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Bring on the Beach! Best Beaches for Families Around Puget Sound

Kid-friendly beaches for swimming and wading around Seattle, the Eastside and South Sound

Writer author Allison Holm and family on a ferry in Puget Sound

Published on: July 22, 2019

Bring on the Beach! Best Beaches for Families Around Puget Sound

Jetty Island Photo credit: Elisa Murray
Jetty Island. Photo credit: Elisa Murray

Jetty Island, Everett

Find it: The ferry to Jetty Island leaves from the 10th St. Boat Launch and Marine Park on the Everett waterfront.

Puget Sound’s rocky shores teem with crawly critters and thriving tide pools, but when summer arrives, you want to sink your toes into some sand. Trade in your boots for flip-flops and head to Jetty Island, one of the region’s hidden gems. Located just five minutes by boat from the Everett waterfront, Jetty Island features over two miles of sandy beach and warm, shallow water that appears to go on forever.

The island is accessible only by boat, and from July 5 through Labor Day;  the city of Everett partners with the Port of Everett to offer a free ferry, but there is a suggested donation of $2 per adult and $1 per child; find the ferry schedule here. Parking is $3 per car.

Pick up boarding passes at the boat launch kiosk. Return passes are available on the island (we recommend grabbing your return passes early!). While the ferry is free, a per-person donation is requested and helps keep the ferry and the island's programs running. 

Good to know: Groups of eight or more and Everett residents may reserve their spot on the ferry up to two days in advance! On hot summer days this can make a world of difference. 

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