(Two hours) Start your day off with a tour of the Snohomish River Estuary, popularly known as the “Everett Everglades.” Over 350 species of migratory birds pass through the largest wetland near an urban center on the west coast. Your experience begins at the Northwest Stream Center at McCollum Park in Everett.
(Two to three hours) After your educational experience, (15 minutes north of the Northwest Stream Center) explore the wetlands by kayak. Kayaking is a great way to view wildlife, and the Ebey Island estuary wetlands reserve has sloughs and rivers to get you close.
(Two to three hours) Scuba diving off the beach in Edmonds is an exhilarating experience. Starfish, anemone in all shapes and colors, crab and fish are just a few of the underwater sights to enjoy in the 27 acres of tide and bottom lands. Approximately half of these have been developed with features and trails for divers.
(Three to four hours) Your second day brings you close to nature again. River rafting in the Northwest is a spectacular experience and wildlife viewing by water is the best way to explore hidden places. The Skykomish River surrounds you with thundering waterfalls, awesome granite gorges, amazing mountain landscapes and old-growth forests brimming with foliage and wildlife.
(Two to three hours) Be sure to include a stop at The Outback Kangaroo Farm in Arlington and wander through this unique wildlife animal park. Hand feed kangaroos, wallabies and wallaroos; learn about llamas, alpacas, pygmy goats and ostrich. Or if things that crawl are more to your liking, the Serpentarium in Monroe is a ‘must see’. One of the most comprehensive collections of reptiles on the west coast. From Black Mambas to large anacondas, you’ll see reptiles seldom found in other zoos.
Head back to Lynnwood for a fun and relaxed dinner at Buca di Beppo. Buca di Beppo has a lively atmosphere and an authentic family style Italian menu for all to enjoy.
(Two to three hours) View nature at the Edmonds Marsh Wildlife Sanctuary trails in Edmonds. Wander the boardwalk to hear and see any of more than 200 migratory birds as well as those making Puget Sound their year-round home. Interpretive signs border the marshland and bird watchers are rewarded during spring and fall migration. Enjoy lunch at the Edmonds waterfront or a bistro in town.
(Two to three hours) Head north to Everett and board the ferry to Jetty Island, a 2-mile long, man-made island with sandy beaches and shallow warm water. With two miles of sandy beaches and the warmest water in Puget Sound, enjoy beach combing and marine programs offered by the Everett Parks Department.