We Seattleites know that there aren’t many options to dig our toes in the sand without hoping on an airplane, but did you know that there is an untouched, sandy beach just north of us? Jetty Island is the area’s little known place for sand, kite boarding and a perfect day at the beach!
Jetty Island is man-made from dredged river materials and is only accessible to humans from July through September and is home to salmon, waterfowl and bald eagles year round. Hop on board the free ferry from the 10th Street Boat Launch and have the perfect day at the beach!
- Don’t forget to pack snacks, lunch and water – there aren’t any for sale on the island
- Bring your swim suit and test out the waters– it's cold, but Jetty Island is known to have some of the warmest waters in the Puget Sound.
- Try your hand at kite boarding – kite boarders call Jetty Island the perfect place for beginners with its thermal winds and warm waters.
- Learn about the local ecosystem on one of Jetty Island’s nature walks.
Don’t forget to pick up your boarding passes early so you can spend the day on Jetty Island.
Ferry rides to the island are free (they ask for a $2 donation) and leave from the 10th Street Boat Launch seven days a week. Hours of operation are: 10 a.m. to 5:50 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 10 a.m. to 8:50 p.m. Friday and Saturday; and 11 a.m. to 6:50 p.m. on Sunday. Parking is $3 at the launch. For more information on Jetty Island, including ferry schedule, parking information click here.