31611 20th Ave South
Federal Way, WA 98003
Phone: (253) 941-6000
Fax: (253) 941-9500
Located just south of Seattle in Federal Way, Rhododendron Species Foundation Botanical Gardens devoted to rhododendrons and azaleas is a must for flower lovers. The garden features over 450 species from four continents. Flowers in a range of colors intermingle in a forest of conifers, deciduous trees, ferns and heather. The gardens also include a gift shop and plant sales pavilion.
Take advantage of those sunny Seattle days by taking the family to Wild Waves. This water park that's just outside of Seattle has something to satisfy all ages: a 24,000 gallon (90,850 liters) wave pool for the kids, a beer garden for the adults, and three roller coasters for thrill-seekers of any age. After spending the day in the water, satisfy those hunger pangs with a bite at The Wharf, the on-site food-stop, or grab a cool treat at Dippin Dots. The Wild Waves day pass is moderately priced, making this attraction tough to beat in terms of both value and fun.
Des Moines Beach Park provides an excellent opportunity for the entire family to go out and have some fun together. It is a great picnic spot, with its many picnic tables and all the open space that can be used for playing, or maybe just lounging about in the sun. The park is open to the public from 8a to dusk daily; this excludes only the rental facilities. The park affords a fantastic experience of the outdoors, which are only made better by the views of the water.
Built in 1894, the Neely Mansion features on the National Register of Historic Places. This Victorian style home in Auburn, after signs of deterioration, was well restored by the community locals. This mansion was later used by the Drama Department of a city school and is now administered by a historical society.
City Waterway Bridge known for its distinctive features is a lift bridge located on the Thea Foss Waterway. The bridge designed by renowned engineers Waddell and Harrington opened in 1913. In 1997, it was renamed as the Murray Morgan Bridge in honor of the Washington's historian.
Located off of Puget Sound on the Historic Shores of the Thea Foss Waterway.
This striking building was constructed in 1906 to serve as the city chapter of the Knights of Pythias, a fraternal organization. A unique feature of the building is the surprisingly large hall, which has well-preserved examples of decorative woodwork and art from the time.
Urban Grace grew out of the First Baptist Church which was built in the late 19th century. The imposing architecture is palatial in proportions and almost transports you back to Europe. The church is true to the city with its community focus and welcomes people from all backgrounds. Apart from the regular Sunday service, the church also holds sessions like Alcoholics Anonymous, youth group meetings and bible study sessions.
Featuring six large Greco-Roman columns at its entrance, this museum contains historically important papers and documents that are showcased in oak and glass cases.
Designed by Dale Chihuly and Arthur Anderson, the Bridge of Glass is an overpass for pedestrians above Interstate 705. The bridge actually connects the Washington State History Museum with the Museum of Glass . The 500 feet long horizontal structure has a pair of crystal towers right in the center, which marks the halfway point of the bridge. Originally designed for showing the beauty of glass in its various forms, the functional value is also obvious; it acts as a connector between the two Washington landmarks.
The Freighthouse Square at Tacoma was once the freight house for the Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific Railroad until 1980. Today, it is a multifaceted hub where one can spend hours shopping, dining, exploring the arts and indulging in many other leisure activities. If you are the artsy type, be sure to visit the art galleries and be a part of the art community. Venues are also leased out for events and functions and besides these, the Square also has a plethora of vibrant events and mini-fests. Eating out here is never a problem, the only problem would be choosing which place to eat at.
The Tacoma Union Station is a beautiful historic building constructed in 1910. Made in the Beaux-Arts style of architecture, it has fine details and intricate designs. Previously used as a railway station for passenger trains, it now houses a district court and is also available as a rental space. The grand rotunda of the station is available for private events like weddings, conferences and parties. The mesmerizing interiors of the rotunda looks even more gorgeous because of the Dale Chihuly art pieces. The building is open to visitors during weekdays.