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Best Seattle Area Summer Beaches

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When the weather gets warm, it’s always fun to hit the beach. And there are some great, family-friendly places where swimming, picnics and playgrounds make summer in Seattle great.

Matthews Beach 
9500 51st Avenue NE
Seattle, WA 98115
Open: June 25 – September 5

Matthews is Seattle’s largest freshwater swimming beach. Restrooms and phones are available nearby. Parking is available at the beach. As a stop on the Burke-Gilman Trail, the park is also easily accessible by bicycle.

Seward Park Beach
5900 Lake Washington Boulevard South
Seattle, WA 98118
Open: June 25 – September 5

Beach amenities include a swimming raft, a play area for children, and lifeguards on duty in the summer. Restrooms, picnic sites, and snacks are available nearby.

Madison Beach Park
1900 43rd Avenue East
Seattle, WA 98112
Open: June 25 – September 5

Madison Beach has a grassy area where sunbathers can relax and enjoy a stunning view of Lake Washington. Amenities include a play area for children, a swimming raft, a diving board and lifeguards on duty in the summer.

East & West Green Lake Beaches
7312 West Green Lake Drive North
Seattle, WA 98115
Open: June 25 – August 28

Green Lake has two popular swimming beaches: East Green Lake Beach (7201 East Green Lake Drive North) and West Green Lake Beach. Amenities include a play area for children, bathrooms, basketball courts, swimming rafts, diving boards and lifeguards on duty in the summer.

Magnuson Park Beach
7400 Sand Point Way NE
Seattle, WA 98115
Open: June 25 – August 28

Shallow (waist high to adults) waters stretch from the beach out about four feet. A drop-off beyond that becomes a depth of 10 to 12 feet. Done with water play for the day? Then toss your towel down and warm yourself in the sun on grassy flats west of the beach. A children’s wading pool, picnic shelters and tables, are all available nearby.

For more information on local parks and beaches, check out the website at http://www.seattle.gov.

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