Golden Gardens

Golden Gardens


Golden Gardens is Seattle’s best beach for just hanging around outside. As Puget Sound rolls in and out on the shores of the Ballard area park, Seattle residents spend their days and lives on this sandy oceanfront expanse. Situated on Shilshole Bay, the park was founded by Henry Treat in 1907, when he created it as a getaway for city residents—and to get them to view real estate on the way out. As the city expanded, this became its play place in the sun.

In the morning you’ll find perky folks on their morning constitutionals along the walking and biking paths, sometime accompanied by their canine friends, as the off-leash dog park here is a draw. By mid-day young children are building sandcastles while their parents re-apply the sunscreen. The parties will begin as afternoon hits, whether it’s a wedding in the bathhouse or a family reunion at the barbecue, and they’ll continue by bonfire late into the night. Those who do hang around for those evening hours are in for a treat: The view is always worth admiring; looking out at the Olympic Mountains across the water during the day, bested only by the phenomenal sunsets as night falls.

In addition to the natural views, there is always a lot to watch at Golden Gardens, from the kayakers and paddle-boarders in the water, to the faraway cruise and cargo ships that roll by in the distance. Closer yet are the volleyball players in the sand and the basketball games on the courts. Watch as families launch their boat from the ramp at one end or walk the length of the beach to the grassy areas at the north end. There is endless opportunity for fun in the sun at Golden Gardens, which is why Seattleites keep it packed as they enjoy their time in the outdoors.




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