Residents of Issaquah, Washington, get to enjoy the breathtaking scenery of the Cascade Mountains and Lake Sammamish every day. Magnificent nature frames daily life here in the Pacific Northwest, creating many outdoor recreational things to do in Issaquah. Beyond the activities nature provides, we’ve compiled a list of many attractions in Issaquah, Washington. While not all these activities are options at the moment because of COVID-19 concerns, we’re optimistic they will be eventually. Fortunately, Issaquah is a beautiful place to be regardless of whether restaurants and shops are open. Add these ideas to check off your bucket list now or save them for when we’re able to participate in them once again.
- Explore Trailhead City. Obviously, you have to spend some time checking out Issaquah’s 200 miles of trails, over a dozen trailheads and 1,300 acres of open space, earning it the nickname “Trailhead City.” Do a bit of research to prepare for your adventure, and then head out on one of the most fun things to do in Issaquah, WA. This is a great way to get outside and stay safe, maintaining social distancing recommendations. Remember to bring your masks.
- Learn about the Native American history of Issaquah, Washington. While you’re here, be sure to listen for the sound of birds, which are known to have given Issaquah its name. The local history museum provides a wealth of digital resources where you can browse photo collections, letters and oral histories. Check out the COVID-19 Art & Music project they have going on — you can view submissions online.
- Hit the town in Issaquah’s “historically hip” downtown area. Issaquah is known for having an especially cute downtown area, where you can eat, drink and shop the evening away. Participate in a wine and art walk, or a history pu
- Spend Saturday morning at the Farmer’s Market. Issaquah has a beautiful and bountiful farmer’s market that runs every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. You’ll also see a variety of musical acts and family entertainment there. It’s a wonderful way to experience the community and stock up on produce for the week.
- Discover Cougar Mountain Zoo with the grandkids. Learning about wildlife and exotic animals makes this one of the most fun things to do in Issaquah. The zoo faces the slope of Cougar Mountain with a breathtaking view of the Cascade Mountain range and Lake Sammamish. While we wait for the zoo to reopen, they’re keeping us updated on the status of their animals on their Facebook page.
- Enjoy the thriving arts scene. Issaquah has a wonderfully healthy fine arts scene. Be sure to catch a show at the award-winning Village Theater downtown, pop into a gallery featuring local artists, and enjoy ArtWalks, Concerts on the Green, and outdoor Shakespeare performances.
- Travel back in time at Depot Park. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Depot Park features a restored train depot from 1889. If you’re interested in the industrial revolution, travel, communication, and the early economic development of Issaquah, check out this museum and historic site, located across from Veterans’ Memorial Field.
- Taste life’s finer offerings at Boehm’s Candies. This chocolate factory, known worldwide for its award-winning confections, makes the most exquisite, rich, European-style, hand-dipped chocolate truffles; classic, chewy caramels and nut clusters; and more. You can even go on a tour to see the fountains, a replica of a 12th-century alpine chapel, and the Edelweiss Swiss-style chalet, which was the home of founder Julius Boehm.
- Lounge on the beach at Lake Sammamish State Park. A must-see of the things to do in Issaquah, Lake Sammamish has two beachfronts among the deciduous forest and wetlands. This is a great place to relax and see some wildlife, like the great blue herons and bald eagles that are known to make an appearance.
- Salmon Days. That’s right, a fish festival. Witness the Pacific salmon return to the lakes, streams and downtown hatchery of Issaquah after their great commute to spawn. The festival features a Grande Parade, a marketplace of more than 250 artists, Foods of the World, the Field of Fun and four stages of live entertainment, as well as educational events at the hatchery. A sight not to be missed.
With all of the natural recreation and fun things to do in Issaquah, Washington, it’s a wonderful place to bring the family and a beautiful place for seniors to call home. Location is just one of many reasons Timber Ridge at Talus is an ideal place for seniors to retire. In addition to all there is to do in Issaquah, Timber Ridge has a host of its own events and activities, as well as exquisite dining, unmatched amenities, and the promise of LifeCare® . Check out area attractions, and start picturing your serene, yet exciting, life at Timber Ridge.