There is really no better place than the Pacific Northwest during summertime. We are lucky to have such a beautiful playground. But with no shortage of things to do, how do you go about choosing? Showcase checked out some of the best local attractions and listed them all here. So get out your calendar and prepare for some serious playtime. ANDREA LERUM
One of Tacoma’s family favorites is the Independence Day Freedom Fair located at Ruston Way and historic Old Town. Later in the month, take a weekend and enjoy the Tacoma Maritime Fest, July 18 and 19.
Admission to both events is always free with plenty of kid-friendly activities, ships to explore, and even a cruise hosted by Argosy Cruises and the Port of Tacoma for a ship-side view of the port itself on July 19. For more information and a schedule of events, visit
freedomfair.com and maritimefest.org.
Slow down a bit and take a boat trip out to Gig Harbor. Enjoy a beer at 7 Seas Brewing or a bowl of world-famous clam chowder at the Tides Tavern. Stroll along the historic waterfront and stop in at the Harbor History Museum for some fun kid activities. Later in the evening, catch an outdoor concert at the Summer Sounds at Skansie or take a blanket and some popcorn for an outdoor movie at Cinema Gig.
Head out to Enumclaw over the weekend of July 24 and 25 for the annual street fair. Besides great food and vendors, visitors can check out local art at the Arts Alive gallery on Cole Street. Stop by Tracy’s Roadside Produce for farm-fresh produce, jams, jellies and even local Washington wines.
There are activities and events for everyone in Olympia this summer. You can tour our state capitol or learn about our aviation heritage at the Olympic Flight Museum. Or get in touch with your wild side with a visit to Wolf Haven International or the Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge. For more of the Top Ten Attractions, go to
A town steeped in rich Pacific Northwest history, DuPont is a great place to visit if you are looking to gain a historical perspective. Check out the DuPont Historical Museum to view photos, maps and other artifacts. Looking to explore? DuPont has a thriving park system filled with hiking and biking trails for the whole family.
Downtown Puyallup abounds with shopping and dining and other activities. For a taste of fresh, local food and art, visit Sunset Market in Pioneer Park. This unique market features only local vendors, farmers and artists and is sure to be a favorite!
Seattle has much to offer year round and is particularly spectacular during the summer months. With so many unique neighborhoods, Seattle boasts numerous markets, street fairs and an abundance of unique dining experiences. There are also the familiar local attractions such as Pike Place Market and the Great Wheel. Coffee snobs might want to check out the new Starbucks Reserve Roastery and Tasting Room located just nine blocks from the original store at Pike Place. Visit the helpful links below for more information.