While the average temperature in Seattle in the summer is just 75 °F, we think it’d be a shame to visit the city without a trip to the beach. With Elliott Bay, Lake Washington, Lake Union and public pools all in range of the Pan Pacific, you have plenty of options to stay cool, and catch a tan in this city by the sea.
Matthews Beach Park
Matthews Beach Park is a 22-acre recreation area in north Seattle, on Pontiac Bay. This popular swimming area includes a diving platform, a beach staffed by two lifeguards, a playground, and several picnic tables with barbecue pits.
Golden Gardens Park
Nestled in Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood on Puget Sound, Golden Gardens Park is a popular spot for sunbathing, playing volleyball, and fishing. Enjoy sandy beaches sent against a stunning backdrop including the Sound, and The Olympic Mountains.
Warren G. Magnuson Park
This park juts into Lake Washington, offering over four miles of walking paths, and a cute, tiny-pebbled shoreline. Splash around in the lake, or swim out to the nearby swimming platform. Little ones and skittish swimmers beware– about four feet off the shoreline, the depth of the lake plummets to 12 feet.
Mounger Pool has both a big and a little pool option. The Big Pool is kept at 85 degrees, has five ladders, and a 50-foot corkscrew slide, while the Little Pool is shallower and slightly warmer. Take the kids to cool off on a hot Seattle day.
A public pool in West Seattle’s Lincoln Park, Colman uses less chlorine, and adds saltwater to compensate. Enjoy the fabulous views of the bay, and the pool’s giant water slide.