Test-drive your new bikini
When the weather warms, try a dip or some sunbathing at these Seattle-area beaches, pools, and water parks.
Alki Beach Park. Skip the swimming (it's cold! and there's no lifeguard) and enjoy the sights at this 2 1/2-mile-long waterfront park in West Seattle, from distant views of the Olympics to close-ups of in-line skaters, kite flyers, and sun lovers like you. Open year-round; free. 1702 Alki Ave. S.W., West Seattle; www.seattle.gov/parks or 206/684-4075.
Henry Moses Aquatic Center. A one-year-old outdoor swim center with two waterslides, a wave pool, a "lazy river," and other fun ways to get wet. Opens Jun 18; from $6. 1719 Maple Valley Hwy., Renton; www.ci.renton.wa.us or 425/430-6780.
Madison Park Beach. Stretch out on the grassy lawn alongside freshwater Lake Washington. Opens June 25; free. E. Madison St. at E. Howe St.; www.seattle.gov/parks or 206/684-4075.
Mounger Pool. In the Magnolia neighborhood, Mounger has two freshwater pools, one with a popular giant corkscrew slide. Opens mid-May; $3.50. 2535 32nd Ave. W.; www.seattle.gov/parks or 206/684-4075.
Wild Waves & Enchanted Village. An outdoor water park with 14 waterslides and water-based attractions. Opens May 28; $32. 36201 Enchanted Pkwy. S., Federal Way; www.sixflags.com/parks/enchantedvillage or 253/661-8000.