Whether you’re looking to take in a game or cool off with a trip down a waterslide, you’ll find what you’re after in Snohomish County. The region’s dynamic landscape makes the lure of the great outdoors impossible to ignore.
Everett Memorial Stadium
Everett, WA 98201 425-258-3673
The Everett AquaSox, a minor league baseball team in the short-season Class A Northwest League, began play in 1984 as the Everett Giants, an affiliate of the San Francisco Giants. Just over a decade later, the Everett Giants and Bellingham Mariners switched cities for the 1995 season, and the Seattle Mariners’ affiliate was renamed the Everett AquaSox. In 2010, Everett won its first Northwest League championship as the AquaSox, although they had also won the league championship in 1985 as the Giants. Catch one of their games at Everett Memorial Stadium.
This region — previously known as the birthplace of grunge rock, Starbucks and wet weather — has built up quite the golf empire over the past decade, blossoming into a destination worthy of players around the globe. When the U.S. Open chose Chambers Bay Golf Course southwest of Tacoma as its 2015 host, it hung a proverbial “open for business” sign for previously nonexistent golf tourism in the Pacific Northwest. Snohomish County has several public and country club courses, among them the 18-hole Snohomish, Flowing Lake and Kenwanda public courses. Everett has two 18-hole public courses managed by the city, Legion Memorial and Walter Hall. For a full list of public and private courses in Washington, visit the Washington State Golf Association directory at http://thewsga.org/membership-home/course-directory.
U.S. Highway 2
Skykomish, WA 98288 206-812-4510
From Thanksgiving to Easter, the steep slopes of the Cascades carry the high hopes of skiers. There’s lots of dry powder and lots of challenges for every skill level. The closest downhill skiing can be found just 50 miles east of Everett at Stevens Pass: It has a vertical rise of about 2,000 feet with a dozen lifts and runs suited to downhill skiers of all abilities, and is open for both day and night skiing. The area includes day lodges and offers ski lessons as well as rentals. In warmer months, Stevens Pass is full of mountain bikers, hikers and people who just want to enjoy a scenic ride in a chairlift.
Snohomish Aquatic Center
516 Maple Ave.
Snohomish, WA 98290 360-568-8030
The Snohomish Aquatic Center is a 52,000-square-foot state-of-the-art facility that includes a competition pool with a dive area, recreation pool, warm-water pool, spray-play area, zero-entry area, surf-simulation machine, lazy river and water slide. Other amenities include locker rooms, private meeting and party spaces, a cafe and a family changing area. For more information on hours and fees, visit the aquatic center’s website.
Snohomish County takes pride in its Puget Sound boundary and its impressive rivers and lakes. Within the Everett city limits alone, nearly 32 percent of the land is covered with water, ideal for water sports enthusiasts. Boating, water skiing, windsurfing, jet skiing, kayaking and swimming can be easily enjoyed at Lake Stevens, the largest lake in Snohomish County, with 8 miles of shoreline, sandy beaches and public boat launches. Lake Ballinger, a 100-acre lake and part of the Ballinger Park complex, is also a draw for fishing and canoeing. Visit www.snohomish.org/explore/outdoor-activities/water-sports to find out more about what the county has to offer.
Woodland Park Zoo
5500 Phinney Ave. N
Seattle, WA 98103 206-548-2500
Founded in 1899, Woodland Park Zoo has sparked delight, discovery and unforgettable memories for generations of Northwest families. The zoo manages the largest live animal collection in Washington state, with 1,100 animals representing more than 300 species. The zoo provides a home for 40 endangered and 17 threatened or vulnerable animal species, and its botanical collection includes more than 92,000 plants and trees representing more than 1,300 species. A gift shop, food pavilion, picnic areas and on-site educational programs are also available.