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Old Dec 17th, 2008, 11:30 AM
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Seattle and the sea

Hi! We must go to Seattle in July.
We can spend 3-4 days and then we would like to go somewhere close where we are going to be able to swim in the ocean.
Please, advise.

Also is that true that Seattle does not have beaches? Because it is too cold during the year?


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Old Dec 17th, 2008, 11:33 AM
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As I responded on your other thread:

Seattle does have nice swimming beaches, but they are on the lake, not on Puget Sound. The water in the sound is too cold for swimming, for most people anyway. (Maybe a few kids swim at Alki Beach). The lake, on the other hand, is very nice for swimming.
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Old Dec 17th, 2008, 11:36 AM
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Seattle is located on Puget Sound, not the Pacific ocean.

Yes, we have some beaches in the city where you can swim. Both on the Sound and on Lake Washington.

No, it is not too cold to have beaches (whatever that means).

But if you want to go to an ocean beach you need to head to the coast. It's about a 3 hour drive from Seattle, down thru Aberdeen, and out to Graylands, Ocean Shores, etc.

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Old Dec 17th, 2008, 11:41 AM
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suze,
we'll be fine with lake beaches.
Thanks
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Old Dec 17th, 2008, 11:50 AM
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Madison Park
the Arboretum
Madrona/Leshi
are some of the favorite swimming spots, that are right in the city (on Lake Washington).

As well as Alki beach or Golden Gardens for swimming in the Puget Sound.
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Old Dec 17th, 2008, 12:02 PM
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I was thinking of flying elsewhere but we can actually spend a whole week in Seattle? WOW!
I will google those beaches, thanks so much!
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Also seward parak, I think.

If you want to get out of Seattle for an overnight, there is a sandy beach at Port Townsend where we have done a bit of swimming on a hot day. It is at Fort Worden right next to the pier with the Marine Science Center.
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I am really typing badly today. Make that

"Seward Park".
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Old Dec 18th, 2008, 08:31 AM
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www.seattle.gov/parks

Go to this website. Then "sort by feature" and pick "swimming" to find a list of places.
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Oops, actually you need to go to "Parks" then "Search Parks by Features".
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I grew up on Puget Sound and have lived near beaches on both coasts. Water temperatures in Puget Sound in July are usually in the 50-60 degree range as compared to Atlantic sounds closer to 70's and Florida sounds 80's etc. The sun is as bright when the day is clear, but if you like to swim for long periods sans wetsuit, you will do better at the lake which may have warmed up by July. A lovely caveat is water close to a beach on a sunny day as the tide comes in over the hot beach. Enjoy
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