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5 solid kite-flying spots

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5 solid kite-flying spots

Catch some wind with your high-flying kite. Here are five Seattle kite-flying spots to see your best kite soar. 

Carkeek Park

Cross the bridge over the train tracks and head to the beach! The wind picks up by the water and will send your kite flying high on a blustery day. Stop to explore the beach, have a snack, skip a few rocks. Blow off some steam in the children’s playground, equipped with a salmon-shaped slide, swings, and play structures. 950 N.W. Carkeek Park Road, Seattle

Magnuson Park

Find the perfect treeless spot or walk your flyer up Kite Hill, a perfectly named 35-foot-tall kite run. It’s near the swimming beach, so be sure to pack some extra clothes for an after-flight dip. 7400 Sand Point Way N.E. Seattle

Gas Works Park

On the shores of Lake Union and opposite downtown Seattle, Gas Works Park was made for kite lovers. Drag your air rider to the top of the Great Earth Mound Summit, a great spot to watch it climb into the skies. 2101 N. Northlake Way, Seattle  

Mukilteo Lighthouse Park

When wind kicks up at this rocky beach area, your glider may just touch the clouds. Take a break to count the ferries coming into the dock, and don’t miss the lighthouse museum. Ivar’s fish and chips and soft-serve ice cream are a good way to round out a perfect fly day. 609 Front St., Mukilteo

Marymoor Park

Grassy meadows make for easy kite-flying at this 640-acre Eastside park. For the best winds, look for paragliders in the sky and follow their path. Consider bringing scooters or bikes to enjoy the dozens of trails at the park and launch your kite at different locations. 6046 W. Lake Sammamish Parkway N.E., Redmond

 

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Jasmin Thankachen

Jasmin is the Associate Publisher at Seattle's Child and an Eastside mom of two boys. She enjoys parenting with lots of love and laughter. Co-Founder of PopUp StoryWalk, she also loves children's picture books, essay writing, and community stories.