3501 Pacific Highway East
Fife, WA 98424
Phone: (253) 926-1000
Fax: (253) 926-3009
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.
Some people view Federal Way as a place to fill the tank while driving between Seattle and Tacoma. Such people make the mistake of overlooking the city's many treasures, not least of which is this wonderful 27-acre park, which includes the Five Mile Lake itself, popular with both swimmers and fishermen. Ample tennis and baseball facilities plus dozens of barbecue areas surround the water. A trail system winds through the park's dense woods. It opens daily from 8a.
The Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium is full of your favorite sea and land animals. From penguins to sharks and from peacocks to red wolfs, visitors can view the regions best underwater and land creatures. The kid's zone offers fun-filled exhibits including the ActionValley wherein kids can get involved in learning through play and entertainment. There is also the Contact Junction and Animal Avenue, where you can actually meet some animals and see them up-close and personal. Wheelchairs and strollers can be rented.
Strap on some skates and hop on the ice! Whether you're a beginner or an expert, you're bound to have a fun time on the ice rink. Visit during a Friday or Saturday night and skate while listening to a live DJ. The ice rink is rather chilly, so make sure you dress in layers so that you won't be cold while sipping hot chocolate and while taking a break or too hot when you're on the rink trying to master skating backwards. If you're not in the mood for this winter sport then buy 20 pitches and work on your swing at their bating cage or pay for a round of golf on their miniature golf course. Kent Valley Ice Centre prides itself on being one of the best family activities in Washington!
Originally carved out of a naturally wooded area, the Pacific Raceway creates challenging corners and turns rather than a traditional oval shape. Major races and drag races often take place on the track. This venue is a haven for motor racing fanatics, especially for spectators. Call ahead for more details.
Frontier Park is located between Graham and Puyallup and is equipped with a variety of resources, including equestrian facilities, two rustic "frontier lodges" for meetings, covered picnic areas, kite-flying and turf-playing areas and agricultural display areas. The park hosts many events, including the Little Wheels Race and the Pierce County Fair.
This Kent trail, best accessed by way of Gary Grant Park, is perfect for a leisurely bike, inline skate or horse ride. The paved, level path has separate tracks for the two kinds of traffic. Traffic is light enough that there is rarely a crowd. Soos Creek has very lush, green banks, mostly unsullied by pollutants. If business brings you to Kent, bring yourself here to unwind. A map is available at the Web site.
This 14-mile trail is a continuation of the Green River Trail. Though it doesn't have the greenery of some other local trails, you will get to see a good representative portion of South Seattle along this one. It may not be the most beautiful ride in the world, but it is an excellent example of an urban trail and a perfect way to see the local sights. A trail map is available on the Web site.
Burien is a bit off the beaten track for most visitors, and perhaps for good reason, but this enormous 185 acre park, which King County gave to the new city of Burien in 1996, is worth the trip for its diverse array of activities. The many hiking trails cross lushly wooded hills to a stunning two-mile stretch of beach. It is a perfect place to spend a morning if you have an evening flight out of SeaTac.
Just south of Seattle sits this relatively short golf course about 5071 yards. Its string of modest par-four holes won't frustrate even the most inexperienced golfer. Two trickier holes and a sturdy bridge cross the Duwamish Slough on the back nine. The nearby freeway and airport make the course a little noisy. Please call the golf club for more information.
Elk Run Golf Club opened in 1989 and has expanded to 18 holes. General improvements make this a top public course. The front nine challenges even low-handicap golfers with sand, water and narrow fairways. The back nine eases up a little. The club welcomes tournaments and offers new restaurant and banquet facilities.
The historic Rainier Golf & Country Club was designed in 1920 by golf architect Bob Collins who truly created a lasting legacy for the people of Seattle. Boasting 18 holes, the course is challenging and exciting for seasoned players however, amateurs don't fare too badly either. Rooms inside the club can be hired for private parties, corporate events and luncheons where you can choose from a succulent range of dishes.