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Saint Edward State Park, Kenmore

(4.7/5 based on 50 reviews on the web)
Saint Edward State Park is a 316acre-park in Kenmore, Washington and Kirkland, Washington. It is part of the Washington State Park System. Before becoming a Catholic seminary and later a state park, the area was logged in the 19th century and again in the 1920s. A series of trails runs through the park for bicyclists and hikers. The forest canopy is primarily made up of the Coast Douglas-fir, Western Redcedar, Bigleaf Maple, Pacific Madrone and Western Hemlock. Its dense carpet includes many varieties of fern (mainly Western Sword Fern), shrub and moss. It is flanked on the west by an undeveloped beach on Lake Washington. The park surrounds the Saint Thomas Center, which houses Bastyr University.FacilitiesSaint Edward Seminarythumb The park's most singular feature is the Saint Edward Seminary, listed on the Washington State Heritage Register since 1997 and added in April 2007 to the National Register of Historic Places. This large, historic building has fallen into disrepair in recent years. It is not currently accessible to the public except by special arrangement, e.g. renting the refectory for special events.
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  • We went to a play last night at Bastyr University. It was sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts. This was a play in which the elementary kids where my grand daughter goes to school were abl...  more »
  • Nice place and well maintained state park. There are trails leading to the Lake. Play field for children,Tracks for walking within the park Picnic place,,SKATING SCHOOL,seminary with with brick layers...  more »
  • A great winters day walk in the park and a look at a great old building that should be saved for the future, This grand old building may be restored in to a hotel by a local developer at the cost of m...  more »
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  • This a great park to visit. Several trails each marked with distance and difficulty levels so you pick what's best for you. Walk down to Lake Washington. Also has a nice playground for the kids to enjoy one side for the bigger kids the other for the little ones. There is a grotto that make a nice wedding venue as well.
  • One of the best parks in the Puget Sound area. It has great mile or two hiking trails without having to go to the mountains. There's lots of quiet private areas to sit and relax. There's a good swimming area you can hike to. It has a fantastic playground, big open spaces, and they play live music on Thursday's in the summer.
  • Best park in the area. Serene, beautiful and well maintained. Can't go deep into the woods-come here to feel the depth and zen-like atmosphere of a forest just steps from the city. Parking is 10 for the day or $30 for the year. Support yourself by supporting this park!
  • Took the "difficult" hike to the lake. Very therapeutic and safe. The view was fantastic. A lot of activity along the way. The hike back is steep. Come prepared.
  • The grotto was a perfect place for our wedding, and my wife and I were very happy with how it turned out. The park staff were so helpful and accommodating, and they have a good reputation with other vendors in the area. Highly recommended for outdoor weddings, parties, and large events!