Free Seattle: Golden Gardens

Golden Gardens SunsetOn a sunny evening in Seattle, you really can’t beat Golden Gardens.


  • Free
  • Amazing sunset views of ocean, boats, and mountains
  • Lots of free parking
  • Good wind for kite flying
  • Picturesque picture taking

What to Do:

  • Explore the awesome new playground on the north end
  • Comb the beach for treasures
  • Build a sand castle
  • Fly a kite
  • Watch the evening sailboat races
  • Have a BBQ in the rentable picnic spaces
  • Cuddle around a sunset bonfire on the beach
  • Take your dog to the adjoining dog park

Golden Gardens Stream

Know Before You Go:

  • The water in the Sound is very cold. You can wade in, but most of the year, I wouldn’t recommend swimming.
  • Dogs aren’t (supposedly) allowed on the beach, although I’ve seen that rule broken on many occasion. Just make sure to clean up after your dog, of course.
  • On the south end, there’s a stream leading into the Sound, where kids love to play. A couple of years ago it tested high for bacteria (erroneously). Supposedly, it’s been okay since, and the city will post warning signs if there’s a health risk. Just be observant and aware.
  • Ray’s Boathouse is a decent (though pricey) restaurant with a view, just south of Golden Gardens. For a cheaper alternative, head upstairs to its café level, where you get all the view plus equally decent food, for a cheaper price tag.

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Have your own tips for free things to do in and around Seattle … or your city? Please share!

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