The Best View In Kerry Park Seattle

The Best View In Kerry Park Seattle

Kerry Park Seattle: Kerry Park is a small public park and viewpoint on the south slope of Queen Anne Hill in Seattle, Washington, United States. It overlooks Downtown Seattle and is located along West Highland Drive between 2nd Avenue West and 3rd Avenue West. The park’s view is considered to be the most iconic view of the city skyline, with the prominent Space Needle at the center, Elliott Bay to the west, and Mount Rainier in the background.

For views of downtown Seattle, the Space Needle, and Mount Rainier, the hilltop Kerry Park is hard to beat. Popular with photographers, Kerry Park looks out across the city skyline, the leafy streets of the Queen Anne Hill neighborhood, and Puget Sound, where you can spot ferries leaving the Seattle waterfront for the San Juan Islands.

The Best View In Kerry Park Seattle

The park encompasses 1.26 acres (0.51 ha) and includes a railing and several benches facing south towards the skyline. A stairway on the west end of the park connects below to West Prospect Street and the Bayview-Kinnear Park, which has a small playground. Kerry Park is named after the couple lumberman and business magnate Albert S. Kerry and his wife Catherine. They lived nearby, and donated the land to the city in 1927 “so that all who stop here may enjoy [its] view.”

Kerry Park Seattle View

No trip to Seattle is complete without a trip to Kerry Park to get your iconic shot of the Seattle skyline. Halfway up the hill in the beautiful Queen Anne neighborhood you can find a tiny one-acre park overlooking the city. This park was gifted to Seattle by the Kerrys in 1927 so that everyone in Seattle could enjoy the beautiful view. So when you visit, say a silent thank you to Mr. and Mrs. Kerry (we like to imagine them as a slightly richer version of the old couple in Pixar’s Up) because otherwise we would have to sneak through people’s yards to get these photos (Sarah will do anything to get a good photo). On a clear day you can see as far south as Mount Rainier. Or as Seattleites refer to it, The Mountain.

The view from Kerry Park during a foggy sunrise.

If you want to shoot at night make sure to bring a tripod or use the length to steady your hand! Photo credit: Suzi Alexander

We were recently asked if we recommend visiting during the day or night. We are going to take the easy way out on this one and say, “It depends” and “Both.”

If you have never been to Seattle before it is neat to come to Kerry Park during the day and get a panoramic view of the city. You can see Mount Rainier in the distance on a clear day and identify lots of landmarks from your lookout. At night though, the city offers a whole different experience. The city lights along with the water of Puget Sound glistening as the ferry boats go back and forth is something you can sit and watch forever (realistically more like 10-15 minutes, but it’s really nice, okay?)

Kerry Park Seattle Washington

If you’ve ever seen a picture of the Seattle skyline with the Space Needle in the foreground, chances are it was taken at Kerry Park. Featured in movies, national publications and pretty much every pamphlet about the Emerald City, Kerry Park offers the classic Seattle view.

Kerry Park (211 W Highland Dr.) is located about halfway up Queen Anne Hill. It’s a fairly small park that sits right on the hill. The most popular part of the park is the north end, which is where you can see the incredible view of Seattle. There are a few park benches, and a little bit of grass perfect for a picnic. However, most people take in the view standing up, right along the fence line.

The view is what lures people to Kerry Park. While there are several great places to take in the Seattle skyline on Queen Anne, Kerry Park is the place to go for a view of the city. On a crystal clear Seattle day, you can see the beautiful city, Elliott Bay, the Olympic Mountain range, and the magnificent Mount Rainier. Even on a cloudy, rainy Seattle day (which we see plenty of during the winter months), we think Kerry Park is worth a visit.

While many flock to the park during the day, it is equally as popular at night. As the sun starts to set on the Emerald city, you can watch the city buildings begin to reflect red and orange from the sunset. Once the night settles in over Seattle, you can watch the city lights sparkle with the occasional lights flickering on the water from the ferries dancing across the Puget Sound. It’s a truly magical place.

There are a lot of different types of people who visit Kerry Park. You’re guaranteed to spot a few tourists enjoying the view. Since Seattle is an international travel destination, you’re also guaranteed to hear a few different languages at the park. Many professional and amateur photographers flock to Kerry Park for pictures from this iconic spot. You’re also bound to see a wedding party having their pictures snapped at Kerry Park. Plenty of Seattleites visit Kerry Park, too. Tim and I often hit up Molly M oon’s Ice Cream for a sweet treat, and then take it to-go directly to Kerry Park.

Have you ever taken in the view of Kerry Park? What do you think of the view? We’d love to hear from you! You can leave comment below or connect with us on Twitter, Google+ and Facebook. Don’t forget to also check out Seattle Bloggers for more awesome attractions in the Emerald City!We’ve visited the park so many times that there’s no way to guess how many times we’ve gone. That tells you how awesome this place is! While we’ve tried to get tired of the view, with a few visits a week, we can’t. Our mouths automatically exclaim, “Wow!” once our eyes meet the skyline. It’s so breathtaking. We hope you take our advice to visit the park if you haven’t done so before, or visit again and again if you’ve already been. Kerry Park is worth multiple visits.

It’s free and you get to see one of the coolest neighborhoods in the cuty!! This took a lot of effort to get to, but the view at the park was worth it. Minimal parking, but you’re literally there just as long as it takes for a photo.

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At the center of Kerry Park is Changing Form, a steel sculpture by artist Doris Totten Chase that stands 15 feet (4.6 m) high and was installed in 1971 with donations from Kerry’s children. The sculpture is hollow and is popular as a play area for children and as a framing device for photographers. That view from Kerry Park encompasses downtown Seattle, Elliott Bay, the West Seattle peninsula, Bainbridge Island, and Mount Rainier.

The park is sometimes incorrectly referred to by local denizens as Highland Park, a reference to Highland Drive, which runs east–west across Queen Anne Hill.

The view from the park is often used as the backdrop for television news segments on Seattle, as well as other media depictions of the city. Kerry Park was also featured in the opening credits of the 1999 film 10 Things I Hate About You, and in Frasier as the view from the titular character’s apartment

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It’s free and you get to see one of the coolest neighborhoods in the cuty!! This took a lot of effort to get to, but the view at the park was worth it. Minimal parking, but you’re literally there just as long as it takes for a photo.

 

Kerry Park In Seattle

At the center of Kerry Park is Changing Form, a steel sculpture by artist Doris Totten Chase that stands 15 feet (4.6 m) high and was installed in 1971 with donations from Kerry’s children. The sculpture is hollow and is popular as a play area for children and as a framing device for photographers. That view from Kerry Park encompasses downtown Seattle, Elliott Bay, the West Seattle peninsula, Bainbridge Island, and Mount Rainier.

The park is sometimes incorrectly referred to by local denizens as Highland Park, a reference to Highland Drive, which runs east–west across Queen Anne Hill.

The view from the park is often used as the backdrop for television news segments on Seattle, as well as other media depictions of the city. Kerry Park was also featured in the opening credits of the 1999 film 10 Things I Hate About You, and in Frasier as the view from the titular character’s apartment.