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Great Places: North Sound

A roundup of places to go and things to do around the North End and North Puget Sound, including Shoreline, Edmonds, Everett, Bellingham and the San Juan Islands.

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Shoreline Historical Museum

Shoreline History of Lake Forest Park/Shoreline/North Seattle, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, 18501 Linden Ave. N., Shoreline; free (206-542-7111 or www.shorelinehistoricalmuseum.org).

Kruckeberg Botanic Garden

Shoreline More than 2,000 plant species, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday-Sunday, 20312 15th Ave. N.W., Shoreline; parking very limited (206-546-1281 or www.kruckeberg.org).

Richmond Beach

Saltwater Park

Shoreline Puget Sound shoreline with playground, swimming dock, fishing dock, wetland boardwalk, 2021 N.W. 190th St., Shoreline.

Martha Lake Park

Lynnwood Boardwalk through wetlands, swim area, fishing dock, playground, picnic shelters, 16300 E. Shore Drive, Lynnwood (425-741-8357).

Edmonds Historical Museum

Edmonds History of Edmonds and South Snohomish County, 1-4 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays, 118 Fifth Ave. N., Edmonds; $1-$2 (425-774-0900 or www.historicedmonds.org).

Family Fun Center

Edmonds Miniature golf, bumper cars, video games, kiddie playland, laser tag, restaurant, batting cages, go-carts, open daily, 7212 220th St. S.W., Edmonds; no admission fee, charges for attractions vary (425-775-2174 or www.fun-center.com).

Whirly Ball

Edmonds Mechanized team sport, reservations required, 23401 Highway 99, Edmonds (425-672-3332 or www.whirlyball.net).

Olympic Beach Park

Edmonds Picnic tables and a small beach, Dayton Street and Admiral Way, Edmonds.

Sunset Bay Resort

Edmonds Weekend watersport programs including over-water zip line, cliff jump, stand-up paddle boarding, sea kayaking, kite boarding, snorkeling, wake boarding, fishing, crabbing, 14725 Norma Beach Road, Edmonds; by appointment only, prices vary (206-324-6715 or www.sunsetbay.com).

Washington State Ferries terminals

Edmonds, Mukilteo Edmonds/Kingston ferry service, Edmonds Terminal, 199 Sunset Ave. S., Edmonds; Mukilteo/Clinton service, Mukilteo Terminal, Highway 525, 701 Front St., Mukilteo (www.wsdot.wa.gov/ferries); Sounder offers commuter rail service from Seattle to Mukilteo and Edmonds (www.soundtransit.org).

Future of Flight Museum/Boeing Tour

Mukilteo Exhibits and displays on creating aircraft, featuring the Dreamliner, flight simulator, children's areas, Paine Field observation deck, store, cafe, 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. daily; tours of the Boeing plant, the largest building in the world and the only commercial-jet-assembly plant open for tours in North America, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. on the hour daily, reservations recommended, some same-day tickets available, 8415 Paine Field Blvd., Mukilteo; $12-$20; gallery only, $5-$10 (425-438-8100 or www.futureofflight.org).

Saint Edward State Park

Bothell 316 acres of forest trails, picnic areas, kids' playground, hiking and mountain bike trails, beach on Lake Washington, 1445 Juanita Drive N.E., Kenmore (425-823-2992 or parks.wa.gov).

Park at Bothell Landing

Bothell On the Sammamish River, with amphitheater; adjacent to the Sammamish River Trail, 9919 N.E. 180th St., Bothell.

The Flying Heritage Collection

Everett Display of 15 rare World War II-era military aircraft, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Sundays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily May 30 to Sept. 5, Paine Field, 3407 109th St. S.W., Everett; $8-$12 (206-838-9204 or www.flyingheritage.com).

Imagine Children's Museum

Everett Kids' activities, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Wednesdays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sundays, 1502 Wall St., Everett; $7.75, free for children under 1 year old; $3.88/person 3-5 p.m. Thursdays only (425-258-1006 or see imaginecm.org).

American Legion

Memorial Park

Everett Four acres above Port Gardner Bay, playground, sports courts, viewpoint, Evergreen Arboretum and Gardens, 6 a.m.-10 p.m. daily, 145 Alverson Boulevard, Everett (425-257-8300).

Forest Park

Everett Wooded 197-acre park with playground, trails, picnic areas; 802 E. Mukilteo Blvd., Everett (425-257-8300 or www.ci.everett.wa.us);

• Swim Center open daily for lap swims, open swims and family swims, hours and prices vary; seasonal outdoor tot pool (425-257-8309).

• Water Playground with interactive features, toddler area, opening for the season May 27, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. daily, free.

• Animal Farm with rabbits, ducks, pigs, goats and pony rides, June 4-Aug. 14, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. daily; free, donations appreciated.

Thornton A. Sullivan Park

at Silver Lake

Everett Playground, trails, swimming beach, 11400 W. Silver Lake Road, Everett (425-257-8300 or www.ci.everett.wa.us).

McCollum Pioneer Park

Everett Jogging/walking trail, nature trails, playground, BMX track, picnic shelters; 600 128th St. S.E., Everett (425-388-6600);

• Adopt-A-Stream office and Northwest Stream Center (425-316-8592);

• Outdoor pool opens June 25 (425-357-6036).

Nishiyama Japanese Garden at Everett Community College

Everett A compressed world of mountains, forests, lakes, rivers and meadows, open 10 a.m.-3 p.m. when classes are in session, group tours available by appointment, Everett Community College, 905 Wetmore Ave., Everett; free (425-388-9195).

Jetty Island

Everett Two-mile-long, man-made island at mouth of Snohomish River, with sandy beaches and shallow water, accessible by free boat ride during Jetty Island Days, July 1-Sept. 5, 10 a.m.-5:50 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m.-8:50 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-6:50 p.m. Sunday; ferries depart from 10th Street Boat Launch and Marine Park, Everett; free, suggested donation $2/adults, $1/children. Service may be canceled due to inclement weather, route subject to early closure if Jetty Island reaches maximum capacity; group reservations available (425-257-8304).

Willard Wyatt Park

Lake Stevens On Lake Stevens with swimming and fishing areas, boat launch, water skiing, 10508 Chapel Hill Road, Lake Stevens; parking/boat launch fee $7/day or $70/annual pass (425-388-6600).

Historic Snohomish

Snohomish Historic residential and downtown district, antiques dealers, scenic river trail, Civil War Cemetery, information available 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily, Snohomish Visitor Information Center, 1301 First St., Snohomish (360-862-9609 or cityofsnohomish.com).

Flowing Lake Park

at Leckies Beach

Snohomish Lake access, swimming area, boating, water skiing, campsites, cabins, rustic amphitheater, 17900 48th Ave. S.E., Snohomish; parking $7 (360-568-2274 or www1.co.snohomish.wa.us/Departments/Parks/).

Granite Falls

Historical Museum

Granite Falls Logging, railroad, mining, mills, transportation, schools, business, fashion and homemaking history, noon-5 p.m. Sunday or by appointment, 109 E. Union St., Granite Falls (www.gfhistory.org).

Robe Canyon Historic Trail

Granite Falls Snohomish County Parks 970-acre property with railroad tunnels, Stillaguamish River access and hiking trails, including milelong trail from the road to the river with view of the canyon, 7 a.m.-dusk daily, Mountain Loop Highway, outside of Granite Falls (425-388-6600 or www1.co.snohomish.wa.us/Departments/Parks).

Lake Roesiger Park

Snohomish Forested trails, lake swimming area, 1608 S. Lake Roesiger Road, Snohomish (425-388-3411 or www1.co.snohomish.wa.us/Departments/Parks).

Bob Heirman

Wildlife Preserve

Snohomish River access, fishing, nature trail in park encompassing open spaces, two lakes, wetland and river, 14913 Connelly St., Snohomish; no dogs allowed (425-388-3411 or www1.co.snohomish.wa.us/Departments/Parks/).

Kayak Point Regional Park

Stanwood Saltwater bay/beach access, fishing pier, boat launch, hiking trails, vacation house, yurts, tent and trailer camping, 7 a.m.-dusk daily, 15610 Marine Drive, Stanwood; $5/parking (360-652-7992 or www1.co.snohomish.wa.us/Departments/Parks/).

Wallace Falls State Park

Gold Bar Camping park with shoreline on Wallace River, Wallace Lake, Jay Lake, Shaw Lake and the Skykomish River, with several paths to 265-foot waterfall, 8 a.m.-dusk daily, two miles northeast of Gold Bar, Snohomish County, with path accessible from Highway 2 (360-902-8844 or parks.wa.gov).

Washington Serpentarium

Monroe Snakes, lizards, frogs, turtles, spiders and centipedes, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily, 22715 Highway 2, Monroe; $5-$6 (360-805-5300 or www.reptileman.com/serpentariumc.html).

Outback Kangaroo Farm

Arlington Tour of farm with kangaroos and other animals, 10 a.m., noon, 2 and 4 p.m. Wednesdays-Sundays, 10030 Highway 530 N.E., Arlington; $7-$8 (360-403-7474 or www.outbackkangaroofarm.com).

Red Rooster Route

Arlington Information on family farms, produce markets, season events along State Highway 530 and surrounding area (www.redroosterroute.com).

Sedro-Woolley Museum

Sedro-Woolley Local history, noon-4 p.m. Wednesdays, 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Thursdays, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays, 1-4 p.m. Sundays, 725 Murdock St., Sedro-Woolley (360-855-2390 or sedrowoolleymuseum.org).

American Museum

of Radio and Electricity

Bellingham History of the development of electricity and radio, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays, noon-4 p.m. Sundays, 1312 Bay St., Bellingham; $5/adult, $2/ages 12 and younger (360-738-3886 or amre.us).

Whatcom Museum

Bellingham Art, regional history, in two buildings: Old City Hall (history museum), 121 Prospect St., noon-5 p.m. Thursday-Sunday; and The Lightcatcher art museum, 250 Flora St., noon-5 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday, Bellingham; $4.50-$10 (360-778-8930 or whatcommuseum.org).

Bellingham Railway Museum

Bellingham Railroad heritage, operations, noon-5 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, 1320 Commercial St., Bellingham; $2-$4 (360-393-7540 or www.bellinghamrailwaymuseum.org).

Whale-watching boats

Whale-watching season in Puget Sound and near the San Juan Islands through September; boat tours available from Seattle, Bellingham, Anacortes, Friday Harbor, Port Townsend, Orcas Island (www.clippervacations.com or gonorthwest.com/Washington/Activities/whales/whale_watching.htm).

Fort Casey State Park

Whidbey Island Former artillery post with historic gun display, lighthouse, saltwater shoreline, two boat ramps, picnic tables, campsites, three miles south of Coupeville on Whidbey Island (800-902-8844 or www.parks.wa.gov).

Deception Pass State Park

Whidbey Island Saltwater shoreline and freshwater shoreline on four lakes, old-growth forests, 38 miles of hiking trails, 1.2-mile ADA-accessible hiking trail, boat ramps and moorage, picnic areas, historical interpretive center, campsites with reservations available, 10 miles north of Oak Harbor on Highway 20, Whidbey Island (800-902-8844 or parks.wa.gov).

Ebey's Landing

National Historic Reserve

Coupeville Historic preserve with hiking trails and beaches, restored Jacob Ebey House Visitor Contact Station opening June 2; Island County Historical Museum, Coupeville; $3/museum admission (www.nps.gov/ebla).

Meerkerk Rhododendron Gardens

Whidbey Island 10-acre garden surrounded by 43 acres of woodland preserve with trails, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. daily, 3531 S. Meerkerk Lane, Greenbank, Whidbey Island; $8, ages 15 and younger free, admission varies for special events (360-678-1912 or www.meerkerkgardens.org).

North Cascades National Park Visitors Center

Newhalem Multimedia exhibits on park's natural, cultural history; theater, accessible interpretive trails, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily; July 3-Sept. 5, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. daily, by Newhalem Creek Campground, North Cascades Highway, Newhalem (206-386-4495).

Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest

Hiking, camping, snow sports, mountain climbing and other recreation along the western slopes of the Cascade Mountains from the Canadian border to the northern boundary of Mount Rainier National Park, including Highway 20, the North Cascades Highway; offices and visitor information centers in Sedro-Woolley, Darrington, Skykomish, North Bend and Enumclaw, contact the Outdoor Recreation Information Center (206-470-4060 or www.fs.fed.us/r6/mbs).

Cascade Loop Association

Events, lodging, maps and other information on the North Cascades and Snohomish/Skagit/Chelan scenic loop highway (509-662-3888 or www.cascadeloop.com).

Lummi Island

Lummi Island Wooded, rural island with restaurants, art galleries, Saturday farmers market, hiking, biking; accessible by Whatcom County Public Works Lummi Island Ferry, Interstate 5 north to Slater Road Exit 260, left on Slater Road to Haxton Way, turn left on Haxton Way; $13/vehicle with driver, $7/passenger, pedestrian, bicycle and rider (www.lummi-island.com).

Moran State Park

Orcas Island More than 5,200 acres with five lakes, 30 miles of hiking trails, camping and panoramic views from 2,409-foot-high Mount Constitution; Orcas Island (360-902-8844 or parks.wa.gov).

San Juan Island

National Historical Park

Friday Harbor At site of the 1859 "Pig War" between U.S. and Great Britain, now a place to view orcas and eagles and other birds with beach, trails and summer programs including living history events, American Camp Visitor Center and English Camp Visitor Center, San Juan Island National Historical Park, San Juan Island (360-378-2902 or www.nps.gov/sajh/).

Compiled by Madeline McKenzie,

mmckenzie@seattletimes.com

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