Just 30 minutes north of Seattle, there's a beautiful waterfront that is famous for its views of the Olympics. With activities throughout the year, you can enjoy a day of local parks, quintessential views of the Pacific Northwest, and seasonal fun.
One of the new and already very popular activities to try out during the winter months is Everett's new outdoor community ice rink at the Port of Everett's Pacific Rim Plaza in Fisherman's Harbor. In front of Hotel Indigo's Jetty Bar & Grille, the seasonal rink is steps from the new Grand Avenue Park Bridge.
"Pacific Ice is a great addition to our holiday lineup and builds on our efforts to establish a robust shoulder season that creates vibrancy at the waterfront year-round with new events and entertainment for the whole family," Catherine Soper, communications director for the Port of Everett, said in a news release. "No matter what time of year you visit, Waterfront Place has a little something for everyone to enjoy."
The rink is a 30-by-60-foot rectangle that was created through a layered freezing process. It took workers three days to create by alternately spraying water and then waiting for it to freeze using a commercial refrigeration system.
"We are very excited to partner with the Port of Everett for the Pacific Ice rink at Waterfront Place," Joe Nichols, president of Blue Line Sports & Entertainment, said in a news release. "This will be a wonderful community event for families to enjoy for many years to come. We welcome children and adults of all ages to join us for ice skating, hot chocolate and holiday cheer."
Pacific Ice is open every day through Jan. 31, with tickets available online or at the door. The rink also offers skating lessons, reservations for birthday parties or group events, and other special events throughout the season.
"At Pacific Ice, guests will enjoy a truly unique experience of skating on real ice at a covered, open air rink overlooking the Port of Everett Marina," according to the rink's website. "Holiday lights, music and a handful of concessionaires will add to the whimsical atmosphere!"
Hours of operation are Monday to Friday from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Saturday to Sunday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Holiday hours run Dec. 17 to Jan. 2 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Adult tickets are $15 with a $1.50 processing fee. Child tickets (ages 12 and under) are $12 with a $1.50 processing fee. Sessions are 45 minutes and include skate rentals. Private 30-minute skating lessons are $25 each. Group skating lessons of up to three skaters are $45 for a 30-minute session.
Other attractions at the Port of Everett this holiday season include a 35-foot lighted frozen fountain tree and lighted boats around the marina.
While you're visiting, you can dine at the local restaurants known for local flavors and delicious dishes. Just some of the popular restaurants and their top dishes include:
- Lombardi's offers pizza, clams, calamari, steak, and pasta.
- Anthony's Woodfire Grill serves scallops, wings, pizza, steak, prawns, and chowder.
- Jetty Bar and Grille has burgers, Alaskan cod, crab mac & cheese, salmon, and steak.