Last Updated on January 18, 2023 by admin
The city of Edmonds is located right on the shores of the Puget Sound, which means that the city has miles and miles of beaches. Edmonds is known for its proximity to Seattle, it’s quaint downtown, and its waterfront views. Edmonds is home to several beaches, including Brackett’s Landing North, Brackett’s Landing South, Olympic Beach, Marina Beach, and Meadowdale Beach. We’ve personally visited each of these beaches. In this post, we’re sharing everything you need to know about the best beaches in Edmonds.
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The Best Beaches in Edmonds, Washington
Here’s our summary of the best beaches in Edmonds. You really can’t go wrong with choosing a beach… each of them is so gorgeous!
We made this quick YouTube video below so that you can see some actual video footage of the beaches:
Brackett’s Landing North
Brackett’s Landing North is the area of beach that is located north of the Edmonds ferry dock. The park was named after George Brackett, who founded the city of Edmonds in 1876. He also established the first sawmill in Edmonds, which was critical to the city’s early economy.
What’s unique about this beach is that it’s the access point to the Edmonds Underwater Park. Whenever we visit this beach, we see scuba divers in their wet suits enter and exit the beach. The park has a restroom facility and an outdoor shower that’s available during the warmer months.
This beach has a small parking lot and a nice sandy beach area. We like to sit on driftwood here and watch the sunset.
Brackett’s Landing North is also right across the street from one of our favorite Edmonds restaurants, Demetris Woodstone Taverna. The Waterfront Coffee Co. is also located right by this beach. Grab a coffee and go for a morning beach walk!
Brackett’s Landing South
Just south of the Edmonds ferry terminal is Brackett’s Landing South.
This park has a nice paved walkway, picnic tables, and lots of benches. There’s a grassy area which is a good place to lay down a picnic blanket.
From this park, you’ll have the perfect view of watching the ferries come and go. There’s also some public art and a staircase that leads down to a sandy beach. During low tide, this is also a great place to look for tide pools.
(Pictured above I’m wearing the KÜHL FROST Parka. It’s my favorite winter jacket… I highly recommend it!)
If you keep walking south from Brackett’s Landing South, you’ll find Olympic Beach. Olympic Beach also has a review of the ferry terminal.
During low tide, you can search through the sand and seaweed and find all sorts of marine life. Our toddler spent the morning running through the little water rivulets and picking up seashells. (We recommend wearing water shoes to protect your feet from barnacles and rocks.) You can check out this tide chart when planning your visit.
Olympic Beach is located adjacent to the Edmonds fishing pier. You can easily walk up the pier and take a look at the marina.
This park is also close to some amazing places to eat. Arnies and Anthony’s HomePort are two restaurants located adjacent to the park with water views. (For lunch it’s more casual, so feel free to stop in even if you’re not dressed up!) They both specialize in seafood, and I always get a bowl of clam chowder. Right next to this beach there’s also a kitchen called Chk-a-Boom. They make delicious handheld sandwiches to-go that are perfect for a picnic at the beach!
The Marina Beach park has a large playground, waterfront pathway, beach access, volleyball court, and restrooms.
This park has a much larger parking area. However, on a sunny weekend, it can still be difficult to find a spot because this beach is so popular!
I love visiting Marina Beach on a clear day and looking across the Puget Sound at the Olympic Mountains. It is such a beautiful view!
Right next to the Marina Beach park is also a fenced off-leash dog park.
Meadowdale Beach Park
One of our favorite hikes to do near Edmonds is to take the trail to Meadowdale Beach Park. The trail is 2.3 miles long (out and back) with 400 feet of elevation gain. The forested trail takes you directly to the beach, which is a nice reward after a bit of exercise. The parking lot at the trailhead can fill up quick, so it’s best to visit during off-peak times (like early in the morning or on week days).
Where to Stay in Edmonds
There is a Best Western Plus Edmonds Harbor Inn that is located within walking distance to Olympic Beach. The hotel has an outdoor pool and a fitness center.
What to Pack for a Beach Day in Edmonds
If you’re headed to Edmonds, we recommend you bring the following:
- Comfortable walking shoes: You’ll want to walk everywhere. Even after you visit the beach, we recommend walking into downtown for a meal or shopping.
- A lightweight rain jacket: In Washington, you never know when it will rain.
- Water shoes: We recommend wearing water shoes if you plan on walking on the beach during low tide. You’ll protect your feet from stepping on barnacles and shells as you look for marine wildlife.
- A power bank portable charger: We always travel with a portable charger so our phone doesn’t run out of battery. We rely on our phones for navigation and photography, so we always want to make sure we have plenty of battery.
- Binoculars: One of the best parts about the beaches are the views you have of the Puget Sound. With a pair of binoculars, you’ll be able to see much more detail.
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Summary: Best Beaches in Edmonds
We love visiting the beaches in Edmonds. Whether you enjoy watching the ferries, looking out at the Olympic Mountains, or searching for wildlife in tide pools, you’re sure to have a great visit at the beach. We’ve been to each of the beaches and they are all worth visiting. We probably visit Olympic Beach the most often due to its proximity to town, but we really don’t think there’s a clear favorite. We hope you’re inspired to visit each of these beaches too!
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