We in PNW might be blessed with plenty of mountains and forests and waterfalls and wildlife, but what is missing (to a certain extent) is a full blown beach area of the likes of California beaches. But nonetheless, we have lakes and lakes have shores if not lakes then there is Puget Sound and its shores. So, when temperatures in Seattle are soaring high and it gets warm enough to search for some sandy beaches: Madrona Park Beach is one such solace. It is a small, yet big enough sandy beach kind of an area on Lake Washington Boulevard.
Lake Washington Boulevard is a stretched road on the east end of Seattle running from North to South along Lake Washington connecting some amazing scenic spots like Seward Park, Leschi Park, Madrona Park, Denny Blaine Park, all of which offer amazing views of Mount rainier and Bellevue Skyline across the lake.
Madrona Park Beach
It is sandwiched between two beautiful bridges: I-90 and 520. On a warm sunny day, the blue water is an exact reflection of the sky above and you can find people out on the lake in their motorboats and kayaks and sailboats. There are plenty of picnic area, a small park for kids to play and pathway for walk along the water splashing on the rocks and amazing views of Mount Rainier and Bellevue skyline. And it doesn’t matter if you are out there with family or just you and your partner of hanging out with your friends, Madrona Park Beach is just about right for everyone.
On the day of our visit to this hidden gem, there were a lot of people shaking off the heat and having a nice time with their loved ones. There were people lying down on the shady grass lawn, smell of barbecue engulfed the air and people were swimming, jumping off the docks. It felt like a perfect American Summer. The parking was a bit tricky to find but after couple minutes of attempt we were lucky enough to find a spot in the parking lot. We spend an hour or so in the water and just had a perfect afternoon of a summer weekend. And then afterwards, just walked to the closest Starbucks for some frappe.
Madrona Beach Park is a peaceful break away from the city noise. The walk to the park is a nice stroll from 34th St. (the main drag) into the beautiful neighborhoods of Madrona and down a staircase. It’s a much less crowded park than Washington Park Arboretum. Madison Park Beach or Cal Anderson. There’s less to do than those parks but when you just want a nice, quiet, family-friendly park, this is probably a better choice. There is an old bathhouse that is now converted into a musical theater and on the other side of it is where lifeguards stay put during a busy day. There are bathrooms for people to take fresh water shower and change.
It is a community park and one of the most sought after spots for watching Blue Angles air show during the Seattle Seafair Week during summers or during winters when you can light a bonfire and drink apple cider and huddle around to watch Christmas Ships on Lake Washington.
About 5 minutes walk towards the south, you will find small shops, that give a small town feel to this neighborhood. And if you are feeling adventurous enough, there is a tiered level nude park : Denny Blaine Park, on the north of Madrona Beach Park, where you can find quietness and some privacy to yourself (but the parking can be a bit tricky).
Finally, to sum it all. Madrona Beach Park should be on your list if you are looking for Beaches in Seattle to take a dip and have a quality time with your friends and family.
- Lots of picnic space, seating, swimming docks for the summer
- Some hills on the other side of Lake Washington Blvd for in-city trails to mix up runs or bike rides
- Well Maintained with bathroom facilities and lifeguards on duty
- Close to Downtown and easily accessible via public transport
- Not so deep waters but good enough for swims
- Superb views of mount rainier and Bellevue skyline
- Close to restaurants and coffee shops
If it is crowded, you can park along the road and if you drive a little further Seward park is really close and offers another sandy beach area with park hikes. For more information regarding Madrona neighborhood visit link: Madrona Seattle