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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

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.

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

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

BJ's Restaurant
1159 Southcenter Mall Tukwila WA 98188
Phone: 206 439-7500
Website: http://bjsbrewhouse.com
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American $$. Specializing in deep dish pizza and hand crafted brews. Open for lunch and dinner seven days a week.

Stay in Southside Seattle

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

Best Western Airport Executel
20717 International Blvd Seattle WA 98198
Phone: 206 878-3300
Website: http://apexecutel.com
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140 rooms, $$. Convenient airport location with 24-hour airport shuttle, free deluxe continental breakfast served daily beginning at 5am. Indoor pool, spa, free Wi-Fi and 24-hour business center. HA

Red Lion Hotel & Conference Center Seattle-Renton
One S Grady Way Renton WA 98057
Phone: 425 226-7700

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226 rooms, $$. Full service newly renovated hotel. Complimentary 24-hour airport shuttle, restaurant, lounge, free parking. HSIA, coffee makers, irons/boards, hair dryers, vanity mirrors. HA TDD

DoubleTree by Hilton Seattle Airport
18740 International Blvd Seattle WA 98188
Phone: 206 439-6114
Website: http://seattleairport.doubletree.com
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850 rooms, $$-$$$. Complimentary airport shuttle, restaurants, lounges, room service, business center, outdoor pool, Jacuzzi, fitness center. Pets ok. HA TDD

Hampton Inn Seattle Airport
19445 International Blvd Seattle WA 98188
Phone: 206 878-1700
Website: http://hampton-inn.com
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130-room airport hotel, 576 sq. ft. meeting space. Breakfast buffet, shuttle service and Internet. Close to Sea-Tac Airport, shopping, light rail station. Outdoor pool, business center, fitness center. Hotel is near Amphitheater and Water Splash. Perfect for corporate and leisure travelers.

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

Lake Wilderness Golf Course
25400 Witte Rd SE Maple Valley WA 98038
Phone: 425 432-9405
Website: http://lakewildernessgc.com
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Our 18-hole golf course offers short narrow fairways, testing all skill levels and rewarding the accurate shot maker. Let us host your next tournament.

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.

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

Seattle Sounders FC
800 Occidental Ave S Seattle WA 98134
Phone: 425 203-8000
Website: http://soundersFC.com
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Sounders FC plays on the X-Box Pitch at CenturyLink Field with matches March-October. For Sounders FC tickets, call 877-MLS-GOAL.

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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.