Quality Inn & Suites
101 128th Street SE
Everett, WA 98208
Phone: (425) 609-4550
Fax: (425) 609-4555
If you find yourself in Mukilteo (about 20 minutes north of Seattle) and in need of a good workout, the Mukilteo YMCA is hands-down the best, most comprehensive gym you could ask for. Visitors to the area can purchase a day pass and enjoy access to all the facilities, which include a 25-yard indoor pool, gymnasium for playing basketball, and racquetball courts. Most people will probably get the most out of the expansive workout room with treadmills, elliptical machines, rowing machines, weight lifting machines, free weights, and just about anything else you'd need for a great aerobic or weightlifting workout. - Katie Kinney
Nothing says "Pacific Northwest" like a rocky beach leading up to an old-fashioned white lighthouse. That's exactly what you'll find at Mukilteo Lighthouse Park. The lighthouse itself, which turned 100 years old in 2008, is open for tours on weekends during the spring and summer months. The park has about a mile of gravelly beach, a large grass meadow for kite-flying, and plenty of picnic tables, grills, and fire pits. It's everything you'd need for a day of fun at the beach, Northwest-style. That being said, the water in Puget Sound is never really warm enough for swimming, so you'll only need to pack your bathing suit if you plan on working on your tan.
South Lynnwood Neighborhood Park spans across 4.25 acres of natural forested area and developed ground. It offers facilities such as tennis courts, a basketball court, a picnic area and bike racks to name a few. The Interurban Trail can also be accessed from here. Visitors looking for a fun day in the open, or simply a getaway from city noise can stroll right in. Family barbecues can also be held. Parking and restrooms are available.
In addition to the remarkable Saint Edward State Park, there are also a number of small parks ringing Lake Washington. This little emerald is one of them, and it is near the top of that crowded class. It is a favorite with kids due to its playgrounds, baseball fields and tennis courts, but it is also a hit with adults who want to fish or splash in the lake.
The wise folks on the Everett City Council decided in 1998 to refurbish this park, which was certainly looking the worse for wear. Fortunately, the overhaul has done a lot to bring it back to life. Its new playground is one of the biggest in the area, and the summer music program for children is very popular and runs on Tuesdays at noon throughout the summer months. The park is also home to a public golf course.
Highland Ice Arena is a venerable Seattle-area institution. What could be a better way to celebrate the holiday season than getting your group of friends together and hitting the ice? Highland offers public skating days seven day a week, as well as skate rentals, so it's always a good time for skating. The arena has been around for a while, so facilities aren't exactly new; it's just a solid, no-frills skating rink that ice skaters have been coming to for decades.
At Washington State's busiest golf course, foursomes go off every six minutes, and there's always an audience for a nervous golfer's first drive of the day. The fairways and greens show a little wear under the heavy traffic. The course is par 71, 6482 yards. There's also a short 9-hole course. Make reservations up to one week in advance, especially recommended for weekends. Singles can usually walk on. Check for junior, senior, twilight, early morning and winter discounts.
You do not have to go deep into the wilderness to take a wild ride on the river. Nor do you need to be an expert. This company specializes in river rafting tours from "mild to wild" on rivers close to Seattle. Take single—or multiple-day trips. Experienced guides take novice to expert rafters on skill-appropriate rivers, and your only responsibility is to have fun. This state-licensed and insured group supplies wet suits, a bus shuttle and lunch. Rates range from less than USD100 for a one-day trip to several hundred for longer trips.
Matthews Beach Park is something of an oasis. Well-laid-out with fruit trees, picnic benches and playgrounds, this is the kind of urban Eden that kids love. On summer weekends, the beach is full of families swimming and playing in the waters of Lake Washington. The Burke-Gilman bike trail zooms right by here, and the rolling lawns of this 22-acre park make a good stopping point for a waterfront lunch. There's also a wildlife refuge at the southern end of the park.
Where else can you admire a white alligator while the kids play with corn snakes? Full of fascinating creepy crawlies like boa constrictors, turtles, frogs, spiders and lizards, this unusual spot will fill an educational hour or two. Several types of reptiles slither in the "petting zoo," while more dangerous varieties are protected from direct contact. The knowledgeable staff welcomes questions and you'll leave this small, family owned operation with a new respect for our reptilian friends and their environment.
This artificial lake is home to a variety of geese, ducks and other wildlife. It is also popular with swimmers, runners, crew teams and cyclists. One lap around the lake is a mere 2.8 miles, and you can rent in-line skates or beach cruisers at nearby Gregg's Greenlake Cycle. Rowboats and paddle-boats can also be rented during the spring and summer months. Dogs are most welcome, as long as owners clean up after them. The park is conveniently located in one of North Seattle's quiet neighborhoods with great restaurants, cafes and supermarkets nearby.
This 27-mile trail runs from Golden Gardens Park to Kenmore, with a "missing link" segment around Ballard. Cyclists and hikers will find beautiful views and natural surroundings. From start to finish, the trail will take you through several of Seattle's neighborhoods as well as surrounding suburban towns.