If you are looking for a place to relax in the busy city of Seattle, visit Alki Beach Park. Located in the western portion of the city, this lovely park runs 2.5 miles along Elliott Bay, from Alki Point to the mouth of the Duwamish River. Here you will engage in fun and revitalizing activities such as jogging, rollerblading, volleyball, bicycling, swimming, and sunbathing. You will also find picnic tables, an art studio, restrooms, and a monument at Alki Point to commemorate the arrival of the first settlers on November 13, 1851.
The northern end of the beach is protected by a bulkhead and surrounded by cottages. Views of Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains make for spectacular photographs. At low tide, the pilings of an old amusement park are visible and remind visitors of a time long since passed, where childish delights of the early twentieth century such as a huge German carousel, a roller coaster, a Ferris wheel, and a boat chute into a “tub” of water filled the atmosphere with laughter and squeals. Now the site is home to an old 2.5-ton anchor that was found at the bottom of the bay by the Nor'West Divers Club.
Alki Beach Park is the site of the first saltwater bathing beach available to the public on the west coast of the United States. The Alki Bathhouse was the first of its kind, built in 1911 to provide visitors with dressing rooms, lockers, a gym, clubrooms, a viewing balcony, and a cafe. The building was mostly demolished in 1955, save for a small portion that has since been remodeled for use today.
Several restaurants exist in and around the park and range from hamburger joints to more upscale establishments. In late August, a 5k race is hosted in the park by Sound Orthodontics to benefit breast cancer research efforts. The temperature of the bay ranges from 46 to 56 degrees Fahrenheit depending on the time of year. Parking is available along Alki Ave SW.
The park is open daily from 4AM to 11:30 PM, so feel free to drop in whenever you need a break from your vacation. Whether you need to wake up with a morning jog along the beach, grab some lunch at one of the park's eateries, or watch the sunset against Elliot Bay, Alki Beach Park has everything you need for a peaceful experience. For more information on this charming park, please call Seattle Parks and Recreation at 206-684-4075.