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
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 30, 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 July 9, 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
    Traveled with friends
    Written August 16, 2023
  • hbhakh
    Roanoke, Virginia2,248 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
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 8, 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
    Traveled with family
    Written September 25, 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
    Traveled with family
    Written September 29, 2023
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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 February 22, 2023
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GoWhereYouFeelAlive
Hawaii2 contributions
Oct 2022
Nice little stretch of beach to stroll along that offers great views of the water and a Seattle city view. We stopped for a bite to eat a great Mexican restaurant. Glad we visited.
Written November 16, 2022
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Michael
Woking, UK255 contributions
Mar 2020
This beach was easily accessible for us as we were staying in West Seattle and only had to walk, although it was a steep decent to the beach and then a steep climb after! Despite it being winter, there were still a number of people out, and even quite a few playing volleyball at the public volleyball nets. The path behind the beach offers good space for walking and cycling/skating and is lined by lots of little shops and eateries; we stopped at Starbucks for a coffee and a rest. At the southern end of the beach there is a lighthouse which is worth walking to, although it isn't that impressive. The views in general from the beach are quite nice and I would definitely like to return in the summer if I can.
Written April 23, 2020
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TarJa
Salt Lake City, UT238 contributions
Oct 2019
On my recent trip, I visited Seattle with a local, and she showed us all the cool places outside of downtown Seattle.
This beach was cool, and it had an amazing view of Seattle. It takes a bit to get out of downtown, but it's worth the drive if you have time. I enjoyed seeing Seattle from the other side of the water.
Written March 4, 2020
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shaara
Houston, Texas12 contributions
Aug 2021
My husband, son and I took the West Seattle water taxi to Alki Beach toward the end of our one week vacation in Seattle. We had already done the Harbor Cruise so seeing Seattle from West Seattle was not materially different. I was disappointed in Alki Beach, though. A large portion of it was covered in seaweed and smelled really bad. Once we walked down to the cleaner part, it did not look very appealing to get onto the sand or get in the water....we ended up passing on the experience.
Written August 21, 2021
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Teammilitello
Des Moines, IA741 contributions
Aug 2022 • Family
We rented bikes (1 for 4 people) for a great outing. My sons loved seeing all of the amazing cars everywhere. We ate dinner at an authentic street taco stand right on the beach. Parking on the street was a mess. They need more parking lots to accommodate.
Written August 1, 2022
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hbhakh
Roanoke, VA2,248 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 September 8, 2023
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Jason Hennig
Renton, WA350 contributions
Mar 2020
This little strip of trail/roadway is wonderful. Plenty of parking (which is free, a huge boon in Seattle), and it's a stunning view. Bring something to cover your ears. Bring something to cover your ears. One more time, bring something to cover your ears. I've been to plenty of beaches before, but I'm not sure I've gone to any that are quite as cold as this one (although that may have just been the one day we went). Lots of food within convenient walking distance.
Written March 14, 2020
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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 July 10, 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 March 30, 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.

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