The Woodinville area is filled with some amazing opportunities to take advantage of the great outdoors. From hiking and biking to music and hot air balloons, there really is something to match every mood.
Here is your guide to taking advantage of the outdoors in Woodinville, as recommended by locals:
1. Summer Concert Series at Chateau Ste Michelle
14111 NE 145th St. Woodinville, WA 98072
When out and about this summer, live outdoor music is the perfect way to unwind after a long, stressful day. I suggest taking advantage of some of the concerts at local Woodinville wineries. One spot in particular is a step above the rest: the mega winery Chateau Ste Michelle hosts an annual Summer Concert Series on their picturesque grounds, and it’s a summertime must. Grab a chair and blanket, your picnic basket or get cozy with the food trucks and enjoy the sweet sounds of your favorite artist. The full calendar of Summer 2017 concerts at Chateau Ste Michelle can be found here.
2. Brightwater Environmental Education and Community Center
22505 WA-9 Woodinville, WA 98072
When enjoying the great outdoors in Woodinville, one doesn’t usually think to visit a water treatment plant. It’s a bit of a surprise, but the Education and Community Center at the Brightwater Clean-Water Treatment Facility is amazing. Not only functional, it really is so much more. Located off Highway 9 in Woodinville, the area boasts several miles of walking trails through native landscape, a very interesting educational center, and a beautiful community building that you can use for group functions or even a wedding! While you’re there you can take a stroll, run, or walk your dog – feel like you’re in the country, but literally just steps away from the active community of Woodinville.
3. Burke-Gilman Trail
For those who like to be a little more active when the nice weather hits, the Burke-Gilman trail will take you through the lush slough in Woodinville and links bikers/runners/walkers all the way to Marymoor in Redmond and Seattle.
Biking or walking the Burke-Gilman provides some of the best views the Pacific Northwest has to offer.
4. Rotary Community Park
19518 136th Ave. NE Woodinville, WA 98072
Let the kids burn off some energy with a trip to Woodinville’s Rotary Community Park. The Skate/BMX park is located near Woodinville High School and provides a fabulous place to ride your scooter, skateboard, and BMX bike. There is also a playground for kids, covered picnic area and nearby nature preserve to hike around.
You can also get creative on the graffiti wall, which resides at the park and serves as a creative canvas for local artists. With a climbing rock, lookouts to Little Bear Creek, and much more, the little ones can have tons of fun while you relax and enjoy the day.
5. Public Arts Program
While strolling through local parks in downtown Woodinville this summer, keep your eyes peeled for some wonderful art! The Woodinville Public Arts Program involves purchasing permanent art or accepting donated pieces and showcasing the talent of local residents throughout the city. To view the most recently donated art pieces and rotating monthly displays, visit Woodinville City Hall today.
6. Cottage Lake Park
NE Woodinville Duvall Rd. Woodinville, WA 98072
Spend your summer at the lake this year with a trip to Cottage Lake Park. Cottage Lake is a lovely 22-acre lakeside park with a kids playground, basketball courts, walking trails and picnic areas. It’s a popular spot for families in late spring and summer for fishing, paddle boarding, swimming. It is also home to the annual “Music in the Park” free outdoor summer concert series; this park is a local must.
7. Cottage Lake Garden
17301 191st Ave NE Woodinville, WA 98072
Home to a gorgeous bed and breakfast, a scenic botanical garden, plant nursery and more, this incredible 2-acre destination is a must-visit place for nature lovers! Whether you’re looking for a weekend getaway or just a peaceful day-trip stop, Cottage Lake Garden offers a lovely retreat to spend a day in Woodinville.
8. Molbak’s garden + home
13625 NE 175th St. Woodinville, WA 98072
If your garden is in need of some sprucing up, Molbak’s home + garden has you covered. Take a stroll and look at their premium tools, soils, books, and even beneficial insects. There’s so much to see and do here, it’s easy to lose track of time and find yourself in need of a snack. Visit Molbak’s Garden Café and treat yourself to rejuvenating farm-fresh fare by renowned Northwest Chef Russell Lowell.
No matter what your gardening needs may be, you will find everything you need to become a planting master at this one-stop shop.
9. Tolt Pipeline Trail
Looking for a wonderful, well-worn trail for mountain biking, running, hiking and/or horseback riding? The Tolt Water Pipeline provides 8.9 miles of trails perfect for whatever style of recreation you may be into. Whether you’re in the mood for an intense workout session or just need a cool escape from the sun, you will find it on this unique trail.
10. Paradise Valley Conservation Area
Approximately 793 acres of land make up the Paradise Valley Conservation area, another ideal area for hiking, biking, and equestrian use. The Paradise Valley Conservation area trail offers 4.7 miles of loop trails. Dogs are welcome to use this trail but encouraged to keep on-leash. So grab your bike, your horse, or your furry friend and take advantage of this beautiful region today.
11. Over the Rainbow Balloon Flights
16509 140th Pl. NE Woodinville, WA 98072
Celebrating something special? Consider a sunrise or sunset Hot Air Balloon ride departing from Woodinville! Indeed, what better way to enjoy the beauty of nature than from above? Soar above wine country with spectacular views of lake Washington and the Seattle skyline with your significant other, or a couple of friends. The unforgettable vistas are sure to give you an experience you’ll never forget, whether it’s a special anniversary or a bucket-list summer adventure.