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Soaking Up the Final Days of Summer

Autumn will be here before we know it, but there is still time to enjoy the last days of the beautiful Seattle summer. A warm and sunny Labor Day weekend is also right around the corner, so we thought we would suggest some of our favorite ways to soak up the last bit of summer.

Splash in the Wading Pools & Spray Parks

Popular among families, wading pools and spray parks are FREE and fun spots for cooling off on a warm summer day. Fortunately, there is still opportunity to visit the spray parks and the following wading pools through Labor Day Weekend!

Wading Pools Open through Labor Day*

  • Volunteer Park
  • Green Lake Park
  • Lincoln Park
  • Van Asselt Community Center

*September 4  (Labor Day) is the last day of the season for all spray parks and wading pools

Swim at the Beaches

Swim in the sea, relax in the sand, soak up the sun. Before the summer passes you by, check out one of these Seattle swimming beaches open through Labor Day Weekend:

Swimming Beaches Open through Labor Day*

  • Matthews
  • Madison
  • Mt. Baker
  • Seward
  • West Green Lake

*September 4  (Labor Day) is the last day of the season for swimming beaches

Stroll the Seattle Japanese Garden 

Seattle’s Japanese Garden is stunning in all seasons, and a summer saunter through the gardens is especially magical and lush with greenery. The Japanese Garden will also be open on Labor Day.

Garden Hours:

Monday 12 pm – 7 pm
Tuesday – Sunday 10 am – 7 pm

Monday 12 pm – 6 pm
Tuesday – Sunday 10 am – 6 pm

Click here for info on admission rates

Picnic in the Park

Did you know that you can reserve a picnic site at 29 of our parks? Click here for more information on picnic site reservations. Of course, you are always welcome to picnic in any of the parks without a reservation, but sites not listed as reservable are first-come, first-served.