Brackett's Landing. Photo credit: Tara Spicer
Brackett’s Landing/Marina Beach, Edmonds
Find it: Brackett’s Landing is at Main Street and Railroad Avenue; Marina Beach is at 650 Admiral Way S. in Edmonds
Just a short walk from charming downtown Edmonds is a waterfront area worthy of hours of exploration. Brackett's Landing, with north and south sections divided by the ferry dock, features a paved walkway that leads to a jetty. In addition to playing on the beach and cruising the path, kids can peer through a large telescope, watch the ferries come and go, and observe scuba divers at one of the busiest underwater dive parks on the West Coast. Walk (or ride a scooter) down the pedestrian path to Marina Beach Park, a great place to picnic and explore marine life. Hungry? Stop in at Anthony’s Beach Café, where the kids can play in a sandbox while you enjoy fish tacos, a glass of wine and the sunset.
Good to know: Parking (free for four hours) fills up quickly in the summer, so you may end up parking around the downtown shopping area and walking a few blocks. There are restrooms and an outdoor shower for rinsing off sand.