After visiting the Chihuly Garden and Glass at the Seattle Center, my plan had been to visit the EMP (Experience Music Project) just a few hundred feet away. When we finished with Chihuly it was a time in the afternoon where I probably had enough time to visit EMP before it closed, but it might have been pushing it. I didn’t want to rush, plus I wanted to try and do my stops on Queen Anne in daylight (on this very beautiful day). So I decided to do Queen Anne that afternoon and come back to EMP the next day when it first opened in the morning.
I was talking with my little brother (from my fraternity in college) about heading up to Queen Anne and he (a Seattle native) suggested we check out Gas Works Park. It used to be the home of the Seattle Gas Light Company’s plant. After it closed it was bought by the city of Seattle and turned into a park. It’s on the north shore of Lake Union with a great view across the lake to downtown Seattle. There’s a good amount of grass to picnic and play around in (plus some nice hills to take in the views). There also is a lot of the industrial equipment left from the plant. Some is old and “ruin” like (I think intentionally), while others parts are painted really colorfully and look to be well maintained. It’s quite an interesting park to visit. I liked the views of the lake and the skyline. It’s a cool perspective to see of the city. I told my little brother though, it really has nothing on Queen Anne.
After Gas Works we headed up to Queen Anne. The most well known spot in the neighborhood (and probably easiest for those not from Seattle) is Kerry Park. This is where you see a lot of the Seattle shots in publications and online with the Space Needle as part of the skyline. Parking on the street (Highland Drive) or neighboring streets isn’t always easy, but it’s not terrible either. As I mentioned in my last post I think it would have been cool to go up to the Space Needle since I hadn’t been since I was a little kid (next elevator reservation wasn’t for a couple hours), but Kerry Park is really more my thing. Something about the views from hills has always captivated me. And Kerry Park does not disappoint.
Down the street from Kerry Park and I don’t think as well known (in that every time I go it’s not crowded at all) is Marshall Park. You don’t have the same view of the Seattle skyline, but you do have a nice view of Puget Sound and a way better view of the Olympics. Unfortunately that afternoon the sun was aimed right at the Olympics, so they was harder to see. I decided the next morning to drive up and see it in the morning. Luckily the next day was also beautiful and since it was totally clear the Olympics were incredible! I cannot convey how much the pictures below do not do the Olympics justice. Far more stunning with the naked eye.
Check out the pics below from Gas Works Park, Kerry Park, and Marshall Park. All three are very recommended and I think Kerry Park is a must for any Seattle visitor (and Marshall Park is just down the street). Addresses for the parks are:
Gas Works Park- 2000 N. Northlake Way Seattle, WA
Kerry Park- 211 West Highland Drive Seattle, WA
Marshall Park- 7th Ave W and W Highland Drive