West Seattle is an area of the city of Seattle, Washington that includes two of the city’s districts: Delridge and Southwest. It consists of the entire area of Seattle that lies on the west side of the Duwamish River. Although all of the neighborhoods of Seattle are unique, West Seattle stands out for its comfortable, clean atmosphere, its great shops and restaurants, and its parks—out of all 13 of Seattle’s districts, these two are home to 1/3 of the city’s green space.
Throughout the area’s existence, West Seattle has played a major role in the history of Seattle. One of its neighborhoods, Alki, is believed to be the original landing point of the Denny party, the original founders of Seattle that arrived in 1851. The modern development of West Seattle, as it is known today, had its roots during the World War II era when the area was used for government housing. Since redevelopment that began in the early 2000’s, many new homes and community structures have been built, and much of it incorporates sustainable development practices. The area is home to several top rated elementary schools and also to South Seattle College.
Today, West Seattle is a charming section of Seattle with a lot to offer, both for its residents and for visitors.
There is plenty to do in West Seattle to keep you busy, entertained, and well fed. Whether you are looking for activities you can do by yourself, or with the whole family. From the parks to beaches to restaurants, West Seattle is full of options.
As the greenest part of Seattle, West Seattle is full of spacious, beautiful parks. Lincoln Park is a 135-acre park that has picnic areas, hiking, a pool, a boat launch, and soccer and football fields. This go-to spot for locals lies directly on Puget Sound and is easily accessible by all forms of transportation. Other nearby parks include Alki Beach Park, Westcrest Park, and E.C. Hughes Park. Alki Beach Park, located on Duwamish Head jutting into Elliot Bay, includes a ½ mile of beach. It is a popular place for wading in the water and spending time relaxing at the beach. Westcrest Park has a great dog area as well as a children’s play area. E.C. Hughes Park is a smaller park with play areas as well as a small wading pool. Whichever park you opt for, all have great options for enjoying the outdoors in West Seattle.
If shopping and dining are what you’re looking for, West Seattle has plenty of selections. The Junction, a historical point where two streetcar lines met earlier on in the 20th century, is now a pedestrian friendly four-way crosswalk bustling with restaurants and shops. It is also home to the West Seattle farmers market. You can grab a croissant at Bakery Nouveau, visit the West Seattle Antique Mall, or head to one of half a dozen salons to get a new look. One top restaurant choice is Duke’s Chowder House on Alki, famous for the waterfront view, their seafood, and top quality drinks. At Westwood Village, you can choose from more well-known chain stores and restaurants, or catch a show at the movie theater.
West Seattle feels far enough away from the downtown Seattle area to still have a small-town vibe, yet it is very easy to get from place to place. It is connected to the downtown area by the West Seattle Bridge. Washington State ferries are available for transportation to Vashon Island and Southworth. A separate ferry also runs from Duwamish Head to downtown. Seattle buses frequent West Seattle and offer convenient transportation as well.
Plan your next visit to check out what West Seattle has to offer! From the rich history, fun attractions, and urban outdoor activities, West Seattle is a wonderful place to live or to visit.
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