Being outdoors is a crucial part of Earth-friendly living. The fresh air and exercise rejuvenates the body, while the plants and wildlife remind us that we’re sharing this planet, and should act accordingly. Luckily, there’s no shortage of outdoor adventures near Seattle that can be done on a tight budget. Even better the most expensive hike – $30 for a 7-day pass to Mount Rainier National Park – is still an incredibly good deal in my book.

Just pick your pleasure. Our list has relaxing walks through gorgeous gardens, hikes of all difficulties, and bike trails that kiss the shore of Western Washington’s beautiful lakes. These outdoor adventures near Seattle will make you wish every day was Saturday!

Click on the icons to see a brief description of the activity and find a link to more info. As always, be aware of trail conditions and bring the 10 essentials.

Did we leave out your favorite outdoor adventure near Seattle? Let us know on our contact page or in the comments below! We will be happy to add it.

Check out this photo journey of hiking Poo Poo Point on Tiger Mountain.

Use these outdoor adventures near Seattle to…

  • Be curious! Can you identify the native plants and animals? What role do these species play in the ecosystem? Which species evolved to benefit each other? How fragile are these relationships?
  • Convert a friend! Start with an easy hike or garden tour, then wow them with a view from Rattlesnake Ledge.
  • Unplug! Aside from the gas to get there, these outdoor adventures near Seattle can be a rare energy- and electronics-free time. Immerse yourself, forget about social media and cable news for a day. Remind yourself that life happens outside the city, too.

Featured image: Pippen exploring a waterfall at Moran State Park on Orcas Island. It makes for a full day, but hiking on Orcas Island can be done as a day trip from Seattle. Photo by Sam Wigness.