Do you love to experience the great outdoors? Winter is the perfect time to explore some of the vast natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest, and the great thing about Seattle homes for sale is that you won't have to travel far to find outdoor adventures. Whether you're interested in snow sports, hiking, outdoor art installations, excellent local parks, or other outdoor adventures, there is something for you in the Seattle area. Our brokers have all of the key info on some of the best winter outdoor activities to enjoy around Seattle.
Skiing, Snowboarding, and Tubing
- The Summit at Snoqualmie – 1001 WA-906, Snoqualmie Pass, WA 98068
The closest ski resort to Seattle, The Summit at Snoqualmie, only takes about 30 minutes to reach from the city with easy access via I-90. If you're new to skiing/snowboarding, are looking for a resort where your kids can learn, or you want to fit in a few quick runs without traveling far from the city, this resort is an excellent option. Most of the runs here fall into the intermediate category, providing a fun, accessible challenge for beginners or a relaxing day on the slopes for anyone who's more experienced.
- Stevens Pass Resort – US-2, Skykomish, WA 98288
Are you a more experienced skier or snowboarder, or someone looking for a little more variety than you'll find at smaller mountains? Then a trip to Stevens Pass Resort, which is located about 1.5 hours from Seattle, is more than worth the effort. With more than 35 runs to explore, including an excellent terrain park, this resort offers something for everyone. Kids and anyone new to skiing or snowboarding will find the lessons here very helpful. There's even night skiing available when you're in the mood to squeeze in a few runs after work.
- Crystal Mountain – 33914 Crystal Mountain Blvd., Crystal Mountain, WA 98022
While it's the farthest resort from Seattle on our list, Crystal Mountain also offers the most runs by far and the most challenging trails for experienced skiers and snowboarders. This resort packs in nearly 60 trails, most of them intermediate, advanced, and expert levels, with a few beginner trails sprinkled in to make the mountain accessible for everyone. There are also ample RV and camping sites available when you want to take a quick vacation without traveling too far from home in Seattle.
Seattle Area Parks to Explore in Winter
- Bellevue Botanical Garden – 12001 Main St., Bellevue, WA 98005
Long a local favorite near Bellevue homes for sale, the Bellevue Botanical Garden is the perfect place for an outdoor winter walk. In addition to the gorgeous gardens and the spectacular Ravine Experience, Bellevue Botanical Garden offers some great classes and lectures all winter long. Stop by for experiences like the Evergreen Botanicals in Winter art class, Houseplants 101, Educator Workshops, and many more.
- Kubota Garden – 9817 55th Ave. S., Seattle, WA 98118
Originally the private garden of renowned Japanese landscaper Fujitaro Kubota, Kubota Garden was designed in 1927 with an innovative mix of Japanese design concepts and plants from the Pacific Northwest. Now part of the Seattle public park system, Kubota Garden is a great place to visit when you're in the mood for some quiet contemplation in nature this winter. While the flowers won't be in bloom, the evergreens add color to the landscape of rolling hills, streams, ponds, and bridges.
Outdoor Art and Other Adventures
- Olympic Sculpture Park – 2901 Western Ave., Seattle, WA 98121
Located in downtown Seattle, the Olympic Sculpture Park is a public park operated by the Seattle Art Museum, which includes a unique outdoor sculpture museum that covers 9 acres with a diverse collection of modern and contemporary art. With views of the Salish Sea and the Olympic Mountains on clear days, this park is the perfect place to get a taste of nature without leaving the city. This park is also connected with the Elliot Bay Trail, allowing you to take a winter nature walk for as long as you'd like, with beautiful views all around you.
- Woodland Park Zoo – 5500 Phinney Ave. N., Seattle, WA 98103
For family fun on a winter day, try bundling up and making a trip to the Woodland Park Zoo. Winter is an excellent time to visit the zoo, with smaller crowds and many exciting experiences to enjoy. Woodland Park Zoo strongly recommends purchasing tickets online in advance, so be sure to plan ahead when you decide to visit.
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