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Golden Gardens Park

Beach, Dog Run, and Playground
Sunset Hill, Seattle
84 Tips and reviews
  • sunsets
  • picnics
  • gardens
  • barbecue
  • biking
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  • Denise F.
    Denise FSeptember 6
    Best beach near Ballard area, get your friends and family and enjoy sun, playing volleyball or just a picnic barbecue.
  • Joyce H.
    It is way to crowded during the hot days to get on the beach especially during the summer and holidays. But I love the place where we can do bonfire and hang out.
  • andresmh .
    Ocean views and sunsets
  • Kimberly M.
    🌅 picnics on the beach
  • Dustin K.
    Dustin KoontzAugust 5, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    Clean up your trash.
  • Seth D.
    What a way to end our trip. Nice fire, woofems, spirits and family. Thoroughly enjoyed our stay in Seattle.
  • Logan K.
    Logan KerrApril 5, 2016
    Best beach in Seattle. The water is cold, but it's better than the pebble beaches.
  • Aslı B.
    Aslı BakıtkalFebruary 26, 2016
    Perfect view, peaceful and restful park.
  • Jack R.
    Jack ReevesFebruary 20, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    Perfect for sunsets.
  • Alex L.
    Alex LeeNovember 3, 2015
    Beautiful beach!
  • Anthony S.
    Anthony SantosAugust 29, 2015
    Bonfires and grilling
  • Oremo O.
    Oremo OchilloJune 26, 2015
    Party on the beach
  • Zackary B.
    Zackary BrownJune 22, 2015
    One of the best places to finish the night. Sandy beach, bonfires, and a sunset gives you the very most relaxation possible.
  • Curtis J.
    Curtis J.June 20, 2015
    Not very accessible.
  • Stephen S.
    Stephen SwisherMay 30, 2015
    Awesome views, great for picnics and fire pits
    Upvoted Sep 5
  • Eppy T.
    Eppy ThatcherApril 20, 2015
    Suns out guns out.
  • Sarah F.
    Sarah FoleyMarch 30, 2015
    Sunsets, bonfires, and beaches!
  • Courtney J.
    Courtney JillMarch 7, 2015
    Great sunset spot.
  • dimple
    dimpleJanuary 25, 2015
    The best part of golden gardens - sail boats!
  • Kristen H.
    Kristen HyslopeOctober 4, 2014
    lots of fire pits and beaches
  • Rev. G.
    Rev. GlenAugust 20, 2014
    Great park, amazing view when it's a clear day, sandy beach, and fires are aloud!
  • Mary S.
    Mary SAugust 7, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Some of the best sunsets ever.
  • Rebecca
    RebeccaJune 23, 2014
    Love this place:)
  • Brooke A.
    Brooke AgatherMay 7, 2014
    Get a blanket, jacket, wine and cheese and you're set! Sunny days are great lots of sailboats.
  • Kanisha A.
    If you want a fire pit.Get here early, as you cant start a fire without one.
  • Sankalp S.
    Sankalp ShereMay 2, 2014
    Found chowpatty in the northwest!
  • Lizzie L.
    Lizzie LizApril 15, 2014
    Truly the best beach in Seattle. Bonfire pits, tide pools, clean bathrooms l, snack bar, everything a person could want. Bring your suot, towel, and you! :D
  • Sloan N.
    Sloan NewmanMarch 10, 2014
    Fun time at Golden Gardens.
  • Wayne P.
    Wayne PeckNovember 16, 2013
    Attractive. Great place to relax.
  • Kaede B.
    Kaede BalazsNovember 14, 2013
    Beach, bonfires, the water, Yes! But on the rare days it's sunny, everyone in Seattle will have the same idea to come here, & parking is awful! Be prepared to circle, or park elsewhere and walk in.
  • Lucas M.
    Lucas MobleyAugust 21, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Nothing special here. Just water. I see water coming out of the faucet every day.
  • Ronnie T.
    Ronnie TaylorJuly 4, 2013
    The park enforcement puts your fire out at 9:30, and you can get it going again when they're gone.
  • Luke W.
    Luke WilliamsJune 16, 2013
    On nice days get there early or you'll be parking down by Ray's.
  • Kristie M.
    Kristie MacrisJune 8, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    The beach empties out after sunset. Grab one of the still burning bonfires (lazy people don't put the out) and enjoy yourself....
  • Annette A.
    Annette AugerMay 29, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    just breathe and look and enjoy
  • Timbuk2
    Timbuk2May 9, 2013
    Go ahead, throw a bon fire. Because you can.
  • Zlata Z.
    Zlata ZubenkoMay 5, 2013
    Good luck finding a parking spot. Lot off 85th St NW is a little better
  • Tyler M.
    Tyler ManningMay 4, 2013
    Fires on the beach rock
  • Jenny D.
    Jenny DanielsonApril 4, 2013
    Everyone should experience a sunset here once in their lifetime....If not daily!!
  • Yashar S.
    Yashar ShayanMarch 6, 2013
    Good spot to watch the sunset with your sweetheart. All that's missing is a glass of Champagne
  • John C.
    John ClarkeFebruary 26, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Usually colder than you think
    TruthorDare.usNovember 13, 2012
    We dare you to have a picnic on the beach at Golden Gardens and then go fishing off the pier.
  • Kate H.
    Kate HaileyNovember 12, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    one of the loveliest views in the Pacific North West. There's a beach, grills, a pier for fishing and my fave set of trees in the city of Seattle.
  • Johnny S.
    Johnny SAugust 12, 2012
    Saw a huge harbor seal here today. It was super close to the shore, just hanging out.
  • Los Angeles Times
    Los Angeles TimesJuly 27, 2012
    Golden Gardens includes a stretch of beach with classic views of Puget Sound and mountains, a little loop trail, a fishing pier and at its northern end, an off-leash dog zone. Read more
  • Sean P.
    Sean PersonJuly 20, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    the duck yes the sun yes on a good day the smell there are good to talking about the fire pit
  • Anthony E.
    Anthony EdwardsJune 28, 2012
    On a sunny evening, kharma smiles down. Gorgeous and alive.
  • Jennie C.
    Jennie CuttingMay 7, 2012
    Awesome place to have a bonfire in the summer. Relax and watch sailboat races. Beautiful!
  • Shawn A.
    Shawn AndersonMarch 17, 2012
    If it's a sunny day during the weekend, avoid trying to park by the playground. You are better off parking by the landing. You'll enjoy the enjoy the walk to the beach!
  • Pratiwi H.
    Pratiwi HarsetianiFebruary 5, 2012
    Bonfire #justbecause its 10 at night.
  • Omar S.
    Omar SachdevaNovember 16, 2011
    The GO-TO spot in the summer besides Alki
  • Allen J.
    Allen JiangSeptember 5, 2011
    "don't forget to bring a towel!" -towelie
  • In Ballard
    In BallardAugust 31, 2011
    This is the best beach in Seattle- make sure you walk to the far north end of the park for great views of the Sound
  • Isabella O.
    Isabella OrganAugust 30, 2011
    Crowded and crazy, but still undeniably a fun place to BBQ on the beach. Read more
  • Landon H.
    Landon HowellAugust 15, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Aside from watching a sunset from a ferry boat, Golden Gardens is second to none. Come early to picnic. Buddy-up with strangers at a bonfire. Drink until the sun sets behind the Olympic Mountains.
  • Christian W.
    Christian WilliamsJuly 28, 2011
    Great place to watch the sunset. If there is sun that day!
  • Star
    StarJuly 18, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Contemplation and seascapes go hand in hand, especially when your toes are in the sand
  • Ponzi B.
    Ponzi BlackJuly 5, 2011
    Write more proposals at the beach!
  • Nabeel
    NabeelJuly 3, 2011
    Take the cool roundabout at the end of the main parking lot for old fashioned goodness.
  • In Ballard
    In BallardJune 24, 2011
    For those you don't think Seattle has great beaches- we present Golden Gardens. Take pictures of the mountains and water to share with your landlocked friends!
  • Mike B.
    Mike BNovember 27, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Stay off the train tracks! They're a dangerous place to walk or play.
  • Mike B.
    Mike BNovember 27, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    On a quiet, damp night, come enjoy the sounds of the Sound
  • Renato A.
    Renato AgrellaSeptember 25, 2010
    Perfect place for taking sunset pictures
  • Suzy G.
    Suzy GuneyliAugust 23, 2010
    catching some rays
  • Carissa G.
    Carissa GarrardAugust 20, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Get here early to claim a fire-pit! Watch the cruise ships pass right around 4:30/5p
  • Rob
    RobAugust 17, 2010
    Come get a stella
  • Haley B.
    Haley BJuly 31, 2010
    Been here 100+ times
    Visit the turtle pond at the North end of the beach to see lots of turtles and birds.
  • Chris aka B A.
    Chris aka B AlexanderJuly 28, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Nice Beach BBQ place!
  • Nikki G.
    Nikki G.July 25, 2010
    Parking nightmare. Don't even attempt the main lot in the summer, go to the upper lot and walk down.
  • Pimpika E.
    Pimpika ErnJuly 19, 2010
    Nice place! It'd be better if weather is warmer!!
  • Abe S.
    Abe SchmidtJuly 13, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    Enjoy the beautiful beach, crab fish off the pier, and enjoy some halibut and chips at Coney's. This is my fave spot in Seattle so far.
  • Dora
    DoraJune 30, 2010
    It's often windy and a little chilly here - even on warm, sunny days, so be sure to bring a sweater. Powered by Read more
  • Julia T.
    Julia TrimarcoJune 26, 2010
    bring cash for snack bar
  • Samuel V.
    Samuel VymesJune 5, 2010
    Don't come here at any time close to a popular day. Too busy to enjoy.
  • Steven W.
    Steven WatsonApril 15, 2010
    Check out the duck pond and rope swing on the north side.
    HISTORYApril 12, 2010
    Walk, stroll or simply sit at this beautiful beach overlooking Shilshole Bay. During the day, families and couples walk their dogs or play volleyball, basketball or Frisbee on the sandy beach.
  • John P.
    John PorterFebruary 13, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    A great off-leash park to take your dogs. The upper area is better for fetching, while the lower half is good for socializing.
  • Angie
    AngieJanuary 19, 2010
    Beautious. ;)
  • Tim H.
    Tim H.January 16, 2010
    Great sunset and hiking
  • Phoo C.
    Phoo CollectiveJuly 27, 2009
    Been here 5+ times
    Go to Golden Gardens when a storm is coming in after a hot day and watch or photograph the spectacular sunset.
  • Stan R.
    Stan RawryszJune 21, 2009
    Been here 5+ times
    out of shuttlecocks? try marshmallows.
  • Desert ..
    Desert .April 16, 2009
    Been here 5+ times
    firepits first come first serve until 11pm. Untreated wood only!
  • Laural H.
    Laural HillMarch 20, 2009
    Been here 5+ times
    Play in the surf, listen to the waves, watch the ducks.
  • Berrak Ö.
    Berrak ÖncelApril 1, 2014
    Extraordinary views of Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains..💙💚🏊🎣🏄⚽️🏀🏈🏉🚴⛳️🎶🎧
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