Alki Point, Seattle
Here is a place that I've wanted to visit for a long time but just never did. The Nordic Heritage Museum is a three story old brick building that documents the immigrants of the scandanavian countries of Norway, Sweden, Finland, Iceland, and Denmark. I found it pretty interesting. They also offer language classes to take and are the focal point for Norwegian Constitution Day on May 17th.
The first floor has a journey from the old country to the challenges and areas that the settlers ended up in. It also has a peek at old Ballard and the various areas that the immigrants would work in the state of Washington.
The second floor has a nominal gift shop, two revolving exhibit rooms, exhibits focusing on logging and fishing, and a heritage room that has various dress and items brought over while immigrating.
The third floor has a room for each country that shows different highlights as well as old pictures of the immigrants. It is supposed to show the commond bonds as well as the differences between the countries.
I would definitely recommend it. We were there for about 2 and a half hours and was entertained the whole time. It is a move at your own pace as there are not many people around to help you.
10am - 4pm Tuesday-Saturday
12pm - 4pm Sunday
We are closed on Mondays, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Years Eve.
Seniors and college students $5
Children over 5 years $4
Children under 5 years free
Members of the Nordic Heritage Museum free
There are several locations, mostly on the other side of Elliott Bay in West Seattle, that are designated as safe diving locations, and are therefore supposed to be free of boat traffic.
As to what risks you take when you do dive into the water - that I will leave for you to research on your own. Remember that there are signs posted saying not to eat certain types of fish caught in this water due to industrial pollution.
And despite ships and boats being required to stay out of the water, their wake can be quite impressive.
Even so, there are a few brave souls that feel seeing the underside of Seattle is what they want to do - even in the last week of December!!!! (see photo)
Alki Beach * West Seattle, Washington
Alki Beach is a long beach strip that runs that runs from Alki Point to Duwamish Head on Elliott Bay. A wonderful location for joggers, rollerbladers, beachcombers, sunbathers, bicyclists, and volleyball players. Equipt with plenty of parking, picnic tables, bathhouses, art studio, and a restroom - there is also a monument to commemorate the arrival of the first white settlers on the beach in November 13, 1851. This is where Chief Seattle and his tribe greeted them and assisted in building their cabins. North end of the beach is protected by a bulkhead and flanked by cottages with spectacular views of Puget Sound, the Olympic mountains, ferries, sailboats, as well as downtown Seattle. Popular spot by Seattleites for swimming, the water temperature from 46 to 56 degrees Fahrenheit. Over by cafes and shops that dot the landscape along Alki beach is a small replica of the original Statue of Liberty that was a gift from Reginald H. Parsons and the Seattle Council of the Boy Scouts of America in 1952. The statue has become such a symbol of liberty and courage that it became a place to mourn, to reflect, and to leave mementos after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. One of the great sites of Seattle that most tourists don't know about. Rating: 3 stars out of 5. Visited 12/29/08.
The obelisk at Alki Point memorializes the site where the original settlers of Seattle came ashore and greeted by native indians.
Alki has a busy beach area with lots of shops and restaraunts etc. I'm told that bonfires are still permitted on the beach there, although I didn't come across any while I was there (keep in mind I was there in November).
Alki has also been said to have the best shore based diving in the area. There is a dive shop here (5D scuba) but I didn't get a chance to check it out. The water visibility did look exceptional from the shore.
Alki Point is the best place to take the picture of the whole City of Seatle - you can see the skycrapers including the Space Needle. When you are up to walking and skating, Alki Point is the place to be! When you are in Alki, you can also see the other islands like Bainbridge Island and Bremerton.
The best time to visit Alki beach is during summer time. There are so many people that walk around there on the afternoons, play beach volley, biking, rolleyblading, running or just enjoying a cup of coffee or eating a good apetizer on one of the beach fron restaurants.
I spent a lot of time on Alki Beach this summer. It really feels like a totally different town (but so close to home). Just a 15 minute drive from downtown Seattle, Alki Beach in West Seattle is a really happening place during the summer, or any day that is over 65 degrees. It feels like a trendy beach resort town. There are TONS of restaurants of all price ranges and dining styles so don't fret if you forgot your cooler. Parking is usually pretty hectic so don't be surprised if you have to walk more than a few blocks. Weekends are nuts during the summer, but it seems that you can always find an open spot on the sand. The teenagers are too worried about looking cool, so they usually stay up near the restaurants. Heading there after work during the week is always a good time. Grab a book, your ipod, and a blanket cause you can get the rest there. There are also fire pits for later (until 11pm).
This beach is across Elliot bay from Seattle. It gives a great view of the skyline and is a nice relaxing place to walk along the beach. There is a 2.5 mile walk along the beach to Duwamish Head. There are also many restaurants, with terraces open during summer.
The park is open from 6am to 11pm daily.
Alki is such a great place to hang out, with a nice beach strip that stretches along style='text-decoration: none; border-bottom: 3px double;' href="http://www.serverlogic3.com/lm/rtl3.asp?si=22&k=the%20bay" onmouseover="window.status='the bay'; return true;" onmouseout="window.status=''; return true;">the bay and faces out towards downtown Seattle where you can see the beautiful Seattle skyline while you eat at one of the great seafood places along the strip.
Check out my travelogues for some pictures of kiteboarding at Alki.
This is Seattle's most popular summer beach. There is no surf, and the water can be cold - but ankle wading and lying in the sun are great activities. People watching or inline blading are the highlight for me. Seattleites love the sun and they love Alki.
Alki Drive and Harbor Drive are lined with expensive condos. At the far west end is a small shopping district. Don't miss fish and chips at Spuds - a Seattle tradition. Also, Salty's Restaurant on Harbor Drive is often rated as having the best view in town. Elliott bay, the downtown skyline, and the ferries are spread before you. Truly spectacular.
If you are lucky enough like I was to visit Seattle when the sun is out, you are in for a treat. Locals take full advantage of a sunny day and the beach is one of the top destinations. Go and sunbathe and bask in the awesome scenery and the view. You can see the space needle as well. Enjoy a game of beach volleball or have a snack at one of the local eateries. Have an ice blended drink from the many cafes... its Seattle after all.
For anyone that wants that quintessential view of the Seattle skyline without taking a ferry, Alki is your best bet. It's Seattle's attempt at a boardwalk-type beach that overlooks Elliott Bay and looks back at the waterfront of downtown Seattle. It's a great photo op! This is where the locals hang out on our treasured warm days, so you'll get a great taste of quirky Seattle culture.
Alki Beach is in West Seattle. There is a long walkway you can take around Duwamish Head along the beach. The views are incredible of the city skyline across the water or across Puget Sound to the Olympics. The walkway is wide and paved, though it can get busy in summer.
Located in West Seattle, about 15 minutes from downtown, Alki beach and drive along the water has few, if any, equals in the city. It features stunning views of the downtown skyline and across Puget Sound. It has a sparkling sand beach that imparts a resort character and prompts an undeniable hunger for fish & chips. The drive also includes the historic spot on Alki Beach where the first white settlers arrived in Seattle and spent the winter of 1851 before retreating to the less blustery site on Elliot Bay that became downtown.
In the summer, Alki Beach is hot spot with joggers, roller bladers, cyclists, volleyball players and sun bathers. Alki Beach is also a home to several restaurants year around ranging from hamburger joints to upscale gourmet with mesmerizing views of downtown Seattle. Whether you want to catch some rays or watch a winter storm roll in, Alki Beach is a great place to view Seattle from a different perspective.
Alki Point which was home to the first Pionner settlers of Seattle. The view from the park is awesome. Million dollar views and nature that is across the bay from the city centre.