It's a fresh, new year, which means it's the perfect time to get some fresh air outside and add some new experiences to your life.
Preventing the spread of COVID-19 remains a priority, but there are plenty of safe and fun activities you can do right here in King County! The next time you feel the urge to do something, round up your family and venture into your own backyard. Visit DoSomethingNearby.org for ideas to support local businesses and get outdoors!
The "Do Something" campaign
The "Do Something" campaign, created by Visit Seattle and the Seattle Southside Regional Tourism Authority, encourages people in King County to get outdoors, go shopping, order food, and basically be a tourist in your own community. Tourism brought in billions of dollars in revenue and created thousands of jobs in 2019.
Just because you're a local doesn't mean you can't be a tourist in your own community. Local businesses and destinations are eager for people to return, so they've adapted to the pandemic with responsible precautions to keep everyone safe.
Now, go be a tourist in your own neighborhood this year and discover everything South King County has to offer.
The Des Moines waterfront
The greater Seattle area has so many opportunities for water lovers. About a 25-minute drive from Seattle, Des Moines is home to a tranquil waterfront you can visit to relieve some stress and watch the sunset. Explore Des Moines Beach Park, where you'll find walking trails, a play and picnic area, and of course, the beach! It's also a great spot for fishing and many other outdoor activities. A little farther south, you'll find the Des Moines Marina Pier, where you can look at all the boats docked there. Walk around the city nearby or wander into Anthony's for some fresh seafood from right here in the Pacific Northwest.
If you're looking for an even more peaceful spot to spend the day, visit the secluded Kubota Garden in Rainier Beach. Japanese and native Northwest plants grow freely across 20 acres of land, coexisting with hills, valleys, waterfalls, ponds, and bridges. It's nature at its most beautiful. Plus, you're minutes from Lake Washington, another fantastic spot for walking, reading or swimming during the warmer months. Drive a few minutes south and stop by Smoking Money Pizza in Renton for a hearty meal the whole family will love.
Lake Wilderness Park
Before a long day outside, you'll want to fuel up at the Original Pancake House in Maple Valley. Then engage your sporty side and fall in love with a new hobby nearby at Lake Wilderness Park. A golf course and lake are adjacent to the park itself, including walking trails, tennis courts, a softball field, a disc golf course, large grassy areas, a swimming beach, fishing zones, a play area, picnic tables, and more!
You don't have to travel far to enjoy the stunning views and delicious food in the Pacific Northwest. When you commit to having fun locally, you'll benefit small businesses and learn to appreciate the things close to home.
If you ever run out of ideas for new things to do in the Pacific Northwest, visit SeattleSouthside.com for information about activities, hotels, deals, restaurants, shopping, and more.