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Much more than just a hub of travel (via the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport) and bedroom community to Seattle, there are countless offerings in the communities that make up Southside — and there’s hardly a more central and easy launching point for a variety of outdoor adventures.
 
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Southside is just a quick drive or Link Light Rail ride to downtown and includes the towns of Kent, Burien, Sea Tac, Tukwila, Normandy Park and Des Moines. Among these communities, there are a number of dining, shopping and entertainment options.
 

 
Museum of Flight Boeing Field
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Attractions in this area include the Museum of Flight, casinos in Tukwila and the Emerald Downs horse racing tracks. Westfield Southcenter is the largest shopping center in the Puget Sound area with dozens of stores and restaurants and a movie theater. There are also numerous community-wide events held in this open-air shopping complex.
 
Other sights to see include the Burien Town Square, which features a nice downtown core of shops and restaurants. Also, the Normandy Park Towne Center in Normandy Park, which is considered one of Seattle’s hottest communities as it has undergone a beautiful transformation since 2002, offers an array of businesses to check out.
 
Bird-watchers and fresh-air lovers have plenty of options in Southside, too. More than 30 miles of trails are easily accessible via the Interurban or the Green-Duwamish River trails. Additionally, the 304-acre Green River Natural Resources Area features wetlands that are home to viewable waterfowl and wildlife populations. 

Eat in Southside Seattle

Rainforest Cafe
161 S. South Center Mall Seattle WA 98188
Phone: 206 248-8882
Website: http://rainforestcafe.com
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American $$. Your adventure is about to begin! This recreated rain forest is a tropical wonderland featuring phenomenal food and sensational shopping. HA

Starbucks Coffee Company
2401 Utah Ave S Seattle WA 98134
Phone: 800 23L-ATTE
Website: http://starbucks.com
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Coffee Houses and Espresso. Leading retailer, roaster and specialty coffee in North America with retail stores serving espresso, drip coffee and a variety of whole beans.

Copperleaf Restaurant & Bar
18525 36th Ave S Seattle WA 98188-4967
Phone: 206 214-4282
Website: http://cedarbrooklodge.com/eat.php
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Relish fresh farm-to-table local and regional bounty. Open daily for lunch 11:30am-2pm and for dinner 5:30pm-9:30pm. HA

Seven Hills Grille
17338 International Blvd Seattle WA 98188
Phone: 206 248-1000
Website: http://hi-seatac.com
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Northwest $$$. Featuring distinctive Pacific Northwest cuisine in a casual, trendy and lively atmosphere. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. HA

Spencer's for Steaks and Chops
17620 International Blvd Seattle WA 98188
Phone: 206 248-7153
Website: http://spencersforsteaksandchops.com
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Steakhouse $$-$$$. Featuring prime beef. Extensive wine list with over 300 choices from the Northwest and around the world. Open daily. HA TDD

Stay in Southside Seattle

Best Western Plus Plaza by the Green
24415 Russell Rd Kent WA 98032
Phone: 253 854-8767
Website: http://plazabythegreen.com
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This top-rated hotel is a hidden gem, located on the Riverbend Golf Course in Kent, 18 miles south of Seattle and 7 miles from Sea-Tac airport.

Best Western Plus Evergreen Inn & Suites
32124 25th Ave S Federal Way WA 98003
Phone: 253 529-4000 ext.3010
Website: http://bestwestern.com
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165 rooms, $$. Full service hotel with spacious rooms. Your stay includes a deluxe breakfast buffet and airport shuttle. Call us! HA

Larkspur Landing - Renton
1701 E Valley Rd Renton WA 98057
Phone: 425 235-1212
Website: http://larkspurlanding.com/renton
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127 rooms, $$. Breakfast, shuttle service, wireless internet. 24-hour business center, FeatherBorne beds, fully equipped kitchens. Pet friendly. 15 minutes from airport and downtown. HA

DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Hotel Seattle Airport Southcenter
16500 Southcenter Pkwy Seattle WA 98188
Phone: 206 575-8220
Website: http://seattle.doubletree.com
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219 suites, $$-$$$. In the heart of the Southcenter shopping area. Complimentary airport shuttle and parking. Restaurant and lounge, room service, heated pool, and exercise facilities. HA TDD

Days Inn Seattle South Tukwila
13050 48th Ave S Tukwila WA 98168
Phone: 206 241-2200
Website: http://southseattledaysinn.com
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116 rooms, $-$$. Complimentary continental breakfast, truck parking, airport shuttle. Refrigerator, microwave, coffee maker, wireless Internet access, and cable. Ten minutes from the airport. HA

Play in Southside Seattle

Museum of Communications
7000 E Marginal Way S Seattle WA 98108
Phone: 206 767-3012
Website: http://museumofcommunications.org
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Most unique collection of working central office equipment and antique telephones in the US. Tue 9am-2pm, First Sun of each month 11:30am-4pm, or by appointment. HA

Seattle Heli Tours by Classic Helicopter Corp.
Boeing Field, 8535 Perimeter Rd S Seattle WA 98108
Phone: 206 767-0515
Website: http://classicheli.com
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Helicopter tours of Seattle, Mt. Rainier, Snoqualmie Falls, and San Juan Islands. Maximize your time/view of the Northwest. Starting at $90.83/pp.

Mt. Rainier Tours
PO Box 66671 Seattle WA 98166
Phone: 206 768-1234
Website: http://toursnorthwest.com/MtRainierTour.html
    

Experience Mt. Rainier National Park with a fun, informative small group tour. Air conditioned 24-passenger luxury mini-coaches May-October.

Lake Spanaway Golf Course
15602 Pacific Ave Tacoma WA 98444
Phone: 253 531-3660
Website: http://lakespanawaygc.com
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At 7,083 yards, Lake Spanaway Golf Course has been recognized on a national level and consistently ranks as one of the top courses in the Pacific Northwest.

Wild Waves Theme Park
36201 Enchanted Pkwy S Federal Way WA 98003
Phone: 253 661-8000
Website: http://wildwaves.com
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Washington's only water and theme park.

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Quick Info

Many visitors arrive to Southside when they land at Sea-Tac International Airport. The Link Light Rail can take those visiting the Southside to many points in downtown Seattle.