Summer Time in South King County

“Summer time is finally here, that old ballpark, man is back in gear”……Thank you, Kenny Chesney, for what will forever be a favorite summer song!!!  Are you all loving this amazing summer weather that finally found us?  Though we had to survive, what may have been a record dismal Spring, we are blessed when the amazing weather makes its appearance!

The team at Avalon Family Dentistry is talking all things summer fun in South King and North Pierce County today!  It is so easy to forget all the amazing things that are so close to us.

We are going to start with the fantastic summer Farmer’s Markets in the area.  We have three within 15 minutes of Federal Way!!  These markets not only have AMAZING farm fresh produce, they have local artisans that have booths and the MOST amazing fresh floral bouquets you could imagine!

  1.  The Federal Way Farmer’s Market.  Right in our backyard at 1701 S 320th St!  It is open Saturdays from 9 am – 3 pm.
  2. The Norpoint Farmer’s Market is in the parking lot of the Norpoint  Community Center and is open Sundays from 11 am – 4 pm.
  3. If you want a Farmer’s Market with a waterfront view, a short jaunt down to Des Moines is what you need!  The Des Moines Farmer’s Market is at 22307 Dock Ave S, and is open Saturdays from 10 am – 2pm.

For some free/inexpensive outdoor ideas, again, we do not have to look far to find some amazing things to do to enjoy our awesome surroundings!

1.The Redondo Boardwalk

It is a gorgeous, just over one mile boardwalk right on the water in Redondo!  If you hit it on a Saturday, you can also take in the MaST Center Aquarium.  It features two large touch tanks for the kids, an Octopus tank, and over 250 species of marine creatures all native to the Puget Sound and surrounding areas!

2.The Pacific Bonsai Museum

is located at 2515 S 336th St.  They suggest that “in person tour requests” be made two weeks in advance.  They have a suggested donation of $12/person for admission.  A large part of the collection was amassed in 1989 by an Acquisition Team who selected bonsai to represent countries of the Pacific Rim.  When bonsai are donated or acquired by the Museum, they become, according to practiced tradition, works under the artistic direction of the Museum’s Curator.

3. Five Mile Lake Park

is located at 36429 44th Ave S in Auburn.  It is a great lake for shore fishing, as the lake is stocked with rainbow trout!  There are great areas for picnics and relaxing in the sun!

4.The Brown’s Point Lighthouse Park

is a 4.03-acre park at the tip of historic Brown’s Point.  Fun Fact:  Did you know that in 1887, a fixed white lens lantern was placed on a white post on what was then “Point Brown”.  It was twelve feet about sea level and 50 yards from the low water end of the shore???  There is a large green space that is perfect for picnics!  When you are in Brown’s Point, you can visit North 47 Brewing and see our office manager, Cristi’s, daughter, Jordan!

5. Ruston Waterfront

If you are up for a relatively short drive, you will garner an amazing possibility of a long walk, or a bike rental!!!  You can rent single person bikes, 8 passenger Surrey cycles, Duece Coups, Choppers, and even electric bikes.  There is a fantastic splash park for kids and an amazing variety of eateries to take care of the appetite you will work up from that bike ride or walk!

6. Chambers Creek Regional Park

is a stunning 930 acre site that includes over 2 miles of saltwater shoreline, 2 ½ miles of urban creek and canyon, with breathtaking views overlooking the Puget Sound AND Chambers Bay Golf Course.  Fun Fact:  Chambers Bay was the home of the US Open in 2015.  Second Fun Fact:  Do you know who won that US Open????  Jordan Spieth by one stroke over Dustin Johnson and Louis Oosthuizen!

What are your favorite outdoor things to do when we have amazing weather?  Please let us know in the comments!!  And while you are enjoying this amazing weather, if you are not already scheduled for your routine recare with us, give our office a call at (253)941-6365!