Attractions

Park in The CD, Madrona & Madison Park

Washington Park Arboretum

This wild and lovely park stretching from Madison Valley up to Union Bay offers a wide variety of gardens, a wetlands nature trail and 200 acres of mature forest threaded by paths. More than 5500 plant species grow …
Museum in The CD, Madrona & Madison Park

Northwest African American Museum

Small, concise and culturally valuable, NAAM opened in 2008 after more than 30 years of planning. It occupies the space of an old school, which, until the 1980s, educated a large number of African American children …
Gardens in The CD, Madrona & Madison Park

Japanese Garden

At the southern edge of Washington Park Arboretum, this 3.5-acre formal garden has koi pools, waterfalls, a teahouse and manicured plantings. Granite for the garden’s sculptures was laboriously dragged in from the C…
Beach in The CD, Madrona & Madison Park

Madison Park Beach

A riotously popular place in the summer with a grassy slope for lounging and sunbathing, two tennis courts, a swimming raft floating in the lake, and lifeguards on duty from late June to Labor Day. The park has been…
Park in The CD, Madrona & Madison Park

Viretta Park

Amid a lakeside nirvana of posh mansions, you’ll find two-tiered Viretta Park, from which you can see the large house once owned by Nirvana’s Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love – it’s the house on the north side of the b…
Park in The CD, Madrona & Madison Park

Jimi Hendrix Park

Dedicated to Hendrix in 2006, the park abuts the Northwest African American Museum just north of the Beacon Hill neighborhood. Phase 1 finally opened in August 2016 after a decade-long push to raise funds for its re…
Park in The CD, Madrona & Madison Park

Madrona Park & Beach

Madrona Park Beach, down a steep hill from the business district in Madrona Park, is one of the nicest along the lake. In clear weather the views of Mt Rainier are fantastic. Swimming is only for hardy souls, howeve…
Park in The CD, Madrona & Madison Park

Denny Blaine Park

South of Madison Park toward the tail of Lake Washington Blvd is Denny Blaine Park, found at the end of a looping tree-lined lane. This predominantly lesbian beach is surrounded by an old stone wall, which marked th…
Park in The CD, Madrona & Madison Park

Howell Park

Just south of Viretta Park in Madrona is a small beachfront abutting Lake Washington called Howell Park. It isn't usually crowded due to the lack of parking. If you’re on foot, look for a small sign and trailhead th…
Church in The CD, Madrona & Madison Park

Mount Zion Baptist Church

One of the cornerstones of the CD neighborhood is Mount Zion Baptist Church, a 2000-member congregation with a choir that has reached national acclaim through its gospel recordings. The church is nearly a century ol…