Great Outdoors

Enjoy spectacular outdoor vistas, stunning mountains, and pristine waterways.

Lynnwood is the perfect starting point for outdoor recreation and adventures throughout the Puget Sound region. Whether you want to try whale watching, fishing, scuba diving, white water rafting, hiking, bird watching or skydiving, these activities are all only minutes away.

Bird Watching Seattle Area

Edmonds ferry and bald eagle at sunset

Wander the boardwalk at the Edmonds Marsh Wildlife Sanctuary to hear and see some of the more than 200 migratory birds in the marshland, as well as those making Puget Sound their year-round home.  The Edmonds Marsh is the first stop on the Audubon Washington’s Great Washington State Birding Trail – Cascade Loop.

In the spring and winter months look for songbirds in the conifers and along the water’s edge at Ferguson Park about 30 minutes north of Lynnwood in Snohomish, near Black Lake.

Kayak Point County Park is a 670-acre park with forest and marine areas where you can see Bald Eagles, Common Loons, and Pileated Woodpeckers

Spencer Island in the Snohomish River is a 412-acre island estuary featuring over 200 species of birds.  Along the wetland trails at this park, you’ll see bald eagles, great horned owls and a variety of  seasonal bird species.

Lynnwood Golf

Golfers at the Lynnwood Golf Course

The 18-hole, Lynnwood Golf Course is open year-round and features merchandise, rentals, and a full-service Pro Shop. This course puts an emphasis on fun with a combination of tight fairways and hole layout that will test the skills of any golfer.

In addition to the Lynnwood Golf Course, there are 17 scenic golf courses in Snohomish County and dozens more in the Seattle and Bellevue area; guaranteeing a challenge for every level of golfer!


Family Hiking at Japanese Gulch Seattle NorthCountry Lynnwood WA

Throughout the area you will find miles of scenic country roads, designated trail systems and beautiful parks perfect for cycling and recreation. Here is a sample of the many hiking and biking trails near Lynnwood.

Lunds Gulch is a 2.5 mile hike starting at Meadowdale County Park that takes you through a cool and shady forest ravine to a Puget Sound beach with spectacular views of Whidbey Island and the Olympic mountains.

Scriber Creek Trail is a soft surface walking trail connecting Scriber Lake Park, Sprague’s Pond Mini Park, Scriber Creek Park and the Interurban Trail.

The Lime Kiln Trail is a seven mile, moderately difficult, historic hike along the Stillaguamish River with an elevation gain of approximately 600 feet.

Find more hiking, biking, and reginal trail information at the Washington Trail Association.


Family Riding Bikes

The Interurban Trail is a 12-foot wide paved trail, perfect for walking, jogging and biking! The Interurban Trail runs from Everett to Seattle, following the route of Interurban Trolley that ran 1910 through 1939.

Scriber Creek Trail is a soft surface walking trail connecting Scriber Lake Park, Sprague’s Pond Mini Park, Scriber Creek Park and the Interurban Trail.

The Burke-Gilman Trail is 27 miles of paved trail for biking and walking along the western shore of Lake Washington to the Puget Sound.

The Langus Riverfront Park has a three-mile paved trail perfect for walking, jogging and biking. This trail is adjacent to Snohomish River with river access, boat launch, fishing pier, shell house and rowing dock.

The Centennial Trail is an easy 35-mile round trip along a flat paved trail with an elevation gain of 200 feet following the old Burlington-Northern railroad line.


Walking path through trees at Lynndale Park

Orienteering is form of land navigation that can be competitive or done as an individual sport. The object of orienteering is to locate control points by using a map and a compass to navigate through the woods.

Set in a 22-acre native forest, Lynndale Park offers 3 courses, Easy, Intermediate 1 and Intermediate 2. There are 25 controls in the park.  For more information about local orienteering courses, visit the Cascade Orienteering Club.

Snow Sports

Skiiers and snowboarders at Stevens Pass

Skiing, snowboarding, and sledding are about an hour away from Lynnwood on the slopes of the Cascade Mountains. Many local sporting good stores including REI and ski resorts provide rental equipment. Reservations may be required prior.

Stevens Pass is located 1 hour and 15 minutes northeast of Lynnwood. With over 1,125 acres of skiable terrain, 37 primary runs and 10 lifts, Stevens Pass is one of the area’s premier ski resorts. Enjoy cross-country, skate skiing or snow showing at the Nordic Center, located 5 miles east of the Stevens Pass Alpine Ski Area on Highway 2.

The Summit at Snoqualmie is located just over an hour from Lynnwood. The Resort offers 6 base areas catering to the advanced skier, the novice, families, and the Nordic skiers.

Water Sports

Family Kayaking

Enjoy scuba diving in a renowned underwater park at Edmonds Beach! The Park includes more than 27 acres of tide and bottom lands, approximately half of which have been developed with features and trails for divers.

Four major river systems, (the Skykomish, Snohomish, Sauk, and Stillaguamish), make Snohomish County one of the most popular rafting and floating spots in the Northwest. Several local rafting companies offer exhilarating whitewater day and overnight trips as well as tamer eagle float trips.

Explore the waterways and wildlife by kayak. There are many outdoor specialists in the area offering kayak rentals and guided tours. Ebey Waterfront Park estuary wetlands reserves has sloughs and rivers to get you close to wildlife.

Olympic Beach & Fishing Pier in Edmonds is dedicated to the area’s many Olympic champions. There’s always fishing action in the sparkling blue waters of Puget Sound. You can fish for king, silver, and blackmouth salmon almost year-round. Many charter fishing guides will be happy to take you out for salmon fishing, crabbing or shrimping.

Zoos and Animal Parks

Zoo keeper feed kangaroo

Explore the Outback Kangaroo Farm, a unique wildlife animal park where you can hand feed kangaroos, wallabies and wallaroos, and learn about llamas, alpacas, pygmy goats and ostrich.

The Reptile Zoo is one of the most comprehensive collections of reptiles on the west coast with Black Mambas to large anacondas, you’ll see reptiles seldom found in other zoos.

The Woodland Park Zoo is over 93 acres with more than 300 animal species.  Take the Monkey Tour, stroll through the Butterfly House or visit the Tropical Rain Forest.

The Seattle Aquarium offers fun and exciting ways to discover more about the amazing Puget Sound through hands-on marine experience and preservation education. Fun for the whole family!

Whale Watching

Orca whale jumping in the Puget Sound

Puget Sound Express offers whale watching tours out of the Port of Edmonds, just five miles west of Lynnwood. Board the Chilkat Express and head to the San Juan Islands for a spectacular whale watching adventure. Enjoy spacious, comfortable indoor seating and large windows while you take in the scenery. Puget Sound Express is the only whale watching tour to offer half day excursions. Summer months are usually the most popular time to view whales but it can be done year-round.