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From family-friendly to date-worthy, Kent offers it all: sports, entertainment, bike trails, parks, a vibrant beer and food scene, shopping and more. Learn where the locals like to eat, drink and play, and find out some of Kent’s best-kept secrets. Planning your Pacific Northwest vacation? Kent’s the perfect basecamp for all your adventures. Get the most out of your vacation with tips on travel packages, great deals and seasonal itineraries.
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Scenic small-town touring

April 18th, 2017

Allow a full day to explore Rattlesnake Lake and beyond. 

Make Kent your overnight basecamp to spring into nearby locales with a visit to the Cascade Mountain foothills. A driving tour through the small towns of Carnation, Fall City and North Bend offers tree-lined roads, spreading fields and views of Mount Rainier.

Take Issaquah-Fall City Road off I-90 and head north to Carnation. Meander Tolt-McDonald Park where the Tolt and Snoqualmie rivers meet. Stroll along the banks or traverse the 500-foot suspension bridge. In town, grab a Tolt Burger at Carnation Café and pay a visit to the 1938 Miller Mercantile building to browse a little bit of everything. 

Follow Fall City-Carnation Rd. Southeast to Fall City. This former mill town has loads of history and scenery. Be sure to belly up to the bar at Last Frontier Saloon, a log-cabin delight packed with kitschy Americana décor. Before leaving town, visit Fall City Community Park to see the old hops shed where farmers brought their crops to be transported by ferry to the Puget Sound and shipped around the world.

Continue your small-town adventure to North Bend. If you’re a fan of the TV show Twin Peaks, this little burg might look familiar, and a visit wouldn’t be complete without a slice of cherry pie from Twede’s Café. If you’re ready to stretch your legs, hike to the 4,167-foot peak of Mt. Si, or opt for a shorter trek to Rattlesnake Ledge for stunning views at the top. The Cedar River Watershed Education Center is good place to learn about the region’s rain-soaked landscape. 


Spring tripping from Kent

Kent is the perfect basecamp for your Washington state adventure, with affordable and family-friendly overnight options perfect for mini road trips.
April 7th, 2017


There’s so much to discover, experience and explore on the northwest side of Washington state, and Kent is a great place to stay for day tripping. Here are just a few trips (12 to be exact) by car, train, bike or foot within 10 to 70 miles of Kent. So step outside the boundaries, and start wandering this spring: 

  • Bonsai, blooms and a beachside boardwalk 
  • Retail therapy 
  • Bike it, urban style 

  • Museum mania 
  • Flight and Flights 
  • Iconic Seattle 

  • Scenic Small-Town Touring 
  • Wine to Water 
  • Ferry Fun 

  • A Capitol Adventure 
  • The Road to Paradise 
  • Island Trekking 

Regardless of where your day-trip adventures take you, your Kent basecamp offers everything you need to relax, recharge and refuel. Select from the wide range of hotels, inns and RV parks and Airbnb options. And take your pick from a bounty of dining choices—from hearty breakfast fare to international cuisine and more. 

If you’d like to leave the driving to someone else, Kent Station is your connection for bus and train options. 

Scenic Bike Trails for Seasoned Cyclers and Carefree Cruisers

Meet: Bike-Friendly Kent
April 5th, 2017


With nearly 30 miles of paved bike trails, and connections to miles more in every direction, Kent is a biking mecca that offers something for everyone—from seasoned cyclers, to carefree cruisers and the training-wheel set.

Kent offers easy access to two popular regional trails:
  • The Interurban Trail stretches 18 miles and connects the city of Tukwila to the north to the small town of Pacific to the south. The trail passes urban and rural landscapes, and offers southbound riders views of Mount Rainier. Cyclists can access other regional trails at each end. Access near Foster Park.
Where to take a break:
Where to take a break:
    • Strike a pose at the "Slip Stream" bike sculpture along the trail at Van Doren’s Landing Park.
    • Because bikes and bakeries go together, make a stop at M Bakery & Deli for a savory or sweet treat made with locally sourced ingredient.

If you want to keep your wheels in Kent, here are three great local biking options:
  • Kent Valley Loop Trails connect the Green River and Interurban trails, offer riders several distinct loops, and link cyclists to Kent parks, downtown and other local attractions. Several access points in Kent.
Where to take a break: 
    • If you’re riding on a Saturday (June 3-September 23), make a stop at the Kent Farmers Market at Town Square Plaza. 
  • Soos Creek Trail, a six-mile point-to-point trail, travels through woods, wetlands and meadows. The chances are good you’ll see wildlife. Begin at the Soos Creek Park trailhead at 266th street and 148th Ave. SE. 
Where to take a break:
    • Take several! Bring the binoculars and watch for river otters, herons, eagles and more wildlife.
    • Pack a sweet treat from Sweet Themes Bakery to enjoy at Gary Grant Soos Creek Park.
  • Earthworks Tour. The Green River Valley is home to a nationally acclaimed collection of land art. A signed bike route lets visitors experience the merging of art and landscape up close. Choose a self-guided tour, from 12 to 23 miles. Begin at Mill Creek Canyon Earthworks Park.
Where to take a break:
If you experience any technical difficulties along the way, don’t worry. The Bicycle Fixer offers mobile bike repair to keep you rolling.

Learn more about Kent bike trails.
 

Best Rainy-Day Activities

From family-friendly puddle jumping to kid-free rain and Riesling—there’s no shortage of fun during April showers in Kent
March 29th, 2017


April showers bring…well, more showers. In the damp Pacific Northwest, rainy days are just part of the deal. Why not make the most of it? Kent offers some great rainy-day options. 
  1. Let it pour. Grab a window seat at Wild Wheat Bakery Café and Restaurant and watch the water fall. Enjoy delicious house-roasted coffee, and take in the aroma of fresh-baked goods. 

  2. This weather is for the birds. Soggy days often make for the best birding, so puddle-jump your way to Green River Natural Resources Area. Explore the trails starting at Van Doren's Landing Park, and keep your eyes peeled for kestrels, peregrines and many species of ducks and shorebirds. 

  3. What a great excuse to go shopping. Outfit yourself in head-to-toe GORTEX® from Road Runner Sports at Kent Station, and make the wet world your playground. Browse the urban-village shops and warm up by the outdoor fireplace with something toasty from Dilettante Mocha Café.

  4. Take a wetland walk. Grab your umbrella and head for Soos Creek, one of the region’s most active wetland habitats. A paved, six-mile trail meanders through woods, cattail marshes, forested swamps, wet meadows and willow thickets. 

  5. Rain and Riesling make an excellent paring. Nothing screams day drinking more than a rainy day. Keep an eye on the weather while you snuggle up with a glass or three of Northwest wine—and some delicious seasonal bites—at Reds Wine Bar at Kent Station.  
Not a fan of the wet stuff? 
Kent has you covered. 
  • Keep with the water theme and visit the Hydroplane and Raceboat Museum
  • If you’re kids are bouncing off the walls, spend your rainy day at Bounce it Up 360 indoor play center, offering 5,300 feet of inflatable fun
  • What the heck are hops? Find out at the Kent Historical Museum


Curious about Kent? Check out these fun facts

As one of the fastest growing cities in the United States, Kent, Washington has a lot to offer. Check out nine facts that make the city stand out from the crowd.
March 22nd, 2017


In the 1920s and '30s, Kent was known as the Lettuce Capital of the World. Festival-goers stand on top of a float at the 1936 Lettuce Festival in Kent, Washington. Courtesy Photo: Greater Kent Historical Society Museum


Did you know Kent is the fastest growing city in Washington state? Not only that, WalletHub® ranked Kent as the fourth-fastest growing city in the United States. Here are some more fun facts about Kent. 

  • Kent was incorporated in 1890 with a population of 793

  • Today, Kent has a population of nearly 126,000 and covers 34 squares miles

  • Kent is ranked in the top 10 as one of the most culturally diverse cities in the country, and in the top three among mid-sized cities. More than 130 languages are spoken in Kent homes, businesses and schools.

  • Kent is the fourth-largest manufacturing and distribution center in the nation

  • More than 8,000 businesses call Kent home, including Amazon, Boeing Space and Defense, Oberto Sausage Company, REI, Tazo Tea and one of only five Starbucks' roasting plants in the United States

  • The city’s extensive park system includes more than 70 parks, playfields, trails and open spaces

  • Kent Station is the midpoint for the Seattle Sounder train between Tacoma/Lakewood to the south and Seattle to the north. In addition to weekday commuter runs, the Sounder operates special trains for many weekend Mariners, Seahawks and Sounders games

  • Kent was originally named Titusville after one of the original settlers, James Henry Titus. So why the name change? Hops production was the town’s major source of income during its early days. That’s why in 1889 the founding folks changed its name for the County of Kent, a major hops-producing area in England 

  • In the 1920s and ‘30s, Kent was known as the Lettuce Capital of the World. The lettuce fields eventually made way for the Boeing Space Center where the Apollo Lunar Rover was built in 1965


Catch a bite of breakfast in Kent

Love bacon and eggs? Visit five cafes, bakeries and restaurants in Kent for a mouth-watering breakfast.
March 20th, 2017
Got a hankering for a hearty breakfast? Whether you’re corralling the family for a weekend meal, looking for an early-morning date spot, or just want some alone time with good grub and hot coffee, Kent has some great places to eat and greet the day…and at a bargain to boot. 



A hot spot for locals. Try the house-made corned beef hash or Maggie’s Mess—sautéed onions and sausage or ham over hash browns and slathered in gravy. Weekend visitors can opt for a slice of Maggie’s special quiche. Kids will like the fruit-face pancakes.
  • Breakfast served: 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
  • Location: 307 W. Meeker St.

Mary’s Fine Foods
A Kent East Hill fixture and favorite for decades, Mary’s is noted for its exceptional breakfast selections and 70s-era décor. California Eggs Benedict is a favorite.
  • Breakfast served: 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Saturday, 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday
  • Location: 23641 104th Ave. SE. 

Sara’s Coffee Shop
This old-school diner is legit. No frills, just a cozy, classic downtown spot serving up traditional breakfast fare morning to night. The corned beef hash gets rave reviews.
  • Breakfast served: Daily 5 a.m. to 8 p.m. 
  • Location: 212 Central Ave. N. 

Yeah, yeah…the name’s a little corny, but the authentic Hawaiian food is no joke. Try the Haleakala breakfast with Portuguese sausage, Kailua pig with rice and eggs, or macadamia nut pancakes. Kids will love the Mickey Mouse hotcakes. 
  • Breakfast served: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
  • Location: 6621 S. 211th St.

This airy corner café offers a friendly vibe and fresh artisanal dishes including classic breakfasts, gourmet omelets and "Grandma Minnie’s Blintzes." Baked goods and cold smoked lox are made on site, and the cafe roasts its own coffee. Sidewalk seating lends a European flare.  
  • Breakfast served: 7 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sunday
  • Location: 202 1st Ave. S.

This is just a taste of what Kent has to offer. Be sure to check out more dining options…for breakfast and beyond.

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Kent

Explore St. Patrick's Day events in Kent, Washington—from traditional to out-of-the-ordinary.
March 13th, 2017
When it comes to St. Patrick’s Day, aren’t we all Irish? From traditional to tropical, Kent offers some great options to celebrate the patron saint of Ireland.




Kiss me, I’m an Irish pub
For a wee cover charge of just $5 per person, The Celtic Club Irish Pub offers an evening packed with music, Irish fare and triple-distilled/triple-blend whiskey. Live bands will be on tap, offering folk and Irish melodies, and an Elvis tribute thrown in for good measure. Order up the corned beef and cabbage, bangers and mash, or Irish stew. Wash it down with a Tullamore D.E.W. whiskey Irish mule or one of several Irish beers available.

Brisket and brews
Located in Kent’s historic downtown, Airways Brewing and Bistro will be honoring St. Paddy with some tasty Gaelic fare, including a unique spin on a St. Patrick’s Day favorite—corned buffalo brisket. Pair your entrée with a pint of Airways Irish Stout, released just for the occasion. You can also sip the stout, along with a lot of other great craft brews, at the Airways Brewery and Tap Room, located just a couple miles away.

Aloha, St. Paddy
Looking for a less traditional St. Patrick’s Day evening out? Maybe something that conjures up more beach than Blarney Stone? Take in a swingin’ evening with Kahulanui at the Kent-Meridian Performing Arts Center. The Grammy-nominated ensemble blends traditional Hawaiian music with big band stylings of the 1920s and ‘30s. You might not be moved to do an Irish jig, but the unique blend of horns, guitars, ukes, bass, drums and steel will have surely have you doing the hula or dancing the jitterbug. 

Enjoy the Public Art Throughout Kent

Whether you are a frequent visitor to Kent or a resident, you’ll see a lot of public art throughout the city – downtown Kent, East Hill, West Hill and the Kent Valley.
September 29th, 2016
Whether you are a frequent visitor to Kent or a resident, you’ll see a lot of public art throughout the city – downtown Kent, East Hill, West Hill and the Kent Valley. In fact, we pride ourselves on the beauty of our city and enhancing it with work from local artists. Here are a few notable examples you’ll want to put on your "must see" list during your next visit to Kent, Washington. Enjoy!

Enjoy Fall Colors at Soos Creek Botanical Garden Red Barn Event

See fall colors and learn about seasonal birds firsthand at Soos Creek Botanical Garden’s Red Barn Event in Kent WA on Wednesday, Sept. 21
September 27th, 2016


Fall is such a beautiful time of year, particularly in Kent, Washington. Ideal for Outdoor Enthusiasts, Kent has a mild climate with temperatures in the 60s and 70s and our leaves change color early in the season. See fall colors and learn about seasonal birds firsthand at Soos Creek Botanical Garden’s Red Barn Event on Wednesday, Sept. 21 (12:30 PM – 1:30 PM).

Photographer Jay Galvin, a Washington native, will uncover what seasonal birds and fall colors he’s seen at the Soos Creek Botanical Garden and explain how we can help these beautiful birds have a safe journey to their winter destinations.

Soos Creek Botanical Garden is also hosting their annual plant sale on Friday, Sept. 23 and Saturday, Sept. 24 from 10 AM to 4 PM each day. Guests can purchase a growing selection of perennials, trees and shrubs propagated at the garden.

The WHL Seattle Thunderbirds Return to the Ice

The Seattle Thunderbirds, the 2015-16 WHL Western Conference Champions, are returning to the ice for the 2016-17 pre-season at ShoWare Center in Kent WA The T-Birds return to the ice for the 2016-17 pre-season at ShoWare Center in Kent.
September 22nd, 2016




Are you ready for some hockey, Sports Nuts? The Seattle Thunderbirds, the 2015-16 WHL Western Conference Champions, are ready for you.

The T-Birds return to the ice for the 2016-17 pre-season at ShoWare Center in Kent. They face off against the Everett Silvertips in pre-season play on Friday, September 16.

Their Home Season opener against the Portland Winterhawks is Saturday, October 1 at ShoWare. Immediately before the game which starts at 7:05 PM, the T-Birds will host a Party on the Plaza with food, music and beer garden (21+ only) and more!

Single game tickets and season tickets are on sale now. Buy tickets and download the 2016-17 Seattle Thunderbirds hockey schedule at SeattleThunderbirds.com.

Coming to Kent for the game but don’t want to drive home after the game? Check out some of Kent’s hotels, conveniently located within miles of ShoWare Center. Visit our Stay page for suggestions.

Try the New Restaurants in Kent

Here are some of the newest restaurants, taverns, and tap rooms in Kent, WA for visiting foodies to try.
September 20th, 2016
Kent is growing and, as a result, we’ve got some new hot spots for Kent visitors to try. Here are a few of the newest restaurants, taverns and tap rooms for visiting Foodies to try:

Macrina Bakery

Founded in Seattle in 1993, Macrina Bakery (19215 66th Ave. S., Kent) has moved its production facility to the Kent Valley. Along with baking the deliciously fresh breads and pastries Macrina is known for, Macina also opened a café, open weekdays from 6 AM to 3 PM. Visitors can enjoy a tasty treat off the breakfast menu like a brioche egg sandwich, café quiche or a dill scone with cream cheese, or stop by for lunch out on the patio with a carne salad, demi baguette sandwich or three-cheese macaroni with turkey.

Scotch and Vine
at Riverbend Golf Complex 

Scotch and Vine opened its original restaurant in Des Moines, but has since expanded to serve golfers and guests at the Riverbend Golf Complex (2019 W. Meeker St., Kent) just outside of downtown Kent. Serving new American cuisine and a selection of whiskey and wine, the restaurant is open daily from 11 AM to 9 PM for lunch and dinner. We recommend the bacon cheeseburger and fries or the beef and bleu salad.

Airways Brewery


Airways original Tap Room opened in Kent in March 2010, but quickly expanded to include a bistro in downtown Kent. Airways has grown again, replacing its original Brewery and Tap Room with a spacious new location at 8611 S. 212th St. in the Kent Valley. Airways serves its own craft beers. Though it doesn’t serve food, guests are welcome to bring in food from surrounding Kent restaurants and food trucks. Airways is debuting a few new brews, so this is a great time to sample their offerings: Jumbo Juice IPA and Mosaic Pale.

Togo’s

If you think you know a great sandwich, Togo’s will make you think again with its West Coast Original sandwiches. Located at Kent Station (438 Ramsay Way, Ste. 111, Kent), Togo’s has a variety of hearty sandwiches (hot, cold or toasted), signature sandwiches, veggies, salads, salad wraps, sandwich wraps, soups and sides. Open daily, 10 AM to 8 PM. Togo’s Kent location offers delivery, catering, free WiFi and an outdoor patio.

Maestro IIaiyaraaja Comes to Kent Sept. 14

Hosted by ShoWare Center, Kalalaya is proud to present Maestro Padma Bhushan IIaiyaraaja, India’s most famous music director, in Kent on Wed., Sept. 14 at 7 PM.
September 15th, 2016
Hosted by ShoWare Center, Kalalaya is proud to present Maestro Padma Bhushan IIaiyaraaja, India’s most famous music director, in Kent on Wed., Sept. 14 at 7 PM. Visiting for the first time, Maestro IIaiyaraaja will conduct a live concert in Tamil and Telugu. He is coming with popular cine singers and more than 50 artists from Symphony Orchestra.

He will be here for one show only, so get your tickets today! Tickets start at $39. VIP tickets are available and include a "meet and greet" with select performers. Doors open at 6 PM, but we encourage you to come early and enjoy dinner in beautiful downtown Kent. Visit our Dining page for dozens of options.


Celebrate Kent Pride at South King County Pride Bingo

To kick off South King Country Pride weekend, volunteers are hosting South King County Pride Bingo to benefit Kent Youth and Family Services who will use the proceeds to expand its LGBT counseling program.
September 13th, 2016
Seattle celebrates Pride month in June, but in Kent and South King County, we celebrate Pride in September. To kick off South King Country Pride weekend, volunteers are hosting South King County Pride Bingo to benefit Kent Youth and Family Services who will use the proceeds to expand its LGBT counseling program.

South King Country Pride Bingo
Friday, Sept. 9, 6 – 9 PM
Kent Senior Activity Center
600 E. Smith St., Kent, WA 98030

Come to Kent to help us celebrate South King County Pride weekend and enjoy laughs, food, drinks and fun while making a difference in the lives of vulnerable youth in South King County. Kent is proud of our diversity, and we welcome people of all backgrounds.


Great Family Fun at the Washington State Fair: Sept. 2-25

If you are a family fun seeker, you can’t miss the Washington State Fair in Puyallup from Sept. 2 through Sept. 25 (except Tuesdays).
September 8th, 2016
If you are a family fun seeker, you can’t miss the Washington State Fair in Puyallup from Sept. 2 through Sept. 25 (except Tuesdays). Just a 20-minute drive from Kent on Hwy. 167, you are in for a great day of fun in the warm fall sun. Here are a few of the activities and attractions at this wildly popular state fair:


  •  Columbia Bank Concert Series with stars including Kid Rock, Tim McGraw, Smash Mouth, Alan Jackson, Jeff Foxworthy and Larry the Cable Guy and more!
  •  Rodeo
  • Attractions

    • Discover the Dinosaurs
    • Big Washington Meet & Greet
    • Beer Haven
    • Timber Gulch
    • SuperHero Headquarters

  •  Free Music and Shows
  •  Midway Rides and SillyVille Kids’ Rides
  •  Animals including Piglet Palace, Fair Farm and Draft Horses
  •  Arts and Culture
  •  Activities just for kids

    • SillyVille
    • Tractor Tracks
    • Cowboy Boot Camp
    • Wool Riders Only

  •  Interactive Fun
  •  Shopping
  •  Contests
  •  Fair exhibits


And, of course, there will be great fair food which is always a treat! There is so much to see and do at the Washington State Fair that you might want to make a weekend of it. Book a hotel in Kent and drive to the fair from here. We’ve got clean, comfortable, affordable family-friendly hotels eager to welcome you to Kent!

Back-to-School Shopping in Kent

Do all your back-to-school shopping in Kent!
September 6th, 2016
Whether your kids have gone back to school already or will start soon, they undoubtedly need extra clothes, shoes, backpacks and school supplies – including household items and furnishings for their dorm rooms. We’ve got it covered.

Do all your back-to-school shopping in Kent!



Big 5 Sporting Goods

Claire’s (Kent Station)

Costco (in Covington, just minutes from Kent)

Fred Meyer (2 stores in Kent, 1 in Covington)

IKEA (in Renton, 10 minutes from Kent)

Kent Station

Kohl’s
(in Covington, just minutes from Kent)

Office Depot (in Covington, just minutes from Kent)

The Outlet Collection
(in Auburn, 15 minutes from Kent)

Payless ShoeSource (Kent and Covington)

PriceCo

Ross

Southcenter Mall (in Tukwila, 10 minutes from Kent)

Staples


Target

T.J. Maxx

Zumiez


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