Matthews Beach is Seattle’s largest freshwater bathing beach. Located on Lake Washington, north of Magnuson Park, this beautiful park enables you to enjoy Seattle’s sunny days and feel like you were at the beach.

The expanses of partly shaded lawns are a great spot to play sport games or relax (settling your spot by the lake you Twill certainly dislodge some geese and ducks).

The park is named after the pioneer John G. Matthews, who own this property in the 1880s. It is an ideal stop for cyclists on the Burke-Gilman Trail. Commonly called “the Burke” by locals, the Burke-Gilman Trail is a completely tarmacked road that stretches for 26,7 miles. The trail is in fact part of King County’s regional trail network. In particular, it follows the passage from the former Burlington Northern Railway through Seattle to all the way to Owen Tracy Station in Kenmore. It is appreciated by outdoor enthusiasts since 1978.

In 2009, the Burke-Gilman Trail was connected to another trail that passes through Marymoor Park. If you choose this route, you can cycle for 34,7 miles without interruption.

A birthday? A family party? For any event to celebrate outside, reserve your picnic area. On this site you will find useful links and information necessary for the organization of your day: Visit our picnic reservations page