One perfect day in St. Edward State Park

Relax on the quiet beaches and sandy trails or take advantage of the ideal picnic spots

Lake Washington

The park borders Lake Washington, where you can spend time fishing, swimming, or enjoying the serene surroundings.

Michael Hanson

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All-volunteer-built playground
Yakima Fruit Market and Nursery
Third Place Commons

Why go now: Everything you want in August—leafy trails, uncrowded beaches, grassy picnic spots—is here, just a half-hour from Seattle.

If you really want to earn your visit: Pedal the roughly 15 miles from Seattle to St. Edward on the Burke-Gilman Bike Trail (206/684-7583), which dumps you 2 miles from the park gate.

Before exploring: Pick up a free map at the ranger station (425/823-2992).

20: The acres of grass rangers mow for picnickers.

Forgot your picnic? Pagliacci Pizza delivers (425/453-1717).

Keep your eyes peeled for: Eagles, peregrine falcons, and pink Nootka roses.

Not your average cafeteria: A post-hike lunch at Bastyr University commons ($; 14500 Juanita Dr. N.E.; means organic, local dishes like roasted red snapper and salad flecked with student-grown herbs.

In its past life: The 316-acre park housed a Catholic seminary. Tour its historic building (by appointment; 14445 Juanita Dr. N.E.; 425/823-2992) and climb the spiral staircase to a teensy, cool bell tower.


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