As much as we love to explore new towns, we definitely have our favorite local towns we could visit over and over again and probably never get sick of. One such town is Edmonds, WA, located just 11 miles north of Seattle but worlds away in terms of pace of life. Even with a busy train station, a popular ferry route, and an abundance of city-wide festivals, markets, and holiday celebrations, Edmonds still manages to feel like a small, close-knit town.
In fact, some of our most idyllic nights as a family take place along the Edmonds waterfront and it has become one of the kids' very favorite places to swim and play in the ocean. Admit it, it's pretty hard to top this view of the Edmonds-Kingston ferry on a beautiful summer evening. Whether you are enjoying the view while sitting on the beach and listening to the waves, or you are dining at one of the handful of restaurants with an awesome waterfront view, this view never gets old.
My son, however, is enthralled by the trains that pass through. My favorite thing to do is walk along the paths leading from the city beach to the play area near the dog park and admire the boats in the marina. Every time we take this walk we daydream and pick out a boat or two that are our favorites.
Here are just a few of our favorite places:
Scott's Bar & Grill – not on the Edmonds waterfront, but centrally located just off 1-5 by highway 99.
Edmonds Theater – an classic gem right in the middle of downtown.
Rory's Bar & Grill – a fun place to play darts and grab some dinner and a beer.
Teri's Toybox – one of our favorite toys stores with Corolle dolls, Lundby doll houses, and science and learning toys for all ages.
Whirly Ball – part bumper cars, part ball game, Whirly Ball is always a blast. Bring a big group and rent out a court, or join into open play times.
If you are looking for a small town with all the amenities you expect from a larger town, I would highly recommend a visit to Edmonds, WA. Hop a ferry or simply relax with your toes in the sand and enjoy the gorgeous views.