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Golden Gardens Park

Seattle + Tacoma Metro Area, Washington

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  • The fishing pier on the south end of Golden Gardens Park.- Golden Gardens Park
  • Picnic area near Golden Gardens Park's south parking lot.- Golden Gardens Park
  • The Golden Gardens Park beach.- Golden Gardens Park
  • Sailing on the Puget Sound.- Golden Gardens Park
  • Picnic area with barbecue grills at Golden Gardens Park.- Golden Gardens Park
  • A view of the fishing pier and Shilshole Bay Marina from the beach.- Golden Gardens Park
  • The well-used bike rack.- Golden Gardens Park
  • The concession stand and volleyball courts at Golden Gardens Park.- Golden Gardens Park
  • The Golden Gardens Park bathhouse can be rented for weddings and other events.- Golden Gardens Park
  • A hammock in the conservation area just north of the bathhouse.- Golden Gardens Park
  • The wetland area near the north beach.- Golden Gardens Park
  • The less-crowded north beach at Golden Gardens Park.- Golden Gardens Park
  • The north meadow in Golden Gardens Park.- Golden Gardens Park
  • The playground in Golden Gardens Park.- Golden Gardens Park
  • - Golden Gardens Park
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Sandy beaches. Beautiful views. Off-leash dog area.
Cons: 
Large crowds during the summer season.
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Region:
Seattle + Tacoma Metro Area, WA
Congestion: 
High
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
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Adventure Description

Adventure Description

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Though beautiful and busy throughout the year, Golden Gardens Park shines particularly during the summer, and it is without a doubt North Seattle’s premier beach experience. Located in Ballard just north of the Shilshole Bay Marina, the park’s lengthy shoreline boasts some of the best sand on the entire Puget Sound. The views aren’t bad, either, with the rugged blue summits of the Olympic Mountains layered behind green islands and sparkling waves. You’ll find a perfect atmosphere for boating around the bay, fishing from the pier, or simply relaxing the afternoon away.

The park is divided into two main sections by the Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) Scenic Subdivision railway line, which runs roughly 155 miles between Seattle and Wenatchee. The upper section features 1.5 miles of forested trails and an off-leash dog area. The lower portion is comprised of grassy fields, open beaches, and a small freshwater marsh where red-winged blackbirds and wood ducks occasionally make appearances. The giant brick bathhouse ties the park together at the edge of the main beach, providing restroom facilities and a concession stand. It was designated as a historical landmark by the city in 2005, and it can be rented for weddings and other ceremonies.

Note: Dogs are not permitted on the beach.

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