Kirkland3 Outdoorsy Things to Do in Juanita (That You Probably Haven’t Heard of Yet)
September 13, 2019
When people think of Kirkland’s Juanita neighborhood, one of the first things that probably comes to mind is Juanita Beach Park—it is a beautiful destination, after all. It’s home to community events, the Juanita Friday Market, and offers the community fun and free outdoor activities all year long.
But Kirkland is also home to a whopping 500 acres of parks, and 100+ of those acres are in Juanita alone. If you’re looking for some new outdoorsy adventures on the Eastside, here are 3 outdoorsy things to do in the Juanita neighborhood that you probably haven’t heard of yet!
Located right next to Juanita Beach Park, Juanita Bay Park is a wildlife sanctuary that spans an incredible 110 acres. You can stroll through the park yourself (there are several paved trails and boardwalks to make your journey easier), and there are also guided tours led by volunteers a couple times a month. (The park is also a popular place for family portraits in case you’re trying to get that perfect holiday card shot.)
As you explore the park, you can expect to see all types of wildlife (bring this checklist with you and see how many different animals you can spot). Beavers, turtles, several types of birds, amphibians, are more all call this park home.
2. Explore scenic trails that run all throughout the Juanita neighborhood.
If you like to try to get in your 10,000 steps/day, you’ll definitely want this map. Here you’ll find a helpful map of Juanita and several walking loops clearly outlined in different colors. Whether you purposefully trace the loops on foot or you use the map for some shortcut tips as you navigate the neighborhood, you’re sure to discover some hidden gems in the community. Plus, binocular icons on the map show you where special viewpoints are, which is pretty handy.
Those with furry friends are in luck! Juanita’s home to its very own off-leash dog park (there’s only one other dog park in Kirkland, Edith Moulton Park). At Jasper’s Dog Park, you can let your doggy run wild in a fenced area. Let them play, make some friends, and get out all of that extra energy. Jasper’s is part of Heronfield Wetlands, and you can also explore the trails of this 28-acre park with your pup after checking out the dog park (with their leash on, of course!).