Activities & Resources
Golden Gardens Park451in Seattle, WA 98117
about Golden Gardens Park:
A couple of picnic shelters and tables in the shaded area adjacent to the parking lot are available - again, get here early to snag a table (we've heard of people showing up at 6am to secure a table on summer weekends). Even if you arrive early, you can be displaced by someone with a reservation. Reservations can be made by phone.
Look for a children's playground next to the picnic area. There's not much to it, but it's always crowded with kids during the summer, and there's nice shade from the surrounding large trees.
A creek empties into Puget Sound at the south end of the beach. Packs of kids with shovels converge here to dam and divert the water, making for great fun. About half a block further south lies a fishing pier and boat launch. A recently restored wetlands lies in the northern area of the park.
The upper part of the park contains the dog run and forest trails. A steep stairway connects the top of the hill at NW 85th (across the street from Caffe Fiore) with the beach, and runs right by the dog run and hiking trails. It's a good hike; however, if you have little ones in tow, driving up the hill is a better idea. Click on the link for a trail map.
A large lawn adjacent to the parking lot, invites ballplaying and kite flying. Nearby is the newly-remodeled Golden Gardens Bathhouse, which is available to rent for special events. [206.684.7254]