You may recognize this beach from the famous scene in "Sleepless in Seattle" where Tom Hanks flies a kite with his son. Located in West Seattle on Elliot Bay, Alki Beach Park stretches from Duwamish Head to 64th Place SW on Elliot Bay. While the water can be chilly to those from further south, this gorgeous beach and park are synonymous with "summer" to Seattle locals. Even if you're not in the mood for a swim, it's the perfect place to spend time in the sun, play volleyball, or simply go for a walk or a bike ride.
The beach features a charming and unique atmosphere, including an art studio in a bathhouse, as well as a replica of the Statue of Liberty. The whole beach offers great views of Puget Sound and the surrounding Olympic mountains.
The beach is open daily from 4:30 AM to 11:00 PM, and admission is free. Access for hand-carried boats is between 53rd Ave SW and 55th Ave SW. You can even set up a campfire in one of the designated fire containers located on the beach. The best bet to get to the beach from downtown is to take the West Seattle water taxi to Seacrest Dock. They generally run from 5:55 AM to 11 PM each day. For scheduling changes or further information, tap the link below.
Cover photo "Alki Beach Park" by Seattle Parks & Recreation is licensed under CC BY 2.0