Want to see an amazing view of Seattle without having to wait in line (or pay) for the Space Needle? Head over to Kerry Park, which is located in the Queen Anne neighborhood of Seattle.
While the park offers one of the best views of the city, it's rarely overly crowded. In addition to the Space Needle and the skyline, you can also see Elliot Bay. If it's a clear day, you'll also be able to spot Mount Rainier. At night, you can see ferries crossing the bay. The sparkle of the boats offers a spectacular complement to the lights of the skyline.
Kerry Park is named after businessman Albert Kerry and his wife Catherine, who donated the land to Seattle in 1927 "so that all who stop here may enjoy [its] view."
If you have kids, you can walk down the stairs to nearby Bayview-Kinnear Park, which has a playground. The park is often visited by families, so you won't be out of place. The atmosphere is very relaxed and peaceful. There is allow a hollow sculpture in Kerry Park called "Changing Form," which is also used as a makeshift play area. The sculpture was installed using donations from Albert Kerry's children in the 1970s.
The park is located on a quiet street in a relatively affluent neighborhood. There are benches and picnic tables, so why not bring lunch if the weather cooperates?
Parking can be a bit difficult to find, so you might want to take public transportation, a taxi, or a ride-sharing service. If you do drive, you'll likely want to look for street parking on West Highland Drive. Cover photo by Thorsten Beeck on Unsplash.