During July and August, people come from far and wide to enjoy Alki Beach. The beach has plenty of opportunities for visitors to relax in the sun, enjoy the area's many restaurants and take advantage of the beach's recreational opportunities.
Alki beach is located on the northeastern side of the West Seattle Peninsula. From downtown Seattle take the walk on water taxi from the waterfront ferry terminal. This will take you to the Seacrest Dock in West Seattle. From there take the 775 Dart bus. This free shuttle stops at Alki Beach in about 10 minutes.
Alki beach is the original land site for the European colonists. The colonists built a small winter settlement on Alki before moving across the bay and establishing a town. They chose to name the town Seattle after the native American chief who greeted them on Alki beach.
Since then, Alki beach has always been a popular recreational destination. Throughout the 20th century, the City of Seattle gradually acquired the beach front property and created Alki Beach Park for public enjoyment.
The park features a bike and pedestrian trail that extends 2.5 miles along the shoreline. You can rent bikes for as little as $12 an hour. In addition, a bath house provides showers for swimmers and waders, while a number of picnic benches and shelters offer shaded spots to eat and relax.
The beach proper features volleyball courts and fire pits that can be rented or used on a first come first served basis.
The pebble portion of the beach is a great place for beach combing. Agates, jade and beach glass are common finds.
The beach also experiences extreme minus tides that expose the pacific northwest's diverse sea life. You can frequently find crabs, sea stars, sea anomies, clams and mussels. Besides sea life, the tide flats also draw a number of land animals including, seals, eagles and otters.
Alki beach is also a great place to find fish and chips in Seattle. Pepperdock Restaurant offers a thick, peppery fish batter as well as ice cream and hamburgers. Spuds Fish and Chips has been in business since 1934, serving a thin batter fish and chip. Finally, Sunfish offers a friendly atmosphere with the owner usually manning the till and bring out his signature corn battered fish.
Alki beach and the surrounding neighborhood is a wonderful place to relax, enjoy a walk along the seashore or eat some of Seattle's great seafood. Just be sure to bring plenty of sunscreen and a towel.