Seattle Locals' Best Places for a Midday Run

While Seattle is often recognized for it’s rain and clouds, it becomes a runner’s playground in the summertime. If you’re visiting Seattle, Washington in the coming months, lace up your running shoes and check out our Local Experts Catherine and Margaret’s recommendations for the best places for a midday run! 

1. Green Lake Park
Green Lake is one of Seattle’s most loved parks. Formed from a glacier over 50,000 years ago, this park is home to hundreds of plants, trees and animals, and features a newly reconstructed path around the lake. Local tip: Green Lake is popular for a reason, so get here early if crowds aren’t your thing!

2. Seward Park
Sitting on 300 acres, Seward Park is another favorite among Seattleites, with a 2.5 mile paved path alongside Lake Washington and numerous unpaved trails. While visiting, you can also check out the amphitheater, art studio, gardens and beaches!

3. Washington Park Arboretum
Jointly managed by the City of Seattle and the University of Washington Botanic Gardens, the Washington Park Arboretum is home to a world class collection of plants and flowers. With miles of trails to explore, the arboretum is open everyday from dusk to dawn, free of charge. Swing by the Graham Visitors center, open daily from 9:00 am - 5:00 pm, for trail maps, restrooms, and a gift shop.

4. South Lake Union
One of Seattle’s most vibrant neighborhoods, South Lake Union is known for the latest technology, culture and waterside feel. When you still want city vibes, this pedestrian-oriented neighborhood brings the best of both worlds.

5. Burke Gilman Trail
The Burke Gilman Trail is a 27 mile recreational trail jointly maintained by the Seattle Department of Transportation and Seattle Parks and Recreation. Most used by walkers, runners and cyclists, our Local’s favorite stretch for a midday run is the stretch from University of Washington to Gasworks Park.

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