Seattle Sights

Alki Point and Beach

  • 1702 Alki Ave. S.W. Map It
  • West Seattle
  • Beach–Sight
  • Fodor's Choice
  • Lighthouse, Alki Point and Beach, Seattle, Washington, USA

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Published 04/05/2016

Fodor's Review

In summer, this is as close to California as Seattle gets—and some hardy residents even swim in the cold, salty waters of Puget Sound here (water temperature ranges from 46 to 56 degrees F). This 2½-mile stretch of sand has views of the Seattle skyline and the Olympic Mountains, and the beachfront promenade is especially popular with skaters, joggers, strollers, and cyclists. Year-round, Seattleites come to build sand castles, beachcomb, and fly kites; in winter, storm-watchers come to see the crashing waves. Facilities include drinking water, grills, picnic tables, phones, and restrooms; restaurants line the street across from the beach. To get here from Downtown, take either I–5 south or Highway 99 south to the West Seattle Bridge (keep an eye out, as this exit is easy to miss) and exit onto Harbor Avenue S.W., turning right at the stoplight. Alki Point is the place where David Denny, John Low, and Lee Terry arrived in September 1851, ready to found a city. The Alki Point Lighthouse dates from 1913. One of 195 Lady Liberty replicas found around the country lives near the 2700 block of Alki Avenue S.W. Miss Liberty (or Little Liberty) is a popular meeting point for beachfront picnics and dates.

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1702 Alki Ave. S.W., Seattle, Washington, 98116, United States

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Published 04/05/2016


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