BEST OF THE BEST IN KINGSTON
BEACHES, TRAILS & TREATS A FAMILY-FRIENDLY WALK IN KINGSTON
Bring your comfortable walking shoes, and explore Kingston---
with beaches, trails and treats for the entire family.
1. WELCOME TO KINGSTON
As you debark from the ferry, fortify yourselves with some of fresh-made doughnut holes at the coffee stand. Then, take a right and follow the walk to steps that lead down to Saltair Beach, where you can search for fun things that wash up from the Sound….shells, rocks, and branches, and even small sea creatures.
2. KINGSTON PORT
Then, walk toward town and (heading left) to the Kingston Port area. Did you bring your fishing gear? You can walk through Mike Wallace Park and onto the pier, where you can fish right from the dock. You might catch a fish worthy of dinner!
3. J'AIME LES CREPES
Is it approaching lunchtime? Stop at J'aime les Crepes on the corner of Washington Street and Route 104---for delicious savory or sweet crepes. Outdoor seating will allow you to enjoy your lunch while watching the ferry come in and go out.
4. WOODLAND WALKING TRAIL
Time to burn those calories! You have a choice of wonderful outdoor places to explore. One is The Quiet Place. Walk west on Route 104 (through downtown Kingston) just a block and turn right onto Ohio. Walk up, up, up the hill until you see the entrance (on your right) to this charming woodland walking trail. Explore this beautiful Northwest wooded area…seeing forest flora and fauna, and, through the trees, the sparkling waters of Puget Sound. If you tire, there is seating scattered through the park.
5. VILLAGE GREEN PLAYGROUND
Want to give the kids a rest, and have time to sit or picnic? Then the playground at the Village Green is the place to go. Walk north on Route 104 to NE West Kingston Road, take that left, and follow for 3 long blocks. On the right, you will see the entrance to the Village Green community center, park and picnic area. The kids will enjoy the playground equipment, while you find a relaxing place to sit. Or, if you want some quiet indoor time, the Kingston Library is located within the Community Center, where helpful librarians will steer you toward good reading.
6. ARNESS PARK
Ready for some beach time? Then a fun outdoor adventure is Arness Park beach. Continue West on NE West Kingston Road, and walk, walk, walk until you turn left on South Kingston Road NE. Follow that road for a few hundred feet, as you cross over the water. Immediately on your left you’ll see Arness Park beach. On a warm day, bring your bathing gear and paddle board and join the locals who are swimming, boarding and sunbathing.
7. STILLWATERS ENVIRONMENTAL CENTER
Is your family curious about nature? If so, you might prefer a trip to Stillwaters Environmental Center. From the Village Green, follow NE West Kingston Road west for another 4 blocks to Barber Cut Off Road NE. Turn right and follow this road for a few hundred feet. On your left, you’ll see the entrance to Stillwaters Environmental Center. Take the self-guided walk and explore the plants and animals that make our area special.
8. WRAPPING UP YOUR DAY
It’s time to head home, but not before some refreshing treats for parents and kids. Kingston offers several opportunities for conviviality and indulgence. Here are a few:
Mora Ice Cream (on the corner of Route 104 and Ohio Street) offers delicious ice cream treats in many flavors. Made with all natural ingredients, it’s a town favorite.
For adults, D’Vine Wines provides a friendly, calm area to sit and enjoy refreshing wines, craft ciders and appetizer plates. A favorite with Kingston locals.
The Kingston Ale House, renovated and with new owners, is family friendly and offers a varied menu plus outdoor seating.
And let’s not forget Little City Candy Company…offering homemade fudge, and every kind of tempting candy available. The perfect sweet ending to your Kingston day.
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