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Best Parks to Take in Beautiful Fall Colors

A group of people walking down a sidewalk with trees on either side

This autumn we may not have Halloween parties, fall festivals, and other events to look forward to but we still have the incredible fall foliage in our city’s beautiful parks. Seattle’s parks are home to thousands of trees whose leaves change from green to yellow, yellow to orange, orange to red, red to brown, and fall to the ground. This fall its perfect time to reflect on how that even when life seems stuck, the trees around us continue to change and grow.

Best Seattle parks to see the fall leaves:

*note: because of the dry summer we had in 2021, we may see fall leaves change earlier than in years prior*

West Seattle

Lincoln Park

A bench in Lincoln Park at sunset with fall trees behind

Hiawatha Playfield

Fall leaves in the trees at Hiawatha Park

Central Seattle

Seattle Japanese Garden (Best viewing between mid October through the beginning of November) *fee for entry

Bright red maple leaf

Washington Park Arboretum (Best viewing late October)

Parsons Garden

Southeast Seattle

Kubota Garden (best viewing Maple trees late September through October)

Bright red and orange leaves

Lake Washington Boulevard

Fall trees along a street in front of a lake

Columbia Park

Fall trees surrounding a grassy lawn

Cheasty Blvd

Hunters Blvd

Northeast Seattle

Cowen Park/Ravenna Park

Magnuson Park

Maple Leaf Reservoir Park

Fall trees behind a playground

Ravenna Boulevard

Northwest Seattle

Green Lake Park

Fall trees in front of a lake

Discovery Park

Salmon Bay Park

Fremont Canal Park

Carkeek Park

Fall leaves on the ground and picnic tables

Lesser known gems:

35th Ave NE near Meadowbrook CC (flame ash trees)

125th St.

Matthew’s Beach Park

17th Ave