Blog / May 10, 2019

Locals Share 4 Tips for Making the Most of the Beautiful South Puget Sound Waterfront

We know from experience how easy it is to start taking the stunning beauty of our region for granted once you’ve lived here for a while. Mother Nature has truly blessed us with an incredible backdrop for our daily lives, and we thought it would be fun to take a moment to play tourist in our own backyard.

We asked locals for their best tips on making the most of living so close to the South Puget Sound waterfront, and here are their 4 big tips:

Tip #1: Visit the Redondo Beach Boardwalk for some of the BEST views in town.

28608 Redondo Beach Drive South
Des Moines, WA 98198

Stretching on for 1.1 miles, Redondo Beach Boardwalk “is a beautiful walk with shops, kayak rentals, and pier fishing,” according to local Linda Letney. Jennifer Dovey adds that the boardwalk is perfect for “taking in views of Poverty Bay, Maury Island, and Vashon Island,” and you can “venture down the pier and throw in a line.” Whether you’re going for a run or simply enjoying a relaxing stroll, you can stay active all while having one of the best views in town as your photo-worthy backdrop.

Tip #2: The Marine Science and Technology Center is FREE on Saturdays and during the summer (June - August) on Thursdays.

28203 Redondo Beach Drive South
Des Moines, WA 98198

Jennifer Dovey tipped us off to this great deal—the MaST Center is free on Discover Days! This impressive 3,000-gallon aquarium features 250+ species native to the Puget Sound, 2 large touch tanks, and so much more. Not only are the tanks fascinating to observe, but you can even touch some of these sea critters during your visit if you’re brave enough!

Tip #3: Salty’s Waterfront Seafood Grill on Redondo Beach is THE go-to waterfront dining experience.

28201 Redondo Beach Drive South
Des Moines, WA 98198

“Anyone who lives in the South Sound knows… Salty’s in Redondo is the place! Impressive fresh food, incredible Puget Sound waterfront views, and the most incredible staff,” shares local Chad Beckwith. Their menu features the freshest local seafood around, and their brunch is legendary. (For more South Sound dining recommendations, click here!)

Tip #4: Dash Point State Park is the perfect waterfront getaway, whether you just want to spend a day there or spend the whole weekend camping.

5700 Southwest Dash Point Road
Federal Way, WA 98023

Yep, that’s right—local Chad Beckwith pointed out that you can actually camp at Dash Point State Park! Venture out for a weekend in nature without having to drive far—a dream come true for those who want to pitch a tent but don’t have the time to travel to a far-off destination.

Local Terri Reade is also a Dash Point enthusiast and has some useful tips for those visiting the park for the first time: “It is a wonderful place for a beachfront picnic with amazing views of the Puget Sound. When the tide allows, you can stroll on 3,300 feet of shoreline and often view bald eagles soaring above and seals in the water. The beachfront connects to 398 acres of wooded trails for hiking, mountain biking or jogging. It’s the best-kept secret park in Federal Way and rarely crowded. It does require a Washington State Discovery Pass which is only $11.50 a day or $35 for an annual pass. Well worth it!”

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