Golden sunsets with an ethereal orange and red glow warm the white sand of Alki Beach while joggers, bicyclists, and rollerbladers travel down Alki Avenue. Surrounded by mountain ranges and the Seattle skyline, Alki Beach Park is a beautiful beach that runs 2.5 miles from Alki Point to Duwamish Head on Elliott Bay. This beach offers spectacular views of the Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains. From this vantage point, you can also spot ferries running between Bainbridge Island and the Olympic Peninsula.
Settlers first discovered Alki Beach in 1851 and by the early 1900s it was a popular destination. Before roads linked downtown Seattle and Alki Beach, visitors traveled to the beach by boat. The city eventually installed an electric street railway line in 1902, bridging the gap between the beach and city. In 1910, Alki Beach Park became the first municipal saltwater beach on the west coast.
Visitors can still travel to Alki Beach from downtown Seattle via water taxi. Many come to visit the Alki Point Lighthouse, which dates back to 1913 and continues to function. In the summer, take a tour or take in the view from a binocular. Summer concerts in the park have also been a trademark of Alki Beach since the early 1900s. Visitors can hear local bands play at Kenyon Hall or the historic Admiral Theater and every August the park hosts the Seattle Music Festival.
No matter whether it’s summer or raining, Alki Beach is beautiful and enjoyable year-round. Home to fabulous restaurants and cafes, such as Salty’s Seafood Grill, Spud Fish & Chips, and Alki Bakery & Café, the California beach town atmosphere offers visitors a chance to relax.
- April 15 through October 1: 6am to 11pm
- October 2 through April 14: 4am to 11:30pm
- Location: 1702 Alki Avenue SW, Seattle, WA
- Seattle Parks & Recreation Phone: 206-684-4075; TTY: 206-233-1509
- Website: www.seattle.gov