Golden Gardens is located in the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle, right on the shores of Puget Sound, which makes it unique among the city’s parks. From the beauty of Discovery Park to the leisure opportunities near Green Lake, you could easily spend an entire trip just exploring the green spaces of the city, but if you’re visiting in the summer, be sure to head for Golden Gardens. Both locals and visitors enjoy this park for its incredible views, hiking, and sunbathing—it’s one of the best beaches in Seattle.
These sandy shores are the perfect spot for a bit of sunbathing in the summer or planning a family picnic. There are covered areas with picnic tables and charcoal grills that you can reserve if you want to spend the full day here, and if you have a competitive spirit, you might be tempted to join in on one of the beach volleyball games. For a little quiet time, cast your line off the pier and enjoy fishing in this beautiful park.
Golden Gardens also has great opportunities for fitness. Whether you choose to hike along the rugged coastline or jog along forest trails, you can many options for breaking a sweat. There is also a boat launch here for visitors who might be interesting in a boating excursion on Puget Sound; the park is located very close to the Shilshole Marina. Opening hours of the park are from 6 am to 11:30 pm, so whenever you want to get a breath of fresh air, this is the perfect place.
Just like most beaches in Seattle, Golden Gardens is relatively easy to reach. If you choose to bring your rental car, there is parking available—do keep in mind, however, that parking can be scarce on the sunniest days of the year and over the weekends. If you’d rather not worry about parking, another options is taking advantage of local transportation and hopping a bus to the park. While there are many beautiful places in Seattle to watch the sun set, this park should definitely be towards the top of that list.
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