Where to picnic in Seattle


Bubbles make you invincible to Seattle rain. | Photo by Bubbles in the Park

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Wow, yesterday turned out to be a pretty gorgeous day, huh? We couldn’t help but get a little excited about picnic weather.

Here are some spots that will pair perfectly with sunshine + sandwiches for when the weather is just too nice to stay inside.

Alki Beach | West Seattle | 4 a.m.-11:30 p.m.

What’s nicer than a fire pit and a view of the Puget Sound? That’s right, not much. This spot’s fire circles will open up for use on Memorial Day. So grab a beach towel and your marshmallow skewers.

Volunteer Park | Capitol Hill | 6 a.m.-10 p.m.

Looking for a more regal or artsy backdrop? A well-placed blanket, fancy desserts + something fizzy next to the Conservatory building will definitely make you feel like you’re in a scene from “Bridgerton.”

Seward Park | South Seattle | 6 a.m.-10 p.m.

You’ve got all you need fora family reunion — barbecue pits, picnic tables, tennis courts, fishing areas, and waterfront access for your kayaks.

Gas Works Park | Fremont | 6 a.m.-10 p.m.

With the park’s classic view of downtown Seattle, this location is really a no-brainer (just don’t expect too much privacy). Plus, you can totally rent space here for your big event or ceremony.

Pro tips:

We’re pretty fortunate that the PNW gives us so many beautiful spots for picnics, but here are a few ways to really step up your game.

BYOG (Bring Your Own Grill) The Seattle City Parks Department allows folks to bring their own charcoal or gas grills — as long as you douse your coal in water or bring nothing more than a 5-gallon.

Bubble in the Park | This local business lets you rent out a portable version of those igloo tents we all ogled at during the winter season for your private picnic party. Packages include a two-hour session, set-up, water, dishes + a customized message board. And yes, you can picnic in the rain with this, but bring your own snacks.

Picnic Party Seattle | This local biz will do all the planning and set up for your special event. Add-ons include charcuterie boards, S’mores trays, take-home floral bouquets + local food delivery. Parent company Rhubarb Co. also has some picnic equipment for sale if you plan to make this a regular thing.

Picnic Spot Rentals | Not looking for anything too fancy, but definitely want to make sure you get a space? The City of Seattle allows folks to rent and reserve city park pavilions and picnic spaces for use. The prices change based on location and the size of the space in question, but all stay below the $300 limit for a full day.

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