1702 Alki Ave. SW
Seattle, WA 98116
Alki Beach Description
This 2.5-mile beach in West Seattle offers non-stop eye candy. On the one hand, there are spectacular views of mountains, ferries, and the ocean. On the other, it's got the best people watching in town, with a colorful flock of bikers, sunbathers, rollerbladers, and volleyball players to observe The water is cold and there are no lifeguards, so this beach is less for swimming and more for exploring. For a fun and surprisingly inexpensive boat trip, take the Water Taxi from Pier 54 on Seattle's waterfront, then the free West Seattle shuttle to the beach.
Babies: Crawlers and early walkers will enjoy simple toys or just a cup in the sand.
Toddlers & Pre-K: Sun, sand, and water: it doesn't get any better for the little ones.
School-Age Kids: Low tide can provide close encounters with all kinds of sea life, including crabs and sea stars.
Pre-Teens & Teens: Sunbathers will want to set up near the ever-present beach volleyball players.
- Go at low tide. Alki Beach enjoys super low tides that reveal expanses of wet sand and some great beachcombing, including the odd bit of sea glass.
- Dress for beachcombing. Unless you plan to sunbathe, wear comfortable summer clothing, and bring cups or small buckets for any treasures you may find.
Just the Facts
Recommended Time: Half day