Big Four Ice Caves: In Granite Falls, watch the ice caves form in august, accessible by a gentle one-mile hike. Located just off the mountain loop highway (trail 723).
Boeing Tour: The Boeing 777/747 final assembly plant tour is the most often requested tour for the visitor to the Seattle Metropolitan area. The tour is 90 minutes long and is on a first come, first served basis. There is a fee, however the daily tour is often sold out by noon. 425-544-1264
Pike Place market: One of Seattle’s more popular attractions, the bright and busy farmer’s market is only two blocks from the center of downtown at First Avenue and Pike Street. In an atmosphere of genial commotion overlooking the waterfront, merchants create precise displays of produce and glistening arrays of very fresh fish. Vendors might offer pottery, jewelry, windsocks, local honey and juices. Pizza and cookie stands vie with cafe and oyster bars for the lunch crown, and street musicians provide a range of entertainment. The lower level has shops selling spices and teas, magic tricks, comic books, movie and Seattle memorabilia, while additional space across the street includes ethnic food shops.
Pioneer Square: The oldest neighborhood in Seattle, this area is now a National Historic District. Twenty square blocks between Cherry and Jackson streets have been restored to their turn of the century splendor. Learn about Seattle’s colorful boomtown history on the popular Underground tour, which takes you below the sidewalks to the original street level. Mounted police officers patrol streets lined with trees and hanging flower baskets. With art galleries and antique malls, boutiques and bookstores, restaurants and nightclubs, Pioneer Square ahs something for everyone!
Seattle Aquarium: Maintained by the City of Seattle, the aquarium features an underwater dome where its visitors are surrounded by sea life. Exhibits reflect aquatic conditions of the Pacific Northwest. It’s located at Pier 59 and is open from 10:00 am daily. 425-386-4300.
Seattle Center: Legacy of the 1962 Seattle World’s Fair, the Center has become the city’s playground. Its’ four theaters, art gallery, opera house and Key Arena always have something going on to attract Seattlites. For visitors, the Pacific Science Center is a sure bet. It’s especially fascinating for children, if you can get them away from the rides and games of the Fun Forest. Everyone’s favorite is a trip to the top of the Space Needle, the emblem of Seattle. From the observation deck or the revolving restaurant, you get the best view of the city, with picturesque Mr. Rainier in the background.
Whale Watching Board the Mosquito Fleet at the Everett Marina for a cruise along Friday Harbor and San Juan Island. You will see and abundance of wildlife, including pods of Orca whales, eagles, otters, seals, deer, porpoises and sea birds in their natural habitat. The Everett Marina is ten minutes north of Lynnwood.
Woodland Park Zoo: Visit Seattle’s Woodland Park Zoo, but don’t expect to see a lot of bars and cramped cages. Instead, you’ll find wide-open areas that have been carefully designed to recreate each animal’s natural habitat. You’ll see sea lions, giraffes and zebras stretch their legs on a grassy African savanna, a rare snow leopard silently pad across a rugged slope, and gorillas romp through a tropical rain forest, just to name a few of the animals you’ll see. The Seattle Woodland Park Zoo is one of the best zoos in the country and it is only ten minutes from downtown Seattle! Open at 8:30 daily. 425-684-4800
AMC Loews Alderwood Mall, 18733 33rd Avenue West, Lynnwood 425-921-2985
Regal Alderwood Cinemas, 3501 184th Street Southwest, Lynnwood 425-776-3535
Edge of the World Theatre, 9673 Firdale Avenue, Edmonds 206-542-PLAY
Places to Go, Things to See and Do
Anacortes: Fidalgo Island, the first of the San Juan Islands, is home to the thriving city of Anacortes. Fidalgo Island is connected by a highway bridge to the mainland and by ferry to the rest of the San Juan Islands and to Victoria, Britich Columbia. Nearby are historic Deception Pass, world famous tulip farms, golf, kayaking, casinos and state parks.
Brackett's Landing Underwater Park: Located just offshore from the Edmond’s Ferry Dock is an area dedicated to a marine reserve. Divers come from all over to explore this underwater park, as well as seek certification.
Edmonds Art Festival: On Father’s Day Weekend, over 50,000 art-lovers from the greater King and Snohomish counties and beyond will attend the popular free three-day Edmonds Arts Festival. One of the Pacific Northwest’s oldest and largest arts festivals, we offer a rich array of visual and performing arts and art events in a stunning natural setting.
Evergreen State Fairgrounds: Fun is what you will find at the Evergreen State Fairgrounds in Monroe. From January to December the Fairgrounds are the showcase for Snohomish County Activities and entertainment. 360-435-9520
Meadowdale Recreational Park: This 27-acre recreational park is located north of Edmonds near Norma Beach. Featured are 5 sports fields (some lighted) and a wooded area for nature walking.
Port Townsend: This historic seaport is known for its hundreds of 19th century brick buildings and gingerbread homes. Port Townsend faces the Strait of Juan de Fuca, and is home to art galleries, fine shops and Fort Worden, site of the filming of “An Officer and A Gentleman”. Wooden boats bob at anchor off Port Townsend’s shore, adding to the picturesque ambience.
Shakespeare in the Park: Wednesdays and Thursdays at 7 PM during mid-July through mid-August. Pack A snack, bring a blanket and head on down to Lynndale Park’s outdoor wooded amphitheater for a FREE evening of Shakespeare performed by professional theatre troupes Wooden O Theatre and Green Stage. Perfect for the whole family! For more information, please call 425-670-5732.
Shopper's Paradise: With Alderwood Mall and many smaller shopping centers in Lynnwood, or all the great, fun shops along Main Street in Edmonds, serious shoppers and browsers alike will find special treasures.
Skagit Valley Tulip Festival: Considered mini-Holland, the Skagit Valley comes alive with an explosion of color when the tulips begin to bloom. All shades of reds, yellows, pinks, whites and multi-colors stretch like giant ribbons across the valley floor. It’s truly a wonder to behold. “Blooming of the Fields” is celebrated annually in April.
Tillicum Village: Enjoy a traditional Native American feast inside a huge cedar longhouse featuring Northwest Coast Indian-style baked salmon. Delight in the talented village dancers as they bring to life the legends of the northwest coast. Visit with Native American artists as they create works on display. Tours are approximately 4 hours long and depart daily may 1st
San Juan Islands: Ferry service is available on a regular basis to four of the 172 islands: San Juan, Orcas, Lopez and Shaw Islands. Enjoy hiking, kayaking, bicycling, fishing, whale-watching, sailing, shopping, or beach-combing! If you are planning an overnighter, reservations for accommodations are recommended during the summer months.
Snohomish County has many historical museums well worth the visit.
Air Station Museum: Arlington Airport gives visitors a chance to touch, climb on and watch performances by some of history’s famous aircraft. 18008 59th Dr., NE, Arlington 360-403-9352
Children’s Museum: Discover art, culture, history and science while having fun! The museum is open Monday through Saturday, 10:00 am – 3:00 p.m. 3013 Colby, Everett. 425-258-1006
Edmonds Historical Museum chronicles the settlement and growth of Edmonds and southern Snohomish County. 118 5th Avenue N., in the 1910 Carnegie Library Building in Edmonds.
Everett Firefighters Exhibits: A collection of old-time firefighting equipment including a 1906 horse-drawn steam pumper, Seagrave pumpers from 1924 and 1936, a 1937 Quad (combination pumper and ladder rig), and a 1950s Kenworth pumper rotate among three locations. Exhibits are designed to be viewed through large windows from the outside. Locations are 13th Street Dock-Port of Everett; corner of California and Oakes; and the corner of the Glenwood and Merrill Creek Way. 425-259-8709
Mukilteo Lighthouse: Tours and interpretive discussions of the lighthouse’s history are available. Mukilteo. 425-355-9656
Mukilteo Museum: The center is managed by the Mukilteo Historical Society, which has been actively engaged in collecting, preserving and exhibiting the rich heritage of the community, which was, in 1861, the first of several subsequent County Seats. Open Saturdays, September through April, 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm at the Rosehill Community Center.