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Saint Edwards State Park

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Have I mentioned how much I loved city life?  The vivaciousness, noises, and even the blaring police sirens were all part of the allure.  However, at this point in my life, I'm really grateful to be living the suburban life- slower pace and convenience are key. With a toddler, there's never a dull moment. I'm told by friends with older kids that it only gets busier, and they grow up at a blink of an eye.  So I try to treasure every moment, especially on the weekends.  Speaking of which, if you need more ideas (see here and hereon how to entertain your little ones, there are many fantastic little private beaches in Washington.

Thanks to a friend, now I can add Saint Edwards State Park to my list of favorite kids' destinations.  The park itself is terrific for everyone, with short (but good workout) various hiking, biking trails, a soccer field, picnic tables, and a "private" beach all to yourself (alright, maybe a few others).  You see, you have to hike approximately 15 minutes in to the woods before landing upon this hidden gem.  The reason I say kids' destination is St. Ed's boasts the largest children's playground in the state; recently named one of the top 5 playgrounds in Washington.  Mind you, this is no ordinary playground, but a fantasy world filled with wooden structures, built primarily by local volunteers in 2003.

Saint Edward State Park was once a Catholic seminary, the park's rich history reflects in its grounds and architecture (the building still stands today). If you plan to hike, remember to get a one day parking ($10) or a Discover Pass because this is a State Park. The pass is $30/year, and you can use it at any state park in Washington...it may be worth it if you hike often.

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