Seattle Southside has an enormous assortment of attractions and activities for residents and visitors alike. Each Seattle Southside city has a unique character as well as a host of parks and recreational facilities to meet every need. From museums, such as the Museum of Flight in Tukwila, to shopping, parks, and lakes, Seattle Southside has it all!
Burien has an excellent county library, orchestra, band, community theater, and several dance performance groups. The City offers diverse, low-cost programs at its community center and its senior center, and its active arts community supports two galleries, a community pottery studio, and a performing arts center.
For sports and athletics, Burien has sports teams for all ages, swim and athletic clubs, bowling, gardening clubs, a YMCA, teen programs, and activities for people with disabilities. Three golf courses are also located nearby.
Burien has 305 acres of parks and open spaces, including Seahurst Park, a beautiful park featuring a mile-long beach and striking views of Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains.
Des Moines has six miles of shoreline that includes public beaches, natural areas, waterfront parks, a 900-slip marina, and a popular boardwalk. With more than twenty parks and trails located throughout the city, Des Moines is a perfect location for picnicking, hiking, biking, swimming, fishing, and boating.
The City also offers an assortment of facilities rentals, basketball and tennis courts, as well as playing fields for baseball, soccer, football, and softball. Des Moines is also home to the Steven J. Underwood regional softball field complex, a first-class softball facility.
Normandy Park is a beautiful waterfront community located along the shores of Puget Sound. As a community of approximately 6,500 that covers an area of about 2.5 square miles, Normandy Park is a quiet and pedestrian-friendly community that seeks to provide a healthy and safe environment for the enjoyment of its residents and visitors.
The City has a variety of recreational areas, playing fields, and parks, including Marine View Park, a 27-acre wooded park with 1,000 feet of shoreline and views of Puget Sound, the Olympic Mountain Range, and Mt. Rainier.
SeaTac delights its residents with sponsored events such as art exhibits, holiday celebrations and the summertime International Festival and Parade. Other events, including the Theatre in the Park and Music in the Park series at Angle Lake Park have become popular traditions.
The City boasts nine beautiful parks that have undergone substantial improvements and additions, including a Japanese garden, lakeside performing arts stage, three pro-sports fields, children’s play equipment, picnic shelters, trails, disc golf and much more.
Most recently, the City opened a neighborhood park outside the North SeaTac Park Community Center that includes playground equipment, a basketball court and a climbing boulder.
With a population of 17,900 and just 8.6 square miles in size, Tukwila prides itself on its small community feel, yet offers all the amenities that make large urban environments successful.
Not only are Tukwila’s residents diverse, the City’s offerings are abundant and full of life. From the urban trails meandering through the city (Interurban Trail and Green-Duwamish River Trail), to the parks sprinkled throughout the City, there is no shortage of outdoor thrills for the active lifestyle. Entertainment, shopping and family activities are all around. With millions of square feet of retail stores in the Southcenter Core (from West Valley Highway to Southcenter Parkway and from I-405 to S. 180th St.), visitors can find every desired urban amenity, whether movie theaters, bowling centers, ethnic foods to au courant fashions. No matter what people are looking to find or enjoy, it’s waiting to be discovered in Tukwila.