Best Beaches in Seattle

Published Jul 24, 2017

We have listed the best beaches in Seattle for some perfect family picnics.

Going to a beach with your family is always a good idea, especially this time of the year. Every family loves splashing water, waves, shining sun, blowing wind and the sand. So pack your picnic baskets and hit the beach for a fun family trip. To help you there, we have compiled the list of the best beaches in Seattle!

1. Alki Beach

Alki Beach Park is a long beach strip that runs from Alki Point to Duwamish Head on Elliott Bay. The whole beach offers spectacular views of Puget Sound, the Olympic Mountains, and the flotilla of ferries, sailboats, steamships and other craft that ply Puget Sound waters. The beach enjoys minus tides that reveal a wide expanse of sandy beach. It is famous amongst bicyclists, volleyball players, joggers, rollerbladers & sunbathers, especially during the summers to enjoy the sun. There are picnic tables, a bathhouse housing an art studio, and a restroom at the south end of the beach. There are several decent restaurants and cafés all along the 2-3 mile stretch.

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2. Golden Gardens Beach

Golden Gardens beach is Located in Ballard on Puget Sound. Like Alki beach, this beach also offers extraordinary views of Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains. This park features two wetlands, a short loop trail, and restored the northern beach. Golden Gardens offers strolls along a rugged coastline, hikes through forest trails, sunbathing on sandy beaches, fishing from a pier and a boat launch consisting of 300' of shoreline at south end of park. There's volleyball, basketball court, picnic benches, kids play ground and picnic benches. Snacks bars are nearby, with ice cream, hotdogs, candy and chips to purchase. Dogs are not allowed on the beach. But the park has an off-leash area for dogs in the upper northern portion.

3. Discovery Park

Discovery Park is a 534 acres (2.16 km2) park on the shores of Puget Sound in the Magnolia neighborhood of Seattle and occupies most of the former Fort Lawton site. It is the city's largest public park and contains 11.81 miles (19.01 km) of walking trails. Discovery park offers spectacular view of both the Cascade and the Olympic Mountain ranges. The park's remote site includes two miles of protected tidal beaches as well as open meadow lands, dramatic sea cliffs, forest groves, active sand dunes, thickets and streams. The park is one of the best places in the city to view wildlife, especially birds and marine mammals. A lighthouse is located at the westernmost point of the park. Boating access available at 100' of shoreline north of the West Point Lighthouse and 100' of shoreline south of the West Point Lighthouse.

4. Green Lake Park

Green Lake is one of Seattle's most beloved parks. The park serves as a natural preserve for hundreds of species of trees and plants, as well as numerous birds and waterfowl. The newly reconstructed 2.8-mile path around the lake provides a perfect recreational spot for runners, bikers, skaters and walkers. Green Lake has two popular swimming beaches: East Green Lake Beach and West Green Lake Beach. Amenities include a play area for children, bathrooms, basketball courts And lifeguards on duty in the summer. You can also enjoy water activities like paddling and rowing, fishing and swimming.

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5. Madison Park Beach

Madison Park Beach is one of the most popular swimming beaches in Seattle. Madison Beach has a grassy area where sunbathers can relax and enjoy a stunning view of Lake Washington. The park offers a beautiful view to the East of the floating bridge and the Cascades beyond.

The park features swings and play equipment, baby swings, big tall trees, two tennis courts, large lawn area, bathhouse with restrooms, bike racks, two benches, and big grassy slope to lounge on. There are some attractive shops and restaurants right across the street. There are lifeguards on duty in the summer.

6. Myrtle Edwards Park

Myrtle Edwards Park  is a 4.8-acre public park along the Elliott Bay waterfront north of Belltown. It features a 2 Km long bicycle and walking path along Elliott Bay.

It offers fantastic views of the Olympics Mountains, Mount Rainier, Puget Sound and is a good place to see eagles, gulls, and crows. There are picnic tables, a fishing pier and picnic areas and has easy access from downtown.

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7. Carkeek Park

Carkeek Park is a 216 acres park located in the Broadview neighbourhood of Seattle, has lush forest, meadows, wetlands, creeks, and beach.

This popular park offers extraordinary views of Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains.

The park contains Piper OrchardPipers Creek, play and picnic areas, picnic shelters, and hiking trails. 

In Carkeek Park, years of hard work by neighbors and volunteers have brought salmon back to Pipers Creek, restored major portions of the forest, built miles of trails, created sustainable gardens, educated visitors, and restored a unique fruit orchard.

8. Matthews Beach Park

Matthews Beach is Seattle's largest freshwater bathing beach but has a very small sand portion

The park is an ideal stopping place for bicyclers on the Burke-Gilman Tail.

Amenities include a nearby picnic area with grills, a children's play area, basketball courts, a swimming raft and lifeguards on duty in the summer.

9. Madrona Park

Madrona Park is a 31.2 acre (126,000 m²) park located in the Madrona neighborhood of Seattle, bisected by Lake Washington Boulevard. It lies on the western shore of Lake Washington.The park include a wooded hillside that slopes down to a grassy beach and the swimming area.It also features a jogging path along the Lake  and picnic areas.

Amenities include a play area for children, a swimming raft, a diving board, bathhouse and lifeguards on duty in the summer.

10. Lincolnn Park

Lincoln Park is a 135 acres park in West Seattle between Fauntleroy Way S.W. and Puget Sound. The park is adjacent to the Fauntleroy neighborhood.

One of Seattle's largest parks, attractions include the paved walkway along the beach, biking trails, tennis courts, baseball fields, picnic shelters, and a heated saltwater swimming pool during the summer.

It is also home to over 300 species of birds, many of them year-round residents.

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11. Denny-Blaine Park

Denny-Blaine Park is a 2 acres park in the Denny-Blaine neighborhood of Seattle. It is located on Lake Washington along and at the end of E. Denny-Blaine Place. The grassy unlifeguarded beach is surrounded by an old stone wall, which marked the shoreline before 1917.There is enough room for a volleyball net above and quiet picnics and sunbathing below.

12. Mount Baker

Mount Baker Park is a gentle ravine boulevard sloping down to Colman Park and the Mount Baker Bathing Beach on Lake Washington. Local residents picnic and play tennis here, or set the kids loose in a playground.

Amenities include a fishing pier, restrooms, a swimming raft, a diving board and lifeguards on duty in the summer.

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13. Pritchard Island Beach

Pritchard Island Beach is located in the Rainier Beach area, north of Beer Sheva Part. It is a small, quiet beach on the Western Shore of Lake Washington. The park has an amazing view of Seward Park to the north and Mercer Island to the east.

Amenities include a swimming raft and lifeguards on duty in the summer.

Pritchard Wetland is a unique haven of native plants and wildlife, just south of Pritchard Island Beach.

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14. Seward Park

Seward Park is a municipal park which covers 300 acres and is located in southeast Seattle. The park has beautiful forest land, home to eagles' nests, old growth forest, a 2.4 mile bike and walking path, an amphitheater, a native plant garden, an art studio, miles of hiking trails, shoreline, beaches and more.

Beach amenities include a swimming raft, a play area for children, and lifeguards on duty in the summer. Restrooms, picnic sites, and snacks are available nearby.

15. Me-Kwa-Mooks Park

Me-Kwa-Mooks Park is a 20.2-acre public park located in the West Seattle neighborhood. Me-Kwa-Mooks, meaning "shaped like a bear's head" and pronounced sbuh-KWAH-buks in Nisqually.

The park is across the street from the Emma Schmitz Memorial Overlook and immediately south of Me-Kwa-Mooks Natural Area. 

Picnic tables are set up on the lawn at the park entry. Most of the park stretches up the hillside and extends north and farther south on land that is largely undeveloped. The dense trees provide habitat for many birds, including screech owls.

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