11+ Sensational Seattle Beaches You Don’t Want To Miss

Even with its coastal location and waterfront access, Seattle WA may not be the first place you think of when looking to plan a beach vacation…but you should! Seattle beaches offer all sorts of fun on a sunny day. With picnic shelters, volleyball courts, bike trails, and more — you’ll never run out of things to do.

We’ve rounded up 11+ Seattle beaches you’ll want to add to your Washington State bucket list.

ALKI BEACH

11+ Sensational Seattle Beaches You Don’t Want To Miss

A trip to Seattle would simply not be complete without a trip to Alki Beach. Alki Beach is a 2.5-mile stretch of sandy beach located in West Seattle. The beach offers spectacular views of Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains.

Even though the water in the Pacific Northwest may not be the warmest, you’ll find locals here all summer long sunbathing and enjoying the ocean.

Additionally, you’ll also find restrooms, an art studio, picnic tables, beach volleyball and more. City-owned fire rings on the beach are for visitors to use on the weekends.

11+ Sensational Seattle Beaches You Don’t Want To Miss

DISCOVERY PARK

SEATTLE BEACHES - DISCOVERY PARK

Discovery Park is Seattle’s greatest gem in my opinion! It is the largest city park in the area, and does a great job of tying in the unique elements of the city while offering a peaceful haven from all the hustle and bustle.

The park itself showcases a healthy balance of Pacific Northwest landscape such as rugged seaside cliffs, wild sand dunes, and lush forests. As if the drive there isn’t scenic enough, the beaches provide the most stunning views in Seattle…I might even argue in Washington State!

The 534-acre park sits atop the Magnolia Bluff overlooking the Puget Sound, and also reveals both the Cascade Range and the Olympic Mountains in the distance. It’s also home to the West Point Lighthouse. While you’re in the area, make sure to stop by Olympic Sculpture Park, an awesome waterfront park that features lots of greenspace.

Looking for more water fun while in Seattle? Try some of these fun adventures.

  • Take a Harbor Cruise with Live Narration. Check out Seattle’s skyline on a narrated cruise that’s been impressing visitors since 1949. Relax on the open deck and breathe in the fresh air as you admire the most iconic spots in the city.
  • Experience the Sunset on a Sailboat. Watch the sunset over Seattle’s Harbor on this sunset cruise onboard an authentic tall sailboat. Raise the sails and set off through the harbor to admire the city’s skyline and mountain ranges at dusk.
  • See the City From A Schooner. Cast off from Seattle’s historic downtown waterfront for a harbor cruise aboard a schooner. Enjoy views of the city and the mountains from the water with the whole family.

GOLDEN GARDENS PARK

GOLDEN GARDENS PARK

Golden Gardens Park is located in the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle, a hip and trendy waterfront neighborhood that remains strong in its Scandinavian heritage. It is located atop the Puget Sound with water on two sides and has some of the best views of the Olympic Mountains — even from the parking lot!

The park itself is 87 acres and can cater to any of your outdoorsy desires. Let your dog get their energy out in the off-leash area. Spend the day sunbathing on the sandy beaches or hiking through the forest trails. Gather the whole family for a picnic or a volleyball tournament, then spend the evening visiting different breweries in town before roasting marshmallows around the campfire!

Read More: 34 Amazing Things To Do in Seattle You’ll Love

SEATTLE BEACHES: GREEN LAKE PARK AND BEACH

GREEN LAKE PARK AND BEACH

Green Lake Park is located in Seattle’s north central urban area, six miles north of downtown Seattle, and is one of the more popular parks in the city. Locals and tourists both love to use the waterfront paths for recreational activities such as biking, running, and walking. Others use the fields for playing tennis or throwing around a baseball with friends.

Green Lake Park is perfect for those who love to be on the water, as it is home to multiple access points for boats and two popular Seattle beaches: East Green Lake Beach and West Green Lake Beach. Swimming is permitted at both of these beaches when lifeguards are on duty from Memorial Day to Labor Day.

KALALOCH AND RUBY BEACH

KALALOCH AND RUBY BEACH

Ruby Beach and Kalaloch Beach are located along the southwestern edge of the Olympic Peninsula in Olympic National Park. Kalaloch Beach is a great place for bird watchers, as bald eagles and other coastal birds make their home along the shores.

You can stay the night right on the beach at the Kalaloch Lodge or at one of Kalaloch’s 175 campsites. Be sure to make a reservation well in advance if you’re planning to stay at Kalaloch, as campsites fill up quickly!

Ruby Beach is just north of Kalaloch where the Hoh River meets the Pacific Ocean. It’s a picture perfect Pacific Northwest beach featuring rugged seaside cliffs, rocks, and floating driftwood. My absolute favorite day trip from Seattle is spent hiking through the Hoh Rainforest in the morning and watching the sunset at Ruby Beach in the afternoon!

SEATTLE BEACHES: CARKEEK PARK

CARKEEK PARK

Carkeek Park expands 220 acres in Northwest Seattle. It offers gorgeous views of the Puget Sound and Olympic Mountains. Carkeek Park has 6 miles of hiking trails through lush forests, swampy creeks, and meadows. It is home to one of only two salmon runs in the city of Seattle, and hosts many outdoor educational programs such as the Salmon In The Classroom program.

Carkeek Park’s beach is great for sunbathing, swimming, and has one of the best tide pools in the city! During low tide, there is nearly 20 acres of exposed marine life to explore. Bring the kids and experience all the animals that would normally be under the surface.

SALTWATER STATE PARK

SALTWATER STATE PARK

Saltwater State Park is a sandy shoreline getaway located on the Puget Sound halfway between Tacoma and Seattle. It is one of the most popular parks in Washington state, and for good reason! It is a popular area for scuba diving, as it features an underwater artificial reef.

You can participate in a variety of other activities in the park too, such as camping, hosting a barbeque, or renting kayaks.

LOWMAN BEACH PARK

LOWMAN BEACH PARK
Courtesy of Lowman Beach Park

Lowman Beach Park is West Seattle’s small saltwater shoreline. It has a grass area with tennis courts and swings just above the beach. One unique feature about the beach is that the entire thing is available for hand carry boat launch. Spend the day playing tennis and then bring the boat out for sunset!

SEATTLE SWIMMING BEACH OPTIONS WITH A LIFEGUARD ON DUTY

SEATTLE SWIMMING BEACH OPTIONS WITH A LIFEGUARD ON DUTY

MADRONA BEACH

Madrona Park and Beach is located on Lake Washington right along the waterfront. It has a wooded area with hiking trails and picnic tables. It has a waterfront jogging path and a grassy beach with a swimming area.

MADISON PARK BEACH

Madison Park is a grassy park located along Lake Washington. It’s known for its friendly and relaxing vibe, and the residents work hard to maintain that reputation. The park has a large grass area to lounge on, tennis courts, and a sandy beach. The beach has bike racks, a well-maintained boathouse, and a swimming area with a play area for kids and a lifeguard on duty in the summertime

MOUNT BAKER BEACH

Mount Baker Park Beach is across from Lake Washington. It is an excellent place to take kids in the summer as it has a lifeguarded swimming area with diving boards. During other times of the year, you’ll find local families taking their children to the playground, improving their skills on the tennis courts, or taking a stroll along the many paths in the park.

PRITCHARD ISLAND BEACH

Pritchard Island Beach is known for being peaceful and quiet as there are no boat ramps in the area. Instead, there are varying diving boards and a lifeguarded swim area.

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