Seattle Parks and Recreation Parks Beaches Swimming Pools – Seattle Parks and Recreation offers safe, lifeguarded beaches at nine sites around the city, and we strongly recommend swimming only where lifeguards are present. Unless otherwise note, all beach parks close at 11:30 pm.
Parks on the Water
Alki Beach Park– 1702 Alki Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98116 – Alki Beach Park is a 135.9-acre (55.0 ha) park located in the West Seattle neighborhood, that consists of the Elliott Bay beach between Alki Point and Duwamish Head. It has a 0.5 miles (0.80 km) of beachfront, and was the first public salt-water bathing beach on the west coast of the United States. Like most Seattle parks, it is open daily from 4am to 11:30pm. The beach has a replica of the Statue of Liberty that was installed in 1952.
Beer Sheva Park 8650 55th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98118 – Beer Sheva Park is a small park located on Lake Washington in the Rainier Beach neighborhood. Dedicated in 1905 as Atlantic City Park after the subdivision, it was renamed after Beer Sheva, Israel, in 1977, to honor Seattle’s new sister city. In Be’er Sheva, Israel, a “Seattle Park” was made in honor of Seattle’s gesture.
Cal Anderson Park 1635 11th Ave, Seattle, WA 981 – Cal Anderson Park is a public park on Capitol Hill that includes Lincoln Reservoir and Bobby Morris Playfield. On April 10, 2003, the entire area was designated Cal Anderson Park, after Washington’s first openly gay state legislator.
Carkeek Park 950 NW Carkeek Park Rd, Seattle, WA 981 – Carkeek Park is a 216 acres (87 ha) park located in the Broadview neighborhood. The park contains Piper Orchard, Pipers Creek (and its tributaries Venema Creek and Mohlendorph Creek), play and picnic areas, picnic shelters, and hiking trails. A pedestrian bridge across the main lines of the BNSF Railway connects to the Carkeek Park sand beach on Puget Sound. Park program activities are largely out of the Carkeek Park Environmental Learning Center. Closes at 10:00pm.
Golden Gardens Park 8498 Seaview Pl NW, Seattle, WA 98117 – Golden Gardens Park is an 88 acre public park in Ballard, a neighborhood in Seattle, Washington. The park includes wetlands, beaches, hiking trails, and picnic and playground areas. The park is bisected by the BNSF Scenic Subdivision railway line.
Lowman Beach Park – 7017 Beach Dr SW, Seattle, WA 98136 – Lowman Beach is small, but like beaches everywhere, it has some surprises…it includes about 300 feet of rocky, saltwater shoreline a few blocks north of Lincoln Park. Above the beach is an acre of grass with tennis courts, swings, view of the Olympics, Alki Point, and Williams Point spread out in three directions. (Excerpt from Enjoying Seattle’s Parks by Brandt Morgan.) The entire shoreline is available for hand carry boat launch.
Madison Park Beach 1900 43rd Ave E, Seattle, WA 98112 – Seasonal swimming beach offers sunbathing, swimming raft, diving boards & children’s play area.
Madison Park North Beach 2300 43rd Ave E, Seattle, WA 98112 – Madison Park North Beach is located on Lake Washington, at the intersection of East Lynn Street and 43rd Avenue East. The park is one block north of Madison Park swim beach. The park is a long relatively narrow strip of grass with a view of Lake Washington. The park slopes downward from the sidewalk to the lake and there is a swing set and several benches. Because of the rock seawall along this stretch of shoreline, the park is not suitable for swimming or boat launching.
Madrona Park Beach 853 Lake Washington Blvd, Seattle, WA 98122 – Madrona Park is a 31.2 acre park located in the Madrona neighborhood of Seattle, Washington, bisected by Lake Washington Boulevard. It lies on the western shore of Lake Washington and features picnic areas, a swimming beach with bathhouse, and parking area. The park include a wooded hillside that slopes down to a grassy beach and swimming area, where lifeguards are on duty in the summer. It also features a jogging path along Lake Washington and picnic areas. Madrona Dance Studio is in the south part of the park.
Magnuson Park Beach 6505 NE 65th St, Seattle, WA 98115 – Lifeguard hours: June 22 – August 25 12pm – 7pm weekdays, 11am – 7pm weekends
Matthews Beach 5100 NE 93rd St., Seattle, WA 98115 – Matthews Beach is a neighborhood in Seattle, Washington; it and Meadowbrook are the southern neighborhoods of the annexed township of Lake City. Matthews Beach lies about 2 miles northeast of the University of Washington, about 8 miles northeast of Downtown. Matthews Beach is Seattle’s largest freshwater bathing beach. The park is named for pioneer John G. Matthews, who had his homestead on the site in the 1880’s. The park is an ideal stopping place for bicyclers on the Burke-Gilman Tail- in fact, the outline of the original cove is suggested by the Burke-Gilman Trail, which was once the tracks of the Northern Pacific Railroad.
Mount Baker Park Beach – 2521 Lake Park Dr S, Seattle, WA 98144 – 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 in the southwest corner off S. McClellan St. that was renovated in 2016. Others stroll down a wide pathway-under maples, mountain ash, and chestnut trees-to Lake Washington Boulevard and the beach. Restrooms are located partway down the path. The northernmost end of the park is the starting point for Bicycle Sunday. Closes at 10:00pm.
Pritchard Island Beach 8400 55th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98118 – Quaint beach featuring a swimming raft, rentable bathhouse & marshy wetland with varied wildlife. Located in the Rainier Beach area, is north of Beer Sheva Park. Several large cottonwoods flutter in the breeze as swimmers head for the raft. Others just sit on the beach admiring the view of Seward Park to the north and Mercer Island to the east. ADA Lift, Water Slide, Spa/warm pool, Sauna, Steam Room. Closes at 10:00pm.
Rainier Beach Pool – 8825 Rainier Ave S, Seattle, WA 98118 – one of eight indoor pools operated by Seattle Parks and Recreation. Located on Rainier Avenue S, we offer a wide array of aquatics programs for all ages. Our lessons offerings include tot lessons (6 months to 4 years of age), kinder lessons, youth lessons, youth competitive stroke lessons, adult and senior adult lessons, and private lessons. Exercise classes include aqua jogging, hydro-fit exercise, and water exercise. We also offer family swim, public swim, and lap swim times.
Seward Park Beach 5900 Lake Washington Blvd S, Seattle, WA 98118 – Seward Park is a municipal park which covers 300 acres. It is located in the neighborhood of the same name. The park occupies all of Bailey Peninsula, a forested peninsula that juts into Lake Washington. Within the Seattle city limits, Seward Park boasts 300 acres of 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. There are many boat launch options in Seward Park! Andrews Cove has 50′ of shoreline at the SW corner of Andrews Cove, north of Seward Park art studio. Non-trailered motorized boats with less than 10 hp only are allowed. Closes at 10:00pm.
West Green Lake Beach 7201 E Green Lake Dr N Seattle, WA 98103 – Free swimming lessons are offered at all 9 beach locations! Lifeguard hours: June 22 – September 2, 12pm – 7pm weekdays, 11am – 7pm weekends. Closes at 10:00pm.
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