Golden Gardens is one of our favorite parks in Seattle. Though small, it has everything a waterfront has to offer--a boulevard to stroll, a wide swath of sand for lounging and building sand castles, a brisk breeze for kite flying, a pier for fishing, even a clam shack for snacks. There are picnic tables and grills under the trees, with grass for children to play, and in the sand, large firepits where bonfires are often lit in the evenings. There are restrooms, poles for volleyball nets, and best of all, amazing views of the Sound and the Olympic mountains.
On a warm summer day, the park will be packed with families and young people playing ball and sunning on the sand. Arrive early for the best spots.