"Golden Gardens Park: Olympic Mountains View" Top 5 Page for this destination National/Local - Parks/Gardens Tip by glabah
National/Local - Parks/Gardens, Seattle: 44 reviews and 135 photos
Located in the northwest corner of the Ballard area, and far outside most tourist iteneraries, you will find this park to feature trails through forest land, beaches that are extremely popular with the locals, and an off-leash dog area that is fenced to keep some control over where the unleashed dogs go.
Views, particularly from the beach, are of the Olympic Mountains and Puget sound in the foreground.
For walking with views of the Olympic Mountains and Puget Sound, a better location is Discovery Park. The beaches here in Golden Gardens park are better, closer to parking, and better equipped with picnic tables, benches, and other such facilities. Golden Gardens is also right next door to a very large marina complex, for those who are coming to visit Seattle by boat.
Getting Here: I arrived by bus on route 48 at the top of the hill, and walked down the staircase from the intersection of NW 85th Street, 32nd Avenue NW, and Loyal Way NW. Bus route #17 from Ballard gets a little closer to the north end park entrance. The closest bus route to the beach is #46, but it only operates every once in a while during weekdays, and appears to be primarily aimed at commuters that live in the marina to the south of the park.
Driving here involves getting to the Ballard Locks (follow the signs) but continue past the locks on the main road, which at first is NW 54th Street, but soon after the locks changes names to Seaview Avenue NW. The beaches will be on the left side after you pass the very large marina. The forested section of the park is on the right on the hillside.
The address is 8498 Seaview Pl. NW
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