Local Activities
October 3-5, 2014

15 Things to do in Edmonds


Located 16 miles north of Seattle, Edmonds Washington has a casual small-town atmosphere coupled with breath-taking views of the Puget Sound and the Cascade Mountains. The endless charm of the city's downtown core is found in its colorful wall murals, eclectic restaurants, boutiques and bars, all within walking distance of forested hiking trails, numerous beaches and the State Ferry terminal a gateway to the Olympic Peninsula. What-ever you choose to do exploring Edmonds is fun and easy.



1. Explore the Waterfront!


Beach1Pick a beach and enjoy the view!

Brackett's Landing North – A brisk 10 minute walk downhill from the Frances Anderson Center toward the water on the north side of the ferry terminal. Brackett's Landing Beach runs alongside a 27 acre Underwater Park and is flanked by two beaches that together span over 6 acres. A paved walkway continues out to the jetty where a telescope allows a peek of the Kitsap Peninsula.

Brackett's Landing South this sandy beach is on the south side of the ferry terminal just past a statue of children in a row boat, a grassy knoll, and a short paved walkway next to the terminal.

Olympic Beach – This 4.3-acre beach is a 15 to 20 minute walk downhill from the Frances Anderson Center and is adjacent to the fishing pier. There are casual and formal dining options along the walkway to the south.

Marina Beach – This beautiful expanse of waterfront-park is a 20 to 30 minute walk toward the water downhill from the Frances Anderson Center and located south of the Edmonds Marina. Build a sandcastle at low tide or watch the wind surfers catch a breeze.

As you visit the beaches and parks notice the Marine Sanctuary informational signs posted about the fragile yet robust wildlife, marine life and estuaries. This is a great opportunity to explore and learn about the delicate world of the Puget Sound.


2. Walk!

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Edmonds is a walker’s paradise with waterfront walkways, historic sites along city streets, parks, beaches, board-walks, and paths through the marsh and woods. Print this Edmond’s walking map with the historic sites marked for easy viewing. Start from the Frances Anderson Center and head west toward the water and downtown. Print the map  Historic walk of Edmonds map.




3. Tour Arts!

Standing-Wave-newDiscover art along the streets of downtown and the waterfront using the Edmond’s Mural Society walking tour and the Public Art Walking Tour  - check out the local artist flare. And don’t forget to snap your own fun photos with sculptures on the Waterfront Walkway.


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5. Bird Watch!


The Edmonds Marsh is one of the few urban saltwater estuaries in the Puget Sound. This marsh area is 22.5 acres, hosts to an  astounding 225 species of birds and is the first stop on this guide, the Audubon Washington's Great State Birding Trail - Cascade Loop.


4. Fish!

Weinberg 09.01.MW.SOLITUDE - FISHING IN THE FOGEdmonds Fishing Pier is located just south of the ferry terminal and south of the pier is the Port of  Edmonds Marina with its 665 boat slips and ample guest moorage. Check out the weather station and see how fast the wind is blowing.

6. Dive!

DiversEdmonds Underwater Park is just north of the Ferry Terminal at the foot of Main Street. From the jetty you’ll see water park markers and possibly divers. The Park is 27 acres of tide lands, a 325-foot dry dock sunk in 1935 next to the dock. This artificial reef has attracted a wealth of sea life. There is a local dive shop in town with equipment rentals and area guides. 



7. Shop!

sidewalk 8-21 IMG 3828From the independent booksellers, to gardening supplies, fashion, old fashioned candies, and the world renowned Europe Through the Back Door Store there’s something for everyone. Click for a list of shops Chamber of Commerce.



8. Explore Northwest History


Edmonds Historical Museum is a five minute walk south of the Frances Anderson Center,   located at 118 5th Avenue North. Hours: Wed. - Sun. 1:00-4:00. Admission: $5.00. 


9. Eat Local Cuisine!

Edmonds has a wide variety of fresh, local dining options. From romantic waterfront dining to an array of downtown restaurants, Edmonds offers dining options for all palates. Map of Edmonds Restaurants

10. Watch!

The-Edmonds-Center-for-the-Arts-460Edmonds is home to a rich variety of visual and performing arts organizations and businesses. Take a stroll through local galleries, sign up for an art class, or explore rotating exhibits at the Frances Anderson Center and the Edmonds Library! 

The Edmonds Theater – This vintage 252-seat movie house built in 1923 offers historic ambiance and shows first-run films.

The Edmonds Center for the Arts is home to the Cascade Symphony Orchestra, Olympic Ballet and Sno-King Chorale. It also presents world class music, dance and comedy year-around in a state-of-the-art venue. Full seasons of live theater are on stage at the Wade James Theatre and Phoenix Theatre.






11. Take a Day Trip!

The WA State Ferry Terminal is a short walk south from the Frances Anderson Center. Take a 30-minute voyage to Kingston for lunch or the weekend. For ferry departure times and rates visit Washington State Ferries. For a longer excursion take the Amtrak train to Bellingham and explore Fairhaven for the day or take the train to Vancouver BC.


12. Read & Write!

Edmonds is not only home to Write on the Sound, but also the Edmonds Bookshop, EPIC, the Edmonds Library, and many coffee shops and public parks. The Edmonds Library is located directly below the Edmonds Plaza Room and has free wireless internet and a rotating public art display. Find a place to cozy up and spend the afternoon reading or writing.


13. Stroll the Farmers' Market

MarketThe Edmonds Summer Market is open Saturdays, June 30th through October 5th from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. The Market is located in downtown Edmonds on 5th Street and Main, at the fountain and then to Bell and east up Bell Street around Centennial Plaza.


14. Hike!

Yost Park Bridge  0597resized450x250Hike the evergreen trails of Yost Park located at 9535 Bowdoin Way. Print this trail map and grab your hiking shoes for the forested trails of Western red cedar, hemlock trees and more. Yost Park is also a busy habitat for many species of resident and migratory birds.


15. Check Out Our Community Sponsors!

Windermere Edmonds -  Greg Hoff  (Reception)

RBC Wealth Management - Patricia Thorpe and Heather Krause (Literary Contest Sponsor)    

ArtsNow/Edmonds Community College

Edmonds BookshopEdmonds Theater

Edmonds Harbor Inn Best Western                         

Walnut Street Cafe


Created by Mindy S. Halleck

Mindy is a member of the Write on the Sound Steering Committee. 


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Conference Information

Now in its 29th year, this unique and affordable conference offers over thirty sessions on craft, marketing, and specialty writing topics. Fiction, Non-fiction, Poetry, and an opportunity to network with fellow writers are only some of the choices presented by the conference. Presenters and participants come from all around the Northwest, U.S. and abroad.

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