So you’re headed to the beautiful Pacific Northwest for the Woodinville-to-Redmond Wine & Beer Country Half Marathon. Awesome! You’re going to have the most amazing time. Here is a roundup of Redmond’s top activities and attractions to help you make the most of your weekend stay.
1. Marymoor Park
Marymoor Park spans a staggering 640 acres and is filled with trails, meadows, play areas, sports fields, gardens, and much more. Play at the dog park, picnic with friends, or spend the afternoon birdwatching. Located on Lake Sammamish, it’s the perfect place to get some exercise outside or spend the day relaxing and taking in the area’s natural beauty.
2. Redmond Town Center
If you find yourself in need of some retail therapy, be sure to check out Redmond Town Center! It has over one-hundred stores and eateries all in an open-air setting. Redmond Town Center is also the home of Exotics@RTC, an exotic car show that takes place every Saturday through the end of October, weather permitting.
3. Redmond Saturday Market
Get a taste of Redmond at the oldest open-air market east of Seattle! Located on the western edge of Redmond Town Center, the Redmond Saturday Market is open on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Here you’ll find an average of 85 vendors each week, including local farmers, nurseries, craftsmen, and chefs. The event is dog-friendly, and there is plenty to browse and sample while you enjoy the live music.
4. Idylwood Beach Park
There is no better way to cool off than going for a dip in beautiful Lake Sammamish. Idylwood Beach Park is home to picnic shelters, barbecue pits, a kids’ play structure, and a sand volleyball court, and also offers canoe rentals. It’s a great place to spend a sunny September day!
5. iPic Theaters
If you want to have an amazing movie-going experience, make a point to check out iPic Theaters while in town. Super comfy seats enhance the movie going experience along with the option of being waited on in cinema. Relax and enjoy these amenities while you catch the latest box office release.
6. Sammamish River Trail
This 9.93 mile trail winds along the Sammamish River from Wayne Golf Course to Marymoor Park, linking to the Burke-Gilman trail at Tracy Owens Station. It is mostly flat and very scenic; an excellent spot for a long distance run or a peaceful bike ride. Lucky for you, the bulk of the course runs on the trail, so get ready to run a PR!
7. Escape Rooms
If you think you’ve got a knack for detective work and a willing sidekick (or several), check out Redmond’s escape room games! FLEE Escape Games and Conundroom offer a variety of themed rooms from which groups of two to eight must solve the mystery before the clock runs out. These rooms are open to all ages and experience levels!
8. Microsoft Visitor Center
If technology is your thing, head over to the Microsoft Visitor Center. Here you can find the very first personal computer, learn about Bill Gates and the founding of Microsoft, and see the latest products the company has developed. The visitor center will leave you feeling inspired and wondering what incredible new technologies the future will bring!
9. SecondStory Repertory
SecondStory Repertory is Redmond’s premier theater company, performing shows year-round. The theater is also home to its very own improve team, which will be performing a family-friendly show on Saturday, September 17 at 7:00 p.m. The Barber’s Wife, a new musical for young audiences, starts the same day with showings at 1:00 and 3:00 p.m.
10. Willow’s Run Golf Course
Willow’s Run Golf Course is a beautiful championship caliber golf course complex located in the Sammamish Valley. Golfers will appreciate the full service facility, complete with two eighteen-hole, links-style courses, driving range, practice putting green and bunker. Willow’s Run also offers a par three family nine-hole course and an eighteen hole “themed” putting course. Their on-site Fire Creek Grill and Bar is a great place to finish off an afternoon on the green.
Sponsored by Experience Redmond.