We Seattleites get outside year-round, despite our city’s reputation for rain. Seattle is a healthy city and we think nothing of inviting a friend for a walk as a means of socializing. A great place for such a walk is at Green Lake, in Northeast Seattle. I’ll meet friends here to catch up on life as we walk around the 2.8 mile loop. The walk is flat the entire way around so you might even get the urge to go around twice to burn off some more calories.
I enjoy people-watching at Green Lake, including observing the striking similarities between dogs and their owners, seeing the quirky man wearing the sign that says “Spanish lessons,” and feeling a sense of calm while watching people do tai chi near the eastern parking lot.
Green Lake Park has something for everyone whether you like to swim, picnic, rollerblade, play tennis, shoot hoops, or play soccer. It’s always crowded, especially in the summer, but the rain doesn’t stop us either. Pay attention to the lane markers (one side is for “wheels” and the other side for walkers/runners) as you make your way around, especially on crowded weekends.
There’s several coffee shops around the lake so you can treat yourself afterwards. I recommend stopping at Chocolati to indulge in a thick hot chocolate. Even on the greyest of grey days in Seattle, I always feel a bit happier after a walk around Green Lake.