Outdoor Activities

Wet N Wild

A Guide to Seattle's Spray Parks and Wading Pools

This comprehensive list of watery havens around town includes favorites like Northacres and Hazel Miller Spray Park.

06/24/2022 By Ann Karneus

Paw-some parks

A Guide to Seattle’s Dog Parks

Outdoor recreation options abound for the city’s most beloved residents at dog parks in Seattle, Redmond, Edmonds, and SeaTac.

06/16/2022 By Taylor McKenzie Gerlach

Salty Salish

Guide to Tide Pooling and Beach Combing around Seattle

Your guide to wandering our beaches at low tide and what to do with the sea life you find there.

05/12/2022 By Allison Williams

Pedal Power

The Best Bicycle and Skate Shops in Seattle

Wheels are life—and the city is full of places to keep us rolling.

05/04/2022 By Allison Williams

Getting Out

Accessible Hikes Near Seattle and Beyond

Try these six flat and paved trails in the Pacific Northwest wilderness, great for beginners and just about anyone.

04/13/2022 By Allison Williams

Mud Ahoy

Best Rainy Day Hikes Near Seattle

Waterfalls, hot springs, and views made for wet days: The best trails to explore in the Western Washington drizzle, from North Bend to Issaquah.

03/28/2022 By Allison Williams

Après Tell

Ski Tailgating Brings the Party to Mountain Parking Lots

Hot dogs on the grill and firepits in the snow: The after-ski hang is as important as the powder for those seeking a weekend outdoor getaway.

01/25/2022 By Allison Williams

Snow no

Why Is This Ski Season Such a Mess?

Crystal Mountain, Stevens Pass, and Summit at Snoqualmie have all had a bad winter season, with Vail Resorts coming under fire for mismanagement.

01/18/2022 By Allison Williams

Seasonal Send-offs

Winter Weekend Travel Ideas in the Pacific Northwest

Pacific Northwest travel ideas worth the search: truffles, snowbound mountain huts, and Kurt Cobain's favorite spot in Aberdeen.

12/17/2021 By Allison Williams

Lumberjacked up

How to Cut Down a Christmas Tree in the Woods

Want a tree straight from the forest? Buy a permit, grab a saw, and head to the woods.

11/23/2021 By Allison Williams

Tickets to Ride

Guide to Skiing in Washington State

Ready to drop into deep Pacific Northwest powder? First you'll want a ski pass—and we have the lowdown on all the options.

11/22/2021 By Allison Williams

Tickets to Ride

Summit at Snoqualmie Is Seattle's Closest Ski Spot

Seattle’s hometown hill packs plenty of room for skiers and snowboarders into an easy drive from the city.

11/22/2021 By Allison Williams

Tickets to Ride

Stevens Pass Ski Area Undergoes Epic Change This Year

The ski mountain within easy driving distance of Seattle offered its Epic Passes at a tempting discount this year.

11/22/2021 By Allison Williams

Tickets to Ride

The Ikon Pass Goes Big at Crystal Mountain

The biggest ski resort in Washington state has raised their prices and started charging for parking. But can they live up to the extra expense?

11/22/2021 By Allison Williams

Tickets to Ride

The Indy Pass Is Basically a Skier’s Smorgasbord

A new budget ski pass helps support smaller, independent resorts like White Pass near Yakima and Mission Ridge in Wenatchee.

11/22/2021 By Allison Williams

Muddy Boots

Shoulder Season Hikes for National Take a Hike Day

From short day hikes to longer-haul backpacking opportunities, here are the best fall hikes near Seattle.

11/17/2021 By Allison Williams, Craig Romano, and Seattle Met Staff

Bicycle Diaries

Never Have I Ever: Commuted via Bike

A casual weekend bicycle enthusiast straps on a helmet and heads to work downtown.

09/16/2021 By Allison Williams

Court in Session

Seattle Pickleball Guide

Pickleball courts, what you need, and how the official Washington state sport was invented right here.

07/13/2021 By Sophie Grossman and Malia Alexander

Native Names

This Land Is Their Land: The Rise of Land Acknowledgments in the PNW

A growing wave of Indigenous acknowledgments tie outdoor recreation to the tribes that first lived here—but just saying so isn’t enough.

06/29/2021 By Allison Williams

Guide to Electric Bikes

Don’t Call an E-Bike a Bicycle

A guide to Seattle's plugged-in pedals.

06/22/2021 By Allison Williams