It’s the only planet we have. Since 1970, April 22 has been set aside as an annual day to celebrate nature and environmentalism.
Looking for ways to honor the Earth? Hoodline crunched the numbers, using both Yelp data and our own methodology to produce a ranked list of the best parks, botanical gardens, and vegetarian eats around Seattle.
Venturing outside is the basic start to an Earth Day celebration. Get inspired with these top-rated parks near you.
1. Gas Works Park
Topping the list is Gas Works Park. Located at 2101 N. Northlake Way (between North Densmore and North Wallingford avenues) in Wallingford, the park is the highest rated park in Seattle, boasting 4.5 stars out of 561 reviews on Yelp.
2. Washington Park Arboretum
Next up is Capitol Hill's Washington Park Arboretum, situated at 2300 Arboretum Drive East. With 4.5 stars out of 215 reviews on Yelp, the park has proven to be a local favorite.
3. Waterfall Garden
Pioneer Square's Waterfall Garden, located at 219 Second Ave. South (between South 2nd Avenue Extended and Main Street), is another top choice, with Yelpers giving the park 4.5 stars out of 167 reviews.
Cutting down on meat is a good place to start reducing your footprint, not to mention a healthy choice for most people. Get a taste for vegetarian fare at these top veggie-forward eateries.
1. Harvest Beat
Topping the list is Harvest Beat. Located at 1711 N. 45th St. (between North Wallingford and North Densmore avenues) in Wallingford, the vegetarian and vegan spot is the highest rated vegetarian restaurant in Seattle, boasting 4.5 stars out of 142 reviews on Yelp.
Next up is Fremont's Silence-Heart-Nest, situated at 3508 Fremont Place North (between 35th Street and North Evanston Avenue). With four stars out of 467 reviews on Yelp, the vegetarian and breakfast and brunch spot has proven to be a local favorite.
3. Jhanjay Vegetarian Thai Cuisine
Wallingford's Jhanjay Vegetarian Thai Cuisine, located at 1718 N. 45th St. (between North Wallingford and North Densmore avenues), is another top choice, with Yelpers giving the Thai and vegetarian spot four stars out of 404 reviews.
Get a closer look at the wonders of the natural world by hitting a local botanical garden. For extra credit, don't forget a sketchbook.
1. Kubota Garden
Topping the list is Kubota Garden. Located at 9817 55th Ave. South in Rainier Beach, the botanical garden is the highest rated botanical garden in Seattle, boasting 4.5 stars out of 217 reviews on Yelp.
2. Volunteer Park Conservatory
Next up is Broadway's Volunteer Park Conservatory, situated at 1400 E. Galer St. With 4.5 stars out of 120 reviews on Yelp, the park and botanical garden has proven to be a local favorite.
3. Japanese Garden
Stevens's Japanese Garden, located at 1075 Lake Washington Blvd. East (between Olive Lane and Ward Street), is another top choice, with Yelpers giving the botanical garden four stars out of 153 reviews.