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Sunset Beach Lake Sammamish

Sunset Beach is the largest of the two beaches at Lake Sammamish State Park, located on Seattle’s Eastside. 

This beautiful beach is a sand/pebble mix, and is a popular swimming beach in summer (but no lifeguards).  Bring an umbrella and beach toys, and enjoy a day looking out over the sparkling waters of Lake Sammamish.

There’s also a seasonal kiosk directly behind Sunset Beach, serving snacks, ice-cream and drinks.  This is part of a modern complex that also houses restrooms and change rooms.  

One of the best parts of Sunset Beach is the incredible 10,000 square foot adventure playground directly behind it!

Discover Pass is required to visit Lake Sammamish State Park.

5 best things to do at Sunset Beach

1. Beach

Spend a glorious summer’s day at Sunset Beach, swimming in the roped off areas, or sunbathing on the shoreline.  Please note, there are no lifeguards.

Sunset Beach has a large expanse of sand that leads to a change room and restroom area.

2. Sunset Beach Café

The café is directly behind the beach, with a sheltered area with picnic tables. Load up on snacks, drinks and ice-cream.  

3. Playground

The best playground at Lake Sammamish State Park is directly behind Sunset Beach. This 10,000 square foot playground has a zip-line, slides, swings, and climbing structures. It was opened in 2016, and designed for kids aged 2 to 12.

4. Trails

Explore miles of biking and hiking trails at Lake Sammamish State Park, including a short boardwalk trail that starts north of Sunset Beach, and ends at a small, sandy beach overlooking Lake Sammamish and Otel Island.

5. Picnics

Choose from plenty of picnic tables in the large grassed area behind Sunset Beach.

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