Miranda's Guidebook

Miranda
Miranda's Guidebook

Sightseeing

These are my favorite tours, views, and activities within a 15 mile radius of our home that we regularly visit with out-of-town friends and family.
An interesting and entertaining tour that takes you under the city to learn about the colorful history of Seattle. I highly recommend the after-hours Underworld Tour
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Bill Speidel's Underground Tour
614 1st Avenue
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An interesting and entertaining tour that takes you under the city to learn about the colorful history of Seattle. I highly recommend the after-hours Underworld Tour
A small, free, interactive museum in downtown Seattle
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Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park
319 2nd Avenue South
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A small, free, interactive museum in downtown Seattle
You can't come to Seattle and not visit Pike Place! They have beautiful flowers year round, fresh fish, live music, and lots of vendors. If you want to have a fish thrown over your head, just purchase any fish from the Pike Place Fish Market.
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Pike Place Market
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You can't come to Seattle and not visit Pike Place! They have beautiful flowers year round, fresh fish, live music, and lots of vendors. If you want to have a fish thrown over your head, just purchase any fish from the Pike Place Fish Market.
Everyone that visits us always enjoys checking out (and climbing on) the Troll under the bridge
Troll Avenue North
Everyone that visits us always enjoys checking out (and climbing on) the Troll under the bridge
The fountain is another beautiful, free gem in Seattle. It's a great place to cool off on a hot day
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International Fountain
305 Harrison St
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The fountain is another beautiful, free gem in Seattle. It's a great place to cool off on a hot day
I'm a sucker for zoos. My favorite exhibits at Woodland are the Tropical Rain Forest House and the Bug House
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Woodland Park Zoo
5500 Phinney Avenue North
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I'm a sucker for zoos. My favorite exhibits at Woodland are the Tropical Rain Forest House and the Bug House
One of my favorite places ever to watch the sunset. In the same area is an off-leash dog park, and playground, and a thriving downtown are with lots of great shops and restaurants
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Marina Beach Park
470 Admiral Way
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One of my favorite places ever to watch the sunset. In the same area is an off-leash dog park, and playground, and a thriving downtown are with lots of great shops and restaurants

Food Scene

This is the original Starbucks location. If you are wanting to make a purchase from them and take pictures inside, I highly recommend arriving when they first open
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Starbucks
1912 Pike Place
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This is the original Starbucks location. If you are wanting to make a purchase from them and take pictures inside, I highly recommend arriving when they first open
Local brewery within walking distance. Great beer with no need to call an Uber. They recently started hosting Beer and Board Game nights on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month from 6pm-9pm
Hemlock State Brewing Co.
23601 56th Ave W
Local brewery within walking distance. Great beer with no need to call an Uber. They recently started hosting Beer and Board Game nights on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month from 6pm-9pm
Great Sushi joint within a short driving distance
Muto Izakaya
19505 44th Avenue West
Great Sushi joint within a short driving distance
One of the best things about Washington is it's many drive-thru coffee shacks! This is our local favorite. The coffee is always great and they have some wonderful baristas
Espresso Break
23208 56th Avenue West
One of the best things about Washington is it's many drive-thru coffee shacks! This is our local favorite. The coffee is always great and they have some wonderful baristas
Another local brewery with good food. We are huge fans of the Pulled Pork Tot-chos!
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Diamond Knot Brewpub @ MLT
5602 232nd Street Southwest
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Another local brewery with good food. We are huge fans of the Pulled Pork Tot-chos!

Childcare

Children are AMAZING, but as a teacher I've yet to meet any couple that doesn't want the occasional childless date night, hike, or day of relaxation. These are my recommendations for safe and fun childcare!
If you are traveling with children between the ages of 2.5 and 12 then this place is great! It's a nearby licensed daycare that charges $9.50/hr for the first child and $5.25/hr for siblings. If you are already registered with a KidsPark in another state you can drop in anytime. If you're not, you'll just need to register online first and make sure to have vaccination dates handy (doctor verification is not needed). They're open until 10pm M-Th, and until midnight on Friday and Saturday. Friday's and Saturdays also include a free pizza dinner for the kids!
KidsPark - Lynnwood
19220 Alderwood Mall Pkwy
If you are traveling with children between the ages of 2.5 and 12 then this place is great! It's a nearby licensed daycare that charges $9.50/hr for the first child and $5.25/hr for siblings. If you are already registered with a KidsPark in another state you can drop in anytime. If you're not, you'll just need to register online first and make sure to have vaccination dates handy (doctor verification is not needed). They're open until 10pm M-Th, and until midnight on Friday and Saturday. Friday's and Saturdays also include a free pizza dinner for the kids!

Groceries

Guests that want to take advantage of our kitchen may be as dismayed as I was when I first moved to the area that there are no Super Walmarts of Krogers in the area! Here are the places we usually shop
The store is close enough to walk to, the staff is friendly, and the produce is always great. The prices are a little on the higher end though, especially if you're looking for packaged foods or alcohol. If you choose to shop there, make sure to take advantage of some of the canvas bags in the pantry (open the door on the right side), as they do charge a small fee for their bags.
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Ballinger Thriftway
20150 Ballinger Way Northeast
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The store is close enough to walk to, the staff is friendly, and the produce is always great. The prices are a little on the higher end though, especially if you're looking for packaged foods or alcohol. If you choose to shop there, make sure to take advantage of some of the canvas bags in the pantry (open the door on the right side), as they do charge a small fee for their bags.
For anyone that's already a Costco member, the produce here is a great deal
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Costco Wholesale
1175 North 205th Street
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For anyone that's already a Costco member, the produce here is a great deal
Short drive away, cheaper prices than Thriftway
QFC
22803 44th Avenue West
Short drive away, cheaper prices than Thriftway
This is similar to a Super Walmart and has a little bit of everything at a lower price
Fred Meyer
2902 164th Street Southwest
This is similar to a Super Walmart and has a little bit of everything at a lower price
Great nearby Asian market with a wide selection of food. They also offer eyebrow threading inside! I've always had a positive experience getting my eyebrows done there
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H Mart
3301 184th Street Southwest
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Great nearby Asian market with a wide selection of food. They also offer eyebrow threading inside! I've always had a positive experience getting my eyebrows done there
Great selections of meat and spices!
Double Dd Meats
5602 232nd Street Southwest
Great selections of meat and spices!

Recreation

The staff are knowledgeable and helpful, making them great for anyone that's new to dispensaries. There is a wide variety of options and the prices are reasonable
Local Roots Marijuana
23221 Edmonds Way
The staff are knowledgeable and helpful, making them great for anyone that's new to dispensaries. There is a wide variety of options and the prices are reasonable

Dog Park

Our fenced in back yard is great, but we know doggies love to make new playmates! These are our favorite dog parks in the area
The BEST dog park ever! Complete with a large field, trails, beach front, and a designated small/shy dog area. Our dogs always have a blast when we take them here, and they love when we make a stop by the Seattle Barkery Treat Truck on our way out. (I know the link is to the regular park, for some reason I couldn't get the Off-Leash park link to work. They are in the same area)
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Magnuson Park
7400 Sand Point Way Northeast
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The BEST dog park ever! Complete with a large field, trails, beach front, and a designated small/shy dog area. Our dogs always have a blast when we take them here, and they love when we make a stop by the Seattle Barkery Treat Truck on our way out. (I know the link is to the regular park, for some reason I couldn't get the Off-Leash park link to work. They are in the same area)
The closest off-leash dog park to the house. It's a beautiful little fenced in park full of trees. Water is available for the pups
Mountlake Terrace Off-Leash Dog Park
5303 228th St SW
The closest off-leash dog park to the house. It's a beautiful little fenced in park full of trees. Water is available for the pups