My first visit to the Seattle Aquarium was while on a trip here from Montana when the kids were young many years ago. We had some adult friends visiting recently, and we thought it would be fun (and nostalgic) to visit the waterfront and explore the aquarium again.
As I first take in the view of Snoqualmie Falls, I would describe this as a place where beauty and nature collide. At 270 feet high with a width ranging from 50 to 150 feet (depending on water levels), the falls are certainly impressive in every season of the year. This is a beautiful gem right in Woodinville’s backyard.
We arrived at the falls about lunchtime, and it was difficult to find a parking spot in either the lot adjacent to the falls or across the street. Considering over 1.5 million visitors come to Snoqualmie Falls each year, that isn’t surprising. Thankfully, there is a gravel lot just down the street (overflow parking) that has an easy to navigate path leading to the falls.
We had some friends in town last weekend, and we took them on a few of our favorite explorations to date. Desiring some good exercise, we also added a few more places to our growing exploration list including Green Lake Park. The address is listed as 7201 E Green Lake Drive N in Seattle. Although in addition to a couple parking lots to access the park, there is plenty of parking along the perimeter of the park/lake as well.
There are many explorations that you must plan a full day around while others can be enjoyed even if you only have a few hours to spare. A great example of this would be an afternoon lunch date at the Olympic Sculpture Park in downtown Seattle that I experienced recently. This short getaway fit the bill perfectly on a day in which I did not have all day to spare. What a treat this place is for the city!
The park is nine acres and includes about 20 sculptures that are situated along paths that lead to the water. Views of Puget Sound can be seen from every angle of the park and remind me of why we moved to the area…water.