Everett's Best Swim Spots

A group of parents and young children walk along the pier carrying their water toys.

Despite popular culture’s view of the PNW, it doesn’t rain here all day, everyday. In fact, summers here are quite nice. You’re not going to melt when you go outside, but it’s warm enough to make the first cannonball of the season pretty darn spectacular. Here’s a local’s guide to the best swimmin’ spots.

Howarth Park

Dip into the Puget Sound from the comfortable sandy shores of Howarth Park. The beach offers views of downtown Everett, Mukilteo, Port Gardner, Whidbey Island, Possession Sound, and Mount Baker. On July 4th people gather here to watch fireworks over the bay. The path to the waterfront leads beachgoers over railroad tracks. Clanking trains make for part of the charm at this favorite local destination.

Jetty Island

This two-mile man-made island is ideal in so many ways: the water is shallow and warm, the sand is soft, there are nature trails, and a nice cooling breeze comes off the water. Parents love it for recreational purposes, as do kite boarders, windsurfers, and kite-fliers. Jetty Island is open seasonally in the summer. Visitors must take their own boat (kayak, canoe, paddle board, etc.) to access the island.

Forest Park

Forest Park offers a popular splash pad for hot summer days. The splash pad is a hit for local families as it’s near a playground. Once you've cooled off, hit the sports courts or take a stroll through the Forest Park trail for some shade and nature.

Silver Lake

This lake is perfect for lazy afternoon swimming: a broad sandy shore and a nice shallow wade out. The shore is shaded out for part of the day by tall trees, allowing for a nice chill-out on a scorching summer afternoon. The park also has a play area for kids and picnic tables. There are a few floating docks from which to view ducks and cannonball from.

Want a hotel with an indoor pool so you can swim year round? We got you.

Hampton Inn

A brand new hotel located near new Everett downtown development. Swim here! A stay at the Hampton allows guests nearby excursions to nearby coffee, baked goods, and waterfront access.

Courtyard by Marriott

The newest hotel in the heart of Downtown Everett also has an indoor pool and a hot tub. This place is ideal: both for the food at the Marriott Bistro and for all of the great restaurants, bars, and coffee shops accessible by foot in the city’s core.

Delta Hotel

This high-end recent addition to the Everett hotel scene has a state of the art exercise facility and indoor pool. After a refreshing swim, fuel up at the VENTURE Kitchen & Bar inside the hotel where French cuisine meets PNW flavor.

Hotel Indigo


Everett's newest waterfront hotel Indigo is absolutely remarkable. The whole family will love the hip, modern PNW beach vibe, boutique amenities, high-end restaurant and bar, and and the best part - the indoor pool for the kids.