Mother’s Day is the day moms get to choose how they want to spend it (or at least how they don’t want to spend it). If you’re looking for a fun post-brunch activity on May 14, consider taking your brood on an urban hike. Not only will everyone get fresh air and exercise, you may just get that family photo opp you’ve been waiting for all year. Click through the gallery to see the best urban hikes the Emerald City has to offer.

Discovery Park – Magnolia

With nearly 12 miles of paths and 534 acres to explore, Discovery Park is Seattle’s largest city park and offers stunning views of Puget Sound and the Cascade and Olympic mountain ranges. Take the 3-mile loop trail for a nice overview of the park and sights of open meadows, beautiful forest groves, impressive sea cliffs, and active sand dunes (perfect for your little diggers, so don’t forget the pail and shovel). Or bring a kite and a picnic dinner to spread out in the meadow, and walk off your meal by taking a hike on the South Beach Trail to look for the lighthouse and sights of wildlife on the beach. This park is the epitome of urban hiking.

3801 Discovery Park Blvd.
Seattle, Wa 98199
Online: seattle.gov/parks/environment/discovery.htm

Where is your favorite place to hike with your kids in the city? Tell us in the Comments below!

— Erin Cranston, Kristina Moy & Erin Sirianni