10 WAYS TO GET OUT AND ENJOY SUMMER IN SEATTLE’S BACKYARD
Boat, Kayak and Paddle from Des Moines Marina
You can spend an entire day on the water at the Des Moines Marina. Rent a single or double kayak at the Olympic Outdoor Center, or peacefully paddleboard your way across the water. Sign up for a wildlife or adventure tour, take a class and enjoy the rich marine wildlife and spectacular Cascade and Olympic mountain scenery. The marina is also home to large sailing yachts, small fishing boats and a variety of fresh seafood restaurants.
Scuba Dive in Des Moines
Jump in and explore the waters of the Puget Sound offering a variety of sea life and vegetation. The Des Moines Marina has great facilities, 24 hour access and easy entry in to the water making it the perfect destination for divers of all experience levels. Seattle Dive Tours will pick you up, provide equipment and guided scuba tours. An underground wonderland for experienced divers awaits at Des Moines Wreck, a 55-foot, wooden-hulled sunken ship.
Alfresco Dining: Local Brews and Waterfront Patios
During the warm-weather months, quench your thirst across Seattle Southside. For local brews, pair a crisp, refreshing ale from Odin Brewery and Tap Room with their mouthwatering BBQ, best enjoyed on their outdoor patio. For waterfront patios, enjoy fresh and local seafood at Anthony’s HomePort Des Moines or Salty’s at Redondo Beach.
Discover Local Goods at the Des Moines Waterfront Farmers Market
Beginning June 3, the farm comes to you at the Des Moines Waterfront Farmers Market every Saturday (plus Wednesdays in July and August)! Fresh, local and sustainable are the norm at the market, which brings together more than 50 farms, crafters and food vendors by the Des Moines Marina for a relaxing shopping experience. Don’t forget to bring your canvas totes! The market is hosted at the Des Moines Marina on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. from June through September and Wednesdays from 4 to 8 p.m. in July and August. dmfm.org
Seattle Storm Community Practice
In conjunction with Tyee High School, the City of SeaTac, Group Health and the Seattle Southside Regional Tourism Authority, there will be a Seattle Storm community practice on June 14 at Tyee High School. Guests will have the opportunity to meet the Seattle Storm players, get their autographs, and take photos! Admission to this event is free.
Entertainment on the Plaza at Angle Lake Station
Turn your commute into an entertaining event! In partnership with Sound Transit, the City of SeaTac will provide entertainment the second Wednesday of each month at the Plaza at Angle Lake Station. This summer’s entertainment will include performances by Seattle guitarist Scott Lindemuth, Duo Finelli, and Magician Jeff Evans. The event dates are June, 14, July 12, August 9 and September 13. ci.seatac.wa.us
Summer Concert Series at Des Moines Beach Park
When the weather heats up, cool off at Des Moines Beach Park while enjoying its Summer Concert Series! Bring a blanket or picnic dinner and enjoy entertainment with the whole family. Kids’ crafts will be offered weekly, as will a beer and wine garden serviced by Destination Des Moines. This year’s acts include Bobby Medina, Alma y Azúcar and Cherry Cherry, among others. The Summer Concert Series dates are July 12, 19 and 26 and August 2, 9, 16 and 23. desmoinesartscommission.com
Burien Strawberry and Arts Festival
Whether you are new to the area or a longtime resident, the Wild Strawberry Festival on June 17 is a tradition like no other. This annual family-friendly celebration features music, carnival games and activities, artisan craft vendors and—of course—the centerpiece of the event: delicious strawberry shortcake! discoverburien.org
Touch-A-Truck Safety & Emergency Preparedness Fair
Children of all ages (and adults too) will have a hands-on chance to honk the horns and kick the tires of an assortment of Tukwila’s biggest heavy-duty rigs on July 29. A variety of exhibitors will also be on hand to distribute free summer safety tips, as well as emergency preparedness information. tukwilawa.gov
Peanut Butter & Jam! Family Concert Series
Sponsored by the city of Tukwila’s Parks and Recreation Department, this free and fun-filled noontime summer concert series is just for kids! Held outside of the Tukwila Community Center, this year’s line-up includes Brian Vogan and His Good Buddies, Recess Monkey and Casper Baby Pants. Pack the picnic baskets and watch your kids dance and sing to the tunes of their favorite performers! The Family Concert Series dates are August 2, 9 and 16. tukwilawa.gov
Explore Southside Parks, Gardens and Beaches
Seattle Southside offers nearly a dozen city and state parks to explore. Walk the waterfront and beachcomb for seashells at Des Moines Beach Park or Redondo Pier, Boat Launch & Boardwalk. Head to Highline SeaTac Botanical Garden to explore the 10.5 acres of one-of-a-kind gardens created to preserve the area’s most treasured gardens.
For outdoor sports, visit Tukwila Skate Park for HUNA ramps, quarter pipes and grinding rails, or North SeaTac Park for a BMX track and outdoor sport fields. The Interurban Trail links Tukwila, Kent, Auburn, Algona and Pacific along a near-straight 14-mile trail following the historic Interurban Rail Line. On a sunny day, visit Angle Lake Park for views of Mt. Rainier, picnicking, swimming and a water spray park.
Poverty Bay Blues & Brews Festival
The Des Moines Rotary Club invites you to attend the annual Poverty Bay Blues & Brews Fest on August 26. This event is the prime fundraiser for its Music4Life program, which expands music education for youth in our schools. Enjoy a day filled with local blues together with a variety of local brews, hosted at Des Moines Beach Park. To complement the festivities, the club will host a BBQ of bratwurst and B&E Market's famous tri-tip. drinktomusic.org
Play Inside Tukwila: Indoor Skydive, Laser Tag, Go-Karts and Seattle Chocolates Tour
Rain or shine, take the family to Tukwila for indoor fun. Whether you are looking to bowl, play mini-golf or video games, Family Fun Center is full of attractions to keep the family active and entertained for hours. Fulfill your need for speed at Sykart, and race against friends and family for gold. This indoor racing center is fit for ages eight and up, with mini karts ready to race seven days a week. Visit Virtual Sports Laser Tag, the only tactical laser tag in the Pacific Northwest. Enjoy action-packed, competitive games, complete with theatrical lighting and sound. Round 1 Bowling & Amusement is a state-of-the-art facility offering 14 bowling alleys, private karaoke booths, tournament sized billiards and top-of-the-line, exclusive arcade games.
Families with children 6 years old and over can tour the Seattle Chocolates factory Monday through Saturday. Taste a smorgasbord of chocolate samples, see what a chocolate bean looks like and learn about how the sweet sensations are made from bean to bar.
Play Like the Pros at Starfire Sports
The training grounds for the Seattle Sounders FC, Starfire Sports is a soccer fanatic’s paradise, with over 54 acres of space and 12 turf and natural-grass fields. Here you can watch the Sounders at work during practice and get close to the athletes and action. The athletic center also hosts two indoor fields, retail stores, restaurants and athletic training rooms for all your soccer training needs. Kids and adults can also join year-round training camps and leagues fit for all skill levels.
Soar Above Seattle Southside
Seattle Southside is home to signature aviation experiences. Let your child be the pilot at the Museum of Flight, where they can strap on flight harnesses to test their piloting skills in one of two hang-gliding simulators. Experience a 3-D movie, or step inside the original factory, “The Red Barn” of wooden planes, and learn about inspiring innovators. See long-lost rocket engines at the new Apollo exhibit, which focuses on the technological advances in space travel during the Cold War.