Bothell is a lovely suburb of Seattle located within Snohomish and King Counties, known as a major business bedroom community for Seattle workers throughout much of the 20th century. Today, the charming suburb has become a destination of its own, home to entertainment and retail centers like Canyon Park and North Creek. Visitors can use the city as a launching-off point to explore the major landmarks of the Seattle area or enjoy city attractions such as the Bothell Historical Museum, which preserves historic buildings at the Park at Bothell Landing. Major annual events including a two-day Bothell Freedom Festival at the Fourth of July, an annual Tree Lighting at Bothell Landing, and a summer Music in the Park concert series at the city's civic amphitheater.
Blyth Park is a charming public park in Bothell, spanning 40.8 acres throughout the city's downtown district along the banks of the Sammamish River. The park, which is the city's largest public park, is located at the site of the city's former brick factory and is open to the public every day from dawn to dusk. A delightful children's playground offers safe play experiences for children of all ages, while several picnic shelters provide space for rental special event groups. Day-use picnic sites are available on a first-come, first-served basis, some with access to barbecue grills. Sporting opportunities include a volleyball court and an 18-hole disc golf course. Trails within the park connect to the nearby Sammamish River Trail and Burke-Gilman Trail.
16950 W Riverside Dr, Bothell, WA 98011
2.North Creek Park
North Creek Park is a lovely county park in Mill Creek, located on former homestead property originally belonging to regional pioneers the Bailey family. The park is home to a unique floating interpretive boardwalk trail, which is divided into 150 individual sections and creates a one-of-a-kind ¾-mile water walking adventure. Trailgoers can view the rich diversity of a preserved wetland environment and glimpse a number of native and migratory bird species that frequent the park's lands. Day-use picnic shelters are also offered at the site, along with a children's playground area providing safe play experiences for young ones of all ages. Public amenities include accessible restrooms and ample parking.
1011 183rd St. SE, Mill Creek, WA 98012, Phone: 425-388-6608
3.Bothell Historical Museum
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Bothell Historical Museum preserves three historic buildings within the Park at Bothell Landing, which is located just south of Bothell's downtown district off State Route 522. Visitors can explore the gorgeous 1893 Hannan House, which is preserved as a living history museum and showcases gorgeous Queen Anne Victorian-style architecture. Museum exhibits are showcased on the house's first floor, including displays of artifacts such as a preserved Methodist church organ and signs and displays related to local pioneer-era businesses. The adjacent Beckstrom Cabin is also open to the public, along with a preserved one-room schoolhouse from the 19th century. All buildings are explorable for free Sunday afternoons between April and October.
9919 NE 180th St., Bothell WA 98011
4.Silver Dollar Casino Mill Creek
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Silver Dollar Casino Mill Creek is a lively casino in downtown Bothell, open seven days a week into the late-night hours. The casino is home to 11 table gaming experiences showcasing favorites such as Spanish 21 and baccarat, which let visitors test their luck in the hopes of winning massive payouts. Four padded poker tables also present games such as four-card poker and Ultimate Texas Hold'em throughout the week. Full beverage service is provided anywhere on the casino floor so players can refill without leaving the table. World-class seating creates a comfortable atmosphere for longer-playing games. Between games, guests can dine at the restaurant's full-service bar and grill, which serves up international fare ranging from Korean-style barbecue to traditional Mexican entrees.
17917 Bothell Everett Hwy, Bothell, WA 98012, Phone: 425-481-9227
5.Wildwood Spirits Co.
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Wildwood Spirits Co. is a delightful distillery in Bothell, using farm-to-table and vineyard-to-bottle methods to create unique farm distillery liquor offerings modeled after traditional colonial and pioneer liquor production methods. The company sources all of its ingredients from local farms, nearly all of which are located within Washington State. High-quality liquors produced throughout the year include the company's Dark Door Bourbon, which is crafted from organic corn and wheat and features toffee, vanilla, and caramel tasting notes. Its Arande Grappa is crafted from Chenin Blanc wine grapes, while its Stark Vatten Vodka is produced according to traditional European methods. Visitors can taste all liquors at the company's tasting room, which is open to the public Wednesdays through Sundays during the afternoon hours.
19116 Beardslee Blvd. Ste 102, Bothell, WA 98011, Phone: 425-286-1002
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Amaro Bistro is a refined Tuscan-style Italian restaurant in Bothell, known for its artisanal food crafted from fresh locally-sourced ingredients. The delicious restaurant is known for its excellent stone hearth-fired pizzas, available in classic varietals such as margherita, pepperoni, and funghi mushroom. Hearty pasta entrees include Italian classics such as rigatoni bolognese, spaghetti polpette, and linguine di mare, complemented by savory land and sea favorites such as pollo arrosto, filetto di manzo, and cioppino with Dungeness crab and white prawns. At brunch, diners can choose from Italian-style Benedicts, hearty frittatas, or Tuscan-style toast with candied walnuts and vanilla mascarpone. The restaurant's full-service bar serves up clever martinis, single-malt scotches, and authentic Italian grappas.
18333 Bothell Way NE #105, Bothell, WA 98011, Phone: 425-485-2300
7.Crystal Creek Cafe
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Crystal Creek Café is a retro-style diner in Bothell, originally opened in 2002 as part of the local diner chain overseen by Jo Ann and Michal Scott, the owners of the 1940s-themed Village Square Cafe. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner service daily focuses on classic American-style comfort fare, including a selection of pies, cakes, muffins, and pastries baked in house daily. Excellent burgers and sandwiches are served up throughout the day, including homestyle meatloaf sandwiches, Carolina barbecue pulled pork sandwiches, and burgers topped with ingredients such as grilled pineapple, Tillamook cheddar, and jalapenos. Dinner platters include Seattle-style pot roast, garlic herb pasta, and elegant prime rib with au jus. At breakfast, diners can choose from eggs Benedict plates, traditional pancake and French toast platters, and specialties such as huevos rancheros and corned beef hash.
22620 Bothell Everett Hwy, Bothell, WA 98021, Phone: 425-486-7781
8.Grazie Ristorante Italiano
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Grazie Ristorante Italiano is a delightful small chain of Italian restaurants in Washington State, offering several locations throughout the Seattle area, including a location in Bothell that was opened in 1993. The restaurant is known for its charming European ambiance and authentic wood-fired oven, which serves up delicious traditional-style brick-oven Italian pizzas. Pizza flavors range from traditional margherita and four cheese options to unique flavors such as barbecue chicken and Greek-style pizzas with sun-dried tomatoes, artichoke hearts, and feta cheese. Pasta options range from traditional lasagna to crab and shrimp-stuffed cannelloni, while land and sea favorites include pollo saltimbocca, veal marsala, and wood-fired garlic chicken. Live jazz music performances each weekends showcase the best of the Pacific Northwest's music scene.
23207 Bothell-Everett Hwy, Bothell, WA 98021, Phone: 425-402-9600
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Bonefish Grill is a popular American fish and seafood restaurant chain which opened its first location in 2000 in St. Petersburg, Florida. The restaurant chain, which is overseen by Chris Parker and Tim Curci, operates more than 200 locations across 28 states, including a location in Bothell. Delicious seafood entrees are served up throughout the day, including the restaurant's signature Bang Bang Shrimp appetizer, which soaks shrimp in a tangy, spicy cream sauce. Seafood specialties include crab-crusted cod and coldwater lobster tails, while casual land fare includes wagyu beef burgers and chicken stuffed with goat cheese and spinach. An extensive menu of cocktails highlights martinis and margaritas, complemented by a selection of draft beers and wines by the glass.
22616 Bothell Everett Hwy, Bothell, WA 98021, Phone: 425-485-0305
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