July 5th: The first day of (Seattle) summer

by Kim Merrikin, Seattle Goodwill
July 5, 2015

It’s a long-standing joke in the Seattle area that summer begins on July 5th. Locals often chuckle as they mention it. While the joke certainly has legitimate origins (decades of weather data through the mid-90s prove it), a wet 4th of July has become as much of an anomaly as Bigfoot in the last 15 years. In fact, there have been more Bigfoot sightings in our neck of the woods in the last ten years than there have been wet 4th of Julys.

All that aside, we’re excited that it’s finally Seattle summer! We’ve talked about some of our favorite family-friendly hikes—here are some of our favorite places to go splash around and cool down!

And don’t forget—when it comes to preparing for summer fun, Goodwill is an excellent place to find everything you need for picnics, hikes, camping trips, and all sorts of adventures in a budget friendly way!

The Seattle Center
The Seattle Center is a great spot to go with the kids, and has two water-play options. On the north side of the Key Arena, there’s a spacious kiddy pool that’s shallow enough for toddlers—but with enough space and variety to make it fun for older kids. Right in the heart of Seattle Center, there’s the International Fountain, a large dome sculpture that spouts streams set to music while kids and adults play in the “rain.” Bonus: The Seattle Center just opened a huge new playground next to the Experience Music Project!

Green Lake
With options ranging from renting a paddle board or boat, to taking a swim at one of Green Lake’s “beaches,” to enjoying the large kiddy pool on the north end, there’s something for any and all ages to do. There are also playgrounds, and a walking path where you can soak up the sun or dry off!

Madison Beach Park
Madison Beach Park is not just an excellent place to swim, but an excellent place to have a picnic with a gorgeous view looking toward the Eastside. While this swimming option is a good spot for all ages with supervision, please keep in mind that this is a big lake, and can get a bit wavy at times!

Lake Stevens Lundeen Park
Located on Lake Stevens, Lundeen Park is an excellent option for the North End and Eastside folks. (But maybe not as far north as you Lake Whatcom and Lake Samish swimmers!) It’s at the north end of Lake Stevens, and features a number of family-friendly activities, including shoreline access and a swimming area!

As you head out to your favorite spot to cool down, be sure to stay hydrated, wear (waterproof!) sunscreen, and know your limits when it comes to a swimming challenge. Have a fun and safe summer!



Kim fancies herself a professional communicator. She has experience in writing, graphic design, and social media, and is always looking to expand her knowledge base into other fields of communication. She loves people, coffee & Seattle (including the rain).

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