Puget Sound Beaches:
1702 Alki Ave. SW, Seattle, WA 98116 | 206-684-4075
Perhaps the most popular of the Puget Sound beaches, Alki Beach runs from Alki Point to Duwamish Head on Elliott Bay in West Seattle. The sandy beach is perfect for summer picnics and sunbathing, and the 2.5-mile-long pedestrian walkway attracts everyone from joggers to dog-walkers.
Main St. & Railroad Ave., Edmonds, WA 98020 | 425-771-0230
Located just north of the Edmonds Ferry dock, this park offers spectacular views of the snowcapped Olympic mountains and the waters of Puget Sound. Relax with the kids on the sandy beach as you watch scuba divers come and go at the adjacent Edmonds Underwater Park.
950 NW Carkeek Park Rd., Seattle, WA 98177 | 206-684-0877
The 220-acre Carkeek Park in North Seattle offers stunning views of the Puget Sound and Olympic Mountains. A pedestrian bridge over the railroad tracks connects the sandy beach to the rest of the park, where you'll find miles of hiking trails, play and picnic areas, an orchard, and Pipers Creek, an urban stream that empties into the Sound.
5700 SW Dash Point Rd., Federal Way, WA 98023 | 253-661-4955
Dash Point State Park is a 398-acre camping park with 3,301 feet of saltwater shoreline on Puget Sound. Located between Seattle and Tacoma, the beach provides unobstructed views of the Sound, and if you catch it at low tide you're sure to discover an abundance of crabs, clams, sand dollars, and other interesting sea life!
3801 Discovery Park Blvd, Seattle, WA 98199 | 206-386-4236
The south beach at Discovery Park is a popular destination for local beachgoers, with its wide, sandy beach and amazing views of the Sound. On a clear day, you can see Mount Rainier, and if you're really lucky you might even see a seahawk diving into the cool waters to catch a fresh fish for dinner.
8498 Seaview Pl. NW, Seattle, WA 98117 | 206-684-4075
Located in Ballard on Puget Sound, this popular beachfront park features extraordinary views of Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains. Golden Gardens offers strolls along a rugged coastline, hikes through forest trails, sunbathing on sandy beaches, fishing from a pier and a boat launch.
10th St. & W. Marine View Dr., Everett, WA 98201 | 425-257-8300
Wriggle your toes in the warm sand, play in the water and explore the nature trails of Everett's two-mile long scenic gem. Jetty Island beaches are among the Puget Sound's sandiest, and its waters are a kite boarder's paradise. Set up your beach towels, bring your bucket and shovel to play in the sand, and be prepared for the perfect day at the beach.
15610 Marine Dr., Stanwood, WA 98292 | 360-652-7992
About an hour north of Seattle, you'll find this spectacular saltwater beach park located along the shores of picturesque Port Susan. From its 3,300 foot shoreline to its evergreen forests, Kayak Point Park offers a rich setting for pier fishing, windsurfing, picnicking, hiking, camping, and boat launching.
470 Admiral Way South, Edmonds, WA 98020 | 425-771-0230
The southernmost park along the Edmonds waterfront, Marina Beach is one of the public's favorite. With its fascinating marine life at low tide, and stunning views of the Olympic Mountains, you'll soon see why! Also featured are picnic areas, volleyball net, playground area for the kids, and an off-leash dog area.
6026 156th SW, Edmonds, WA 98036 | 425-388-6600
Located north of Edmonds on Puget Sound, this beautiful 95-acre saltwater beach and woodland park features a 1.25-mile hike through magnificent old-growth forest and onto the scenic beach where you can enjoy breathtaking views of the distant Olympic Mountains. A large grassy area near the beach offers a wonderful place for picnics, sunbathing, or perhaps a game of frisbee.
5605 Owen Beach Rd, Tacoma, WA 98407 | 253-305-1010
Views of Vashon Island, ferry boats and fishing craft make Owen Beach one of Point Defiance Park's most popular destinations. Have a picnic, rent a kayak, sunbathe on the sandy beach, go for a romantic stroll along the Promenade - the possibilities are endless. Dogs are welcome here, too, so no need to leave Fido home on this trip!
2021 NW 190th St., Shoreline, WA 98177 | 206-801-2600
This secluded, dog-friendly beach in Shoreline offers wonderful views of Whidbey Island and the Puget Sound. Like many of the beaches along the Seattle side of the Sound, you'll have to cross a skybridge to access the sandy beach from the rest of the park, but it's worth it!
25205 8th Pl S, Des Moines, WA 98198 | 253-661-4956
This 87-acre park in the city of Des Moines features 1,445 feet of saltwater beachfront, including an excellent sandy swimming beach in the southwest corner, and rocky tide flats along the west with a submerged artificial reef that is popular with scuba divers. The park has 48 campsites, and its forested trails and beach access make it a popular destination.