Alki Beach
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Stretching over 2.5 miles, this long beach strip is one of the most popular beaches in Seattle, partly because it was featured in the film 'Sleepless in Seattle'. This nostalgic seaside town is a great escape from the city, just a short water taxi ride from downtown Seattle. Here, you can cycle down the bike paths, enjoy majestic views of the Olympic Mountains, join a free tour of Alki Lighthouse on summer afternoons, take a photo with a Statue of Liberty replica, and have some fish and chips at Spuds—Seattle’s first fast food restaurant. See the beach from a different vantage point on a harbor cruise or seaplane flight over Seattle. – Tripadvisor
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  • derrickwg36
    Seattle, Washington3,938 contributions
    Amazing Scenery
    This is a great beach to visit. Their are amazing views of Seattle from this beach, and depending on the time of year you can occasionally see whales from the beach. This is a great place to spend the day and enjoy fantastic scenery, as well as their are countless restaurants in the area.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 30 March 2023
  • Rosi
    Seattle, Washington282 contributions
    Unparalleled views if you are in Seattle
    Perfect place if you are looking for some ocean feel but don't want to drive for hours to get to Westport and similar. Yes, it can get pretty busy but today it was just the right amount of lively, quirky, very Seattle-like, and offered some gorgeous views and a summer beach town vibe. Tip: if you are looking for something quieter and more serene, my favorite part of the area is actually beyond the Alki Point Lighthouse - around Constellation Park. There you won't be met with crowds and can just enjoy the sprawling views of the water.
    Visited July 2023
    Written 9 July 2023
  • traveling Grands
    10 contributions
    Pleasant city getaway!
    A local friend took us here. We loved strolling along the beach on the board walk (mobility issues - we didn't do the sand), and enjoyed the birds, the statue of Liberty, the lighthouse, the boats, and seeing the space needle in the distance. We also went to nearby Schmitz Woods for an old growth forest experience, and we ate at Alki Cafe. We'd recommend this as an extremely pleasant morning for anyone who likes a beach getaway in a big city!!!
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 16 August 2023
  • hbhakh
    Roanoke, Virginia2,246 contributions
    Nice walk
    We had dinner at Alki Beach on a hot Thursday night. We were planning to take a walk along the promenade and had allowed extra time, which was fortunate as parking is a nightmare and pretty much forced a walk. Anyway, the area is very pretty and well maintained. The sunset was great. There were quite a few people on the beach. Some were in the water but I think it was very cold. This is a very nice spot.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 8 September 2023
  • Alecx J
    Montgomery, Illinois2 contributions
    Peaceful and beautiful
    Such a peaceful and beautiful beach , it was fun to get a water taxi , Just as a caution always ask when is the last water taxi back . The schedule times don’t always apply . The food on the island was great .
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 25 September 2023
  • Marsha55
    4 contributions
    Not a beach to swim at.
    I went with hopes of seeing sea wildlife, but there was none. Great place to take a walk along the sound (not open ocean). Restaurants and shopping on other side of street. Clean park, seems safe too. Water is murky and lots of seaweed, but ferries and ships stir it up. Again, not an open ocean beach. I would not swim there and only one dog was swimming. Kayak rentals etc might be fun to do though.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 29 September 2023
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Marsha55
4 contributions
Sept 2023 • Family
I went with hopes of seeing sea wildlife, but there was none. Great place to take a walk along the sound (not open ocean). Restaurants and shopping on other side of street. Clean park, seems safe too. Water is murky and lots of seaweed, but ferries and ships stir it up. Again, not an open ocean beach. I would not swim there and only one dog was swimming. Kayak rentals etc might be fun to do though.
Written 29 September 2023
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Alecx J
Montgomery, IL2 contributions
Sept 2023 • Family
Such a peaceful and beautiful beach , it was fun to get a water taxi , Just as a caution always ask when is the last water taxi back . The schedule times don’t always apply . The food on the island was great .
Written 25 September 2023
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TLG056
Kansas City, MO390 contributions
Sept 2023 • Couples
We visited Alki Beach on our last day in Seattle. After having lunch, we walked up and down the boardwalk. The views were amazing and it was fun watching the seagulls and seals out in the harbor.

There were many locals using the beach, even during the week.
Written 15 September 2023
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tinaNtravel
San Jose, CA2,007 contributions
Aug 2023
This is a large beach area with plenty of space. There is also a restroom and an outside shower area. The day we came here, the water close to shore was filled with thick seaweed. I don’t know if this is usual or unusual for this area. Anyways, it is a fairly nice place to escape the city.
Written 10 September 2023
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hbhakh
Roanoke, VA2,246 contributions
Aug 2023 • Couples
We had dinner at Alki Beach on a hot Thursday night. We were planning to take a walk along the promenade and had allowed extra time, which was fortunate as parking is a nightmare and pretty much forced a walk. Anyway, the area is very pretty and well maintained. The sunset was great. There were quite a few people on the beach. Some were in the water but I think it was very cold.

This is a very nice spot.
Written 8 September 2023
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traveling Grands
10 contributions
Aug 2023 • Friends
A local friend took us here. We loved strolling along the beach on the board walk (mobility issues - we didn't do the sand), and enjoyed the birds, the statue of Liberty, the lighthouse, the boats, and seeing the space needle in the distance. We also went to nearby Schmitz Woods for an old growth forest experience, and we ate at Alki Cafe. We'd recommend this as an extremely pleasant morning for anyone who likes a beach getaway in a big city!!!
Written 16 August 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Rosi
Seattle, WA282 contributions
Jul 2023
Perfect place if you are looking for some ocean feel but don't want to drive for hours to get to Westport and similar. Yes, it can get pretty busy but today it was just the right amount of lively, quirky, very Seattle-like, and offered some gorgeous views and a summer beach town vibe.

Tip: if you are looking for something quieter and more serene, my favorite part of the area is actually beyond the Alki Point Lighthouse - around Constellation Park. There you won't be met with crowds and can just enjoy the sprawling views of the water.
Written 10 July 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

derrickwg36
Seattle, WA3,938 contributions
Mar 2023 • Couples
This is a great beach to visit. Their are amazing views of Seattle from this beach, and depending on the time of year you can occasionally see whales from the beach. This is a great place to spend the day and enjoy fantastic scenery, as well as their are countless restaurants in the area.
Written 30 March 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Helmut
Kirkland, WA4,915 contributions
Mar 2023
The beach is great and not too crowded. There are many restaurants in the area, most of which serve excellent food. Definitely a nice place to enjoy a sunny afternoon!
Written 19 March 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

NoVaAli
Alexandria, VA48 contributions
Feb 2023
Be prepared for the bate and switch on car pickup/drop off locations when booking through Expedia. We searched for Denver Airport, booked a car at a car rental location at Denver Airport and at the final stage of booking, the location changed to 40 minutes away and unfortunately we missed it. When we noticed the problem two days before the pickup day, Expedia said there was no way for them to change the pickup/drop off location. We had to cancel the rental and rebook (not through Expedia). We will never use Expedia for a car rental again.
Written 22 February 2023
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