Last updated: November 30, 2023
I love the mountains but am drawn to the oceans, and the beaches in particular. Edmonds beaches have the best of both worlds, with miles of shoreline, a quaint boardwalk reminiscent of San Diego and views of the Olympic mountains and even Mt Baker across the water to the north.
Edmonds is on the east shore of Puget Sound, about 15 miles north of Seattle, and is known for its picturesque waterfront and charming historic downtown area. It’s home to several popular landmarks, including the Edmonds Ferry Terminal and the Edmonds Underwater Park.
Edmonds beaches however, are my favorite sites in the city.
Best Edmonds Beaches & Beach Parks
What follows are the best beaches and parks in Edmonds in my experience. All of them are open to the public and offer a variety of amenities and activities for visitors to enjoy.
1. Edmonds Marina Beach Park
Located near the Edmonds Marina, Marina Park offers stunning views of the water, the Olympic Mountains, and the ferry dock. The park features a playground, picnic tables, a large sandy beach, and even an enclosed dog park.
It’s a great place for outdoor activities such as swimming, beachcombing, photography and picnicking. The park is also a great spot for birdwatching and wildlife viewing.
This is my favorite beach on the Edmonds shoreline because it’s on the quieter, southern end of the bustle and activity of the pier, yet close enough to still set the right mood of a waterfront community.
There are often a lot of people walking the length of the boardwalk with and without dogs, yet it never feels crowded.
2. Olympic Beach Waterfront Park, Edmonds
Edmonds Waterfront Park is a popular public park in Edmonds. It features a large grassy area for picnicking, a playground, a fishing pier, Olympic Beach, and a walking path along the waterfront.
There are also benches and picnic tables scattered throughout the park, as well as restrooms and a covered picnic shelter and several restaurants for dining along the way.
It’s a popular spot for birdwatching and wildlife viewing, as well as for watching boats and ferries sail in and out of the nearby Edmonds Marina.
I love to come here with a cup of coffee and just soak up the scene, but sunsets are also a fantastic time to come for people watching.
3. Brackett’s Landing South
Located just south of the ferry terminal, this beach has stunning views of the water and the ferry dock. There are many benches and picnic tables for you to sit and watch the ferries come and go.
4. Brackett’s Landing North
This beach is located north of the ferry terminal and is known for its sandy shoreline and easy access to the water. The beach also features picnic areas, benches and a rocky spit that looks out on the Underwater Park.
One of the main attractions of Brackett’s Landing is the Underwater Dive Park, a popular destination for scuba divers and snorkelers. And for people watching them as well. The park is home to a variety of marine life, including rockfish, octopus, and sea stars.
This beach, and the others listed here, are also a fantastic place to come and watch the Northern Lights!
Fun Fact: Female Orcas can live to be 80 years old!
Edmonds Beach Walking Trails
Whether you prefer to walk along the sand for a natural pedicure or walk along the well-maintained trails to enjoy the oceanfront views, Edmonds has got your back.
✅ Edmonds Beaches Boardwalk
The boardwalk is approximately half a mile long and offers stunning views of the Sound, the Olympic Mountains, and the nearby Edmonds Marina. Along the boardwalk, visitors can find several restaurants, cafes, and shops, as well as public art installations and benches for resting and enjoying the view.
The Edmonds boardwalk is a popular , yet peaceful destination for tourists and locals alike, and is a great place to take a leisurely stroll or enjoy a meal with a view.
The boardwalk is also a popular spot for birdwatching and wildlife viewing, with the chance to spot eagles, seals, and sea lions in the Sound.
✅ Picnic Point Park
The park is situated beautifully on the shores of Puget Sound. The park features a variety of amenities, including picnic tables and a beach area. There are also restrooms and a covered picnic shelter available for use.
One of the highlights of Picnic Point Park is the walking trail that runs along the shore of the Sound. The trail offers stunning views of the water and nearby Olympic Mountains, and is a popular spot for jogging and walking.
Edmonds Nature Hiking Trails
There are many lovely walking trails throughout Edmonds, a community that clearly values its green spaces just as much as their shoreline.
✅ Southwest County Olympic View Park
This enormous park covers over 120 acres of greenery, as well as two well-maintained nature trails that are part of the forest. It’s easy to forget you’re in a city while you’re exploring here, and also easy to lose track of time.
✅ Sword Fern and Highline Trail
This trail is an easy, delightful and popular 0.7 mile loop within Yost Park. This is a popular trail for birding and hiking, but you can still enjoy some solitude during quieter times of the day and enjoy the lush ferns and numerous Cedar nurse logs throughout the hike.
The trail is open year-round and is beautiful to visit anytime. Be prepared for muddy conditions in the winter and spring.
Fun Fact: The largest fern ever was 80 feet tall!
Edmonds City Parks
I am always thoroughly and delightfully impressed by the thoughtfully laid out space and attention to detail that the city has poured into their green spaces.
✅ Yost Memorial Park
A treasure within the city, this park is a playground, tennis court, series of hiking trails and even a swimming pool. You’ll find a variety of plant and animal life, including huckleberries and salmon berries in season, a variety of small animals and both resident and migratory bird species.
✅ Edmonds City Park
I think this park has it all, but it was so huge I may have missed something. Ballfield, fire pits, horseshoe pits, picnic shelters and a gazebo, a pavilion for summer concerts, playground and trails around the outer edges. What a lovely way to spend the summer.
✅ Hickman Park
Hickman Park, the newest park in Edmonds, is a 5.5 acre park. It’s the first new park in Edmonds since 1973. It has a children’s play area, a picnic shelter and an enormous grass area with a few picnic tables.
There’s a wheel-chair accessible trail around the park and a short trail through the woods with exercise stations.
This is one of Edmonds’ dog-friendly parks. Dogs are allowed in this park on the pathways and trails as long as you obey the leash and scoop laws of Edmonds.
What to Bring for a Day Trip to Edmonds
- Comfortable shoes
- Layers for all possible weather
- Water shoes if you prefer that over bare feet in the sand
- A swimsuit, sunscreen and towel
- Healthy snacks and water
Where To Stay Near Edmonds Beach
There are several options for accommodations near Edmonds Marina Park, including:
📍 Best Western Plus Edmonds Harbor Inn
This hotel is located just a few blocks from the marina and offers comfortable rooms, a fitness center, and free breakfast.
📍 Sheraton Seattle Hotel
This upscale hotel is located about 14 miles from the marina in downtown Seattle and offers luxurious rooms, an indoor pool, and a fitness center.
📍 Hotel Indigo Seattle Everett Waterfront
This hotel is located about 10 miles from the marina in Everett and offers stylish rooms and a waterfront location.
Edmonds Waterfront Restaurants
📍 Edmonds Beach Café at Anthony’s
Family friendly atmosphere and fantastic food. Try the salmon bowl and you won’t regret it!
📍 Arnies Restaurant
There’s something for everyone at this restaurant and all of it delicious.
Edmonds Beaches FAQs
Answers to some commonly asked questions about visiting Edmonds beaches.
Are the beaches in Edmonds open year-round?
Yes, the beaches in Edmonds are open year-round. However, some amenities, such as restrooms and concessions, may not be available during the off-season.
Are pets allowed on Edmonds beaches?
Pets are allowed on some Edmonds beaches, but they must be leashed and owners are responsible for cleaning up after them. Some beaches may have specific areas designated for pets, so it’s best to check the signage before bringing your pet.
Can I swim at Edmonds beaches?
Yes, you can swim at Edmonds beaches. However, the water can be cold, so it’s best to check the water temperature before jumping in. Additionally, some beaches may have strong currents, so be sure to pay attention to any posted warnings or advisories.
Are there lifeguards at Edmonds beaches?
No, there are no lifeguards on duty at Edmonds beaches. Visitors are responsible for their own safety and should be aware of any potential hazards or risks.
Can I fish at Edmonds beaches?
Yes, fishing is allowed at some Edmonds beaches. The pier itself is a fishing pier, complete with several cleaning stations.
When is the best time to visit Edmonds beach?
The best time to visit Edmonds Beach in Washington State depends on your interests and preferences.
Weather – The peak tourist season in Edmonds is typically during the summer months (June-August) when the weather is warmest and driest. Temperatures can be cooler near the water however, and there’s always a chance of rain in the PNW, so be sure to check the forecast before you go.
Crowds – If you prefer a quieter beach experience, consider visiting Edmonds Beach during the off-season (September-May), when there are fewer visitors.
Wildlife – One of the highlights of Edmonds Beach is the opportunity to see wildlife, including seals, sea lions, and various seabirds. The best time to see these animals is typically in the early morning or late afternoon, regardless of the season.
Events – Edmonds hosts several events throughout the year, including the Edmonds Arts Festival in June and the Waterfront Festival in August. If you’re interested in attending one of these events, plan your visit accordingly.
What is Edmonds WA known for?
Overall, Edmonds is known for its picturesque waterfront, vibrant downtown, arts and culture scene, wildlife watching opportunities, outdoor recreation, and historical significance.
Final Thoughts: Best Beaches, Trails & Parks
All of the beaches in Edmonds are worth visiting, and more than once. The relaxed casual vibe characteristic of beach life can be felt the entire length of the boardwalk and shoreline.
I like something special about each one, so it’s difficult to pick a favorite. But since I’m a dog person, I would have to say that Marina Beach and it’s associated dog park are my absolute favorite.