Located in the Ballard area of Seattle, Golden Gardens Park is a stretch of public green space that sits right on Puget Sound. Not only can you sit on the beach and let the gentle saltwater waves lap up against your feet, but on a clear day, you can also see the majesty of the Olympic Mountains out in the distance. Restored wetlands allow for the perfect opportunity to hike, while the Brick House has plenty of entertainment options for you to enjoy throughout the year.
For those who love boating, Golden Gardens Park is the perfect place to launch a canoe or kayak. The launching area is hand carry only, but there isn't a launching fee. Don't have a canoe or kayak? Don't worry – there are rental sites within the park for you to be able to enjoy the gentle waves of Puget Sound. An off-leash dog area is available in the park as well!
One of the best aspects of life along a saltwater beach is the ability to go fishing or clamming. Licenses are required for both activities and limits apply, but imagine spending an early morning fishing from one of the piers as the sky lights up behind you in pinks and oranges. That was the goal of this park when it was initially developed in 1907 and it is still the goal of many local residents today!
Northwest tree and bench at Golden Gardens park Photo: wonderlane
Fire pits are installed for the perfect picnic lunch and on a rare sunny day in the Seattle area, there's enough sandy areas on the rugged beach to grab a tan while in season. With play areas for the kids, forest trails to explore, and facilities on site, Golden Gardens Park will provide you with the free escape that you desire.