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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

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

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

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

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

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

Courtyard by Marriott Seattle Sea-Tac Area
16038 W Valley Hwy Tukwila WA 98188
Phone: 425 255-0300
Website: http://marriott.com/seawv
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211 rooms, $$$. Renovated rooms, complimentary shuttle to airport, close to the largest shopping center, easy access to downtown, on-site restaurant, indoor pool. HA TDD

Radisson Hotel Gateway Seattle Tacoma Airport
18118 International Blvd Seattle WA 98188
Phone: 206 244-6666
Website: http://radisson.com/seattle-hotel-wa-98188/waseatac
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204 rooms, $$-$$$. Convenient airport location, near light rail to downtown Seattle. Indoor pool. Complimentary 24-hour airport shuttle. HSIA. RBG Bar and Grill. HA

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

Play in Southside Seattle

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.

Yellow Cab
74 S Hudson St Seattle WA 98134
Phone: 206 622-6500
Website: http://yellowtaxi.net
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Fastest, most reliable taxi service from the Northwest's largest taxi fleet. Express airport service, package delivery, 24-hour dispatched taxis. VISA MC AMEX

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

ACME Bowling Billiards and Events
100 Andover Park W Tukwila WA 98188
Phone: 206 340-0202
Website: http://acmebowl.com
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Open everyday, various hours. Full service restaurant, lounge, non-smoking bowling, billiards and private rooms. Multiple plasma televisions for your viewing pleasure. 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.