to walk the whole thing, but we say take your time.

An aerial view of the circular labyrinth at the National Nordic Museum

You can find this Cretan labyrinth on the National Nordic Museum’s Fisherman’s Sun Terrace

Photo via Sarah Miller for National Nordic Museum

National Nordic Museum, 2655 NW Market St.

The seven-ring Cretan labyrinth in the museum’s courtyard was designed by German American artist Gordon Huether. These patterns are common in Nordic labyrinths and have roots in Viking-age Ireland.

Pro tip: The museum is free on the first Thursday of every month.

The Northacres park labyrinth is a white-painted labyrinth winding around a colorful splash feature.

The Northacres Park also boasts a picnic area and off-leash dog area.

Photo via Seattle Park and Recreation

Northacres Park, 12718 1st Ave. NE

For something a little different, check out the mini-labyrinth winding around the splash feature at this park. Kids will enjoy racing around the path while dodging the water.

Seattle University, 901 12th Ave.

You’ll find this labyrinth in the Ciscoe Morris Biodiversity Garden, near Loyola Hall. This serene spot is open to the public.

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