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The best outdoor swimming spots around Seattle

Beat the heat by hitting the beach

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With summer approaching, a little outdoor swimming may be on the brain—but by now you've probably exhausted your usual swimming haunts around Seattle. So why not try something new?

There are dozens of pools and beaches left to be explored around town, and starting Memorial Day weekend, lifeguards are on duty at pretty much every officially designated swimming spots.

Seattle is built around canals, lakes, rivers, and of course the Puget Sound, so we have a wide variety of naturally-occurring swimming areas. If seaweed and watercraft-created waves make you nervous, there are even a couple of public outdoor pools.

There are places perfect for kiddos, places perfect for serious swimmers, and even a few places that are probably adult-only. (We’ll let you track down that last kind on your own lest we blow up someone’s favorite nude beach, although we promise they exist.)

Here are the best places to get out on the water in the sunshine both in and around town, no matter what you're in the mood for. Happy swimming.

Map points are ordered north to south.

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1. Matthews Beach Park

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An ideal location for gatherings, work up a sweat at the volleyball net or running on the Burke-Gilman Trail and then take a dip in Lake Washington at Seattle’s largest freshwater bathing beach.

2. Golden Gardens Park

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8498 Seaview Pl NW
Seattle, WA

It can get crowded and trying to park here at the wrong time of the day will take up most of your plans (pro tip: the 45 bus goes there), but if you can settle in, it's a long, sandy beach—the sandiest beach in the city—full of things to do.

3. Warren G. Magnuson Park

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7400 Sand Point Way NE
Seattle, WA
(206) 684-4946
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Take a dip in Lake Washington along this shoreline of tiny pebbles. You can swim randomly or do a few laps back and forth to the swimming platform. After four feet or so the bottom drops off to around 12 feet, so heads up. There's plenty of room to sunbathe, picnic, or play when you're done with the water.

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4. Green Lake Park

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7201 E Green Lake Dr N
Seattle, WA
(206) 684-4075
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Which will it be today? The East Lake Beach, or the West Lake Beach? Both provide a cooling place to go after a run or bike ride around the lake—or just a hot day around the house. Just don't go out too far, or you'll get stuck in some seaweed.

5. Idylwood Park

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3650 West Lake Sammamish Parkway NE
Redmond, WA

Dwarfed by Marymoor Park, Idylwood is a nice sandy beach with a playground and tons of shady picnic tables.

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6. Mounger Pool

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2535 32nd Ave W
Seattle, WA
(206) 684-4708
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Mounger Pool, an outdoor pool open every summer, has two great pools. The big pool has a 50-foot corkscrew slide, and the little pool, warmer and shallower, is great for relaxing and teaching little tadpoles. The whole layout is built for relaxation, with ample deck loungers on a wide patio for a resort-like vibe.

7. Madison Park Beach

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1900 43rd Ave E
Seattle, WA

One of the most popular swimming beaches in Seattle, Madison Beach has a grassy area where sunbathers can relax and enjoy a stunning view of Lake Washington.

8. Madrona Park

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853 Lake Washington Blvd.
Seattle, WA

Madrona Park Beach is located on the waterfront on Lake Washington, and has a more relaxed atmosphere than Madison Park Beach to the north. The park includes a wooded hillside that slopes down to a grassy beach and swimming area, plus a walking path to the south. The low diving board and swimming raft are highlights.

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9. Chism Beach Park

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1175 96th Ave SE
Bellevue, WA

Bellevue's largest waterfront swimming spot offers plenty of water activities for all different types, including floating dock for older swimmers and wading areas for the young ‘uns.

10. Alki Beach Park

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1702 Alki Ave. SW
Seattle, WA
(206) 684-4075
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Alki Beach Park is perhaps our most iconic strip of beachfront, helped along by the great view of the downtown skyline and the Olympic Mountains. The neighborhood is long with a boardwalk feel, so you can bike or skate in, have some beach time, then just pop across the street for a beverage or some ice cream at one of the many cute little restaurants lining the waterfront. There’s even a little sand—a rare find in the city.

11. Mount Baker Park

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2521 Lake Park Dr. S
Seattle, WA
(206) 684-4075
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Mount Baker Park features multiple fields and sports courts along a trail gently sloping down to what you came here for: the beach. Both a long dock and a swimming raft provide plenty of room for sunbathing after a swim.

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12. Enatai Beach Park

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Looking for some boating adventures? You can rent canoes and kayaks here from Cascade Canoe and Kayak and paddle up the Mercer Slough. Plenty of swimming space, too.

13. Seward Park

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5895 Lake Washington Blvd. S
Seattle, WA
(206) 684-4396
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Wander through the Magnificent Forest, go for a bike ride around the 2.4 mile paved path while taking in views of Mt. Rainier, watch some crazy birds, go for a long swim, and end the day with a picnic. Your summer days will not be wasted.

14. Colman Pool

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8603 Fauntleroy Way SW
Seattle, WA
(206) 684-7494
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This public pool in West Seattle’s Lincoln Park, open every summer, uses less chlorine and adds saltwater to make up the difference, meaning less accidentally green hair and more buoyancy. The outdoor facility also has a great view of the beach and a huge water slide.

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15. Pritchard Island Beach

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8400 55th Ave. S
Seattle, WA

This is a small, quiet beach on the western shore of Lake Washington. Amenities include a swimming raft and lifeguards on duty in the summer. Some find this to be a nice alternative to the Atlantic City Beach to the south, as there are no boat ramps here.

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16. Gene Coulon Memorial Beach Park

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1201 Lake Washington Blvd N
Renton, WA 98056
(425) 430-6700
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In addition to the swimming area, this park along the southeast side of Lake Washington has boat docks and a fishing pier—or an Ivar’s if you strike out at the fishing pier.

17. Henry Moses Aquatic Center

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1715 Maple Valley Hwy
Renton, WA

This public water park, open through Labor Day, features 26-foot-high orange and blue water slides, plus two separate pools: a 9,000-square-foot leisure pool and a 3,300-square-foot, six-lane lap pool. The leisure pool includes a zero-depth entry, wave machine, water spray play area, lazy river, island lagoon, two water slides, a water play structure, toddler water area, and numerous spray features.

18. Seahurst Park

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1600 SW Seahurst Park Rd
Burien, WA 98166
(206) 988-3700
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This Burien park has nearly a mile of Puget Sound beach—and a renovation two years ago removed a seawall and made the park even more beachy.

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19. Redondo Beach

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28301-28355 Redondo Beach Dr S
Des Moines, WA 98198

In Des Moines, this beach also features a pier and a dock, making it optimal for post-swim fishing or picnicking.

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1. Matthews Beach Park

Seattle, WA

An ideal location for gatherings, work up a sweat at the volleyball net or running on the Burke-Gilman Trail and then take a dip in Lake Washington at Seattle’s largest freshwater bathing beach.

2. Golden Gardens Park

8498 Seaview Pl NW, Seattle, WA

It can get crowded and trying to park here at the wrong time of the day will take up most of your plans (pro tip: the 45 bus goes there), but if you can settle in, it's a long, sandy beach—the sandiest beach in the city—full of things to do.

8498 Seaview Pl NW
Seattle, WA

3. Warren G. Magnuson Park

7400 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle, WA

Take a dip in Lake Washington along this shoreline of tiny pebbles. You can swim randomly or do a few laps back and forth to the swimming platform. After four feet or so the bottom drops off to around 12 feet, so heads up. There's plenty of room to sunbathe, picnic, or play when you're done with the water.

7400 Sand Point Way NE
Seattle, WA

4. Green Lake Park

7201 E Green Lake Dr N, Seattle, WA

Which will it be today? The East Lake Beach, or the West Lake Beach? Both provide a cooling place to go after a run or bike ride around the lake—or just a hot day around the house. Just don't go out too far, or you'll get stuck in some seaweed.

7201 E Green Lake Dr N
Seattle, WA

5. Idylwood Park

3650 West Lake Sammamish Parkway NE, Redmond, WA

Dwarfed by Marymoor Park, Idylwood is a nice sandy beach with a playground and tons of shady picnic tables.

3650 West Lake Sammamish Parkway NE
Redmond, WA

6. Mounger Pool

2535 32nd Ave W, Seattle, WA

Mounger Pool, an outdoor pool open every summer, has two great pools. The big pool has a 50-foot corkscrew slide, and the little pool, warmer and shallower, is great for relaxing and teaching little tadpoles. The whole layout is built for relaxation, with ample deck loungers on a wide patio for a resort-like vibe.

2535 32nd Ave W
Seattle, WA

7. Madison Park Beach

1900 43rd Ave E, Seattle, WA

One of the most popular swimming beaches in Seattle, Madison Beach has a grassy area where sunbathers can relax and enjoy a stunning view of Lake Washington.

1900 43rd Ave E
Seattle, WA

8. Madrona Park

853 Lake Washington Blvd., Seattle, WA

Madrona Park Beach is located on the waterfront on Lake Washington, and has a more relaxed atmosphere than Madison Park Beach to the north. The park includes a wooded hillside that slopes down to a grassy beach and swimming area, plus a walking path to the south. The low diving board and swimming raft are highlights.

853 Lake Washington Blvd.
Seattle, WA

9. Chism Beach Park

1175 96th Ave SE, Bellevue, WA

Bellevue's largest waterfront swimming spot offers plenty of water activities for all different types, including floating dock for older swimmers and wading areas for the young ‘uns.

1175 96th Ave SE
Bellevue, WA

10. Alki Beach Park

1702 Alki Ave. SW, Seattle, WA

Alki Beach Park is perhaps our most iconic strip of beachfront, helped along by the great view of the downtown skyline and the Olympic Mountains. The neighborhood is long with a boardwalk feel, so you can bike or skate in, have some beach time, then just pop across the street for a beverage or some ice cream at one of the many cute little restaurants lining the waterfront. There’s even a little sand—a rare find in the city.

1702 Alki Ave. SW
Seattle, WA

11. Mount Baker Park

2521 Lake Park Dr. S, Seattle, WA

Mount Baker Park features multiple fields and sports courts along a trail gently sloping down to what you came here for: the beach. Both a long dock and a swimming raft provide plenty of room for sunbathing after a swim.

2521 Lake Park Dr. S
Seattle, WA

12. Enatai Beach Park

Bellevue, WA

Looking for some boating adventures? You can rent canoes and kayaks here from Cascade Canoe and Kayak and paddle up the Mercer Slough. Plenty of swimming space, too.

13. Seward Park

5895 Lake Washington Blvd. S, Seattle, WA

Wander through the Magnificent Forest, go for a bike ride around the 2.4 mile paved path while taking in views of Mt. Rainier, watch some crazy birds, go for a long swim, and end the day with a picnic. Your summer days will not be wasted.

5895 Lake Washington Blvd. S
Seattle, WA

14. Colman Pool

8603 Fauntleroy Way SW, Seattle, WA

This public pool in West Seattle’s Lincoln Park, open every summer, uses less chlorine and adds saltwater to make up the difference, meaning less accidentally green hair and more buoyancy. The outdoor facility also has a great view of the beach and a huge water slide.

8603 Fauntleroy Way SW
Seattle, WA

15. Pritchard Island Beach

8400 55th Ave. S, Seattle, WA

This is a small, quiet beach on the western shore of Lake Washington. Amenities include a swimming raft and lifeguards on duty in the summer. Some find this to be a nice alternative to the Atlantic City Beach to the south, as there are no boat ramps here.

8400 55th Ave. S
Seattle, WA

16. Gene Coulon Memorial Beach Park

1201 Lake Washington Blvd N, Renton, WA 98056

In addition to the swimming area, this park along the southeast side of Lake Washington has boat docks and a fishing pier—or an Ivar’s if you strike out at the fishing pier.

1201 Lake Washington Blvd N
Renton, WA 98056

17. Henry Moses Aquatic Center

1715 Maple Valley Hwy, Renton, WA

This public water park, open through Labor Day, features 26-foot-high orange and blue water slides, plus two separate pools: a 9,000-square-foot leisure pool and a 3,300-square-foot, six-lane lap pool. The leisure pool includes a zero-depth entry, wave machine, water spray play area, lazy river, island lagoon, two water slides, a water play structure, toddler water area, and numerous spray features.

1715 Maple Valley Hwy
Renton, WA

18. Seahurst Park

1600 SW Seahurst Park Rd, Burien, WA 98166

This Burien park has nearly a mile of Puget Sound beach—and a renovation two years ago removed a seawall and made the park even more beachy.

1600 SW Seahurst Park Rd
Burien, WA 98166

19. Redondo Beach

28301-28355 Redondo Beach Dr S, Des Moines, WA 98198

In Des Moines, this beach also features a pier and a dock, making it optimal for post-swim fishing or picnicking.

28301-28355 Redondo Beach Dr S
Des Moines, WA 98198