Enjoy Waterfront Parks and Activities in Burien

Make Burien home and you’ll be living your best life in connection with nature against the breathtaking backdrop of Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains. Burien boasts more than 365 acres of parks and open space. In Burien, you can enjoy a waterfront lifestyle where nature is at your doorstep, but metro amenities are only minutes away.

seahurst park shorelineSeahurst Park: The Crown Jewel

Seahurst Park — the crown jewel of Puget Sound’s urban area beaches, is part of the Seattle Aquarium Beach Naturalist Program where the “beach comes alive” at low tide. The park offers 182 acres of spectacular beauty, nearly a mile of saltwater beaches, and recreational facilities for gathering with families and friends. The park contains many natural features such as forests, streams, wetlands, and shorelines where you can spot eagles, herons, seals, and whales. Viewing the sun setting over the Olympic Mountains is a gorgeous way to end the day  unless you want to continue your adventures with a guided moonlit beach walk orchestrated by the Environmental Science Center.

“Burien is a waterfront community just 10 miles south from downtown Seattle. It has all the benefits of proximity to the city while maintaining the community's culture and feel. Throughout the pandemic, I saw first-hand how our close-knit community rallied to support one another and our local healthcare workers. Burien is one of King County’s fastest-growing cities, and as a result, our healthcare system needs to continue to evolve to meet the needs of our new and current residents.”

— Russell Woolley, COO, St. Anne Hospital

seahurst park roadRecreation Facilities, Parks, and Trails

Whether you are looking for a skateboard park or a place for your four-legged friend to roam, Burien has a park or trail for you, virtually in your own backyard. You can make the most of your leisure time with friends using the many playgrounds, athletic fields, and courts, or just immerse yourself in the great outdoors. Use the list below to plan out your next adventure.