Green Lake, Seattle
Located on near Lake Washington, the Arboretum is a world-class collection of trees and plants, some native and some not. There are paths for walking through collections of azaleas and rhododendrons. Plants are identified for the most part. A Japanese Tea Garden is located nearby if you wish to see a formal garden. Most Sunday visitors make a loop trip on the broad Azalea Way and return through the shaded trail in the ridge above the Way.
Green Lake may not be high on the typical tourist's list of things to see in Seattle, but if you want to get a feel for the people of Seattle, it's a place you should head up to. Much like Central Park in New York, Green Lake is an epicenter for locals enjoying their fine city. Joggers and people roller blading are a common sight. While it's much less developed than its NYC counterpart, Green Lake has a lovely pastoral quality and sometimes you really forget you're actually still in the city. Green Lake actually refers to the entire neighborhood surrounding the lake which has become one of the more prestigious ones to live in. And why not, with the big park as its centerpiece and many trendy restaurants and cafes lining its streets, it's easy to see why people would want to live there. We were ready to move in ourselves!
Green Lake is located in the northern part of Seattle in, guess where?, the Green Lake area. It is a great place to go for a walk, jog, rollerblade, or bike. A 2.8 mile trail goes around the lake, with one lane for bicycles/rollerbladers and one for walkers and runners. It can get crowded on one of the 10 days that the sun actually shines in Seattle but is still worth it.
There is a lot of parking around the perimeter of the lake, although we tend to go to the northern edge. There are basketball courts, baseball diamonds, playgrounds, and ltons of green space for having a picnic as well.