Seattle? The beach? Despite popular belief, the city of Seattle experiences some great, sunny-but-not-too-hot weather in the summer, and there are plenty of sandy places to spread out your towel, listen to the waves and say goodbye to the rainy spring. Here are four Seattle beaches locals and tourists alike head to when the temperature finally reaches the 70s.
Likely the most famous beach in Seattle, Alki Point is a peninsula in West Seattle known as the city’s original settlement. Alki has a definite beach-town vibe, from the bungalows and five-and-dime shops to the street cars and many music festivals.
The beach itself stretches over two miles long, providing plenty of room for tanning, volleyball, frisbee, grilling and people-gazing. Must-see spots for tourists include Alki’s mini Statue of Liberty and the Alki Point Lighthouse, open for viewing on the weekends.
Take note of the name here – while gorgeous, this beach is one for exploration and education more than sunning. If you’re interested in viewing various marine life (including sea lions) and other wildlife along the coast, the beach at Discovery Park makes for a fun, relaxing day away from the city.
The Golden Gardens beach ranks high on the family-friendly meter, with playgrounds, prime picnic zones with views of the Sound and Olympic Mountain range, and an off-leash dog park. Of course, there’s plenty of sandy space to lounge, soak up the sun and enjoy the view as well.
Is there any other beach that gives you the chance of seeing a bald eagle swoop down into the waves as you sunbathe? Seward Park’s beaches are a peaceful, family-friendly place to spend a summer’s day, and offers visitors a play area for children, plenty of picnic zones and all the beauty Lake Washington has to offer.
[picture courtesy of amerainey]