Welcome to Park Preview!

A guide to Seattle area parks for the non-robust, lazy birders, and photographers.

Read the About page to learn about the purpose and focus of this blog.

Blog Key

Type of Park

Local = A park primarily used by people living or working in the surrounding area.
Trip = A park unique enough to warrant going a bit out of your way.
Destination = A very large park, often with a wide variety of attractions/activities. People come from all over the Seattle area to visit it.

Other Terms

Preview = A post about a specific location with full details and photos.
Tangent = A post usually related to parks, birds, or photography in some way, but not a preview.
On the Road = A post about a location outside of Seattle and its immediate suburbs.
Combo Outing = A section in some previews with suggestions of other nearby locations to visit on the same trip.

Finding Info

To find the type of park you’re looking for use the Categories section. For a list of all parks previewed so far use the Preview category. To find a park by name use the Search function. The Links section provides links to maps, city park pages, and a few blogs of interest.

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Volunteer Park Conservatory Outing

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Full Volunteer Park preview is here.

Regular readers may recall that last September I went on a Seattle mini-tour with my best friend for her birthday. Our first tour stop was supposed to be the Conservatory at Volunteer Park, the one place she had requested to go. But we didn’t even make it to the park because the surrounding streets were shut down for a huge fun run event based inside the park.

Fast forward to this March. After weeks of gray rainy days, I suggested this would be a good time to finally retry our aborted trip. The Conservatory is a great outing option when the weather is cold and/or wet.

Mother Nature apparently has a sense of irony though. Our Escape From the Rain Sunday arrived, complete with cloudless skies and abundant sunshine. Oh well, off we went.

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