Family-Friendly Adventure Day in Green Lake
By Kate Calamusa
A quick two-minute drive from the Woodland Park Zoo, glistening Green Lake beckons walkers, joggers, bikers, and boarders to the 2.8-mile paved trail loop (see below) surrounding it. Skateboarders would do well to inform parents of the impressive skate bowl at Lower Woodland Park (5201 Green Lake Way N), across the street, and PGA hopefuls should check out the Green Lake Pitch & Putt (see below), while budding boaters will point the way toward Greenlake Boathouse (7351 E. Green Lake Dr. N; 206-527-0171), which has been renting kayaks and canoes to adventurers since the 1970s.
7201 E. Green Lake Dr. N
AGES 3–5 AGES 6–9 AGES 10–14
Seattleites flock to this beloved park and the accompanying 2.8-mile paved trail that encircles the lake. At this fantastic family spot, little bikers can stop at the playground, brave the wading pool during the summer months, brake for fishing, or watch the goings-on at the ball fields all while en route on the loop.
5701 W. Green Lake Way N
AGES 6–9 AGES 10–14
This little pitch-and-putt course is great for future PGA and LPGA stars just getting into the swing of things. For just $7 a round, the course offers up nine holes of par-3 fun—the longest hole is 115 yards, so leave your long irons in the car—in a gorgeous setting just steps from Green Lake.
7312 W. Green Lake Dr. N
AGES 6–9 AGES 10–14
This lovely theater nestled along the shore of Green Lake runs a vibrant youth program for kid actors from elementary school on up to the high school level. The finished plays are performed for free to the public;tickets are available on a walk-up basis starting an hour before each show, giving you just enough time to let the kids burn off some energy on the lakeside path before settling in for a sure-to-be imaginative performance.
*(c)2017 by Kate Calamusa. All rights reserved. Excerpted from Seattle Family Adventures by permission of Sasquatch Books.
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