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Fox Hollow Family Farm

12031 Issaquah-Hobart Rd SE in Issaquah, WA 98027   206-383-4420

Fox Hollow offers exciting adventures for families and friends of all ages.  Less than five minutes from downtown Issaquah, the Farm offers a place where anyone can commune with nature while enjoying a traditional farm experience with friendly animals and majestic northwest scenery. The Farm features dozens of animals for petting, an equestrian center, a mini train, inflatables, access to Issaquah creek, a large patio for snacks, dining or family/corporate events, miniature Farm Village playhouses, and the Country Market featuring organic goods, antique items and more.  With each season features special events such as easter egg hunts, pumpkin picking, holiday festivals, etc.  Join us for a memorable outing and fun for all ages.

Hours: Wed-Sun, 10:00am-6:00pm

12031 Issaquah-Hobart Rd SE, Issaquah, WA 98027

http://www.foxhollowfamilyfarm.com/

100 Years of Recreation in Issaquah” – Photography

Artist: Photos courtesy of the Issaquah Historical Society

Location: Issaquah Community Center, second floor wall alongside running track.

Dedicated: The display began in December of 1999 and the collection was completed in 2001.

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“100 Years of Recreation in Issaquah” – Photography

Artist: Photos courtesy of the Issaquah Historical Society
Location: Issaquah Community Center, second floor wall alongside running track
Dedicated: The display began in December of 1999 and the collection was completed in 2001.

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“A Century of Dairying in Issaquah” – Mural

Artists: Larry Kangas, Nichole Parsons, and Evan Jones
Location: Front Street on Issaquah Creamery Darigold plant wall
Dedicated: 1995

Century of Dairying mural in Issaquah

Description: The dairy’s large wall was painted with the mural to commemorate “A Century of Dairying in Issaquah.” The mural prominently depicts the creamery as it originally appeared and the Pickering family’s dairy barn and farm.

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“A Century of Dairying in Issaquah” – Mural

Artists: Larry Kangas, Nichole Parsons, and Evan Jones
Location: Front Street on Issaquah Creamery Darigold plant wall
Dedicated: 1995

A Century of Dairying mural in Issaquah

Description: The dairy’s large wall was painted with the mural to commemorate “A Century of Dairying in Issaquah.” The mural prominently depicts the creamery as it originally appeared and the Pickering family’s dairy barn and farm.

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“And Mithra Danced" – Sculpture

Artist: James Kelsey
Location: Cornick Park

"and mithra danced" sculpture in Issaquah

Description: Material is stainless steel and bronze. The Artist chose the title of the work because it was completed on the winter solstice. In Mesopotamian Mythology Mithra was the sun god and was reborn on the first day of winter each year. Kelsey prefers to work in abstract forms because they have the ability to create images and stories that are unique to each individual viewer. Mr. Kelsey’s studio is located in Port Orchard, Washington.

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“Copper Clad" – Sculpture

Artist: Jason Dillon
Location: Front Street near the Hailstone Feed Store.

Copperclad sculpture in Issaquah

Description: The life-sized horse stands approximately seven feet tall, weighs one ton and is made entirely of old metal parts. Artist Jason Dillon lives in Redmond and is a 2002 graduate of Eastlake High School.

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“Forest Carvings” – Carving

Artist: Steve Jensen
Location: In the grassy area at the intersection of East Sunset Way and Rainier Ave S.
Installed: August 17, 2009

Description: The sculpture, which is comprised of three carved cedar poles, pays homage to the naturally felled wood. The artist, who comes from a long tradition of Norwegian fisherman and boat builders, uses chisels that were passed down from his grandfather. The craftsmanship of the work speaks to the universality and timelessness of carving. The sculpture will be on loan from the artist from summer 2009 – summer 2010.

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“Issaquah Community” – Quilt

Artists: The Issaquah Quilters
Location: The front lobby of the Community Center at 301 Rainier Blvd. South

Description: Taking more than two years to complete, this brightly colored quilt depicts prominent elements of the town, including the Depot, State Salmon Hatchery, Issaquah Creek, the Village Theatre, and the Darigold Creamery.

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“Issaquah History” – Mural

Artist: Bill Haddon
Location: Meeting Room (previously Public Library) 120 E. Sunset Way
Originally installed in the Trolley Barn
Dedicated: February 11, 1976

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“Linda Ruehle” – Statue

Artist: Richard Beyer
Location: Corner of 1st Ave. SE and East Sunset Way
Dedicated: October 5, 2001

Linda Ruehle statue in Issaquah

Description: The sculpture is a life-size tribute to former City Clerk Linda Ruehle, who retired in 2001, after 30 years of service to the city and community. The artist, Richard Beyer, is best known as the creator of the beloved sculpture “Waiting for the Interurban” in Fremont.

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“Miracle Grow" – Sculpture

Artist: Leon White
Location: Entrance to Issaquah Highlands near Issaquah Highlands Fire Station.

Miracle Grow sculpture in Issaquah

Description: “Miracle Grow” consists of 4 individual powdered coated steel sculptures, ranging in height from 8 feet to 14 feet. The artist was inspired to create “Miracle Grow” by observing the plants in his garden, especially the long leaves of the Iris.

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“New Generation”

Artist: Martin Oliver
Location: Council Chambers of City Hall South, 135 E. Sunset Way
Dedicated: May 14, 1990

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“Pinnacle" – Sculpture

Artist: Brandon Zebold
Location: Near Rainier Blvd. and Bush St.

Description: The material is flame cut, painted steel. The artist has had a passion for drawing since childhood –and, of all the media he explored, he feels steel offers the most exciting range of shapes and surfaces on which to draw. In an effort to capture the organic free associative tapestry of his drawings, he began cutting them into and out of rugged, yet yielding, steel. The process of rendering the steel drawings became a natural springboard into sculpture.

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“Reaching Home” – Sculpture

Artist: Thomas E. Jay
Location: Issaquah Salmon Hatchery, 125 W. Sunset Way
Dedicated: September 13, 1996

Reaching Home sculpture in Issaquah

Description: The bronze and cement, eight-foot-by-two-foot male Coho salmon named Finley is accompanied by a seven-foot long, bronze female Coho salmon named Gilda. The statues serve as artwork, an educational display and a donation receptacle for Friends of Issaquah Salmon Hatchery (F.I.S.H.).

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“River Run" – Sculpture

Artist: Craig Breitbach
Location: Near the Trails House on Rainier Boulevard.

River Run sculpture in Issaquah

Description: Material: basalt. Fall City artist Craig Breitbach was born and raised in Port Angeles, Washington. His sculptures are generally realistic images of salmon, combining his love of art with his passion for fishing and nature. He works in many different stone types, but prefers basalt for larger pieces because of its contrast in textures.

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“Shadowmaker” – Sculpture

Artist: Michael Sweeney
Location: Central Park, Issaquah Highlands

Shadowmaker sculpture in Issaquah

Description: This kinetic sculpture is installed on the traffic island within Central Park, establishing a focal point for the park, which is visible from the entrance. As the viewer approaches the sculpture, the rectangular opening of the piece provides a framed vista drawing the eye through the sculpture to the view beyond. The sculpture is fabricated from quarter-inch steel plates and measures 9’ high 9’ wide x 18” deep. The base is designed in a circular format that bolts to an industrial-sized bearing system that functions as a “lazy Susan.”

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“The Blue Door"

Location: City Hall.
Artist: A gift of Issaquah’s sister city Chefchaouen, Morroco.
Dedicated: 2008

The Blue Door sculpture in Issaquah

Description: The door is designed to look like doors built 200 years ago in northern Morocco and symbolizes the friendship and hospitality between the two cities. The structure that supports and surrounds the door is approximately 11 feet tall and 9 feet wide and was constructed on the site to house the blue door.

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“The Dig” – Sculpture

Artist: Brian Goldbloom
Location: Centennial Park at Front and Dogwood Streets along the railroad track
Dedicated: August 19, 1993

The Dig sculpture in Issaquah

Description: “The Dig” was the first outdoor sculpture commissioned by the City of Issaquah. The model was chosen by the Issaquah Arts Commission to commemorate the centennial of the city’s incorporation as Gilman in 1892. The main piece of the sculpture resembles the entrance to a mine and is carved out of 15,000 pounds of gray granite taken from the Cascade Mountains. Symbolic imagery is carved into the stone, including a mine portal, salmon, railroad track, bits of riveted locomotive boilers and a railroad spike.

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“The Mill Street Logging Scene” – Mural

Artist: Larry Kangas
Location: On Sunset Way just east of Front Street
Dedicated: 1998

Description: This mural depicts the Issaquah logging industry from 1900-1940. At this time, old growth cedar and fir logs were being cut from the hills surrounding Issaquah and milled in the town’s many lumber mills. Prior to 1960, Sunset Way was known as Mill Street, referring to the mills that were located on either end of the street when the town was incorporated in 1892.

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“The Pillars” – Sculpture

Artist: Will Robinson
Location: Near the historic train depot.

The Pillars sculpture in Issaquah

Description: “The Pillars” consists of individually sculptured basalt monoliths. Bainbridge Island artist, Will Robinson chooses to work primarily with stone because of its solidity and ability to withstand the elements and time. Varying textures integrate smooth and rough surfaces, creating intriguing duality in the stone. He encourages viewers to touch his work; engaging with the stone creates a connection between the medium, the artist, and the viewer.

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“The Valiant Effort” – Statue

Artist: Doug Eck
Location: In the courtyard at west end of City Hall, 130 E. Sunset Way
Dedicated: October 6, 2000

Description: Issaquah artist Doug Eck created the one and a half life-sized eagle and salmon to illustrate the struggle for survival in the wild. The bronze sculpture also was designed to illustrate the Valiant Effort of the City of Issaquah’s Police force and is prominently displayed in front of city hall and the Issaquah Police facility.

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“The Watershed Tower” – Painting

Artist: Larry Kangas
Location: Issaquah Salmon Hatchery, 125 W. Sunset Way
Dedicated: 1998

Watershed Tower painting in Issaquah

Description: Larry Kangas designed this piece with suggestions from Friends of the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery. The mural depicts salmon at different life stages, creatures eaten by salmon and creatures that prey on salmon.

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“The Zephyr" – Sculpture

Artist: Andrew Carson
Location: Near Bush Street and Rainier Blvd.

The Zephyr sculpture in Issaquah

Description: “The Zephyr” is a mixed metal and glass sculpture. The top is kinetic, moving with the wind and is #6 in a series of 10. The artist executes every step of the process, including design, engineering, prototyping, metal cutting, pounding and finishing as well as glass and cement casting. There are no “found parts” in Carson’s work. He designs and makes every piece, including the glass balls, the hubs and the transitions His inspiration includes a fascination with the wind machines near his childhood home and his time working in a bicycle shop, fiddling with gears and learning to weld.

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“Tibbetts Creek Manor” – Photography Collection

Artists: Mike Cambern, Issaquah District 10 Fireman; Adam Hosey, Costco employee Bob Rock, resident of Mt. Vernon, WA
Location: Tibbetts Creek Manor, 750 17th Avenue Northwest
Dedicated: Artwork displayed since April 1999

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Art Walks – May thru September

Downtown Issaquah Association (DIA)
135 E. Sunset Way
Issaquah, WA 98027
(425) 391-1112

Issaquah ArtWalks photo on Discover Issaquah

Held in downtown Issaquah the first Friday evening of every month from May through September, ArtWalk events feature all types of art, including visual, lyrical, musical and performance. The free events include live music around every corner, hands-on art projects and some special surprises.

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Boehm’s

255 NE Gilman Blvd.
Issaquah, WA 98027
(425) 392-6652

Boehms chocolates in Issaquah

Boehm’s Candies chocolate factory, known world-wide for its award-winning confections, has attracted thousands of visitors annually to Issaquah since 1956. The manicured grounds are graced with fountains, a replica of a 12th-century alpine chapel near Saint Moritz Switzerland, and the Edelweiss Swiss-style chalet which was the home of founder Julius Boehm. Escorted tours are available by appointment.

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Chocolate, Wine & All That Jazz – July

Sponsored by the Issaquah Chamber of Commerce
(425) 392-7024

The annual Chocolate, Wine & All That Jazz event takes place in August. Always-popular, this event features a variety of foods from several different local restaurants as well as wines, beer, and refreshing non-alcoholic beverages.

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Community Awards – May

This once a year special event is the time we pause to recognize many of Issaquah’s special people whose volunteerism and contributions make our community such a special place to live and work. The presenting organizations honor individuals who have dedicated their time and talent in various ways. Awards are presented each year at the May Chamber of Commerce luncheon meeting.

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Concerts on the Green – July thru August

Community Center Green
301 Rainer Blvd., South
Issaquah, WA 98027

Issaquah Concerts on the Green photo

On Tuesday evenings starting at 7:00 pm, the Issaquah Parks & Recreation hosts this popular free concert series. Come early for picnicking or enjoy concessions available by the Kiwanis Club of Issaquah. The event is sponsored by the Issaquah Arts Commission and many of our generous local businesses.

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Cougar Mountain Zoological Park

19525 SE 45th
Issaquah, WA 98027
(425) 391-5508

Established in 1972, the Zoo is dedicated to increasing the understanding and appreciation of the earth’s vanishing wildlife and the role of humanity in nature through education, research, captive breeding, conservation, recreation and exhibition.

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David J. Horrocks Research Center

Issaquah Historical Museum
165 SE Andrews Street
Issaquah, WA 98027
(425)392-3500

In addition to our exhibits, the Museum provides a place for historical research in the David J. Horrocks Research Center. Visitors may look through the Historical Society’s extensive photo collection which includes images of early Issaquah families at work and play, downtown scenes of dusty streets and tall wooden storefronts, and the milling, mining, farming and railroad activities of old Gilman. They also have access to our web site, research files, and a number of other references from the Research Center.

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Down Home 4th of July/Heritage Day

For details, call the Chamber at (425) 392-7024.

Sponsored by the City of Issaquah and presented by the Issaquah Chamber of Commerce, Issaquah’s Down Home 4th of July celebration kicks off with an Independence Day Kids and Pets Parade. From Labradors to llamas, favorite pets accompany costumed children on decorated floats and bikes down Front Street and to Memorial Field, where families spend the day with old-fashioned games, music, food, the Sky High Rummage Sale, and the Annual Slug Beauty Pageant and Speed Contest.

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Fenders on Front Street – June

Downtown Issaquah Association
232 Front Street N.
Issaquah, WA 98027
(425) 391-1112

Vintage and classic cars in Issaquah's Fenders on Front Street event

In concert with the Greenway Days festival weekend, stroll down Front Street in downtown Issaquah and admire hundreds of vintage and classic cars, street vendors, a swap meet and live music. Trophies are awarded in the afternoon at the Triple-X Drive-in followed by a cruise down Front Street.

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Gilman Town Hall Museum & Jail

165 SE Andrews Street
(425) 392-3500

The original town hall of Issaquah was in use from 1898 until 1930. Now a museum, this fascinating exhibit tells the story of Issaquah’s past through hundreds of photographs and artifacts (many never before on display) and a variety of interactive elements. Come see one of Issaquah’s original water pipes, a rare Native American fur trade knife, and graffiti hidden for 75 years inside the walls of the fish hatchery. Set off an imaginary charge with an authentic dynamite blaster, ring a logging camp bell, listen to the music of the Squak Valley Hot Shots — and much more!

From the museum’s back door you can go directly to jail – the old two-cell town jail, which was constructed in 1914 of solid eight inch concrete walls and still has the original iron bars in the windows. The forged iron lock bar weighs at least 80 pounds, and effectively cut the escape count to zero. Call for visiting hours.

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Gilman Village

317 NW Gilman Blvd.
Issaquah, WA 98027
(425) 392-6802

Gilman Village logo for the Gilman Village shopping area in Issaquah

It all began in 1972 when Marvin and Ruth Mohl started saving unwanted buildings from around the old farming and mining town of Issaquah. In saving the buildings, the idea was to honor the character and ambiance of the old community rather than to create a museum. They moved, renovated and combined them into an attractive retail area in a park-like setting with the ultimate goal of creating a haven for independent shops and restaurants. Over a quarter of century later, the 40-plus shops and restaurants that make up Gilman Village constitute one of Puget Sounds’ best known and most distinctive shopping destinations.

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Gingko Tree

90 Front Street South
Issaquah, WA 98027

Planted by Dr. W.E. Gibson (a physician) at the start of the twentieth century. Dr. Gibson became Issaquah’s mayor in 1900 and served several additional terms as mayor and in the state legislature over the next 25 years. His family home was located on this site until it was torn down in 1970. Fortunately, through the efforts of Issaquah High School Students, a petition was drawn up and the tree was saved.

Ginkgo trees belong to one of the oldest tree species on earth (Ginkgo biloba), dating back 150 million years. They were once native to Washington but later became extinct in North America. Specimens cultivated in Chinese ornamental gardens were later reintroduced around the world. This rare and unusual tree is visible at the corner of Andrews Street and Front Street South.

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Greenway Days Festival – June

This two-day festival boasts more than 25 events in 10 communities spanning 100 miles along Interstate 90. The festival celebrates conservation and education efforts in the Mountains to Sound Greenway and the more than 4,000 annual volunteers who give their time to enhance the Greenway.

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Hailstone Feed Store and Shell Gasoline Station – Museum and Meeting Space Rental

232 Front Street North
Issaquah, WA 98027
(425) 391-1112

There is speculation that the building may have been constructed as a residence in the late 1890’s and over the years records show that it was also used as a warehouse, grocery store, feed store and gasoline station. In 2003, the Downtown Issaquah Association with assistance from the City of Issaquah, private party donations and volunteers began the process of restoring the building to its 1944 appearance as the Hailstone Feed Store and Shell Gasoline Station. In the restoration process, one of the most exciting discoveries the group has made is an Owl Cigar sign painted on the back of the building. The advertisement would have been easily visible to passengers taking the train in or out of Issaquah, the chief mode of transportation at that time. The space is available to lease on an hourly basis and will accommodate up to 49 people. Inquire at – reservations@downtownissaquah.com This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Hiking Trails

Trail information is available off the City of Issaquah Parks & Recreation website: www.ci.issaquah.wa.us/parkrec/center/trails.htm

Mount Rainier seen from a hiking trail near Issaquah

Another good source of trail information is the Issaquah Alps Trail Club website: www.issaquahalps.org. The Visitor Information Center located at 155 NW Gilman Blvd. also has a selection of maps and information about local hiking trails.

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Historic Railroad Depot and Museum

50 Rainier Boulevard N
Issaquah, WA 98027
(425)392-3500

Originally incorporated as the town of Gilman in 1892, Issaquah was a center of coal mining activity in the late 19th century. The Seattle, Lake Shore and Eastern Railway constructed a modest Queen Anne-style depot building in 1889. Now operated by the Issaquah Historical Society, the depot has been restored to its original grandeur. A steam engine in front of the depot showcases the history of logging in the area. Open Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm.

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Historical Issaquah Walking Tour

Issaquah Visitors Center
155 NW Gilman Blvd
Issaquah, WA 98027
(425) 392-7024

In addition to the Issaquah Visitor’s Center, walking tour brochures are available at the Issaquah Historic Railroad Depot and Museum, and the Gilman Town Hall Museum.

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Issaquah Farmer’s Public Market – Mid-April thru Mid-October

Pickering Farm
1730 10th Avenue NW
Issaquah, WA 98027

Open Saturday and Sunday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, find nursery stock from seedlings to hanging baskets, produce, including fruit from Eastern Washington and flowers, flowers and more flowers in season. Special events are held every Saturday and there’s lots of parking!

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Issaquah Salmon Hatchery

125 W. Sunset Way
Issaquah, WA 98027
(425) 427-0259

In the heart of Issaquah’s old downtown, this facility is the most-visited hatchery in the state. About 300,000 people a year come to take the self-guided tour, or tours guided by docents on weekends. The Hatchery was originally constructed as a Works Project Administration (WPA) project during 1936-1937.

The best time to visit is in September and October, when the salmon return, and Friends of the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery (F.I.S.H.) offer public tours. The fish start arriving in early September with the Chinook coming through late October. Coho arrive in mid-October through the first of December.

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Issaquah Salmon Hatchery Programs & Summer Camp

125 W. Sunset Way
Issaquah, WA 98027
(425) 427-0259

The Friends of the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery (F.I.S.H.) offers one-week day summer camps that are held at the Watershed Science Center at the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery. Camps will help kids learn about one of Issaquah’s greatest natural resources – the salmon! Participate in games, exercises, and experiments. Learn about: microscopes, animal tracks, Native American legends, pollution, the food chain, water quality, and the salmon life cycle. Call for camp session dates by age group and cost per week.

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Issaquah Visitors Center

155 NW Gilman Blvd.
Issaquah, WA 98027
(425) 392-7024

Once a familiar landmark on the east shore of Lake Sammamish, this house was built by Thomas and Caroline Alexander in 1902 on land which was known for most of the century as Alexander’s Resort. Thomas Alexander had earlier been the “walking boss” (traveling construction supervisor) for the Seattle, Lakeshore and Eastern Railway.

The Visitors Center features maps, brochures and information about activities, recreation, entertainment and shopping in Issaquah and around the region. The center also provides information about lodging, restaurants, and services such as schools and daycares.

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Julius Boehm Pool

50 E. Clark Street
Issaquah, WA 98027
(425) 837-3350

Operated by the City of Issaquah, the pool is open to the public for lap swim, public swim and classes. Children in the 5th grade and under must be accompanied by a responsible parent or guardian while using the Pool. Children under the age of 6 must be accompanied in the water by an adult. Open Monday thru Friday from 5:00 AM to 9:00 PM, Saturday 8:00 am to 4:00 pm.

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Just For Fun Fair: The Hobby and Volunteer Expo

Pickering Barn
1730 – 10th Avenue NW
Issaquah, WA 98027
(425) 837-3321

Booths at Issaquah's Just for Fun Fair

This is a wonderful opportunity for non-profits to come together and showcase their organization. Each year there is a terrific variety of groups that set up booths. We have had powerboats, bunnies, puppies, Llamas, music groups, photography, MAAD, 55 Alive, and short wave radio. There is something for all ages.

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Kidstage Theatre

303 Front Street North
Issaquah, WA 98027
(425) 392-1942

Since 1987, KIDSTAGE has provided Puget Sound students and their families a year round “home” for theatre arts activities. KIDSTAGE is uniquely designed to use theatre to build critical life skills in each participant. In KIDSTAGE, the classes and rehearsals encourage creativity, collaboration, problem solving, concentration, public speaking, and a strong work ethic. While some students are on a path to Broadway, all students are improving their futures and increasing self-confidence through involvement in KIDSTAGE or the Teen Access Program.

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Lake Sammamish State Park

20606 SE 56th St.
Issaquah, WA 98027
(425) 455-7010

Lake Sammamish and the State Park as seen from above Issaquah

The park is a 512-acre day-use park with 6,858 feet of waterfront on Lake Sammamish. The area around the lake was an important culture zone for local Indian tribes for centuries. The park provides deciduous forest and wetland vegetation for the enjoyment of visitors. A salmon-bearing creek and a great-blue heron rookery are additional features. The park has more than a mile of waterfront with public beaches and nine boat ramps.

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Muckleshoot Casino

2402 Auburn Way
Auburn, WA 98002
1 (800) 804-4944

The Muckleshoot Tribe is part of the widespread Coast Salish culture that has long called the Puget Sound region home. The Muckleshoots and their ancestors have lived in the area continuously for thousands of years. Prior to their forced relocation to the Muckleshoot Indian Reservation, a result of the government treaty of the 1850s, the Tribe’s homeland encompassed a vast area ranging from Mount Rainier to the salt waters of Puget Sound.

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Music on the Streets – Late June thru Late September

Downtown Issaquah Association
232 Front Street N.
Issaquah, WA 98027
(425) 391-1112

A musician performs at Issaquah's Music on the Streets event

Every Thursday, Friday and Saturday evening from late June to late September, enjoy music on the streets of downtown Issaquah. Music is a great mix from Blues to Rock to Pop to Country to Jazz to Folk to Blue Grass and so much more!

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Off-Leash Dog Park

2702 Magnolia St
Issaquah, WA 98029
(425) 507-1107

Bark Park is in Issaquah Highlands is about 2 acres of land enclosed with a fence so you can let your dog run wild. There are large rocks to sit on, a water fountain and poop bags are provided. It’s a great place to take your dog to burn off energy!

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Paragliding and Hang Gliding – Poo Poo Point

Located at the west end of Tiger Mountain, the point got its name from logging signals using a whistle that made a “poo poo” sound. The trailhead from the hang-glider area is the steeper of two routes to Poo Poo point. The trail climbs steeply and steadily all the way to the top where you’ll find panoramic views of Squak Mountain, Lake Samammish and Issaquah. There is also a clearing on the back side of the point with an amazing view of Mount Rainier.

Paragliding from Tiger Mountain near Issaquah
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Parks & Recreation Activities

Issaquah Community Center
301 Rainier Blvd. South
Issaquah, WA 98027
(425) 837-3300

The Issaquah Parks & Recreation Department offers a wide range of activities for children of all ages, as well as teens, and adults. Classes include aquatics, cultural arts, education programs, Kinder Kamp, Day Camps, Adventure Camps, Adventure Pursuit Expeditions, Mighty Mite Camps, health & fitness classes, preschool classes, special events, sports activities, youth center and teen activities.

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Pickering Barn

1730 – 10th Avenue NW Issaquah, WA 98027 (425) 837-3321

The Pickering barn is the only surviving dairy barn in Issaquah, a community once dominated by dairy farming. The historic site dates from the 1800’s when it was the home of Territorial Governor, William Pickering. The restored barn has been equipped with modern day conveniences to make it a state of the art facility while preserving its historic character. Today, the Pickering Barn is divided into two separate barns connected with a centralized entrance hall. The Barn is especially suited for receptions, auctions, company parties, and formal weddings. For appointments to tour the Barn, additional information and/or availability, contact the City of Issaquah Parks & Recreation Dept. at (425) 837-3321, Monday through Friday.

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Pickering Place Amphitheater

Formerly the historic Pickering farm, this area is now the upscale Pickering Place shopping center where you’ll find a hidden pond, with a fountain, bridge and amphitheater. Huge stone tablets near the amphitheater provide details of the farm’s history.

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Rainier Trail Park

Location: Front Street and Dogwood Street to Bush Street

Description: The Issaquah Arts Commission Issaquah Parks Board and Issaquah Parks & Recreation Department work together to bring new sculptures to the Rainier Trail Park. Each piece is borrowed and will remain in the city for one year.

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Reindeer Festival – December

Cougar Mountain Zoo
19525 SE 54th
Issaquah, WA 98027
(425) 391-5508

Holiday fun for everyone during the month of December! Santa’s Reindeer Farm is located permanently on the grounds of the Cougar Mountain Zoo. Its north facing site was selected by Santa in 1989 for easy access from the North Pole as well as for its ideal climate and breathtaking scenic beauty. Come out to meet with Santa Claus and his reindeer team, have your face painted and hear a story from an Elf or wander through the Magic Forest. Enjoy hot drinks and snacks, stop by Santa’s post office, come aboard the Training Sleigh, admire breathtaking Art and Bronze Sculptures and discover the perfect holiday gift for yourself or anyone on your list at the Wild Treasure Gift Shop.

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Salmon Days – First weekend in October

Festival Office
155 NW Gilman Blvd.
Issaquah, WA 98027
(425) 392-0661

Salmon Days events and parade in Issaquah

For more than 40 years, the Salmon Days Festival takes place in downtown Issaquah and includes over 400 craft and food booths, a giant children’s Field of Fun area, the Grande Parade, Foods of the World, and three stages of top entertainment, all surrounding the hatchery’s exhibits, displays, and tours.

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Skate Park

Next to the Issaquah Community Center
301 Rainier Blvd. South
Issaquah, WA 98027

Open daily from 8:00 a.m. to dusk, the Skate Park provides skateboarders and rollerbladers recreation opportunities. The Park is adjacent to and on the southeast side of the Issaquah Community Center and although it is unsupervised, safety rules are posted.

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Snoqualmie Casino

37500 SE North Bend Way
Snoqualmie, WA 98065
(425) 888-1234

The 170,000-square-foot casino features eight restaurants, lounges and bars, a dazzling 51,000-square-foot gaming floor and a world-class 11,000-square-foot Ballroom. Close, yet spectacularly beautiful, Snoqualmie Casino offers a one-of-a-kind gaming and entertainment experience. It’s all here, just minutes from Seattle.

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Tastin’ & Racin Hydro Races – June

Lake Sammamish State Park
2000 NW Sammamish Road
Issaquah, WA 98027

hydro races at Issaquah's Tastin' & Racin summer event on Lake Sammamish

This exciting weekend festival features hydroplane races, carnival rides, a custom car and hot rod show, arts and crafts from Northwest artisans, family fun area with inflatable children’s rides, face painters, pony rides, giant slide and huge park area, food booths, beer garden and entertainment. Over 2500 FREE parking spaces!

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The Fathers of the Issaquah Valley – Sculpture

Artist: Boris Spivak
Location: In front of the Hilton Garden Inn at Hyla Crossing
Dedicated: 2001

Description: “Fathers of the Issaquah Valley” is a sculpture celebrating the connection between history, families and land while honoring the shift from an agriicultural area to what is now known as the suburban city we call Issaquah. Issaquah developer and long time citizen George “Skip” Rowley Jr. commissioned this sculpture to honor his father, Issaquah developer George Rowley Sr., (seated left) and Issaquah residents Henry Bergsma (seated right) and his son Bill Bergsma Sr. (standing). Henry owned and operated the Issaquah Valley Dairy from 1930 to 1962. His son, Bill, was the town milkman. When the dairy farm closed in 1962, George purchased the land and began slowly transforming it to serve the community in new ways. Today, the Hyla Crossing development stands on the site of the former farm. Drawing the three men together, the bench represents the land while the three men symbolize the past, present and future. Henry sits passively as his agricultural era draws to a close. Bill, standing in the middle, is engaged with the community and observing the continued changes while George ponders visions for the future of a sustainable and economically vital community.

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The Salish Lodge/Snoqualmie Falls

P. O. Box 1109
Snoqualmie, WA 98065
(425) 888-2556

Snoqualmie Falls is one of Washington’s most popular scenic attractions. More than 1.5 million visitors come to the Falls every year. At the Falls, you will find a two-acre park, observation deck, gift shop, the Salish Lodge, and the famous 270-foot waterfall.

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Triple XXX Drive-In Car Shows – March thru December

98 NE Gilman Blvd
Issaquah, WA 98027
(425) 392-1266

Hot rods and classic cars at the XXX Drive-In Car Shows in Issaquah

Don’t miss Sunday car shows and music (at most shows) at the last historical Triple X Rootbeer Drive-in in the USA! Triple X and the car shows have been featured with Auto News, CNN, Evening Magazine, Food Channel, Travel Network, Drive Magazine, CruZin’ Magazine, Vintage Vehicle Show and My Classic Car Show. Home of the messy juicy burger, enjoy great food, fun and entertainment for the entire family!

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Vasa Park

Resort, Ballroom, Camping
3560 W. Lake Sammamish Pkwy. SE
Bellevue, WA 98008
(425) 764-3260

Offering tent camping and trailer parking with water and electricity, the expansive grounds and beach area are also available to rent for family reunions, company parties, birthday parties and picnic reservations. Fee is dependent upon the number of people. A lifeguard is on duty.

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Village Theatre

303 Front Street North
Issaquah, WA 98027
(425) 392-1942

Beauty and the Beast at Issaquah's Village Theatre

Founded in 1979, Village Theatre is a leading producer of musical theatre in the Pacific Northwest with four main programming components: Mainstage, Village originals and our Youth Education Program which includes both KIDSTAGE and Pied Piper.

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Public Art photos courtesy of LeRoy LaCelle photography.

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