Six Summer Swimming Spots

by Kim Merrikin, Seattle Goodwill
August 19, 2016

Six Summer Swimming Spots

It’s officially that “one week in August.” Seattle natives and long-term residents know what we’re talking about. It’s “that one week in August” that brings high temperatures, sunshine, and of course—one of the few opportunities we have to comfortably jump into our cold PNW waters.

You can quickly and easily find swimsuits, towels, beach shoes and sandals, beach blankets and more at any one of our 24 stores—so you can get out to your favorite swimming spot, claim a little plot of beach for you and your friends—and keep cool this weekend.

Here are some of our favorite spots to cool off in the water in the greater Seattle region:

Matthews Beach Park
Located on the west side of Lake Washington, just north of Magnuson Park (another great swimming spot!), Matthews Beach Park is Seattle’s largest freshwater bathing beach. There are lifeguards on duty, making it an excellent choice for families. It’s also right on the Burke-Gilman Trail, so easily accessible by bicycle.

The Seattle Center
The Seattle Center is a great spot to go with the kids, and has two water-play options. On the north side of the Key Arena, there’s a spacious kiddy pool that’s shallow enough for toddlers—but with enough space and variety to make it fun for older kids. Right in the heart of Seattle Center, there’s the International Fountain, a large dome sculpture that spouts streams set to music while kids and adults play in the “rain.”Alki Beach Park
Alki Beach has one thing to offer that many of the other swimming locations either don’t have, or don’t have much of: SAND. If you want the quintessential beach experience, Alki is the place to go. There are beach volleyball nets, a wonderful walking path, stellar views of the city—and as we mentioned—sand to lie and play in.

Green Lake
With options ranging from renting a paddle board or boat, to taking a swim at one of Green Lake’s “beaches,” to enjoying the large kiddy pool on the north end, there’s something for any and all ages to do. There are also playgrounds, and a walking path where you can soak up the sun or dry off! Green Lake has two beaches with lifeguards on duty, and is a popular place to just head out onto the water with an inner tube and float! You can enter the water at any point on the lake shore!

Madison Beach Park
Madison Beach Park is not just an excellent place to swim, but an excellent place to have a picnic with a gorgeous view looking toward the Eastside. While this swimming option is a good spot for all ages with supervision, please keep in mind that this is a big lake, and can get a bit wavy at times!

Lake Stevens Lundeen Park
Located on Lake Stevens, Lundeen Park is an excellent option for the North End and Eastside folks. (But maybe not as far north as you Lake Whatcom and Lake Samish swimmers!) It’s at the north end of Lake Stevens, and features a number of family-friendly activities, including shoreline access and a swimming area!

Before you head out, check out some heat wave safety tips and water safety tips so you can enjoy the weather without mishaps.


Kim fancies herself a professional communicator. She has experience in writing, graphic design, and social media, and is always looking to expand her knowledge base into other fields of communication. She loves people, coffee & Seattle (including the rain).

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