Parks and Shopping
Snohomish County Parks have more than 100 miles of trails for jogging, hiking, biking or perhaps just walks in the woods. Check your community’s parks and recreation listings to see what your local area has to offer.
Evergreen Arboretum & Gardens
American Legion Memorial Park
145 Alverson Blvd.
Everett, WA 98201 425-257-8597
Packed into 3.5 acres, Evergreen Arboretum & Gardens’ 10 themed gardens include the Urban Tree Walk, Entrance Garden, Rock Garden, Northwest Native Plant Trail, Rain Garden, Japanese Maple Grove, Northwest Demonstration Garden, Viewing Mound, Woodland and Conifer Gardens as well as the 200-foot Snohomish County Master Gardeners’ Demonstration Border and sculptures throughout. Experience the beautiful grounds with docent-led tours, free classes, the annual plant sale and volunteerism. Admission is free.
802 E. Mukilteo Blvd.
Everett, WA 98203
Forest Park’s child-friendly activities that spread over nearly 200 acres include an animal farm where the little ones can pet farm animals, ride ponies or splash with the family in a heated indoor pool. Annual special events include the stunning Dahlia Show, with its colorful displays of more than 2,500 blossoms.
3405 Troll Ave. N (under the north end of the Aurora Avenue Bridge)
Seattle, WA 98103 206-547-7440
The Fremont Troll came to be after the local Fremont Arts Council was approached in 1990 about doing something imaginative with the spooky space under the Aurora Bridge. After a national competition, the troll created by a team calling itself the Jersey Devils was voted the overwhelming favorite out of five finalists. The iconic troll is 18 feet high, weighs more than 2 tons, is made of steel rebar, wire and concrete, and is crushing an actual Volkswagen Beetle one-handed. Seattle’s annual Troll-o-ween party on Oct. 31 begins at the Troll and continues on to other Fremont art spots and happenings.
Mukilteo Lighthouse Park
609 Front St.
Mukilteo, WA 98275 425-263-8000
One of the community’s highlights, Mukilteo Lighthouse Park neighbors the Whidbey Island ferry terminal and contains the Mukilteo Lighthouse, a landmark since it was built in 1905. The lighthouse still functions and is open for free tours on weekends and holidays, April through September.
The park also holds a large picnic area, a beach, a boat launch and prime fishing spots along Possession Sound.
Point Defiance Park
5400 N. Pearl St.
Tacoma, WA 98407 253-305-1088
Point Defiance Park, one of Tacoma’s best-known treasures, is recognized as among the premier urban parks in the United States. The 760-acre park includes Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium, beaches, trails, a boardwalk, a boathouse, Fort Nisqually and a stand of old-growth forest. At the Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium, the only such combination in the Pacific Northwest, visitors can view everything from sharks and stingrays to wolves and walruses. Ground was broken in 2016 for the new Pacific Seas Aquarium, scheduled to open in summer 2018; it will replace and expand the existing North Pacific Aquarium. Fort Nisqually, never a military outpost, was the first European trading post on Puget Sound. Established in 1833, the fort, now a living history museum, is a model of historic restoration and preservation. Point Defiance Park attracts more than 3.1 million visitors annually.
From malls and major department stores to unique boutiques and souvenir shops, there’s something for every taste and budget.
1402 S.E. Everett Mall Way
Everett, WA 98208 425-355-1771
Everett Mall, one of the area’s largest shopping centers, offers a climate-controlled escape from inclement weather. The mall houses a 16-screen movie theater and more than 100 shops under the same roof.
Port of Everett
Everett’s past as a booming port town is celebrated daily at Marina Village along the bay. Styled after an 1890’s waterfront marketplace, the village is rich in restaurants and specialty stores and, of course, its marina, where sightseers can book a schooner to take them on cruises and historical tours.
Pike Place Market
85 Pike St.
Seattle, WA 98101 206-682-7453
With more than 9 acres of land and 100-plus years of history, Pike Place Market, overlooking the city’s waterfront, could be thought of as “the soul of Seattle.” Opening for business on Aug. 17, 1907, with a handful of farmers and their wagonloads of produce, today Pike Place Market is among America’s largest, with more than 225 small independent businesses, some 225 craftspeople, about 85 farmers, a bookstore and an array of restaurants under the arcades. The market draws over 10 million visitors a year.
Pioneer Square is Seattle’s original neighborhood, dating back to 1852. This historic community has seen many changes over the course of time, from natural disasters to the Gold Rush, political uprisings to urban renewals and from pioneers to a melting pot of demographics and businesses. The neighborhood is full of thriving businesses, vibrant shops, lively arts, top-rated eateries and night life.
Star Center Antique Mall
829 Second St.
Snohomish, WA 98290 360-568-2131
As the self-titled “Antique Capital of the Northwest,” Snohomish is home to hundreds of antique dealers. The main attraction for antique hunters in town is the Star Center Antique Mall, which alone houses 200 dealers and one of the largest antique reference bookstores in the Northwest.