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Southside Seattle


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

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

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

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.

Gateway Grill
18118 International Blvd Seattle WA 98188
Phone: 206 244-6666
Website: http://radisson.com/seattlewa_seatac
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American, $$. Casual/fine dining in a relaxed and pleasant atmosphere. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily.

Stay in Southside Seattle

Clarion Hotel Renton
3700 E Valley Rd Renton WA 98055
Phone: 425 251-9591
Website: http://clarionhotelrenton.com
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Newly renovated kings and double queens suite. Complimentary hot breakfast, Wi-Fi, airport shuttle, fitness room, meeting rooms, 100% non-smoking, more amenities. HA TDD

Hampton Inn and Suites Federal Way
31720 Gateway Center Blvd S Federal Way WA 98003
Phone: 253 946-4205
Website: http://hilton.com/search/hp/us/wa/federal_way
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142 rooms, $. Right between Seattle and Tacoma lies Federal Way, a gorgeous city located in the heart of the northwest. TDD HA

Days Inn Sea-Tac Airport
19015 International Blvd S Seattle WA 98188
Phone: 206 244-3600
Website: http://daysinn.com/hotel/04855
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86 rooms, $. Three blocks from Sea-Tac Airport. Free 24-hour shuttle, local calls, deluxe continental breakfast, wireless high speed Internet, cable TV with HBO, exercise room. HA TDD

Hilton Seattle Airport & Conference Center
17620 International Blvd Seattle WA 98188
Phone: 206 433-4800
Website: http://seattleairport.hilton.com
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396 rooms, $$-$$$. Spencer's Restaurant & Lounge, room service, in-room movies, complimentary airport and Southcenter Westfield Mall shuttle, Jacuzzi, outdoor pool, fitness center. Small pets ok. HA TDD

Red Lion Hotel Seattle Airport
18220 International Blvd Seattle WA 98188
Phone: 206 248-8188
Website: http://redlion.com
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144 rooms, $$-$$$. Direct TV Channels, room service, free airport shuttle service, restaurant, lounge, valet/laundry service, Jacuzzi, outdoor pool, sauna. Sleep, Park 'n Fly packages. Pets ok. HA

Play in Southside Seattle

Wild Waves Theme Park
36201 Enchanted Pkwy S Federal Way WA 98003
Phone: 253 661-8000
Website: http://wildwaves.com
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Two parks in one! The largest theme park and water park in Washington State featuring over 60 rides, slides and attractions. HA

Ken's Baggage & Frozen Storage
17801 International Blvd, PMB#100 Seattle WA 98158
Phone: 206 433-5333
Website: http://kensbaggage.com
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Baggage storage and freezer storage at Sea-Tac Airport. Also UPS, FedEx, infant seat rental, notary public, ticket and key holding service, packaging supplies. HA

The Museum of Flight
9404 E Marginal Way S Seattle WA 98108
Phone: 206 768-7105
Website: http://museumofflight.org
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The past, present and future of flight comes alive in a world-class collection, rich exhibits and a full schedule of special programs. Daily 10am-5pm.

Dollar Rent A Car
PO Box 68428 Seattle WA 98168
Phone: 206 433-6768
Website: http://dollar.com
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Five convenient locations in Seattle area. Wide selection of clean, late model cars and vans. 24/7. Airport valet parking.

City of Federal Way
33325 Eighth Ave S Federal Way WA 98063
Phone: 253 838-2605
Website: http://cityoffederalway.com
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There’s something for everyone, from nature lovers to competitive athletes, and all close to shopping, dining and lodging.

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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.