Visitor Center’s Top 10 places in Mukilteo

By Sara Bruestle | May 15, 2013
Photo by: Sara Bruestle The Mukilteo Visitor Center is across from Olympic View Middle School on 76th Street S.W. It's there to help tourists or residents find fun activities to do.

Here’s a fun challenge to try this summer: Be a tourist in your own city.

You don’t have to go to another country to be a tourist – being a tourist is a state of mind.

Tourists are as curious as they are adventurous: They want to explore, they want to learn, and they take notice of their surroundings.

Instead of an exotic vacation, take a staycation. Try a restaurant, go to a museum or a festival, or hike on a trail that you’ve never been to before. Explore what is in your own backyard, right here in Mukilteo.

The Mukilteo Visitor Center located across from Olympic View Middle School on 76th Street S.W. can help you tour the city – whether you’re from Mukilteo or just visiting.

Run by the Chamber of Commerce, the Visitor Center has brochures and maps available that cover where to eat, where to shop, where to stay and what to do in and around Mukilteo.

Staff is there to help make reservations at hotels or restaurants and answer your questions.

“We bill Mukilteo as a nice jumping off point,” said Shannon McCarty, executive director of the Chamber of Commerce. “You can stay here and go to Snohomish, you can go to Whidbey Island, you can go to Seattle, you can go to Mt. Rainier.

“This is a nice central location. We’re so close to I-5 and so close to the ferry that you can easily go in either direction.”

Here are the Top 10 places to visit in Mukilteo*:

1. Mukilteo Lighthouse Park

This 17-acre park attracts some 1.3 million visitors annually for its beach and excellent views of Whidbey Island and the Olympic Mountains. It has recently been renovated to add fire pits, picnic tables, restrooms, volleyball net and a playground. The park is also the site of the landmark Mukilteo Light Station. Tour the lighthouse and grounds, go to the gift shop and look at the exhibits.

2. Paine Field

Paine Field offers a variety of aviation-related attractions like no other. Follow the timeline of the era of flight from the beginning to its future. Enjoy the exhibits and activities offered at: the Flying Heritage Collection, Historic Flight Foundation, Museum of Flight Restoration Center, the Future of Flight Aviation Center & Boeing Tour, and more. For more on attractions, go to www.painefield.com.

3. Japanese Gulch

Japanese Gulch creates a natural forested border between Mukilteo and Everett. Known for its rich cultural heritage as well as its wildlife, the gulch features wide trails, benches and a babbling creek. The city-owned land is divided into two parts: lower gulch and upper gulch. The lower gulch has a 3/4-mile trail and is accessed off of Mukilteo Lane or the north side of 5th Street. The upper gulch has a 3-mile trail loop and is accessed on the south side of 5th Street.

4. Big Gulch

Big Gulch is a ravine that bisects the center of Mukilteo, off the west side of SR-525 and beginning at 92nd Street Park. It has a meandering 2-mile trail through pristine forest and with beautiful views. The trails provide access to schools, the local library, stores and the YMCA. Trail features include bridges and twisting staircases. Trail heads are at 4800 92nd St. and 4675 Harbour Pointe Blvd.

5. Rosehill Community Center

The new state-of-the-art community center at 304 Lincoln Ave. features floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking Possession Sound, a grassy lawn and a plaza. It is home to the city’s Recreation and Cultural Services Department, and offers art, music, dance and other recreation classes. It has also become a favorite place to hold a wedding, reception, reunion, memorial, birthday party, recital, business retreat or any other special event. For reservations or more information, call 425-263-8180.

6. Lincoln Courtyard

This brick-pathed courtyard on Lincoln Avenue across from Rosehill Community Center is home to the Red Cup Café, Mukilteo Chocolate Co., Diamond Knot Pizza House, Mickey’s Hometown Barbershop and more. Shop and eat while you enjoy sweeping views of Puget Sound from the top of the hill.

7. Fishing Pier

The Port of Everett maintains this public dock adjacent to the Mukilteo ferry landing. This dock allows visitors to enjoy the waterfront, do some fishing and watch ferries come and go. It is located at 700 Front St.

8. Harbour Pointe Golf Course

Located at 11817 Harbour Pointe Blvd., this course features two distinctive nines: the front nine is relatively flat with water on almost every hole, while the back nine is set in rolling hills and lined with evergreen trees. Enjoy amazing views of Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains as you golf. Harbour Pointe also has a great tee practice range.

9. Mukilteo T-Dock

The T-Dock is a favorite place for leisurely dives, whether you’re a beginner or a veteran diver. Go bottle hunting; look for octopus, crabs, rockfish or eels; and explore the large underwater geodome structure or the pilings of the old dock. The T-Dock is located next to Silvercloud Inn on Front Street.

10. Traxx Indoor Racing

Traxx features fast indoor go-karts (age 11-adult) and a kids’ track (age 3-10) with specially-designed kids’ karts. In addition to karting, it also has a climbing wall, Velcro wall, bouncy basketball house, snack bar, video game arcade, pool tables and air hockey. Traxx is at 4329 Chennault Beach Rd.

*This list is a compilation of top recommendations by Shannon McCarty and Julie Martin at the Visitor Center.

“We can help you find something new you haven’t seen before,” McCarty said. “Or we can help your guests look for places to go or something to do on a day trip.”

The Visitor Center was located in the Rosehill Community Center before moving to 4902 76th St. S.W. in 2010. It helps an estimated 1,000 visitors a year explore Mukilteo.

Call 425-347-1456 or go to www.mukilteo.org for more information.

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