There’s nothing quite like the great outdoors in the Pacific Northwest. Seattle Southside offers the soothing serenity of Puget Sound and many “hidden gems” that the crowds haven’t discovered yet.
Your group can start the day off with a leisurely stroll through the beautiful Highline SeaTac Botanical Garden. Here they will find plenty of roses, lilies and fuchsias; not to mention a traditional Japanese garden with an amazing backstory. Docent-guided tours are available upon request for groups. Minimum fee for a docent guided tour is $70.
After the Gardens, have lunch at Sharps Roasthouse. A classic American Roast House, Sharps features over 10 fresh roast varieties daily coming from it's one of a kind 25-foot Roasting Works. Diners even get a free souvenir of Meat Smoking Chips complete with two-day herb chicken recipe! Sharps has a private-dining area that will hold groups of up to 40 guests. They also can accommodate groups up to 16 in their general dining room with reservations.
With your appetite satisfied, head over to Starfire Sports to catch a Sounders S2 game. The Seattle Sounders FC call Starfire home and players can be seen walking the halls. S2 is the owned and operated Second Team of Seattle Sounders FC and their home games are played at the complex. And as dinner approaches, your group can grab a popular pie fold “pizza sandwich” and a local cider at the Watershed FC located on-site. Group ticket packages are available for groups of 15 or more. Various exclusive group experiences include: High Five Tunnel, Benchwarmers, Dream Team, National Anthem, Half Time Performances, Player Meet and Greet, VIP Access.
Day two starts at the true “hidden gem” of Seattle Southside, Des Moines Beach Park. The park itself is a favorite among the locals, but it’s seldom overcrowded. Your group will have plenty of space to walk on the shores of Puget Sound, see breathtaking views, go beachcombing, and explore the tide pools. The beaches in the Northwest are not your typical sandy beaches. Here, your group will find pebbles and shells of all shapes and sizes, mini crabs, and clams spouting water in the air from underneath the sand. Arrange for a tour led by a nature guide and learn what’s in the tide pools and waters of the Pacific Northwest!
On Wednesdays and Saturdays from May to October, your group can enjoy the morning eating local bites at the Des Moines Farmers Market. This farmers market is right on the waterfront and features fresh produce, colorful flowers, local crafts, and live music while overlooking Puget Sound.
On summer days, your group can rent a kayak or paddleboard from Olympic Outdoor Adventure Center and paddle through the waters of the South Sound. Reservations are recommended for groups of 6 or more and tour guides may also be available upon advanced request.
Your group can also enjoy a peaceful walk on the Des Moines Creek Trail at the Beach Park. They will see leaves in the Fall and colorful flowers in the Spring and Summer combined with a lively creek with miniature waterfalls. This serene nature escape of blackberry vines, ivy-strangled trees brightened by sword ferns, luscious green moss and lichen-daubed alder trees is a refreshing surprise, akin to any lowland forest of the Cascades.
After the sun sets, your group can dine on some fresh seafood at Anthony’s HomePort Seafood Restaurant. Anthony's HomePort overlooks the Des Moines Marina and is located next to the Des Moines Yacht Club with views of Maury Island, the snow-capped Olympic Mountains and South Puget Sound boating activity. The waterfront-view banquet room is available can accommodates groups of 20-50 guests.
Your group’s final day in Seattle Southside brings them back to the waters of Puget Sound, but this time, underneath with a guided scuba diving tour with Seattle Dive Tours at Saltwater State Park.
Before the dive, schedule some time to relax and enjoy the sights and sounds of Saltwater State Park. There are picnic benches for snacks and lunch and great views all around. Your group will want to walk along the beach, breathe in the fresh air of the Pacific Northwest and enjoy!
Seattle Dive Tours has everything your group will need to have a great Puget Sound diving experience. They will be guided to artificial reef structures, which make great homes for all sorts of marine life. Your group may see Copper and Black Rockfish, Plumose Anemone, wolf eels or even a Giant Pacific Octopus. They can even rent an underwater camera to capture every moment of their underwater journey!
After an amazing underwater adventure, your group can dine at Salty’s Seafood Grill at Redondo, a hidden gem on the Puget Sound waterfront. Your group will experience fabulous sweeping views of the Sound, Maury Island and the Olympic Mountains, while dining on award-winning Northwest seafood and steak cuisine with impeccable service. Their private-dining area can accommodate groups up to 70 guests. If you want an even more unique experience, your group may dine in the Belly of the Whale Hall at the MaST Center Aquarium next door, where a 38-foot whale skeleton hangs from the ceiling!