Golden Gardens Park

Golden Gardens Park is a public park in Ballard, a neighborhood in Seattle, Washington. The park includes wetlands, beaches, hiking trails, and picnic and playground areas. The park is bisected by the BNSF Scenic Subdivision railway line. The park's bathhouse was designated a historic landmark by the City of Seattle in 2005.

Recreation

The lower portion of the park is divided between wetland marsh and beach (on Puget Sound), and situated north of the Shilshole Bay Marina. It also has dunes and large grassy areas. Golden Gardens has exceptional views of Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains across the sound.

The water is very cold for swimming even in summers. Sailing, kayaking, and canoeing are popular. Kitesurfing and sailboarding and other wind-driven sports are also common. The Sound is cut off from the open ocean for more than a hundred miles, sheltering the park from severe weather.

Golden Gardens is well known for the birds that live or migrate there:

  • Mallard ducks in the wetlands
  • Red-winged blackbirds in the marshes
  • Canada geese are seen in the parking lot and near picnic areas
  • Wood ducks make occasional appearances
  • Eagles occasionally fish here
  • Seagulls are common

The mallards and Canada geese are habituated to humans, and have been known to attack visitors. Sea lions are often heard, and occasionally seen lounging near the marina breakwater.

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Zackary Brown
22 June 2015
One of the best places to finish the night. Sandy beach, bonfires, and a sunset gives you the very most relaxation possible.
Los Angeles Times
27 July 2012
Golden Gardens includes a stretch of beach with classic views of Puget Sound and mountains, a little loop trail, a fishing pier and at its northern end, an off-leash dog zone.
Joyce Huang
15 July 2017
It is way to crowded during the hot days to get on the beach especially during the summer and holidays. But I love the place where we can do bonfire and hang out.
Lizzie Liz
15 April 2014
Truly the best beach in Seattle. Bonfire pits, tide pools, clean bathrooms l, snack bar, everything a person could want. Bring your suot, towel, and you! :D
Stephen Swisher
30 May 2015
Awesome views, great for picnics and fire pits
Landon Howell
15 August 2011
Aside from watching a sunset from a ferry boat, Golden Gardens is second to none. Come early to picnic. Buddy-up with strangers at a bonfire. Drink until the sun sets behind the Olympic Mountains.
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