Parking and Beach Shuttles

Summer 2021

  1. The Visitor Center (Enviromental Learning Center) is closed this year. This is due to the pandemic and staffing shortages earlier in the year, but also because of an upcoming ADA construction project in the last half of the year. 
  2. Because of the closure, we are unable to distribute beach parking passes to seniors and families with young children at this time. If you have a valid ADA sticker/placard on your car you are still able to drive to the beach and park in the desginated ADA parking area. 
  3. There are no beach shuttles this year.

Please note that the information provided below is irrelevant for 2021.


On days when shuttles are in service (Saturdays and Sundays in the summer only) there are no beach parking passes.

Beach parking passes are available for those who otherwise would not be able to walk to the beach - families with children under 6, people over 62 year old, and others who are not physically able to walk to the beach due to and injury, illness or some other physical condition.  These passes are only available when the summer shuttles are not running (meaning Tuesday-Friday in the summer, and Tuesday -Sunday the rest of the year). See below for more parking info.

Summer Weekend Shuttles

Beach shuttles run during summer weekends only, Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day. The 2019 shuttle begins Saturday May 25th and runs weekends 10 am - 6 pm. It goes through Labor Day, Monday Sept. 2. Last pickup from the beach is approximaitely 5:30 pm.

Parking

If you have a permit from the City of Seattle to park down at the beach, you can park there - however:

  • Permits for beach parking are very limited. They are available on a first-come, first-served basis at the Discovery Park Environmental Learning Center Tuesday through Friday during open hours. (See this page for open hours.)
  • Beach permits are only for those who otherwise would not be able to walk to the beach - families with children under 6, people over 62, and others who are not physically able to walk to the beach due to and injury, illness or some other physical condition.
  • Permits are good for three hours and must be returned to the environmental learning center after use.
  • Beach passes are extremely limited. Occasionally you may need to wait until one is returned before you can check one out.

If you do not have a permit, you may receive a parking ticket from the Seattle Police Department if you are parked at the beach.