Although located by the ocean, Seattle’s best gay beaches are located on Lake Washington, a massive lake to the east of the city. Summer provides the best weather for lake swimming with days stretching into spring and fall. Even if the water is too cold for swimming, these beaches provide the perfect space for suntanning on clear days.
Madison Park Beach is the Seattle’s historic gay beach on the shores of Lake Washington. The gay area is on the north side of the beach, past the public restrooms. The beach has become less gay over the years and is more family oriented on the southside, but still draws a big crowd on hot summer days.
The T-Docks is a popular dock for gay Seattle residents of the city to suntan on, dive into the lake, and socialize. Arrive early to secure a spot to lay down among trendy 20-year-olds and muscle guys wearing the season’s brightest swim briefs.
The beaches of Denny Blaine and Howell Park are hidden from view and are the city’s main nude beaches. Although nudity is not fully legal, these spots fly under the radar. Both are small beaches but are great escapes to feel the breeze in sweltering summers.