Alki is the westernmost point in the West Seattle district of Seattle, Washington. Jutting out into Puget Sound, Alki was the original white settlement in what was to become the city of Seattle. Part of the city of West Seattle from 1902 to 1907, Alki was annexed to Seattle along with the rest of West Seattle in 1907.
The north end of the beach is protected by a bulkhead, and flanked by cottages. The whole beach, lined with beach view condominiums, offers spectacular views of Puget Sound, the Olympic Mountains, and the flotilla of ferries, sailboats, steamships and other craft that cross Puget Sound waters.
On a picture perfect summer day, Alki Beach Park is the perfect place to visit. The long beach strip that runs from Alki Point to Duwamish Head on Elliott Bay provides a great spot for a 2.5 mile walk any time of year, and in the summer draws joggers, rollerbladers, volleyball players, beachcombers, sunbathers, bicyclists and strollers out to enjoy the sun.
The widened path accommodates a lot of folks, and there’s plenty of parking along Alki Ave. SW. There are picnic tables, a bathhouse housing an art studio, and a restroom at the south (Alki Point) end of the beach, where you’ll find the monument to the arrival of the first white settlers on November 13, 1851.
If you dare to go for a swim or dive, expect the water temperature to range from 46 to 56 degrees Fahrenheit.
Stop and see the old 2.5-ton anchor dredged up by the Nor’West Divers Club and secured at the small sea-walled square that used to be Luna Park.
Alki Elementary is a learning community like no other, lucky enough to have two natural classrooms right outside their door: the old-growth forest of Schmitz Park and the marine wonderland of Alki Beach. In addition to their rigorous district academics, they provide a robust arts education, an integrated World Language program, and an experienced staff of highly dedicated teachers.
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