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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.

Wine to Water

Enjoy the view this spring with a road trip from Kent to some of Washington's best wine and water attractions
May 17th, 2017

Allow a full day to explore scenic Pacific Northwest views—like Snoqualmie Falls—and unique attractions just miles from Kent, Washington. 

What says Washington more than water and wine? You can get a hefty dose of both with a day trip to Woodville Wine Country and Snoqualmie Falls

You’ll need some ballast for the day, so enjoy a classic breakfast with the locals at the Golden Steer in the East Hill neighborhood of Kent (23826 104th Ave SE). This old-school diner is legit. 

Head north on I-405 to small and scenic Woodinville, home to more than 100 wineries and tasting rooms segmented into four districts. A visit to the grand Chateau Ste. Michelle is a must, along with stops at some of the state’s unique and acclaimed boutique wineries. Remember, it’s totally ok to split or spit, especially if you’re visiting more than a couple tasting rooms. Many tasting rooms have nice areas for picnicking. 

From Woodinville, take scenic and relaxing WA-202 along the Snoqualmie River through the Cascade Mountain foothills, small towns and farms to Snoqualmie Falls. The 268-foot waterfall is one of the state’s most popular natural attractions, and spring snowmelt usually means a spectacular show. Enjoy misty views from the observation area, explore the trails, and stop by the gift shop for a package of Snoqualmie Falls pancake or waffle mix. 

Once you return to Kent, stop by See’s Candies to pick the perfect chocolate pairing to go with your Washington merlot. 

Serving up a big slice of happy: Pie Lab Bakery

Kent’s East Hill Pie Lab Bakery is winning over palates from near and far, one delicious bite at a time.
May 13th, 2017

National Travel and Tourism Week puts the spotlight on the faces and places that make Kent a flavorful destination—like Pie Lab Bakery, a confectionary delight on Kent’s East Hill. 

Pie Lab general manager Marie Price dusted off the flour long enough to talk about her passion for baking, and how Pie Lab’s delicious creations bring about happiness, joy and the occasional marriage proposal.

How long have you been in the hospitality business?

I’ve been baking my whole life. I’ve been doing it professionally for over nine years.

Why did you choose hospitality? 

Baking has always been my passion. I like to say I can change the world one palate at a time. It starts with math and science, and then you get to see the reactions from people when they taste your creation. When the flavor fusion and texture combines, it’s an art.

What made you want to manage this business? 

With Susan, the owner, I saw a reflection of my own passion and a like-minded love for excellence. Her motto is "engineering happiness," which is my goal when baking. 

What is unique about your business?

First, the product itself is amazing! It is the best pie I have tasted in my life. Second, we want the experience for our customers to be an unforgettable journey. 

We have a large following of regulars. Some come to try the "from the lab" recipes, which are unique flavor combinations such as "Ring of Fire," a pineapple habanero cream pie. Others have their favorites that they love. 

What is your favorite customer memory? 

We were sampling at a local event, and the lines were really long. One gentleman took a sample, tasted the pie, and his face had this completely shocked look. He finished chewing and said, "This is the best pie I have ever had in my life. Will you marry me?" I have a lot of really fun memories like that. It’s why I like working here and I’m so proud of our product.

Where are your customers from? 

We have people across the country email and message us on Facebook because they have heard from friends about our pie and want to request shipments. That’s not currently possible, but we hope to change that soon. Every day we have people who drive over an hour to get here.

What do you think it means to the Kent community to have locally owned businesses like yours?

Pie symbolizes the American family dessert. Plus, we are local and creating relationships between employees and customers. Our product tastes amazing and brings happiness and joy to people’s lives, but it also helps provide tradition and stability. 

What is the best part of your job?

When I see my passion reflected in my employees. It changes my life when they enjoy what they are doing and their eyes are opened to a vocation. It’s not just a job. 

Fill in the blank: A Kent resident should invite their friends and family to visit Kent because…

It has the best pie in the world! 

Treat your palate to a Pie Lab creation, and invite your friends and family to get a taste of Kent, and use #WeAreKent on social media. It’s just a slice of all there is to see and do in your own backyard. 

A place you can call your own: Airways Brewing

It’s all about great craft beer, locally sourced food and meaningful connections.
May 12th, 2017

Owners Dione (left) and Alex Dittmar serve up brews and locally sourced food at Airways Brewing in Kent, Washington. 

What better way to celebrate National Travel and Tourism Week than by celebrating the people and places that make Kent such a fun destination—like Airways Brewing. Owners Alex and Dione Dittmar have been brewing and pouring great craft beer at Airways Brewery and Taproom for more than seven years. Five years ago, they took the leap and opened Airways Brewing Bistro, serving up creative, locally sourced food. They believe Kent is the best place to do business. 

Why did you choose hospitality? 

Alex: The brewery was something that I wanted to do for quite a while and the taproom naturally came along with it. Then we decided to be in the restaurant business as well and took a leap of faith.

Why Kent?

Alex: When we were looking for a place to open, we knew we wanted to be in the area south of Seattle. Part of the reason was to avoid a long commute and part because we felt like, at the time, the area was underserved.

What is unique about your business?

Alex: We have so much focus on retail, and we decided to bring an upscale experience to Kent. I wanted a place where people could come and say, "Wow this is nice and the beer is really good." We also knew there was a market beyond the standard pub fare and we saw an opportunity.

What is your favorite customer memory?

Alex: It’s hard to pinpoint one. We’ve had several friendships built between customers who met by coming to the brewery. We have had people meet and start dating, and some have even gotten married. And it’s really cool to be able to say that. 

Where are your customers from?

Alex: When we first started, we had folks from Australia. They were here for work, and they helped keep us in business during the first six months. Others have come from Hawaii, the East Coast and Germany. People happen to be in the area looking for a good place for to eat or grab a beer and they find us. Hopefully they leave happy.

What do you think it means to the Kent community to have locally owned businesses like yours?

Alex: Sometimes the area south of Seattle ends up with a lot of chains and big business, and there are not a lot of places for people to call their own. We provide a place to call your own. We help provide revenue for the city and local jobs, and that is really important.
Dione: I think that’s true, I think it’s also the fact we started so small and the community has watched us grow up here. We have customers who have been coming in since day one, and they have been part of us growing and changing. I think that’s something people like to be part of. 
Alex: Yeah, we had 19 seats in our original taproom in 2010 and our current space can accommodate 110. The Bistro expanded from 35 seats to 70 indoor and 70 outdoor. So we have over 200 seats in Kent now.

What is the best part of your job?

Dione: Drinking the beer [chuckles]. No, it’s the people. It’s such a social atmosphere. There is an energy that helps you through the long, tough days of being a small-business owner. 
Alex: I would agree with Dione. We do all of the non-glamorous things like paying bills and taking out the trash, but once in a while you stop and say, "Hey, we make beer."

Fill in the blank: All Kent residents should invite their friends and family to visit Kent because ______?

Alex: We have a lot more to offer than people realize! There are a lot of great locally made products, like bread from Macrina Bakery, coffee from the Starbucks Roasting Plant and beer from Airways Brewing.

Airways Brewing is just one example of what makes Kent a wonderful place to live and visit. Explore your backyard. Invite your family and friends to find out for themselves why Kent is a destination city and use #WeAreKent on social media. Learn more about all there is to see and do in Kent.

Your hometown team: Seattle Thunderbirds

Don’t let the Seattle fool you…the T-birds are 100 percent Kent’s hometown team.
May 11th, 2017

National Travel and Tourism Week is the perfect time to tout all Kent has to offer, including top-notch competitive sports. Kent is home to the Seattle Thunderbirds, a major junior ice hockey team and part of the Western Hockey League. 

A Thunderbirds game offers fun for everyone–from fast-paced action on the ice to the always-popular "chuck a puck" (thousands of soft-foam hockey pucks simultaneously lobbed by fans onto the ice). The intimate 6,100-seat ShoWare venue brings fans close to all the action. And yes…it gets loud in there.

Russ Farwell, governor, president and general manager of the Thunderbirds, shares more about the organization, and what it means to oversee Kent’s hometown team.

How would you describe your role to someone from out of town or not familiar with the Thunderbirds/WHL? 

I oversee all aspects of the organization with a focus on the hockey operations of the team. Hockey operations includes putting together the team roster, scouting and identifying young hockey players for future teams, and representing the team to the league on all matters pertaining to the playing of the games and the rules of the game.  

In your 23 years with the organization, what is your favorite interaction with a fan? 

Looking back, my favorite interactions were with all the fans I met and talked to as we went through the ShoWare Center construction process. It was great to hear from fans that were just as excited as I was and the team was on building ShoWare Center. 

Besides the hockey, what is the best part of the fan experience at a game? 

It’s a fun time. We have been voted "the best place to take a first date" because there is never a dull moment and the night carries itself. It’s a credit to our staff that we’re always coming up with new promotions and unique entertainment for fans, like 2-for-Tuesday Nights, Pub Nights and Family Nights. 

What do you think it means to the Kent community to have the Thunderbirds call Kent home? 

We are growing the number of fans from Kent each year and we are making inroads with potential corporate partners in Kent and the surrounding communities. These are positive signs for us that the community is engaged with the team. People come to Kent to watch the Thunderbirds that would never have had a reason to come before, and it brings business and interest to the community. 

What is the best part of your job? 

Developing hockey players and coaches that move on to a pro career in the NHL or Europe, and developing young men who go on to successful careers outside of hockey. 

All Kent residents should attend a Thunderbirds game because…

There really are no down moments from start to finish, and they will have a fun night out with family and friends. We are Kent’s team, and it’s great to follow your hometown team. 

The Seattle Thunderbirds are just one of the great attractions that makes Kent a great place to be. Be a tourist in your own town, take in a game or two, and share the experience with your family and friends, and use #WeAreKent on social media. Learn more about all there is to see and do in Kent.

Making space for art: Create!

May 9th, 2017

Deborah Larson (left) and Dorothey Allen work at Create! Art Studio in downtown Kent, Washington. 

National Travel and Tourism Week celebrates the people that keep the hospitality and travel industry humming. People like Dorothey Allen and Deborah Larson, co-managers of Create!, an art studio in Kent offering access to creative space and equipment, embody tourism.

Dorothey and Deborah sat down recently for a Q&A session to talk about their one-stop creative studio, their new bar, and what it is about that downtown Kent vibe that drew them in.

How long have you been in the hospitality business?

Deborah: We had our grand opening last month and soft opening in February. During the soft opening, we had five artists with their displays and live music. And probably about 50 people. Not bad for a first night.

What made you want to open your business?

Deborah: It started with a glass piece that I cut out and put together. I called around trying to find kiln space. And everybody either didn’t have a kiln for glass or they didn’t have one that was the right size or... you know. And so, I started thinking, I can’t be the only one who does this and would like to find some place to do it. It kind of grew from glass to ceramics, because they both use kilns, and painting. It just kind of evolved from there. It kind of turned into a convenience stop for artists.

Why did you choose Kent?

Deborah: I’ve lived in the Kent area for the last 12 years…and I just like the downtown vibe. There are several art galleries nearby. And Third Thursday Art Night is so much fun. It just felt like this is where it needed to be.

Can you describe the kind of people who come in? Have most of them been Kent locals? Visitors?

Deborah: I think most of our customers have been Kent locals, but we have also had some from Aberdeen and Tacoma.

What is unique about your business? Why should people come and visit?

Dorothey: There is not anything like this anywhere in or near Kent. And it’s a one-stop shop. You can do all your art here in a unique space. It’s a really creative feel. It’s a community where you can get inspiration from other people and work together. 

You have a bar as well. How long has that been open?

Deborah: It opened in time for the grand opening. We really emphasize local products. Our beers are from Airways Brewing in Kent, Northwest Brewing in Pacific and Black Raven Brewing in Redmond.
Dorothey: Alki Bakery provides our food, and we purchased our pottery in Tacoma. We get as much as we can here in Washington. It’s important we trade right here.

What do you think it means to the Kent community to have locally owned businesses like yours?

Deborah: We’ve had people come in and say that just walking in makes them feel more creative. Which is the best compliment I could ever think of.

What is the best part of your job?

Dorothey: I like interacting with the members and the guests. We’ve got some really cool members. So, it’s a lot of fun…just interacting with the people. I love that part. 
Deborah: It’s the only job that I’ve ever had where, if you don’t have any tasks that need doing, you can play.

Fill in the blank: All Kent residents should invite their friends and family to visit Kent because …

Dorothey: It’s a very diverse population.
Deborah: We love the diversity here.
Dorothey: And there is a lot of creativity and friendly people. And we’re here!

Feeling creative? Create! can take care of that, right here in Kent. Explore your backyard and find out all there is to see and do. And be sure to invite your family and friends to share the experience and use #WeAreKent on social media.

So close you can touch it: Hydroplane and Raceboat Museum

Kent is home to a one-of-a-kind museum dedicated to powerboat racing.
May 8th, 2017

National Travel and Tourism Week is a great time to take stock of all there is to see, do and experience right here in Kent. Like the Hydroplane and Raceboat Museum, home to memorabilia, rare racing footage and a collection of vintage hydroplanes spanning seven decades, and the only place in the world where you can get up close and personal with high-speed powerboats. 

At the helm of it all is Executive Director David Williams, who recently sat down for a Q&A session about one of Kent’s most popular attractions. 

How long has the museum been around? Has it always been in Kent?

We opened in 1982 and moved to Kent from South Seattle in 2003.

How long have you been with the Hydroplane & Raceboat Museum?

Nearly 20 years—I began volunteering at the Hydroplane Museum in 1993 and joined full-time in 1996.

What is your favorite customer memory? 

A neat thing happened the other day. We had three separate groups in a for a tour—a senior group, a troop of Boy Scouts and a group of developmentally disabled individuals. Despite the differences between the groups, the experience we offer—being able to touch and feel the hydroplanes—hit the mark with all three at once. It’s a pretty cool feeling.

What do you think it means to the Kent community to have a tourism attraction like yours?

There is no other museum like it in the country! We are the nation’s only public museum dedicated solely to powerboat racing.  

What is the best part of your job?

You could ask me this question every day and I would have a different answer for you. One day it’s finishing a restoration, the next it’s sharing our powerboats on a group tour, another night it’s hosting a work party for our volunteers who help restore our boats. This place is alive, almost like Santa’s Workshop, and every day is unique. 

Fill in the blank: All Kent residents should invite their friends and family to visit Kent because…

…of the unique flavor and experiences our city offers. Whether you want fresh Northwest seafood or authentic barbeque, or want to get close enough to touch a powerboat, we have the place for you.

The Hydroplane and Raceboat Museum is one of many attractions right in your backyard. Take a spin around Kent, and invite your family and friends to join you for the adventure, and use #WeAreKent on social media. Learn more about all there is to see and do in Kent.

National Travel and Tourism Week Kent Prize Pack

Love Kent? Tell us why your friends and family should experience the city to enter to win local prizes!
May 7th, 2017

National Travel and Tourism week is upon us! Cities nationwide are celebrating the people who create unique, authentic experiences in their communities. From May 7 to May 13, we’re introducing the Faces of Kent. Follow us on Facebook and share why your friends and family should experience Kent for a chance to win a prize pack, which includes:
Contest closes at midnight Pacific Time on Sunday, May 14. Don’t delay—tell us on Facebook why visitors should experience Kent! A winner will be announced Monday, May 15 at 3 p.m. Winner will be chosen at random, using a winner generator tool. 

The Road to Paradise

Kent is the perfect basecamp for your Washington state adventure, with affordable and family-friendly overnight options perfect for mini road trips.
May 3rd, 2017

Allow a full day to explore some of the Pacific Northwest's most beautiful and adventurous sites.

That majestic mountain in the distance is closer than you think. A visit to Mount Rainier from Kent is a perfect day trip, and there are some fun stops along the way.
  • Northwest Trek
    Kids of all ages won’t want to miss Northwest Trek wildlife and adventure park. A narrated 50-minute tram tour features more than 200 North American animals grazing in fields, meandering through forests and sometimes standing alongside the tram. Young ones will love the nature-inspired Kids Trek playground. Adventurers will like the zip-line challenge courses.
  • Historic Elbe
    Make a lunch stop at Elbe. Grab a burger and home-made shake at Scale Burger and hop aboard the Mount Rainier Railroad for a fun, friendly and picturesque ride across the glacial-fed Upper Nisqually River through the Mount Rainier foothills. The train tour includes a visit to a logging museum.
  • Welcome to Paradise
    Spring time is a must time to visit Mount Rainier. Fewer crowds make for a more leisurely visitor experience. And while a lot of the park is still under snow, you’ll have access to some great sites and activities. The scenic drive to Paradise offers switch-backing roads and peak views and leads you right to the base of the 14,411-foot mountain. Stop in at the Henry M. Jackson Visitor Center to find out what Mount Rainier is all about and learn more about what to do and see. A family-friendly walk from Paradise on the Edith Creek Trail will take you to Myrtle Falls and one of the most photographed views in the park. Remember, Mount Rainier makes its own weather, so be prepared. Check ahead to confirm road and facility status. Learn more about how to make the most of your Mount Rainier visit

Celebrate Mother's Day away in Kent

From painting to picnicking, Kent has some great options for celebrating the best mom ever.
May 1st, 2017

May 14 is Mother’s Day, and Kent is a great place to celebrate that special woman in your life. She’s kind of a big deal, so make a weekend of it and stay at one of Kent’s many hotels or Airbnb accommodations. Here’s a weekend worth of fun:

She’s the macaroni-art queen, after all
Give Mom some time with her budding Pablo Picasso or Freda Kahlo. Artsy Fartsy Art Lessons is hosting a Mommy and Me Paint and Tea Party, 4 p.m. May 13. Cost is $30 per mom and child; $5 per additional child. Seating limited to 15 moms.  

Dine al fresco at Lake Meridian Park
Pick up lunch at Jersey Mike’s Subs and enjoy a day out in nature at Lake Meridian Park. While the kids play on the colorful and creative lakeside playground, Mom can stroll the sandy beach or stretch out with a good book. Make the day complete with a visit to Rita’s Italian Ice and Frozen Custard

Saddle up the family and bike to Emerald Downs
Emerald Downs racetrack is less than five miles from Kent via the Interurban Trail. In addition to horse racing, Emerald Downs will offer a special Mother’s Day buffet, family activities and special giveaways. Admission is always free for children 17 and under. 

Cross the finish line in downtown Kent, and park the bikes at Airways Brewing Bistro so Mom can enjoy some locally sourced bites and a Jumbo Juice IPA.

Nothing says Mother’s Day like brunch
Transport Mom to Italy with a visit to Paolos Italian Restaurant. The Tuscan-inspired eatery will serve a Mother’s Day Italian brunch buffet and special dinner-menu options. Duke’s Chowder House, in the heart of Kent Station, will have special Mother’s Day brunch selections on the menu, alongside Duke’s renowned chowder and wild Alaskan salmon. 

Just relax, Mom!
Treat Mom to a massage at Hand and Stone Massage and Facial Spa at Kent Station (where U.S. National Women’s Soccer star Carli Lloyd unwinds). Post-massage hydration is a must; include a gift card for Reds Wine Bar where Mom can enjoy a glass of Washington wine with a big side of H2O.

Evolve Yoga and Massage in downtown Kent is a great place where Mom can stop, breath and reconnect. A home-baked goodie from nearby Wild Wheat Bakery is the perfect compliment to a session on the mat.

That’s just a taste. Check out more dining options—along with all there is to see and do—in Kent.

Get your Cinco de Mayo fix in Kent

Cue the mariachis. Celebrate Cinco de Mayo in Kent with some tasty, authentic Mexican fare.
April 24th, 2017

Enjoy delicious food on Cinco de Mayo at Asadero Sinaloa and other authentic cuisine choices in Kent. 

If you’re in the mood for a festive meal out, or want to create a fiesta at home, there’s no need to go south of the border to celebrate Cinco de Mayo. Kent is home to several restaurants serving up authentic Mexican fare. Here are five for the occasion:

Taquiera El Rinconsito (301 Central Ave. N.) 
From modest beginnings in Kent to a statewide phenomenon, Taquiera El Rinconsito serves it up fast and fresh. A full menu is available, but tacos with grilled onion and fried jalapeño pepper are kind of their thing. Late-night hours make it a good choice if your celebration extends into Cinco de Seis. Primarily for the takeout crowd.

Asadero Sinaloa (24602 36th Ave. S.) 
Two words—Carne. Asada. This Mexican steakhouse offers homemade tortillas, fire-roasted and stone-ground salsas and, at the center of it all, prime Sonoran beef. Rave reviews for the vampiro and toreado options. Pickled onions top off the whole experience.  

Circo Circo Mexican Restaurant (25440 Pacific Hwy. S.)  
House-made red and green salsa served with warm chips welcome you to this friendly, family-owned favorite. Circo Circo offers an array of traditional Mexican dishes, along with some delicious lighter options.

Agave Cocina and Cantina (504 Ramsay Way) 
This local favorite in the heart of Kent Station serves creative and contemporary dishes made with sustainable, free-range, hormone-free chicken, pork and beef. Did you say tequila? Agave offers more than 100 for sipping or mixing in one of their signature margaritas. 

Aguacateros Restaurant and Taqueria (24020 104th Ave. S.E.) 
This casual East Hill favorite is authentic, fast and friendly. Extra raves for the salsa bar, green sauce and flavor-packed burritos. Be warned…the portions are grande. Dine in or drive through.  

Find out about more Mexican restaurants in Kent, along with other great dining options

Scenic small-town touring

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



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