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Des Moines Beach Park provides an excellent opportunity for the entire family to go out and have some fun together. It is a great picnic spot, with its many picnic tables and all the open space that can be used for playing, or maybe just lounging about in the sun. The park is open to the public from 8a to dusk daily; this excludes only the rental facilities. The park affords a fantastic experience of the outdoors, which are only made better by the views of the water.
Washington State Visitor Information at SeaTac International Airport is accessible to travelers as soon as they get off the plane and claim their luggage. Located right in the baggage claim area, the center offers essential information about the city, including hotel and restaurant information. The information booth offers a wide selection of brochures and maps, and the staff happily answers questions and offers advice on where to stay and what to do.
This 16-mile trail system rolls next to the Cedar River through two of King County's southern communities. The trail is a scenic journey through the Renton and Maple Valley areas, including a branch that leads to the Lake Wilderness Park. The trail also comes out near the Boeing plant, and cyclists ride past one of the fields where plant workers build the planes and test various sections. Sections of the trail are paved and a map is available on the Web site.
The Highline SeaTac Botanical Garden is a lovely green space that is truly a treat to the eyes. The well-maintained gardens like Sensory Garden and Seike Japanese Garden further add to its beauty. Visitors can access this park sans any admission price and is open throughout the day.
Built in 1894, the Neely Mansion features on the National Register of Historic Places. This Victorian style home in Auburn, after signs of deterioration, was well restored by the community locals. This mansion was later used by the Drama Department of a city school and is now administered by a historical society.
One of the less-known escapes for downtown residents and workers is this little South Seattle park. The trails in the 36-acre park follow a stream through a thickly wooded area and lush canyon that offers a true reprieve from the pressures of the day. A wooden boardwalk stretches over sections of trail and picnickers abound. Many people choose to spend the whole day out here.
Located just south of Seattle in Federal Way, Rhododendron Species Foundation Botanical Gardens devoted to rhododendrons and azaleas is a must for flower lovers. The garden features over 450 species from four continents. Flowers in a range of colors intermingle in a forest of conifers, deciduous trees, ferns and heather. The gardens also include a gift shop and plant sales pavilion.
Burien is a bit off the beaten track for most visitors, and perhaps for good reason, but this enormous 185 acre park, which King County gave to the new city of Burien in 1996, is worth the trip for its diverse array of activities. The many hiking trails cross lushly wooded hills to a stunning two-mile stretch of beach. It is a perfect place to spend a morning if you have an evening flight out of SeaTac.
This 108-acre park includes gorgeous dense woods, Lake Wilderness swimming, a boat launch for water skiers and sailors, and a 40-acre arboretum. Offering about 100 picnic tables, tennis courts, and a connector to the Cedar River Trail, the park hosts enough activities for an entire day's worth of entertainment. The park also contains the Lake Wilderness Center - get your marriage license at the center and hold the wedding next to the lake.
Inside scenic Lake Wilderness Park, you'll find this charming building with a three-story totem pole as centerpiece, and splendid views of Mount Rainier as backdrop. Available for rent, the building features reception areas, meeting rooms, a dance studio, an arts and crafts room, a large patio and a large kitchen. The reception areas accommodate up to 250 people. (The park has recently changed management from King County to the City of Maple Valley. Services may have changed also, so call for details.)
Take advantage of those sunny Seattle days by taking the family to Wild Waves. This water park that's just outside of Seattle has something to satisfy all ages: a 24,000 gallon (90,850 liters) wave pool for the kids, a beer garden for the adults, and three roller coasters for thrill-seekers of any age. After spending the day in the water, satisfy those hunger pangs with a bite at The Wharf, the on-site food-stop, or grab a cool treat at Dippin Dots. The Wild Waves day pass is moderately priced, making this attraction tough to beat in terms of both value and fun.
For a taste of some of Seattle's finest brews, head to Big Al's Brewing. With a selection of six year-round beers, as well as various seasonal offerings to choose from, this Old Ballard brewery is sure to satisfy any connoisseur of microbrews. Big Al Brewing offers a tasting room downstairs and a living room-style setting upstairs, so whether you want to get down to business tasting the seasonal ales or lounge with friends while watching the game on tv, this local favorite has you covered.