1850 SE Maple Valley Highway
Renton, WA 98057
Phone: (425) 226-7600
Fax: (425) 277-6315
This 14-mile trail is a continuation of the Green River Trail. Though it doesn't have the greenery of some other local trails, you will get to see a good representative portion of South Seattle along this one. It may not be the most beautiful ride in the world, but it is an excellent example of an urban trail and a perfect way to see the local sights. A trail map is available on the Web site.
Just south of Seattle sits this relatively short golf course about 5071 yards. Its string of modest par-four holes won't frustrate even the most inexperienced golfer. Two trickier holes and a sturdy bridge cross the Duwamish Slough on the back nine. The nearby freeway and airport make the course a little noisy. Please call the golf club for more information.
With awesome views and abundant greenery, The Golf Club at Newcastle is one of the prominent golf destinations in the city. The scenic landscape is defined by the spectacular merger of Lake Washington and Mount Reiner. Excellent facilities complete the experience here for golfers in the huge clubhouse, which has throughout-the-year practice facilities. A pavilion, which is a part of the club, is employed for hosting wedding receptions and banquets. Serving great food is also a reason behind their popularity, but the winner here, surely, is the splendid view.
The historic Rainier Golf & Country Club was designed in 1920 by golf architect Bob Collins who truly created a lasting legacy for the people of Seattle. Boasting 18 holes, the course is challenging and exciting for seasoned players however, amateurs don't fare too badly either. Rooms inside the club can be hired for private parties, corporate events and luncheons where you can choose from a succulent range of dishes.
This Kent trail, best accessed by way of Gary Grant Park, is perfect for a leisurely bike, inline skate or horse ride. The paved, level path has separate tracks for the two kinds of traffic. Traffic is light enough that there is rarely a crowd. Soos Creek has very lush, green banks, mostly unsullied by pollutants. If business brings you to Kent, bring yourself here to unwind. A map is available at the Web site.
Operated by the Washington Zoological Society, Cougar Mountain Zoological Park is dedicated to the care of threatened and endangered species. You will find many unique creatures here, including the Formosa Sika, the Red-ruffed Lemur and the Hawaiian Nene Goose. You'll see the Cougar, after which the zoo is named. Lectures, outreach programs and camps all occur outside regular hours. Call or check website for details.
Strap on some skates and hop on the ice! Whether you're a beginner or an expert, you're bound to have a fun time on the ice rink. Visit during a Friday or Saturday night and skate while listening to a live DJ. The ice rink is rather chilly, so make sure you dress in layers so that you won't be cold while sipping hot chocolate and while taking a break or too hot when you're on the rink trying to master skating backwards. If you're not in the mood for this winter sport then buy 20 pitches and work on your swing at their bating cage or pay for a round of golf on their miniature golf course. Kent Valley Ice Centre prides itself on being one of the best family activities in Washington!
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.
Kelsey Creek Park and Farm, a sedate 150-acre park is a favorite with kids not only for the grass, sand and slides, but also for its resident population of pigs, chickens, horses and other farm animals. Kids get up close and personal with the animals, and have the opportunity to learn about animal care. For adults, the park offers more than two miles of hiking trails, including a gravel trail ideal for walking, jogging or biking. Admission to the park is free, so bring lunch and relax at one of the picnic tables.
Originally designed by the Olmsted Brothers at the turn of the century for Model-T automobile owners, Frink Park is largely a woodsy ravine, beribboned with leisurely roads. Since the roads are quiet and the trails that wind through the forest even more so, they've become a favorite of joggers, cyclists and strollers. The park descends down the hill toward Lake Washington in tiers, with unexpected treats such as elegant stone bridges and rolling lawns. It ends at Leschi Park's tennis courts.
West Seattle may be the most unjustly neglected part of the city, and this park is a case in point. It is unknown even to many residents, but its 68 acres of forest are among the most breathtaking in the area. Visitors should plan a day trip or stay for the night in one of the cabins. Staff naturalists are available for rock climbing classes and interpreted nature walks.
From the hilltops of West Seattle's only course, golfers can view Elliott Bay, the Duwamish Waterway and downtown Seattle. Busy but well-kept, the fairways and tee-boxes stay in pretty good shape. The hilly course that is about 6482 yards makes for exciting golf. Make reservations up to one week in advance. This golf course is open all days of the week from 6a onwards.