1702 Alki Avenue SW, Seattle
One of Seattle’s most accessible shorelines, this 2.5 mile stretch of public walkway and bike path in the West Seattle neighborhood offers sandy beaches, outstanding views and a variety of maritime heritage sites. Enjoyable on your own, with your friends or family; Alki Beach has gorgeous views of the Sound throughout the year and plenty of things to do nearby, rain or shine. Want a nice relaxing ride from Seattle over the water to the beach? Take the Elliott Bay Water Taxi, which transports passengers and bicycles from Seattle’s Central Waterfront to Seacrest Dock, and vice-versa. For more information on points of interest along Alki Beach, download a free Destination Maritime brochure. Visitors may also want to listen to the audio tour available through the Destination Heritage website, or by dialing 206.296.484 and selecting audio stop #222.
Looking for more to do nearby? Check these out:
FEBRUARY: Thursdays-Sundays: noon-4 pm, tour the Log House Museum, one block inland from the beach at 3003 61st Avenue SW. The museum offers exhibits on local maritime and community history. While there, get your copy of Voices of Community: The West Seattle Cultural Trail, a guide to public art and community history along the beachfront.
FEBRUARY: Available for viewing daily, visit Susan Point’s Water—The Essence of Life artwork at West Seattle Pump Station, 3200 Block Harbor Ave SW, West Seattle. When Susan Point was commissioned to integrate art into the design of the West Seattle Pump Station, she worked within her own customary Coast Salish artwork practices to pay tribute to the original peoples of this area. Traditionally, Salish art was incorporated into daily life through utilitarian objects. Click here to learn more about this artwork.
(Attn locals!) FEBRUARY 20: West Seattle Cooking Club meeting, 2:30pm at Beveridge Place Pub, theme “Cake and Pie.” Additional information about the club and the meeting can be found at westseattlecookingclub.org. The club is free to join, just bring a dish!
Images: (Top) Alki Point Light Station © Museum of History & Industry 2002.48.931; (right) Susan Point, Water-The Essence of Life, 1998, © photo by Joe Manfredini.