From trails to parks and everything in between, our residents know the best spots to make the most of the great outdoors in Mukilteo.
Here are 9 tips for getting active and exploring Mukilteo:
Located at 9600 Mukilteo Speedway Mukilteo, WA 98275
A local favorite, there is no beating the Big Gulch Trail System. “Love love love big gulch trail,” shares Janet Buehler. “One minute you’re in the middle of civilization and the next you’re far far away in a place that could be hundreds of miles away. Just a small sign marks the trailhead across from the fire department. I’ve spent many hours breathing, thinking, singing on that trail!”
Aurora Pedrola agrees: “The Big Gulch Trail System! Wonderful hiking, easy access and beautiful scenery.” Aranka Fruehauf adds that it’s a “great way to connect with nature and dogs are welcome!”
Finally, Jenny Eglian has some second-hand knowledge: “I don’t personally do this but have heard rumors that the gulch offers a phenomenal mountain bike trail system for the hardcore mountain bikers. My brother-in-law is a mountain biker living in Louisville KY and he has heard and biked the trail! Pretty sure it is a favorite activity for many Mukilteoans (is that a word?).”
Located at 1301 5th St. Mukilteo, WA 98275
A top hiking spot, the Japanese Gulch has built a reputation among bikers as well. According to Janet, “Japanese Gulch is widely known by mountain bikers far and wide as one of the best urban rides around!!! Not to be underestimated as bikers come from different states to ride this special trail.”
Located at 1130 5th St. Mukilteo, WA 98275
The first and only off-leash dog park in Mukilteo, Tails & Trails Dog Park is a must for dog owners. Janet describes it as “a meeting place for like-minded dog owners to gather with their four-legged friends.” It is the perfect spot to enjoy the weather, meet new friends, and spend time with your pup.
Located at 609 Front St. Mukilteo, WA 98275
A must-see for locals and tourists, Lighthouse Park is packed with things to do. Campfires on the beach, a playground, tours of the lighthouse, and so much more make this the ideal place to enjoy a warm summer day in Mukilteo.
Located at 513 Webster St. Mukilteo, WA 98275
Pay tribute to Mukilteo’s founders at the Pioneer Cemetery. “Don’t forget the landmark graveyard,” shares Janet. “Headstones tell the story of our founder’s lives and untimely deaths including the young from influenza and those that built and called Mukilteo (“good camping spot”) their permanent home.”
Located at 11817 Harbour Pointe Blvd. Mukilteo, WA 98275
Time to clean off those clubs! “Our Harbour pointe golf course with its famous signature 10th hole featured in golf digest presents golfers with challenging golf and breathtaking scenery,” says Janet. With programs for all ages and genders, everyone can take advantage of the beauty and fun Harbour Pointe offers.
Located at 4800 92nd St. SW Mukilteo, WA 98275
“Mukilteo has lots of small and big parks, most of them ideal for reading, picnicking and relaxing,” Aranka shares. “One of my favorite is the 92nd street park where kids can play on different play equipment.” If your little one needs to run off some steam, check out 92nd Street Park.
Located near 796 Front St. Mukilteo, WA 98275
Mukilteo even has spots for divers! “Not well known, but there is a dive site of off “T-Dock” on Front Street,” shares Aranka. Indeed, this spot is a favorite for night and deep divers and offers opportunities for viewing Puget Sound’s water life. For a dive to remember, check out the T-Dock.
Located at 7609 44th Ave. W Mukilteo, WA 98275
“If you don’t feel like hiking, but like to be outside, you can always volunteer at the Mukilteo Community Garden,” shares Aranka. “They grow lots of veggies to support the neighborhood food banks. You can also rent a bed to grow your own organic veggies.” Enjoy nature and help your community flourish at this quaint garden.
Nothing quite says summer like a fun and relaxing day at the beach! Luckily, we have Mukilteo’s go-to guide for getting the most out of a day in the sand. From ferries to festivals, we’ve got you covered!
Check out what our fellow residents recommend for a day at the beach in Mukilteo:
When it comes to beaches, Jenny Eglian suggests staying local: “I happen to think one of the best beaches in Snohomish County is right in the MUK,” she shares. “Our beach features built-in fire pits, a fantastic beach side playground, a substantial shelter perfect for parties all year round, boat launch, lighthouse, plus ice cream and fish & chips within walking distance to the beach.” She even shares a special tip: “Bonus, if you’re a resident of Mukilteo you get a free parking pass to the beach park!”
Known as Lighthouse Park, this hangout destination is a local must-see. Here, according to Aranka Fruehauf, “kids can play in the new playgrounds, make campfire on the beach…watch people get married by the beach on the Wedding Circle,” and so much more. She suggests that you “take the Lighthouse Tour, launch your boat and go for salmon fishing or crabbing.”
If you don’t have a boat of your own, you can follow Jenny’s suggestion and “hop on the ferry at sunset. It is a quick ride to Clinton and back.” While you’re on land, check out Clinton Beach. “Clinton also has a nice little beach with toys for those with little ones who choose this inexpensive adventure to do on any given day,” Jenny shares.
Fun in the sun can work up an appetite, so Jenny and Aranka recommend three spots to satisfy any taste buds. “In the summer, I like to grab some fish & chips to go from Ivar’s,” Jenny shares. Aranka seconds Ivar’s and includes Arnies, another great seafood destination. She also recommends topping off the day “with delicious ice cream at Diamond Knot (they have great food and beer too).” It’s a win-win for everyone!
Lighthouse Park is not only great for a beach day, but also hosts awesome community events. For example, Aranka loves “the Farmer’s Market on Wednesday afternoons not just to get fresh produce, but also run into friends and neighbors. I bring my dog Molly to socialize and see her doggie friends too.”
She also highly recommends Mukilteo’s annual Lighthouse Festival. “Of course the summer highlight is the Lighthouse Festival with lots of activities and a grand fireworks on the water.” Janet Buehler seconds this recommendation: “Don’t forget the lighthouse festival!!! The race, the food, the community parties and fireworks!!!!” No matter how you spend your beach day in Mukilteo, you are sure to make lasting memories.
From inspiring aviation education to exciting aviation-related career possibilities, the Mukilteo area is your go-to for reaching new heights (literally!). Take advantage of living in or visiting the Mukilteo area, and check out these top-notch tips on aviation-related sights, events and opportunities from locals:
- Located at 3220 100th St. SW Everett, WA 98204
In the fall of 2018, Alaska Airlines will begin offering commercial flights out of Paine Field, which is a huge deal for Mukilteo and its surrounding cities! Alaska Airlines will start by offering 9 flights per day, which the airline estimates will help over a million people drastically shorten their commute times. In early 2018, Alaska Airlines will announce flight schedules and routes, and will being selling tickets. Get the full scoop here!
As far as how this will impact locals, Aranka Fruehauf has some thoughts and insight on this major addition:
“For many years I felt very much against bringing commercial airport to Mukilteo—not to my backyard! Just the thought of it terrified me; what could happen to my little community, home values, to schools and to air quality… those are real issues. But now [that] the fight is over to stop the airport, I have been thinking a lot [about] how it really will affect my personal life and my sweet little community.”
“I have also spoke with several people who [have] lived/or have relatives living close to [a] small airport, [and I think that] bringing a small airport to my community might have benefits. When I travel to west coast cities, I will not need to drive to Seattle (we all know how bad the traffic is regardless the time of the day)—I will save at least 4 hours of driving, not to mention parking cost! I probably should factor in the stress too.”
“I like to think forward… in my opinion the airport, is not going to be a liability, but rather an asset. Just like we used to think that living close to buses and freeways [could be] detrimental for home values… well… I don’t think that way any more… look at the home values located close to train/light rail stations. I’m actually excited that we have so many options of transportation in Mukilteo. The media talks so much about ‘the airport noise and Mukilteo,’ [and] in my opinion the noise might be more noticeable in Lynnwood, Everett and Edmonds than [in] Mukilteo.”
Additionally, if you’re looking for a job in aviation, you’ll definitely want to check out Paine Field! A unique airport, it’s home to over 650 aircraft, a Boeing manufacturing plant, and five aviation restoration/tour centers. Paine Field provides high-quality services to customers and has brought nearly 76,000 jobs to the local economy. You can learn more about employment with Paine Field here.
- Located at 8415 Paine Field Blvd. Mukilteo, WA 98275
- Hours: 8:30am-5:30pm (Aviation Center); 9:00am-3:00pm (Boeing Tour)
For a one-of-a-kind experience perfect for all ages, Aranka Fruehauf suggests the Future of Flight: “[I] recommend visiting Future of Flight Aviation Center,” she shares. Here “…you can see models of jet engines, design your own airplane and this is where you start the Boeing Factory Tour,” the only opportunity to publicly tour a commercial jet assembly plant in North America.
- Located at 10719 Bernie Webber Dr. Mukilteo, WA 98275
- Hours: 10:00am-5:00pm Tuesday-Sunday; closed Monday
Aviation and history buffs will love the Historic Flight Foundation! They offer a collection of the most important aircraft from 1927 to 1957, fully restored and airborne. You can experience the roar of a classic engine, watch the restoration process in action, and marvel at the results of innovation from some of the greatest trailblazers.
- Located at 3407 109th St. SW Everett, WA 98204
- Hours: 10:00am-5:00pm (7 days a week from Memorial Day-Labor Day; then Tuesday-Sunday)
Give your kids a deeper education at the Flying Heritage & Combat Armor Museum. With interactive exhibits featuring a rare collection of authentically restored aircraft, tanks, and other technologies from World War II, your children will get a look into the past and a glimpse what it takes to preserve these artifacts for the future.
- Located at 9689 Airport Rd. Everett, WA 98204
- When: Every year in May
For an event everyone will love, Aranka has a recommendation: “Once a year we have Aviation Day,” she shares. “It’s a must-do, especially if you have kids… they can take a flight and meet the pilots, view one-of-a-kind aircraft, and watch flying demonstrations.” This year’s Aviation Day has already passed, but be sure to keep your eyes open for 2018!
- Located at 3407 109th St. SW Everett, WA 98204
- When: July 22, 2017; 10:00am-4:00pm
Summertime is perfect for air shows, and Mukilteo has some of the best. “The air shows are fantastic to watch,” shares Greg Buehler. “I’m sure that future pilots and engineers have been inspired by witnessing [these exhilarating air show events].” FHCAM’s annual Skyfair is coming this July and will feature vendors, kids activities, and a fantastic flying show at 1:30pm. You can find a full schedule of events here.
Whether you’re looking for a gorgeous spot to spend the day or searching for a scenic area to snap a few family photos, Lynnwood is brimming with beauty if you know where to look! Enjoy these Instagram photos taken throughout Lynnwood to see all that this dynamic city has to offer:
1 & 2. Scriber Lake Park
Both of these views of Scriber Lake Park in Lynnwood are stunning, and this 22-acre park is definitely worth checking out. It features the lake, a floating boardwalk, opportunities for observing wildlife, a 0.8-mile walking trail, and a great history. Bring your camera and start exploring! Learn more here!
3. Lynnwood Transit Center
What a spectacular sunset captured at the Lynnwood Transit Center! Did you know that the light rail is coming to Lynnwood? This is a huge deal for people in the area who commute—learn more about the Lynnwood light rail expansion here!
4 & 5. Lynnwood Golf Course
Golf enthusiasts in the Lynnwood area are in luck—did you know we had such a lush, gorgeous course like this right in our backyard? Learn more about the course here!
6 & 7. Great Commuting Options
Lynnwood is a popular choice for commuters—Highway 99, Interstate-5, and 405 all run through or border Lynnwood. Plus, the Interurban Trail, the Lynnwood Transit Center, and the link rail expansion ensure there’s plenty of commuting options to take advantage of. For tips on commuting in Lynnwood, click here!
8 & 9. Meadowdale Playfields
This incredible 27-acre complex is brimming with adventure! Not only can you find softball fields and a basketball court, but there’s also a play structure, picnic facilities, a forested area and a pond to explore, restrooms, and walking trails! Learn more here.
10 & 11. Lynndale Park
When you need to retreat into nature but don’t want to drive far, the 22-acre Lynndale Park is the perfect spot to head to! In addition to several sport courts and fields, there is play equipment, a skate park, a huge forested area with nature and walking trails, an off-leash dog area, and more! Click here for more information.
12 & 13. Sunset Over Lynnwood
We’re glad that a couple of Lynnwood photographers took a moment to capture these beautiful sunsets!
When it comes to restaurants in Lynnwood, no one knows more about the best spots around than our locals! From pizza and Asian cuisine to some excellent happy hours, they have the inside scoop on all of the top places to get your grub on!
Here is a list of our 12 favorite locally recommended Lynnwood restaurants:
BEER & HAPPY HOURS
- Located at 2902 164th St. SW Lynnwood, WA 98087
- Hours: 11:00a-1:00a Monday-Friday; 9:00a-1:00a Saturday-Sunday; Happy Hour: 3:00p-6:00p & 10:00p-12:00a Sunday-Saturday
A favorite among Yvette, Brian, and Tonya Robison Tye, Indigo serves up great comfort food and a rotating list of draft brews. “I like Indigo; they have a great happy hour,” Yvette shares. Tonya seconds that notion, with the addition that her “…favorite Lynnwood restaurant is Indigo for lunch and dinner…” and the locals can’t be wrong!
- Located at 14608 WA-99 Lynnwood, WA 98087
- Hours: 11:00a-10:00p Monday-Thursday; 11:00a-11:00p Friday-Saturday; 12:00p-8:00p Sunday
According to Aurora Pedrola, “for beer/cider, definitely hit Special Brews. Their selection is unreasonably large but the bartenders will always help you choose. And some local take out places deliver there,” making this tavern a win-win all around.
- Located at 19702 WA-99 #100 Lynnwood, WA 98036
- Hours: 11:00a-11:00p Monday-Thursday; 11:00a-12:00a Friday; 8:00a-12:00a Saturday; 8:00a-11:00p Sunday; Happy Hour: 2:00p-6:00p & 9:00p-close Sunday-Saturday
Beat the summer heat with a refreshing drink from Hop Jack’s. “Hop Jack’s has a fantastic happy hour,” says Andrea Wetzel. Indeed, with a beer tower pouring local brews at a frosty 34 degrees and affordable cocktails made with real fruit, this bar’s happy hour is an experience in itself.
- Located at 4911 196th St. SW Lynnwood, WA 98036
- Hours: 11:00a-12:00a Sunday-Saturday; Happy Hour: 3:00p-6:00p & 9:00p-12:00a Sunday-Saturday
Take a trip to the wild west without ever leaving Lynnwood at Moonshine BBQ. “Moonshine BBQ on 196th has a great outdoor patio and happy hour,” shares Brian Hayter. With 16 northwest drafts, crafted moonshine and smoked barbeque pairings, and an old-fashioned saloon vibe, you can spend happy hour getting in touch with your inner cowboy!
WINGS & MORE
- Located at 18411 WA-99 Lynnwood, WA 98037
- Hours: 11:00a-11:00p Monday-Wednesday; 11:00p-2:00a Thursday-Sunday
Chow down on classic BBQ burgers, sandwiches, and more while enjoying a full bar and happy hour at this premier Lynnwood barbecue joint. Andrea’s menu suggestion? “Cask & Trotter has the best wings ever!”
- Located at 5030 208th St. SW A Lynnwood, WA 98036
- Hours: 11:30a-10:00p Tuesday-Saturday; closed Sunday-Monday
A unique and cozy Lynnwood brewpub, “Ellersick Brewery (aka Big E Ales),” as Brian notes, is a fantastic neighborhood hangout. “Wednesday night is wing night at Ellersick Brewery which is always a great place to meet up with friends,” Tonya shares. So grab the gang and head down to Big E Ales for some good beer, good grub, and good times!
- Located at 4027 196th St. SW Lynnwood, WA 98036
- Hours: 7:00a-9:00p Tuesday-Sunday; 7:00a-3:00p Monday
A recommended breakfast spot by Tonya, B3 Breakfast & Burger Bar is truly one-of-a-kind. Their menu includes unique items like Chicken N’ Savory Waffles as well as classic light breakfasts, specials, and gourmet burgers for lunch. If you want to wake up with some delicious flavors, check out B3 in the morning!
- Located at 4010 196th St. SW Lynnwood, WA 98036
- Hours: 11:30a-12:00a Sunday-Saturday
“Lynnwood has a couple of great pizza joints that you can’t beat,” shares Stefanie Massie. “The Rock [for example] brews their own beer with seasonal selections and they do a killer wood fired pizza! My favorite is the ‘Crazy Train,’” which includes awesome toppings like hot cherry peppers and caramelized onions; definitely not to miss!
- Located at 4309 196th St. SW Lynnwood, WA 98036
- Hours: 11:00a-10:00p Sunday-Saturday
Another spot in Lynnwood for premium pies is Zeeks. “Zeeks pizza is also conveniently located and has a premium selection of beer and wine,” says Stefanie. “Can’t go wrong with their pizza either. Menu adapts with the season!”
- Located at 18601 WA-99 #100 Lynnwood, WA 98037
- Hours: 11:30a-2:30p (Lunch) & 5:00p-12:00a (Dinner) Tuesday-Saturday; 12:00p-9:00p Sunday; closed Monday
Recommended by Yvette Sanchez for its great food and karaoke, O2 Sushi is a must. Bento boxes, happy hours, and tons of delectable sushi dishes make this place ideal for any adventurous foodie!
- Located at 3828 196th St. SW Lynnwood, WA 98036
- Hours: 11:00a-10:30p Sunday-Thursday; 11:00a-11:30p Friday-Saturday
For the best Thai food in Lynnwood, Brian Hayter suggests Silver Spoon. With an atmosphere of relaxed elegance and an array of great-tasting Thai dishes, this spot is perfect for a quiet date or nice family meal.
- Located at 19505 44th Ave. W K Lynnwood, WA 98036
- Hours: 11:30a-2:30p & 5:00p-10:30p Monday-Friday; 12:00p-10:30p Saturday; 5:00p-9:00p Sunday
Also recommended by Brian, Muto Izakaya is one of Lynnwood’s hidden food gems. Authentic, delicious ramen and other dishes, plus a welcoming, homey ambiance, keeps the locals returning again and again.
Lynnwood’s city conveniences are exceptional, and from top-notch transportation options to recreation opportunities, it’s packed with some excellent spots that can improve your day!
Here are 11 awesome city conveniences you might not have known were in Lynnwood:
When it comes to getting around, Jen Bowman knows trails and park-and-rides that make commuting a breeze! For example, summer is great for taking advantage of the Interurban Trail:
“Take a bike ride or jog along the Interurban Trail,” says Jen. “Linking North Seattle to South Everett, this is a great regional connector trail!”
Another suggestion? Commuters should definitely be taking advantage of the Lynnwood Transit Center, a convenient park-and-ride that features 1,368 parking spaces, lockers, a ride store, and more. Also, for those living in Lynnwood or those with plans to move to Lynnwood, you’re in luck—the Link Light Rail is coming to Lynnwood! Currently, the light rail runs from Angle Lake (just past the SeaTac Airport) to the University of Washington, but by 2023, the Light Rail will have four new station locations added from Northgate to Lynnwood. New stations include one at Northeast 145th Street, Northeast 185th Street, the Mountlake Transit Center (at 236th Street Southwest), and a station at the Lynnwood Transit Center (at 200th Street Southwest).
With these future extensions, riders are promised more frequent and reliable transportation and less pain from traffic congestion! It is estimated that commuters will be able to get from Lynnwood to Downtown Seattle in 28 minutes or to Sea-Tac Airport in 60 minutes.
Whether you’re starting out or starting over, Lynnwood has great opportunities for a college education. Edmonds Community Collegefeatures 61 associate’s degree programs in disciplines like Pre-Nursing and Business/Accounting. With a newly announced Bachelor’s degree program too, Edmonds provides tools for success!
If you feel like there’s not enough time to go back to school, check out Central Washington University’s Lynnwood Campus too. CWU is dedicated to giving students valuable education through flexible class styles. The ability to complete your Bachelor’s degree on the Lynnwood campus ensures that you can balance your responsibilities and educational commitments.
From special events to family fun, Lynnwood offers amazing community spaces. Looking for a wedding or party venue? The Lynnwood Convention Center is a fantastic option! Convenient parking, a versatile landscape, and professional chefs are some of the services that promise you and your guests a memorable experience.
For something everyone will enjoy, visit the Lynnwood Recreation Center & Pool. “The Lynnwood Rec Center & Pool is one of the most popular places for family fun in Lynnwood,” shares Claudette Meyer Mitts.
“There is often a line of people that wraps around the building for Rec & Open Swim sessions in this LEED certified facility featuring 3 pools, 2 hot tubs, 2 giant slides, beach access for toddlers and preschoolers, and a large water-dumping-bucket and play area (a la Great-Wolf-Lodge style, but at a fraction of the price) there’s something for everyone no matter their age.”
If you’re out and about, stop by one of Lynnwood’s awesome parks for a picnic and play time! Wilcox Park “offers play structures, open field for volleyball, soccer, frisbee and a wooded area too,” according to Tonya Robison Tye. “Wilcox City Park, also known by Lynnwoodians as Flag Park, offers a summer Farmers Market on Thursdays,” Stefanie Massie shares.
Another spot is Scriber Lake Park, which Tonya describes as “…a bridged walkway through natural ponds, streams and woods,” an ideal spot for wildlife lovers. Looking for something expansive that you can get lost in? Lynndale Park is Lynnwood’s largest park. Tonya’s tip? “The amphitheater at Lynndale park has live summer events!”
If you’re a history buff, Tonya recommends Heritage Park, which celebrates the city’s agricultural, transportation, and social heritage. Finally, Jen also recommends North Lynnwood Park for summer fun: “The North Lynnwood park has a dragon-themed splash pad, covered picnic areas, play equipment, and tons of lawn space. Perfect on those sunny summer days that will be coming soon. Right? Summer is coming, isn’t it?”
Lynnwood has some truly notable shopping opportunities, and it’s a destination for many in Snohomish County! According to our own Jen Bowman, Lynnwood is a “retail Mecca—how do you choose just one area? Looking for a new car, a couch, organic groceries, jewelry or a specialty bottle of wine? Come to Lynnwood! Total Wine, Whole Foods…[it’s the] only spot in Sno Co to find these stores (and many others).”
Here are 9 Snohomish County shopping opportunities you’ll only find in Lynnwood:
When it comes to retail, Jen knows there’s no beating the Alderwood Mall. “Of course Alderwood Mall is a main attraction for Lynnwood,” she shares. “Did you know the Regal Cinema (on the west side of the mall and south of Costco) has fully reclining seats?! Tickets are a little more expensive, but so worth it!” If you want to catch a movie or catch some great sales, add the mall to your list!
Whatever you’re shopping for, the grocery stores in Lynnwood have you covered. With over 8,000 wines (2,000 of which are not found anywhere else), Total Wine is a wine-lover’s paradise. For all of your bulk needs, Jen recommends the new Lynnwood Costco. An array of on-site amenities make it your one-stop shop, and there are even 2 Costco locations in Lynnwood to choose from, so you can pick whichever is closest to you!
You’re also sure to find some great products at Claudette Meyer Mitts’ pick, Trader Joe’s. Hard-to-find foods at low prices will get you hooked, and there are only a few locations in Snohomish County. Finally, health food fans will love Whole Foods, and the only one in Sno Co is in Lynnwood! “Whole Foods is conveniently located off 196th and I-5 for a quick stop to grab something off the salad bar or hot deli counter,” says Jen. “No time to make dinner? They have tons of store made, healthy options packaged up and ready to serve!”
From tots to tap shoes, Lynnwood has some fabulous one-of-a-kind clothing shops. New parents can take advantage of Hopskotch Kids Consignment: “The Hopskotch Kids Consignment store in the Trader Joe’s/Hobby Lobby shopping center has great gently used baby gear,” shares Jen. “[It’s a] wonderful opportunity to resell your baby gear and clothes once your kids have outgrown. Great way to save money on baby stuff you’ll need just for a short time.”
Dancers will also want to check out Petticoat Junction Dance Shop. Aurora Pedrola shares that “the Petticoat Junction has an unparalleled selection of dance apparel and shoes. They are also locally owned!”
According to Jen, “When it comes to furnishing your home, look no further than Lynnwood! There are so many furniture stores to choose from it’s hard to pick a favorite, but if you like Scandinavian design and clean lines, make Dania Furniture top on your list. If you’re in the market for patio furniture, a custom barbecue, a fireplace insert or pellet stove, or a hot tub, you’ve got to check out Rich’s for the Home.” No matter your style, you’ll find your perfect match and tons to choose from in Lynnwood!
“Commuters love Shoreline because it’s halfway between Everett and Seattle, so whether someone is going to Boeing or Amazon the commute is not overly painful. Plus there are so many Rapid Ride options, transit stations nearby and soon the Light Rail. Easy back roads to Ballard and Queen Anne and just a quick trip to Edmonds to hop on The Sounder!”
Cori Whitaker sums it up perfectly—Shoreline offers it all! Just north of Seattle, Shoreline is a top choice for those who commute due to its close proximity to the city (and like Cori mentions, other large cities like Everett) and myriad of transit options.
If you’re thinking about moving to Shoreline or switching up your commuting routine, check out these 5 reasons why commuters love living in Shoreline for some transit tips!
1. Future Light Rail Station
Did you know the Light Rail is coming to Shoreline?! That’s right—in 2023, Shoreline is getting light rail… and it’s getting not one but TWO stations! The city has plans for a station at I-5 and 145th St, and I-5 and 185th Street. You can take a look at the map of the extension right here. Not only will this be great for commuters, but this will have a huge effect on property values within its zoning.
2. Central Location
Like Cori mentioned earlier, Shoreline is nestled in a central location that’s in between Seattle and Everett. Depending where you live in Shoreline, it’s about a 24-minute drive into Downtown Seattle while Everett is about a 20-minute drive.
3. Aurora Village Transit Center
Jill Langer shares that people in Shoreline mostly use cars to get around, “but because there is a large transit center at Aurora Village, riding the bus is very convenient.” The Transit Center has several buses that head all over the region, including Downtown Seattle, First Hill, UW Campus, Northgate, Bellevue/Renton, and much more. There’s also a RapidRide to Downtown Seattle.
4. The Interurban Trail
“The Interurban Trail provides a great way to walk or bike and is connected to the north to Snohomish County’s and to the south to Seattle’s Interurban Trails,” shares Jill Langer. The north portion of this trail leads from Seattle all the way up to Everett and makes its way right through Shoreline.
The Burke-Gilman Trail doesn’t run through shoreline, but there is a project underway that connects Shoreline’s portion of the Interurban Trail to Lake Forest Park and the Burke-Gilman!
Bernice Whitney elaborates a bit more on the Burke-Gilman: “The primary source of transportation [in Shoreline] is by far the four wheel variety, but bicycles along the many two lane arterial roads is not uncommon. The Burke-Gilman Trail, which will take you down to the UW, points further west [and] is a popular destination for those both on bike and foot.”
5. Sounder Train in Nearby Edmonds
Located at 211 Railroad Ave, Edmonds, WA 98020 just north of Shoreline, the Sounder Train has a stop in Edmonds that you can take advantage of. The Sounder runs from Lakewood and Seattle, and Seattle and Everett, making it an excellent option for going longer distances in a relaxing, scenic manner. Bypass car traffic with this handy option!
One of the top reasons why people choose to live in Shoreline, WA is because of Shoreline’s excellent educational options! “Shoreline has an amazing, award-winning public school district, many good private schools, and well-regarded Shoreline Community College,” shares Jill Langer. With public schools, private schools, and even a community college to choose from, Shoreline’s variety of schools offers its residence with some truly impressive and award-winning options.
Here are a few of the schools that locals recommend:
Shoreline Public Schools
The Shoreline Public School system features early learning opportunities, 9 elementary schools, 2 middle schools, 2 high schools, one K-8 school, and a Home Education Exchange program. Shorewood High School is especially of note—this school was recently completely renovated, and re-opened in September 2013.
You can view the attendance area map for Shoreline Public Schools right here.
PRIVATE SCHOOLS IN SHORELINE
St Luke School
St Luke School offers a wide range of programs, including a preschool program for 3 and 4-year-olds, all-day kindergarten, and school up through the 8th grade. They also have an educational and engaging summer program to take advantage of!
“My kids went to Horizon School and absolutely loved it!” shares Cori Whitaker. “[Horizon School is a] dynamic school for pre-school/kindergarten ages that focuses on hands-on, self-directed play and creative expression.” Nestled in the Richmond Beach community, Horizon School is a private, non-profit school. The application processbegins each winter, and they also offer summer programs.
First Lutheran School & Kindergarten
“First Lutheran School & Kindergarten at Richmond Beach provides pre-k through kindergarten. It’s a solid starting point if you’re looking for a place that is well-rounded and focused on child development along with principles of the Christian faith,” says Casey Bui. “Our kids attend and we are very impressed with the staff, their curriculum, and their approach to teaching.”
The Evergreen School
Offering programs for those in preschool all the way through 8th grade, The Evergreen School is all about learning in a vibrant, diverse environment. Their preschool program is a half-day program (with extended childcare available until 5:30pm), and their prekindergarten program is full-day. They also offer a huge variety of afterschool classes, including sessions that are focused on robotics, coding, baking, debate, sewing & crafting, and much more.
This dynamic community offers programs from preschool all the way through high school graduation. The King’s School website state that their “standard curriculum is the highest quality college-prep track available,” and they also provide honors and classes in addition to a huge variety of sports, music, drama, and other programs.
Shoreline Community College
This incredible resource offers a dynamic range of programs, including high school programs (like Running Start, GED, and more), professional and technical programs (like nursing, dental hygiene, criminal justice, business technology, etc.), online programs, transfer degrees for those who plan to attend a college or university, continuing education, and so much more! Learn more about Shoreline Community College’s myriad of offerings here.
With warmer weather on the way, it’s time to get out of the house and out on the town!
Here is your guide to the best dining, grocery shopping, and park destinations in Shoreline:
DINING OUT in SHORELINE
- Located at 520 NE 165th Street | Shoreline WA 98155
- Hours: 4pm-midnight daily
Featuring 17 beers and 3 ciders, Ridgecrest is the place to be for a laid-back dinner and hangout with friends! They also host food trucks each evening from 5-9pm—take a look at their schedule here. “The Ridgecrest Public House is a great place to meet up with friends. The RPH has rotating taps for beer and cider and a different food truck each day offers plenty of options for food,” shares REALTOR® Samantha Arango. “Down the street is the Crest Theater, which is a discount movie theater, and a great place to take kids.”
- Located at 17732 15th Ave NE, Shoreline, WA 98155
- Hours: 6:30a-9:00p Monday-Saturday, 6:30a-8:00p Sunday
Family owned and operated, this Shoreline staple nestled in the heart of Shoreline’s North City district serves up classic diner food with a Greek influence. “Leena’s has a great breakfast menu,” shares REALTOR® Samantha Arango. REALTOR® Bernice Whitneyagrees—”It’s hard to top their breakfast!”
- Located at 608 NW Richmond Beach Rd. Shoreline, WA 98177
- Hours: 11:00a-9:00p Sunday-Saturday
“Love this friendly, family run restaurant,” says REALTOR® Cori Whitaker. “Always clean, quick, consistent and delicious. Their hummus is to die for!”
- Located at 19322 Richmond Beach Dr. NW Shoreline, WA 98177
- Hours: 12:00p-10:00p Monday; 12:00p-11:00p Tuesday-Thursday; 12:00p-2:00a Friday-Saturday; 12:00p-10:00p Sunday
According to Cori, “the Cabin Tavern is a perfect little dive bar grandfathered in to laid-back Richmond Beach with sloped floors, a crooked bar and regulars sipping beers at pretty much any time of day. Great fish and chips with the best tartar sauce ever and jam sessions Tuesday night where people can bring instruments and join in playing bluegrass, blues, folk, rock, you name it. Great character and worth checking out!” REALTOR® Melissa Huddleston also adds that this spot has been around for decades, and offers “typical bar food and fair, but so much fun to sit outside with a brewsky on gorgeous summer days.”
- Located at 1843 NW 195th St. Shoreline, WA 98177
- Hours: 11:30a-4:00p Sunday-Saturday (Lunch); 3:00p-5:00p Monday-Friday (Happy Hour); 4:00p-9:00p Sunday-Thursday, 4:00p-9:30p Friday-Saturday (Dinner)
New residents won’t want to pass up this local favorite. Hill’s has been serving delectable dishes for over ten years, becoming a go-to for lunch, dinner, and happy hour. “Hill’s offers a great menu, nice ambiance & good value,” shares REALTOR® Jill Langer. This is also one of REALTOR® Melissa Huddleston’s favorite spots—”It’s a quaint little spot with great food and atmosphere!”
- Located at 15221 Aurora Ave. North Shoreline, WA 98133
- Hours: 9:00a-11:00p Monday-Thursday; 8:00a-12:00a Friday-Sunday
For south-of-the-border flavor, REALTOR® Cori Whitaker suggests Taqueria El Sabor: “Quick authentic Mexican food, always full of people enjoying a wide variety of food for reasonable prices. They started as a taco truck and now have 3 restaurants and a huge following.” REALTOR® Jill Langer also highly recommends Taqueria El Sabor—”[They have] consistently good fast food!”
- Located at 1857 NW 195th St. Shoreline, WA 98177
- Hours: 5:00p-9:00p Sunday-Saturday
If you’re tired of the same old pizza places, mix things up with Streetzeria. Their flavors are amazing and their desserts are the perfect way to top off any meal.
- Located at 18411 Aurora Ave. N. Shoreline, WA 98133
- Hours: 11:00a-9:00p Monday; 11:00a-9:30p Tuesday-Thursday; 11:00a-10:30p Friday; 12:00p-10:30p Saturday; 4:00p-9:00p Sunday
Whether you’re looking for a team hangout or a corporate party spot, Spiro’s has you covered. Their restaurants work for group large and small and their food keeps everybody happy.
- Located at 1520 NE 177th St. Shoreline, WA 98155
- Hours: 4:30p-close Tuesday-Saturday (Kitchen); 2:00p Tuesday-Saturday (Wine Shop); closed Sunday-Monday
With food, wine, and live music, how can you go wrong? Grab your friends and check out the reinvented North City Bistro, a true neighborhood hot spot.
GROCERY SHOPPING in SHORELINE
“For the best one-stop shopping experience, its got be Costco, centrally located in Shoreline and an easy I-5 commute. For a mid-day pick-me-up, you can always graze the isle samples or for that sit-down experience,there is the Food Court,” shares REALTOR® Bernice Whitney.
REALTOR® Samantha Arango also has a couple of grocery shopping tips—”I love Central Market as well,” she shares. “Central Market has cooking demonstrations, a huge deli, salad, and antipasto bar, and a great selection of cheeses, wines, and beers. Trader Joe’s opened up this year and is always a fun place to shop.” REALTOR® Jill Langer seconds that—”The Central Market offers everything FRESH – produce, seafood, flowers – you name it. They have lots of good organic options as well!”
PARKS in SHORELINE
- Located at 2021 NW 190th St. Shoreline, WA 98177
- Hours: 6:00a-9:00p Sunday-Saturday
Located near the beautiful waterfront, Richmond Beach Saltwater Park is a perfect place to spend the summer picnicking or laying in the sand. REALTOR® Jill Langer highly recommends beach combing, and shares that there’s also an off-leash area during the winter months here.
- Located at 16006 15th Ave. NE Seattle, WA 98155
If fitness is your thing, check out Hamlin Park. Trails run through natural areas and with the addition of an orienteering course, you can have fun while staying in shape. “Hamlin Park is a great place to do some trail running and there is a dog park there as well,” says REALTOR® Samantha Arango.
- Located at 15300 8th Ave. NE Shoreline, WA 98155
- Hours: 6:00a-10:00p Sunday-Saturday
Get the kids moving with a trip to Paramount School Park. Baseball fields, a playground, and a skate park promise hours of fun that won’t break the bank.
- Located at 17229 3rd Ave. NW Shoreline, WA 98133
- Hours: 6:00a-6:00p Sunday-Saturday
Escape the everyday at Boeing Creek Park. Walk the trails, watch the wildlife, and immerse yourself in nature’s beauty any time of the year. REALTOR® Jill Langer especially recommends Boeing Creek Park for hiking and bird-watching—she loves how you can experience being in the woods there!
- Located at 19030 1st Ave. NE Shoreline, WA 98155
- Hours: 5:30a-8:45p Sunday-Saturday
Summer isn’t summer without a trip to the pool. Take the kids to Shoreline Pool for a dip this year or rent the whole pool for your next big weekend bash.