It has been a hot and dry summer in Washington state this year. My kids have been loving it though because they have been able to play out side. Thanks to Visit Kent we were able to get away for a 24-hour staycation to Kent, WA, they provided us with locations to visit, meals, and lodging to give our honest opinion. Now we have lived in the Tacoma area for over 9 years but I haven’t explored other parts of the area much because three kids in tow can be a lot. Now that they are getting older we are loving loading up for day trips and little get aways in the area. Looking at What To Do At Lake Meridian Park was at the top of my kid’s excitement for the trip, water and playgrounds they were all game!
We were lucky and the weather was perfect!! We headed to Lake Meridian Park from the Farmers Market. I had looked up Lake Meridian Park on the Kent WA site and had an idea of what was there, You can see it -> here, I had not told my kids a thing until we go there!!! They were the first ones to spot the sign when we drove up and loved the statues right there by the sign as well.
Now for the fun part right?? I mean a park is a park but this a park I know we will be back to quite often over the next couple of years, and probably before August is over!! The kids had a blast and have already planned out their next visit here, let me tell you they will seep good after a visit here!
What To Do At Lake Meridian Park:
Several Play Structures- Now with three kids of different ages, we have always had a spread out of who wants to play where. I loved that they had a ship for younger kids to play on. With the large play structure, large musical instruments toys to play on, swings, and lots of grass areas to play on. It was hard to get them to stop to play, Kylie and Michael both kept having climbing contests on the play structures.
Have A Cookout Or Picnic-> We packed a cooler bag full of sandwiches, drink pouches, crackers, fruit, and what not to eat at the park. I loved that there is a shelter you can reserve as well as charcoal grills if you want to grill while you are at the park. There was a family having a get together at the shelter while we were there, all shaded to gather under too.
Swimming- This is a kid must do for the next time we go. I knew we had a busy day ahead of us so they just waded a bit instead of swimming. My favorite part is that there are paid lifeguards watching over the kids swimming!! The dock is sectioned off so kids can’t go under, and there is a sandy beach for the kids to play on as well right there. There were ducks swimming right through the swimming section, lily pads, and fish as well that the kids were able to see. Bonus they have flushable bathrooms right by the swimming area!!
The lifeguards were watching both the shallow side and the deeper side of the swimming dock. There are lots of places for kids to jump off of and climb back out of. Plus there is also a life jacket program as well if you don’t have your own.
Fishing- Michael was excited to see that there is fishing. Now be sure to have your licenses but I liked how there were pole holders on the end of the docks away from the swimming areas. The views of the whole lake from the end of the dock would make fishing there a great experience.
Boating- This is one lake that I would love to come back and kayak at. There is a separate entrance to load your boats or jet skis off of into the lake if you want. The kids loved watching the boats launch from there and the jet skis on the lake as well.
Loving Lake Meridian park!! Planning a visit back for swimming and bringing the dog!! #visitkent #ad . . . . #instamom #momlife #momofgirls #pnw #seattlebloggers #pnwbloggers #kent #desmoinesrocks #nature #familytime #instafam #swimining #beach #familytime #soccermomlife #picnic #playground #lake #travel
Head on over -> here to see everything Kent, WA has to offer!! I can’t believe we have lived here this long and have never explored the city!! Be sure to check back next week for our What To Do In 24 Hours In Kent, Wa post to see the rest of our adventure!! (You can sneak peek on Instagram-> here)