To escape from downtown Seattle, head across Elliot Bay to Seacrest Park. The narrow park is squished between Elliot Bay and the bluffs behind, but offers a number of fun ways to spend your time in Seattle.
Seacrest Park is easily accessed from downtown via the West Seattle Water Taxi. The taxi runs between April and October from pier 50 at the downtown Seattle ferry terminal to the Seacrest dock in West Seattle.
Seacrest park and dock provide spectacular views of downtown Seattle, the sports arenas and the nearby harbor docks. The park hosts Marination, which is an affordable, top rated Hawaiian restaurant. It is a great place to eat lunch while admiring the view of downtown.
Scuba diving is another popular activity at Seacrest Park. Be on the lookout for life preservers with red flags on top that mark the location of divers. It is also common to find diver's behind Marination using the public shower to wash salt water from their equipment.
Another common sight at Seacrest is the Pacific Northwest's diverse wildlife. Bald eagles frequently make their nests in the green belt above the park and enjoy sitting on abandoned pier pilings nearby. Seals are another common sight with occasional appearances by otters, porpoises and orcas. Also be on the lookout for jelly fish, sea anemones and small fish around the dock.
If you would like a little more adventure, follow the Alki Bike Trail towards Puget Sound. Around Alki point you will come to the main body of Alki Beach. The sand and gravel beach provides opportunities for wading, eating or just relaxing in the sun.
If you have seen everything in downtown Seattle this summer, take an afternoon to visit Seacrest Park. The park has great views, tasty food and opportunities to admire the Pacific Northwest's wild life.