Volunteer Park is the perfect destination if you want to maximize your time during a trip to Seattle and see more than one type of attraction in any given day. This can be difficult to do in some cases, if you want to explore both green space and the urban attractions in the area, but travelers who love art as well as the great outdoors will be delighted to know that Volunteer Park Seattle and the Asian Art Museum are located right next to each other in the heart of the city.
While some parks in Seattle are worth a day all to themselves, such as Seward Park in South Seattle or the vast spaces in Discovery Park, it is easy to include a short visit to Volunteer Park during your trip. This 48-acre park was originally planned to be a cemetery (which is now located on an adjacent plot of land), but it became a public park in 1887. Its name honors the volunteers of the Spanish-American War.
There are a few attractive features of Volunteer Park Seattle including a conservatory, a water tower with an observation deck, and one unusual art deco building that is home to the Asian Art Museum. There are also statues and sculptures that make a walk through the park especially nice. On a sunny day, you will find many families enjoying the meadows and making use of the tables for a family picnic. As it’s located in the Capitol Hill neighborhood, Volunteer Park is also close to many terrific local and budget-friendly restaurants.
Many parks in Seattle offer a view of the skyline, and Volunteer Park is no exception. Like most views, the famous Space Needle is prominently featured. If you happen to be visiting Seattle during the summer, the park also hosts many free outdoor concerts and theater events. These free events are a great way to stretch a budget during a trip to Seattle.
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