Even if you don’t have the time to fill a picnic basket with super-cool food worthy of sharing on Pinterest, you can head to the store, grab some deli salads and spread out a blanket at a local park for an alfresco family dinner. From rolling hills to hidden playgrounds to fantastic beaches, the Emerald City offers countless scenic spots that are perfect for picnicking and playing well into the evening. Click through the gallery to see our top picks.

Dahl (Waldo J.) Playfield

Located between Ravenna and Wedgwood, Dahl Playfield is a hidden gem in the northeast pocket of the city. The wooden playground is framed by artfully arranged rocks hollowed into half moons perfect for crawling and sitting. And the skate park is great for those on two or four wheels. Psst... on days warmer than 70 degrees there’s a wading pool for splashing.

7700 25th Ave. N.E.
Seattle, Wa 98115
Online: seattle.gov/parks/park_detail.asp?id=499

photo: Seattle Parks and Recreation 

  • Dahl (Waldo J.) Playfield
  • Carkeek Park
  • Matthews Beach Park
  • Genesee Park and Playfield
  • Gas Works Park
  • Alki Playground & Whale Tail Park
  • Maple Leaf Reservoir Park
  • Lakeridge Park
  • Oxbow Park
  • Meridian Playground

Have we missed your favorite spot to picnic and play? Tell us in the Comments below!

— Kristina Moy & Sara Billups