Alki Things to Do
Yes, West Seattle features a miniature version of the statue of liberty. The current statue was unveiled on September 6, 2008. A similar statue was erected around 1952, but was severely damaged by vandalism in 2005.Funds for the plaza surrounding the statue were partially raised by selling the bricks. You will notice names on the bricks, as well as...more
Originally constructed as the carriage house for the the residence that is currently the oldest structure in West Seattle, this building now serves as the home of the local historical society museum. There is currently no entrance fee for visiting, and it is a fairly small facility with historical displays taking up the main entry room.The Alki...more
For many years, this was the popular beach day trip for many living in Seattle. It is still a crowded place in the summer months.It is a fairly simple park with a beach, plus trees and benches and picnic tables. You can expect typical beach activities here.A wide concrete pathway runs along the edge of the shore between the beach itself and the...more
On the corner overlooking the Statue of Liberty that is the Alki Beach miniature tribute to this landmark, this restaurant features views looking out over the bay, and some very limited extent the Olympic Mountains. There is a bit of traffic on the street, but it generally isn't enough to obstruct the view. The enclosed, but patio-like seating on...more
By far the two most unique things about this restaurant are the 2nd floor level that give a much better view of Puget Sound than many of the other restaurants along Alki Beach, and the wonderful historic photographs giving a brief photographic look into the past of the area - including what this restaurant looked like in 1935!Food is pretty much a...more
The building in which the Alki Homestead Restaurant operated is the oldest surviving structure on the Alki Peninsula.However, as of October 2009, this restaurant is closed.We can hope that at some point another restaurant comes to fill this historic property.more
The store is part of the Log Cabin Museum and therefore is open 12 to 4 Thursdays through Sundays, just as the museum is.
While most of the Log House Museum is devoted to displaying the history of West Seattle and the Alki Peninsula, scattered through (but mostly concentrated in the back room plus a few items by the main entrance) you will find a collection of items that are unique to West Seattle, or of special interest to those studying the history of the region, or local history.
What to buy: There are post cards and greeting cards, clothing (including some fairly nice looking sweatshirts), books about the area on a wide variety of subjects, pens, pencils, t-shirts, and other trinkets.
There are also a few items, both educational and toys, aimed at children.
What to pay: Prices seem to be in line with what you would pay for similar merchandise anywhere in the northwest.Related to:
- Historical Travel
- Arts and Culture
Alki Tourist Traps
Featured on several tourist maps, you will find the Alki Point lighthouse prominently featured. You can see the lighthouse really well from the Vashion Island Passenger Ferry, and from a distance on the Bremerton Ferry.
However, you can not see the lighthouse from Alki Point - there is no public access at all, and the view from the street is nearly completely blocked by trees.
If you really work hard, and the wind bends the trees in the right direction, you can sort of get a very brief look at the top of it, if you really push the limits of the "no tresspassing" signs and go to the very end of the streets that don't have any indication as to if they are private or not.
While it is an attractive looking structure from the water side of things, I'm not convinced this is something that should be pointed out on tourist maps, since you can't even see the structure from the tourist routes shown on the West Seattle tourist map.
Unique Suggestions: If you have to go there, then chances are you are on a tour of some sort, and will see a lot more than the general public is able to from the city street. Generally, organized tours do not come here.
At the very least, be sure to check the tide timetables, as I have been told that it is possible to walk around the point of Alki Point on the beach from Constellation Park to Alki Beach Park during low tide, and thus get close to the light house, but I saw no evidence of this during my visit - which was apparently during a very high tide day.
Fun Alternatives: If you like lighthouses, the West Point Lighthouse in Discovery Park in Magnolia is a much better choice, as there is public access all the way up to the base of the light. However, you can't drive there (unless you have special permission to do so) - you have to use the hiking trails. See my Discovery Point Lighthouse tip.
I have been told that it is possible to walk around the point of Alki Point on the beach from Constellation Park to Alki Beach Park during low tide, and thus get close to the light house, but I saw no evidence of this during my visit - which was apparently during a very high tide day.Related to:
- Historical Travel
Alki Off The Beaten Path
In the distant past, it appears there was once a plan for a through street here, when the city's planners were looking at a map (which is flat).However, much of Seattle, and certainly many parts of West Seattle and the Alki Peninsula, are decidedly not flat.Thus, there are many good reasons to not connect 55th Avenue at the intersection with...more
Located on a hillside in a residential area, but not far from the Alki shops and main business district, Schmitz Park offers a number of trails and is sheltered from neighborhood noise with its dense forests. A small stream runs through the middle of the park, and a bench or two near the stream provides a relaxing place with the water drowning out...more
Located across the street from the Emma Schmitz Viewpoint, this park is almost entirely forested hillside. There are trails through the park, and these are fairly steeply sloping in most locations.The park has a severe invasive plant species problem, and has therefore been adopted by students at a nearby grade school. These students put in...more
Explore Deeper into Alki
- Emma Schmitz Park and Viewpoint
- Off The Beaten Path
- Andover Place Shoreline Access
- Off The Beaten Path
- Avenue of Stars at Constellation Park
- Off The Beaten Path