Now that you’ve stuffed yourself at the family Thanksgiving feast, it’s time to get out and at least stretch your legs (and maybe work off a few hundred of the calories consumed Thursday). Here are some close-to-home, but smaller-park options for getting out, working out the kinks, showing off the area to out-of-town relatives and enjoying some fresh air:
Browns Point Lighthouse Park: This small park in Northeast Tacoma is a good place to let little children run. They also can play on the rocky beach. You can tour the buildings between 1-4 p.m. Saturday.
Burfoot Park: This park is near the mouth of Budd Inlet just north of Olympia. It offers 3.8 miles of nature trails as well as beach access. If the weather is nice, this would be a good option for a sunset walk.
Kobayashi Park: Walk along the upper stretches of Chambers Creek in this hidden, tree-laden University Place park.
Sehmel Heritage Park: This park is northwest of downtown Gig Harbor and has 4 miles of trails. There also is a Boundless Playground that provides recreation for children of all abilities.
Tolmie State Park: There are 3 miles of hiking trails, as well as the chance to walk along a Puget Sound beach with views of Mount Rainier. The park is just north of Lacey. The park is open Wednesdays-Sundays.Staff reports