Beach at Golden Garden Park
Golden Gardens Park is a 95-acre beach park with sandy beaches north of Shilshole Bay Marina. There are picnic facilities, restrooms, basketball hoops, volleyball nets, lots of parking, and plenty of space to get away from it all. Rising above Golden Gardens is Sunset Hill Park, a prime perch for dramatic sunsets and long views extraordinary views of Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains.
On nice summer days Golden Gardens becomes one huge beach party. Families with kids like it because of its close-in parking and accessibility. You will find picnic shelters and tables adjacent to the parking lot are available. Reservations can be made by phone. You will find the number by clicking the Golden Gardens Park home page. It is also a popular spot for kayakers to get into the water. Beach fires are legal (in designated fire pits). Try to stay for the sunsets on the water which can be truly amazing.
A recent project restored two wetlands, established a short loop trail, and restored the northern beach. The upper part of the park contains the dog run and forest trails. A steep stairway connects the top of the hill at NW 85th (across the street from Caffe Fiore) with the beach, and runs right by the dog run and hiking trails. It’s a good hike; however, if you have little ones in tow, driving up the hill is a better idea. A large lawn adjacent to the parking lot invites ball playing and kite flying. Nearby is the newly-remodeled Golden Gardens Bathhouse, which is available to rent for special events.
I-5: Take the 80th Street/85th Street exit (southbound) or Aurora Avenue N/85th Street exit (northbound) and follow 85th Street westbound to its end (cross Aurora, Greenwood, and 24th Avenue NW). At the dead end, turn right; look for the brown directional sign. Follow the road all the way downhill to the park. The upper northern part of the park, with dog run and woods trails, is located on the right near the bottom of the hill. Parking: To access the beach, turn right or go straight at the four-way-stop at the bottom of the hill. Overflow parking is located on the right, next to the railroad tracks, before you reach the park entrance at the bottom of the hill. There isn’t a street sign, but look for a yellow hairpin turn sign just before the lot entry. Once parked, go down the stairs and use the railroad pedestrian underpass. Click the park address 498 Seaview Pl NW Seattle, WA for a map. You can also call (206) 684-4075 for reservations or more information.