With its special blend of natural beauty, laid-back charm, and unique adventures, Lynnwood offers something special for visitors of all ages, activity levels, and interests. Mix in the close proximity to downtown Seattle and the best of Puget Sound, this special place affords endless opportunities for discovery and delight.
In fact, there’s so much to do in and around Lynnwood that it’s tough to narrow our list of fun, interesting activities down to 20. But we did our best. Enjoy!
- Visit Alderwood Mall: Lynnwood is a true shopper’s delight…and the region’s top destination shopping center, Alderwood, is truly something special. Amidst a captivating garden-like atmosphere, you can indulge in a wide range of top-quality fashion, beauty, and dining options. The recent addition of some truly world-class cuisine has made Alderwood even more appealing.
- Explore Green Parks: Did you know that Lynnwood boasts more than 350 acres of verdant and vibrant parkland—and 14 miles of trails? Come explore our 17 parks and enjoy something for everyone. From sports courts and skate parks to hiking paths and picnic areas, we have it all. Learn more about City of Lynnwood Parks & Trails here.
- Visit Historic Heritage Park: Situated just east of I-5 near Alderwood Manor Parkway, Heritage Park is maintained by the City of Lynwood in partnership with several community organizations. The park showcases several historical structures in a village-like setting, including the Interurban Trolley Car #55. Learn more here.
- Tour Public Art and Historic Sites: Whether you’re an art lover or a history buff, Lynnwood is the place for you to indulge. The city’s robust public arts collection boasts more than 20 large site-specific pieces and over 120 portable works like paintings and photographs. On the historical tip, Lynnwood is chock full of landmark sites like the Wickers Building—also a well-known midpoint marker on the Seattle-to-Everett trail.
- Take the Plunge at Lynnwood Recreation Center: With excellent accessibility and a wide range of outdoor and activities available seven days a week, Lynnwood Recreational Center never ceases to impress. From recreation and lap pools to a fitness studio, weight room, racquetball courts, and more, this sprawling, state-of-the-art complex is a true gem in the community. Learn more here.
- Cut Loose at Lynnwood Bowl & Skate: Want to feel like a rambunctious kid all over again? You can do all that and more at Lynnwood Bowl & Skate. Ranking as one of the only bowling alley-roller rink combos in the country, Lynnwood Bowl & Skate even offers special kids programs, events, and memberships. Roll on by their site here.
- Bike the Interurban Trail: Grab your bike and head out to explore the stunning beauty of the 24-mile-long, 12-foot-wide Interurban Trail. The hard-surfaced, non-motorized trail winds from North Seattle to Everett along the route once used by electric interurban trail cars. If you want to tackle the trail on foot, there’s a dedicated path for that, too. Discover more about the trail here.
- Play Ball at Meadowdale Playfields: Its formal name is Meadowdale Athletic Complex, but locals refer to this sprawling, versatile athletic complex as Meadowdale Playfields. Regarded as one of the finest outdoor sporting venues in the state of Washington, the complex unfolds in the heart of Lynnwood and offers five all-weather softball/baseball fields, two all-weather soccer/football/rugby/lacrosse fields, playgrounds, a walking trail, and more. You can learn more about the complex here.
- Play a Round (or Two) of Golf: Fore! If golf is your game, Lynnwood has you covered. Seattle isn’t called The Emerald City for nothing, and the greens on Lynnwood area golf courses sure are…green. Check out this NBC Golf Pass Guide—which highlights and discusses nearly a dozen area courses. The premier in-town course is Lynnwood Golf Course. You can book a tee time at LGC here.
- Cruise the Puget Sound via Ferry: Since 1951, the Washington State Ferry System has been the sole operator of watercraft on the Edmonds-to-Kingston route. Today, you can board a ferry and set sail on a stunning and relaxing 30-minute passage that spans the Puget Sound. Learn more and view the ferry schedule here.
- Hike Lunds Gulch to Meadowdale Beach Park: With comfort, navigability, and stunning vistas available year-round, the 2.5-mile Lunds Gulch-to-Meadowdale Beach Park hike is a must-do at some point. Where else can you hike a lush forest ravine, follow a bubbling creek until it flows into Puget Sound, and bask in the shadow of the Olympic Mountains? Chart your course for adventure and learn more here.
- Go Orienteering at Lynndale Park: Over at lovely Lynndale Park, you can try your hand at “orienteering”—which involves competitive navigation of checkpoints marked on a special map. With rolling hills, verdant forest, and a complex trail network, Lynndale Park offers a challenging course for your outdoor adventure. Get oriented on orienteering in the park here.
- Play, Eat and More at Dave & Buster’s: There aren’t too many places where you can find great food, awesome entertainment, adult beverages, and all-around fun for your whole crew under one spacious roof. Dave & Buster’s Lynnwood is one such special place. Located in the bustling Alderwood Mall, Dave & Buster’s effortlessly merges cutting-edge video games and technology with craft beverages and filling Americana eats. Learn more and book your reservation for fun here.
- Tour an Award-Winning Gin Distillery: Founded in 2014 and situated in the lush heart of Lynnwood, Temple Distilling Company crafts traditional London-dry style and Navy-strength gins that have achieved international awards and recognition. The distillery is connected to an interactive tasting room that offers tasting flights, a rotating cocktail list, gin education, and more. Take note, however, that Temple Distilling Company is only open Friday through Sunday. Dive into this fascinating distillery here.
- Virtual Golf at Back9 Parlor: Over at Alderwood Towne Center, Back9 Parlor stands atop the leaderboard as the sole indoor golf-and-multisport restaurant-bar in the entire Pacific Northwest. This one-of-a-kind complex offers golfers everything from golf simulators to holiday parties to fall leagues. Swing on by and set your tee time here.
- Visit a Top Puget Sound Spa: Nested in Alderwood Village, Olympus Spa offers an intimate, safe space for women to indulge in next-level self-care and deep reflection. The relaxing, spacious spa offers up an herbal dry sauna, steam sauna, whirlpools, meditation rooms, and more. Indulge your senses here.
- Skate at the Lynnwood Ice Center: Did you know Lynnwood houses the premier public ice skating facility in the entire Northwest? Lynnwood Ice Center offers a fun and spacious place for ice skaters and hockey players of all levels. Before you lace up your skates and hit the sheet, you can learn more by gliding over here.
- Go Wild at Whirlyball Seattle: It’s known as Whirlyball Seattle, but this unique institution has been captivating people in Lynnwood since it opened way back in 1986. Dubbed “the world’s only totally mechanized team sport,” Whirlyball is a fascinating fusion of lacrosse and basketball—played while piloting a modified bumper car called a WhirlyBug. Sound wild? It is. Learn more and get in the game here.
- Take a Sweet Tooth Tour: Waffles. Ice cream. Specialty donuts. Churros. If these sort of treats call your name and dance in your dreams, then Lynnwood is your perfect sweet spot. Really want to get your appetite up? Dig into our in-depth menu of all the sweet-tooth tour spots available on your next visit here.
- Explore Award-Winning Bulgogi: Speaking of forbidden cravings, ever sink your teeth into a succulent Korean BBQ beef burrito? Even if you have sampled an unforgettable “bulgorrito,” Lynwood bulgogi spot Chops can deliver something extra special—and keep you coming back for more. Don’t just take our word for it. Read ravishing reviews of Chops on Yelp here.