Lynnwood is located in the North Puget Sound area, just 16 miles from Seattle. The modestly sized town is a suburban hub and a retail and office district. But, Lynnwood also offers lots of outdoor and indoor recreation as well. There are many public parks, nature trails, lakes, athletic complexes, and a recreation center with several swimming pools. Other activities include an indoor playground for kids, a large shopping center called Alderwood, and a generous amount of exquisite dining options.

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1.Alderwood Mall

Alderwood Mall
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Alderwood Mall is a shopping center that opened in 1979 with the anchor stores, JCPenney, Macy's, and Nordstrom. It has an enclosed portion and a few open-air regions called The Village and The Terraces. Alderwood Mall was the first mall in the world to welcome Zumiez, an apparel and footwear store that offers lifestyle fashions to young adults. And the mall is home to the United States' first Daiso store, a Japanese dollar store. Besides shopping, visitors of the mall can stop by the 16-screen theater to watch a newly released movie, or grab a bite to eat at a number of restaurants.

3000 184th St SW, Lynnwood, WA 98037, Phone: 425-771-1121

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2.Lynnwood Recreation Center

Lynnwood Recreation Center
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The Lynnwood Recreation Center is a public facility where visitors have the option of paying for single day visits, a 10-visit pass, or even an annual pass. One of the reasons people come to the recreation center is to swim. The Center has five different swimming pools all at varying temperature levels. There is a recreation pool, a wellness pool, a lap pool, a family hot tub, and an adult hot tub. Also, there is a dry sauna for adult use only. To make the pools accessible to all guests, they provide an aquatic wheelchair, poolside lift, and safety equipment.

19100 44th Ave W, Lynnwood, WA 98046, Phone: 425-670-5000

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3.South Snohomish County Visitor Information Center

South Snohomish County Visitor Information Center
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The South Snohomish County Visitor Information Center is open daily and operated by the County’s Tourism Bureau. Tourists and residents alike can get access to community and statewide information at the Center, which is provided by local and knowledgeable volunteers. Besides the Information Center, there are historical buildings on-site, a heritage resource center, a genealogy research library, interpretive exhibits, and a historic water tower. The exhibits help paint the story of the town’s early history and several structures were repurposed into community facilities. Visitors also have the opportunity to browse public art pieces while here, and sit down and have a snack in the picnic areas.

19921 Poplar Way, Lynnwood, WA 98036, Phone: 425-776-3977

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4.Scriber Lake Park

Scriber Lake Park
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Scriber Lake Park is a natural refuge that the city of Lynnwood bought in 1982 to protect and preserve the area. Together, the 22 acres of forested land and Scriber Lake now operate as a community park. Not only does the lake provide a habitat for fish, birds and small mammals, it also functions as a stormwater holding facility. Some of the best-known features of this park include the wildlife habitat, floating boardwalks, observation nodes, and walking trails. The floating boardwalk offers a pathway to the lake where visitors can sit and relax on artistic benches while enjoying the serene natural environment.

5322 198th Street Southwest, Lynnwood, WA 98036, Phone: 425-670-5732

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5.Finding Treasures For A Cure Thrift and Antique Store

Finding Treasures For A Cure Thrift and Antique Store
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Finding Treasures For A Cure Thrift and Antique Store opened in 2013 in honor of Brandon Brauns. The mission is to raise money for Brandon's Goal Foundation. His foundation helps fund the research for childhood cancer. It also gives money directly to hospice care programs, and to families who have a child battling cancer. Brandon’s mom, Kris Forth founded the store because her son loved to thrift shop and he wanted to help other kids beat cancer. With every purchase and donation made, his goal is being actualized. The shop sells antiques, collectibles and estate sale items and they even host online auctions.

19820 40th Ave W, Lynnwood, WA 98036, Phone: 206-310-5968

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6.Gold Park

Gold Park
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Gold Park is a preserved open spaced area covered with forests, nature trails, grass fields and a seasonal stream. In 1997, the property where the part now sits belonged to Barbara and Morris Gold. They sold it to the city of Lynnwood with the condition that it would be a park without any recreational uses. The park features a variety of plants that are native to the Northwest like ferns, trillium, fairybells, and huckleberries. The name of this botanical garden is called the Stolja Ali Place of Medicine Ethnobotanical Garden. Here, visitors can spot wildlife, enjoy a picnic, or take a walk along a trail.

6421 200th St SW, Lynnwood, WA 98036, Phone: 425-670-5000

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7.Lynnwood Convention Center

Lynnwood Convention Center
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Lynnwood Convention Center is a large event and meeting facility. It’s nearly 54,000 square feet and features a grand hall that can hold up to 1,200 people. The Center first opened in 2005 and cost $31 million to complete. Although proposals for a convention center in Lynnwood started in the 1980s it took many years to get approval and receive funding. Today, some of the events and meetings that take place here include business conferences, weddings, auctions, banquets, trade shows, consumer shows and more. The Lynnwood Convention Center also has a number of permanent and rotating art pieces from local artists on display.

3711 196th Street SW, Lynnwood, WA 98036, Phone: 425-778-7155

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8.Lynndale Park

Lynndale Park
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Lynndale Park is the largest park in Lynnwood. Out of the 40 acres that encompass the park, 22 of them are preserved as native forest. The remaining acres are for recreational uses and include many athletic fields and a skate park. In total, there are three lighted baseball fields, four tennis courts, several basketball courts, and a soccer field. For recreational activities, kids can have fun on the playground, dogs can run around the dog park, and adults can take a stroll on the walking and nature trails. There is also a large amphitheater and a dedicated picnic shelter.

18927 72nd Avenue West, Lynnwood, WA 98036, Phone: 425-670-5000

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9.Meadowdale Playfields

Meadowdale Playfields
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The Meadowdale Playfields is an athletic complex and park that sits on 27 acres of land. It took a few years to build and was finally completed during 1990. Only five-and-a-half acres remain undeveloped and the rest is used for recreational and sporting activities. The athletic side of the complex has three lighted softball fields, two lighted multi-use sand fields, and a basketball court. Renovations to the five fields were done in 2018. Recreational areas include a play structure for children, a walking trail, a forested park, and picnic areas. There is also a concession building, pond, and restrooms on-site.

16700 66th Avenue West, Lynnwood, WA 98036, Phone: 425-670-5000

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10.Funtastic Playtorium

Funtastic Playtorium
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Funtastic Playtorium is an indoor playground for children ages one to 10. Here kids can jump, run, climb, laugh, and have fun. It’s also a place where they can engage in active playtime with their friends or other children of similar ages. Funtastic Playtorium is not only enjoyable, but it’s safe and secure. Parents still must supervise their children at all times, yet they can be confident their child is in a safe and fun environment. Kids can either participate in free play, or plan a private birthday party. In 2016, the Playtorium was awarded the “Ideal Indoor Play Space” by Totally Awesome Awards.

3000 184th Street SW Suite 676, Lynnwood, WA 98037, Phone: 425-412-2991

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11.P.F Chang's

P.F Chang's
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P.F. Chang’s is an Asian-inspired restaurant with roots in Chinese cooking. Their menu items are traditionally prepared using the wok, which is a 2,000 year-old tradition in many Asian household and restaurant kitchens. Some of P.F. Chang's popular dishes include hand-rolled sushi, Chinese dim sum, Chang’s lettuce wraps, Mongolian beef, wok-fired chicken and beef entrees, crispy honey shrimp, Cecilia’s dumplings, and noodles and rice varieties. The food is made from scratch daily and they use the freshest and cleanest ingredients possible. This way they stay true to their Farm to Wok food philosophy.

3000 184th St. Ste 912 Lynnwood, WA 98037, Phone: 425-921-2100

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12.Yeh Yeh's Vietnamese Sandwiches

Yeh Yeh's Vietnamese Sandwiches

The name “Yeh Yeh” means "Grandpa" in Vietnamese. It was chosen as the restaurant’s name in dedication of the founder’s grandfather. He used to cook them delicious food when they visited him as children and thought the name would be fitting for their sandwich shop. All the food served in the restaurant comes from family recipes that were passed down for generations. A traditional Vietnamese sandwich at Yeh Yeh’s is served on a French demi-baguette then loaded with seasoned and marinated meat, cucumbers, onions, pickled vegetables, jalapenos and topped with cilantro. The focus is on quality food at a price that’s affordable.

19915 64th Ave W Suite 101, Lynnwood, WA 98036, Phone: 425-776-7213

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13.Claim Jumper Restaurants

Claim Jumper Restaurants
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The first Claim Jumper Restaurant opened in California in 1977 by founder, Craig Nickoloff. Now, there are a total of 35 restaurants in multiple states throughout the U.S., including one location in Lynnwood. Open for lunch and dinner, this restaurant is perfect for family gatherings, birthday parties, holiday celebrations, business lunches, and more. They offer a varied menu, but some of the most noteworthy dishes include their pot pie, wood-fired pizza, baby back pork ribs, specialty salads and a decadent six-layer chocolate cake. In addition to their dining room seating, there’s a saloon that serves up beer, wine, and cocktails.

18725 33rd Ave. W Lynnwood, WA 98037, Phone: 425-778-5700

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14.Blazing Onion Burger Company

Blazing Onion Burger Company
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The Blazing Onion originated from the idea that burgers are one of America’s favorite foods. And with that idea, the founders decided to create fast food that was also ‘good food’. So, they made a menu with more than 25 different gourmet burgers served in a fast, yet casual dining environment. The burgers offered at Blazing Onion come topped with high-quality ingredients, homemade sauces, locally baked buns, and more. Also, they offer a variety of meat options including a meatloaf, buffalo, wild board, chicken breast, and turkey patty. And for the non-meat lovers, there is a vegetarian patty on the menu as well.

3000 184th St SW #840, Lynnwood, WA 98037, Phone: 425-640-9100

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15.The Old Spaghetti Factory

The Old Spaghetti Factory
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The Old Spaghetti Factory was established in 1969 and continues its tradition as a family operated restaurant. With more than 40 locations across 13 states, the Old Spaghetti Factory is a favorite among diners looking for classic and traditional Italian cuisine. The menu features many delicious entrees which are included as part of a three-course meal. This meal includes bread with a soup or salad, a choice of one entree, and spumoni or vanilla for dessert. There is also a separate menu for children 12 and under. Besides in-house dining, they provide catering services for any special event, even weddings.

2509 196th Street SW, Lynnwood, WA 98036, Phone: 425-672-7006

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