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.
Jefferson Park Golf Club is one of Washington State's busiest golf courses, with more than 100,000 rounds played here annually. Views of the Cascade Mountains provide breaks from challenging tree-lined holes. The course is about 6015 yards long. There's also a short 9-hole course and a driving range. Check for seasonal and annual discounts as well as training programs for amateur golfers.
The Robinswood Tennis Center serves as a regional facility for the tennis community, offering a wide range of programs and services, and hosting a variety of community events. There is a pro shop and concessions. Please call to confirm hours of operation.
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.
The Aquatic Center offer the Blue Lagoon Pool that is 25 yards with six lap lanes, a diving tank and a 10-foot slide. There is also a Warm Springs Pool where the average temperature is 91 degrees. This one-of-a-kind pool was built for therapy and rehabilitation, but is available for public open swim. Locker rooms are available for men, women and families. The pools are available for rental, along with a "party room." The pools are open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Sunday from noon to 3 p.m.