Nearly everywhere we go in Washington there are amazing landscapes to be seen, and between our
beaches and numerous lakes, you can always find a place by the water to stimulate your senses. While there are naturally more shores to relax on towards the western side of our state, here are 15 waterfront spots in particular that are definitely worth a visit:
1. Ruston Way in Tacoma
You can catch some panoramic views of Commencement Bay along this two-mile long waterfront, perfect for jogging, rollerblading, fishing, or just going out for a scenic stroll.
2. Meadowdale Beach Park in Edmonds
On the shore of Puget Sound lies this park with a landscape so brilliant that you may not believe your eyes. The short hike down to the beach is perfect for people of all ages and skill levels!
3. Blake Island State Park in Port Orchard
In addition to seeing the photogenic mountain & city views, you can camp at this stunning park as well as head out fishing or boating!
4. Allyn Waterfront Park
This gorgeous park features a gazebo and overlooks the shoreline of the North Bay-Case Inlet in the Southern part of the Kitsap Peninsula.
5. Deception Pass Park in Oak Harbor
At 4,134-acres large, this beloved marine park is complete with a forest, saltwater shores, freshwater lakes, camping spots, and 38 miles of trail to hike!
6. Dockton Park in Vashon
A boat dock, swimming beach, playground, hiking trails, grassy picnic spots and more await you at this quaint park on Vashon Island.
7. Riverfront Park in Spokane
This well-known 100-acre park in Eastern Washington's biggest city is located along the Spokane River. You can explore the upper part of Spokane Falls, or head upstream to get a glimpse of the lower falls. Besides the always lovely scenery, there are also dozens of attractions and events going on around here!
8. Fay Bainbridge Park
There are 17 acres of pure Northwest beauty situated here just south of the Point Monroe sandspit located on the northeast end of Bainbridge Island!
9. Maryhill State Park in Goldendale
Not only can you set up tent at this camping park, but you can also travel on the beautiful 4,700-feet of waterfront along the Columbia River. Our state's infamous Stonehenge attraction is only about a mile away!
10. Waterfront Park in Leavenworth
This notorious gem is just a short walk from downtown Leavenworth and boasts views of the Wenatchee River that are seriously one-of-a-kind!
11. Silverdale Waterfront Park
Not only does this Kitsap County Park have beach access, but it also features a playground, restrooms, gazebo, picnic shelter & picnic area to make a memorable outing for the whole family!
12. Bay View State Park in Mount Vernon
Located on Padilla Bay in Skagit County, this 25-acre park has about 1,285 feet of shoreline for the ultimate serenity.
13. Hiram M. Chittenden Locks in Seattle
The waterfront downtown may be charming as well, but something about watching boats pass here at the Ballard Locks or exploring through the 7 acres of botanical gardens is just so peaceful.
14. Juanita Bay Park in Kirkland
It's hard to not be amazed by this 110-acre natural retreat built around wetlands and packed with lily pads, bridges and lovely outlook areas.
15. Priest Point Park in Olympia
Established in 1905, this was the first waterfront park in our state's capital city and provides access to the Budd Inlet of Puget Sound with a mile of saltwater shoreline. Some of the features here include picnic shelters, nature trails, a playground, basketball courts and more!
This list could keep going for awhile…where are some of your favorite waterfront spots in Washington?