Sneak off to one of our Favorite Hidden Beaches
Located on the shores of Puget Sound, Seahurst Park (1600 SW Seahurst Park Road; 206.988.3700; burienwa.gov) in Burien boasts a bounty of natural wonders, including views of the Olympics, a creek that meanders down to the beach and an active group of volunteers, Neighbors of Seahurst Park, that offers nature walk-and-talks about the park wildlife.
Groveland Beach Park (7740 SE 58th St., Mercer Island; 206.275.7609; mercergov.org) may take a bit of effort to find (it’s down a skinny lane off West Mercer Way, then a walk down a steep hill), but the sandy swimming beach, shaded grassy areas and a gorgeous view of Seward Park are well worth the journey.
Finally, though it hardly counts as a beach, the tiny chunk of Lake Union waterfront known as the Lynn Street Mini Park (Eastlake, Fairview Avenue E and E Lynn Street; seattle.gov/parks) is big on charm. The wooden stair-step dock is decorated with handmade tiles and makes for a perfect launchpad for kayaks, canoes or stand-up paddleboards. Or just stop for a quick lunch in the sun—and a momentary dream of living on one of the nearby houseboats.