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Recreation and attractions in and around Issaquah

On the one side of Issaquah we are backed up to the majestic Cascade Mountains with great day hikes, weekend back-packing trips and down-hill and cross country skiing. While on the other side of Issaquah is the gateway to Seattle and Bellevue with all of their metropolitan attractions including the Seattle Center, Space Needle, Seahawks Football, Mariners Baseball, Sounders Soccer, and world-class shopping at Bellevue Square.

Below is our list of just some of the Issaquah area’s recreations, activities and attractions:

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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