Golden Gardens Park, Seattle, Washington

8498 Seaview Pl NW, Seattle, Washington

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Submitted by: Stephen D.

Incredible sunset viewing, awesomely designed jungle gym area where even big kids can play, fire pits on the beach. Come here for sunset; arrive an hour early or so, in order to ha...

Submitted by: Joshua B.

The second best beach in all of Seattle (sorry Ballard, but West Seattle has you beat). But otherwise one of the jewels and great things about living in Seattle. It's out of the way unless you live in Ballard, but there's Paseo along the way to keep you fortified, and plenty to do once you get here. The massive beach itself, the kids play structure, the off-leash dog park just up the hill.  There's even a snack shack that's usually open during the good weather (ha) months, and the "Little Coney" place at the south end of the park if you want something more substantial (burger, fries, etc). You can even rent out the event hall at the north end of the beach for a wedding or big party (which I hear is very popu...

Submitted by: Jamie A.

This park has it all!  There is a beautiful beach where kids can play, adults can relax, anyone can enjoy a game of volleyball or a stroll along the sand/water, bbq can be made and happily consumed, dogs can chase balls or birds, etc.  There is also an awesome new play area for kids that is very large and als...

Submitted by: Liana R.

I heart Golden Gardens.  It's a gorgeous 2 mile ride along the Burke Gilman from the center of Ballard to the event house at the beach.  There is a new playground going up for kids, a nice field where you can gather up some friends for a friendly soccer match or some kite flying, a trail along the rocky shore to the marina for a nice walk, dairy-free frozen treats for sale, grills, volleyball nets and sites galore for all you people watchers.  I have even seen a cat on a leash there and people swimming sans wetsuits in 40 degree weather.  The hike to the top and the actual park is a nice glute workout and the view from the top of Sunset Hill is extraordinary, especially at sunset.  I'd recommend riding your ...

Submitted by: Jeff S.

As a Seattle resident, I've been frequenting Golden Gardens for nearly 17 yrs and have always been awed by it's beauty and accessibility. During the week, it's a wonderful place for fresh air and views of Puget Sound and the Olympics, a place to soak up the sun, BBQ or a picnic on the beach. The visitors during the week are civil and respectful and clearly appreciate such a gem for our city. Unfortunately, it's the weekend experience that consistently leaves a bad taste in my mouth. I realize the weekends are especially crazy, but it brings about a crowd that is clearly not from the area and have little respect for the park or its visitors. Parking is an absolute nightmare and people are completely oblivious...

Submitted by: Becca C.

Wander through Ballard towards the Olympics, and you'll eventually crash right into Golden Gardens.  The beaches in WA are low-key.  People having a good time but not trying to make a scene and flaunt themselves.  Famil...

Submitted by: Marc M.

Excellent location for anything from a BBQ with a bunch of friends to just kicking back on the beach to watch the sunset. Keep in mind, if the weather is really nice out, there will be a lot of people here and parking will be a bit of a hassle, but it's definitely worth it once you hit the park. You will see lots of beach volleyball, kite flying, and food everywhere along with kids playing in the water and seagulls scavenging for a bite to eat. Luckily, this is a pretty big park space, so even on those crowded days it won't be impossible to find a good spot to claim as your own for a few hours. The views of the sound are pretty incredible and there are plenty of areas to explore a little bit of nature as wel...

Submitted by: Cyndi C.

Golden Gardens is THE meeting place for Seattle sun worshipers. Best Sandy Beach Hangout in Seattle to see and be seen. This park has a fun vibe during the hot summer months. Somewhat busy with families in the day playing volleyball, Frisbee, flying kites... It also is spot for hipster posses on the weekends with their resurrected 80's sunglasses, a boom box and a cooler on a hot summer day. The water is too cold for me to swim but I see lil kids doing it. The sunset views are great here; the crisp blue water and white caped Olympic Mountains in view over a picnic blanket.. I have seen lovely weddings in the pavilion that is available for rent..  Stay even later and perhaps a random drum jam or fire spinning...

Submitted by: chris m.

Now I see why everybody talks about "Golden Gardens".   Sandy beach, Olympic Mountains in the background, hot sun, brisk breeze, cold water, rocky shores, groves of tr...

Submitted by: Sean C.

With a name of such promise like Golden Gardens, even a pragmatist might hope that the park delivers on the titular claims. I was both a bit disappointed and my black heart was a bit vindicated to learn it was in fact neither golden nor gardens. It does however come filled with plenty of sand, sufficient parking between all of the lots, and, if one were inclined to poetic hyperbole, love. Golden Gardens is most noteworthy for being BBQ central during the elusive "summer" month in Seattle as one of the more popular beach parks, and obtaining a prime waterfront location requires showing up before noon. Once a claim is staked, the all day and into the night festivities are all but assured, with families and hip...

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