Alki Beach Park
Address: 1702 Alki Ave SW, 98116
Seattle Parks and Recreation Information:
(206) 684-4075 | Contact Us
TTY Phone: (206) 233-1509
SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENTSEnjoy a campfire on the beach!
Please light a fire ONLY in designated fire pits, available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Click to skip down to:
- Boat Launch (Hand Carry)
- Fire Pit
- Picnic Sites
- Rental Facility
- Restrooms (ADA Compliant)
- Paths (ADA Compliant)
4 a.m.-11:30 p.m.
ABOUT THE PARK
Picture a perfect summer day, and chances are your thoughts will take you to Alki Beach Park, a long beach strip that runs from Alki Point to Duwamish Head on Elliott Bay. It's a great spot for a 2.5 mile walk any time of year, and in the summer draws joggers, rollerbladers, volleyball players, beachcombers, sunbathers, bicyclists and strollers out to enjoy the sun.
The widened path accommodates a lot of folks, and there's plenty of parking along Alki Ave. SW. There are picnic tables, a bathhouse housing an art studio, and a restroom at the south (Alki Point) end of the beach, and there you'll find the monument to the arrival of the first white settlers on November 13, 1851.
The water temperature ranges from 46 to 56 degrees Fahrenheit.
The north end of the beach is protected by a bulkhead, and flanked by cottages. The whole beach offers spectacular views of Puget Sound, the Olympic Mountains, and the flotilla of ferries, sailboats, steamships and other craft that ply Puget Sound waters.
At a small seawalled square that used to be the site of Luna Park, an amusement park, be sure to stop and see the old 2.5-ton anchor dredged up by the Nor'West Divers Club and secured at the site.
Alki Beach is the site of the landing of the first white settlers in Seattle on a cold, stormy day in November of 1851. Chief Seattle and his tribe greeted them and helped them build their cabin to stave off the cold, wet winter.
The beach enjoys minus tides that reveal a wide expanse of sandy beach. Partly protected by a seawall, Alki Beach is a summer park destination. The park begins at Alki Point and extends 2.5 miles to Duwamish Head, the mouth of the Duwamish River. ("Duwamish" comes from a Chinook word "duwampsh," meaning "many-colored river," and was one of the first names proposed for the city that is now Seattle.)
By 1902 the beach was so popular that it became the destination of the new electric street railway line, "all the way from Seattle."
To add attraction to the beach, Chas. Looff built an elaborate amusement park on pilings at Duwamish Head (you can still see the pilings at low tide!), and called it Luna Park after its Coney Island, NY namesake. The park, completed in 1907, included the "Powers Natatorium and Bathhouse" with several heated saltwater pools, a huge German carousel, a Ferris wheel, a roller coaster, a restaurant, and a boat chute into a "tub" of water.
In 1910 this section of beach became the first part of the park, and was also the first municipal saltwater beach on the west coast. The Alki Bathhouse, built in 1911, was the first of its kind.
In 1908 L. G. Mecklem flew Seattle's first flight: an air balloon ride from Luna Park to the Meadows Race Track in Georgetown. A fire razed Luna Park in 1931. In 1945 the City acquired the site, and in 1954 filled it in.
The Statue of Liberty, a small replica of the original "Liberty Enlightening the World" in New York City, was a gift from Reginald H. Parsons and the Seattle Council of the Boy Scouts of America in 1952. The statue has become such a symbol of liberty and courage that it became a place to mourn, to reflect, and to leave mementos after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.
Since 1973, a marker has commemorated the 45 lives lost when in 1906 the steamer Dix collided with the steamer Jeanie off Duwamish Head, a somber reminder of the power of the sea.
To learn more about Seattle Parks and Recreation,
including historic landmarks, military base reuse, and the Sherwood History
Files, view our Park History
> Plan a trip to Alki Beach Park
From I-5 northbound or southbound or from State Road 99 (Aurora Avenue):
- take the West Seattle Bridge to West Seattle
- take the ramp towards Harbor Ave/Avalon Way
- turn right onto Harbor Ave SW
- Bear Left on Alki Ave SW
- Alki Beach Park is on your right
On street parking only. Parking can be difficult during the summer.
In our large parks and recreation system, we could not do what we do without you.
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Plans & Policies
- City Park Marine Reserves Rule
Pro Parks Levy
- Bathhouse building improvements
Photo by Laurel Mercury
Photo by Laurel Mercury
Photo by Beth Somerfield
Photo by Laurel Mercury