Seattle Viewpoints
Alki Beach Park (page 1 of 2)

Location
1702 Alki Avenue SW.

See the map showing Alki Beach Park in relation to other West Seattle viewpoints and bus routes.

Admission
Free.

Getting there by car
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Getting there by bus
From downtown, via bus number 37 (Alki, Admiral District).
Board the southbound bus at the corner of 2nd Avenue and Pike Street.
(Enjoy the view from West Seattle Bridge as you cross it on the bus. Unfortunately no pedestrian traffic is allowed on the bridge.)
Alight from the bus at the corner of Beach Drive SW and 61st Ave SW.
It is about a 25-minute ride.
(Note: Bus number 37 unfortunately has a confusing and irregular timetable. If you do not intend to alight in West Seattle, bus number 37 makes a terrific round drive for taking in the views of West Seattle. If you do alight in West Seattle, it is probably best to plan your return trip via bus number 56.)
You will see the viewpoint with its "can't-miss" views of Puget Sound from Alki Avenue.

Alki Beach

From downtown, via bus number 56 (Alki Beach).
Board the southbound bus at the corner of 1st Avenue and Pike Street.
(Enjoy the view from West Seattle Bridge as you cross it on the bus. Unfortunately no pedestrian traffic is allowed on the bridge.)
Alight from the bus at the corner of 61st Avenue SW and Alki Avenue, the last stop on the route. It is about a 20- to 30-minute ride each way, depending on whether you catch an express bus.

Notes and Tips
Alki Beach Park is the largest of a chain of public access spaces that skirt the West Seattle peninsular along the water's edge. Offering about two and a half miles of beach access, the Parkruns nearly the whole length of Alki Avenue, from Duwamish Head to Alki Point, and after a section of private beach continues a short way around the Point.

The western end of the park has grassy areas with covered picnic tables and barbeques. Towards the middle of the park is a sandy beach with volley ball facilities and fire circles. Public restrooms are also available. Benches line Alki Beach Trail which lies parallel to the park and offers wheeled and pedestrian lanes.

West Seattle viewpoints, Alki Beach ParkOn sunny days, especially in summer, there is plenty of people watching to be had with sunbathers, volleyball players, in-line skaters, bicyclists, runners and walkers using the park. The beach has no lifeguards, so swimmers risking the cool Puget Sound waters need to use care.

Many commercial eating establishments line the other side of Alki Avenue, providing everything from snacks and takeout food, to fine dining.

The park houses other attractions, including many small art installations. The Birthplace of Seattle Monument marks the place where the first white settlers arrived in 1851. A version of the Statue of Liberty, across from 60th Avenue Southwest, is a reference to the area's original name "New York Alki". The Alki Bathhouse Art Studio offers a place for local potters and painters to practice their craft.Alki Beach, Seattle

Alki Beach Park began with an acquisition of 2500 feet of beach between 58th and 65th Avenues SW, in 1910.

The Views
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