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An Escape to Edmonds Washington

Updated on November 9, 2015
Main Street - Edmonds, WA
Main Street - Edmonds, WA

An Edmonds Kind of Day

Edmonds, WA is a quaint, historic little city nestled along the shores of Puget Sound about 20 miles north of Seattle. It was founded in 1890 and is the oldest city in Snohomish County, Washington. As you drive into Edmonds on a clear day, you can see fantastic views of Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains. Edmonds is a family-friendly town with attractions and activities for people of all ages. It is well-known for having a very active arts community, beautiful beaches, festivals, sports and recreation, a unique shopping district, numerous restaurants and a strong connection with Puget Sound and the natural environment.

A few years ago, the local chamber of commerce made bumper stickers with the slogan "It's an Edmonds Kind of Day". This page is all about Edmonds with a comprehensive guide to attractions and things to do in the city of Edmonds, Washington so you can have your own Edmonds kind of day.

All photos by the author, Vicki Green - PNW Travels, unless credited otherwise.

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Main Street Edmonds, WA - A Stroll Down Main Street

Edmonds Washington Main Street
Edmonds Washington Main Street

Shopping in Edmonds

Main street in Edmonds and the surrounding shopping area is often described as quaint and historic. It is pleasant to walk the tree lined streets and browse through the shops in the 50 to 100 year old buildings. The businesses in Edmonds are mostly unique, one-of-a-kind shops, boutiques and restaurants.


Shops and Businesses in Edmonds

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Old Milltown ShopsThe Main Street Fountain and RoundaboutStarbucks CoffeeRick Steve's "Europe Through the Backdoor" business is located in Edmonds.  He often gives free travel lectures at the Edmonds Theater!Petosa's Family Grocer - pick up a picnic lunch at their deliThe Waterfront Antique Mall is a great place to shop for antiques and collectiblesThe Edmonds Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center in an old Edmonds log cabin
Old Milltown Shops
Old Milltown Shops
The Main Street Fountain and Roundabout
The Main Street Fountain and Roundabout
Starbucks Coffee
Starbucks Coffee
Rick Steve's "Europe Through the Backdoor" business is located in Edmonds.  He often gives free travel lectures at the Edmonds Theater!
Rick Steve's "Europe Through the Backdoor" business is located in Edmonds. He often gives free travel lectures at the Edmonds Theater!
Petosa's Family Grocer - pick up a picnic lunch at their deli
Petosa's Family Grocer - pick up a picnic lunch at their deli
The Waterfront Antique Mall is a great place to shop for antiques and collectibles
The Waterfront Antique Mall is a great place to shop for antiques and collectibles
The Edmonds Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center in an old Edmonds log cabin
The Edmonds Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center in an old Edmonds log cabin

Watch a Movie at an Old-Fashioned MovieTheater

The Edmonds Theater - Edmonds, WA
The Edmonds Theater - Edmonds, WA

The Edmonds Theater

The Edmonds Theater is a historic old movie theater on Main Street that shows first run films. No glitzy metoplex here - this is the real deal like theaters were 40 or 50 years ago - cheap prices, salty, buttery popcorn and comfy loge seats in the balcony.


Relax at the Beach

Edmonds Olympic Beach
Edmonds Olympic Beach

Olympic Beach

The Edmonds Olympic Beach is in the heart of the Edmonds waterfront area. It was named the Olympic Beach in honor of Edmonds Olympic Athletes. It is a great place to access the beach, have a picnic or sit, relax and enjoy the views of Puget Sound, the Olympic Mountains, shipping traffic and wildlife. The beach combines fun whimsical art, educational signs about the beach and a spotting scope to get a better view of anything offshore that may be interesting.


More Photos of Edmonds Olympic Beach

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Edmonds Olympic Beach Entrance Sign"Spotting Whales" Sculpture at Olympic BeachOne of many interpretive signs about the beach and the ecosystem of Puget Sound.The view to the south of Olympic Beach with the restrooms, beach visitor center, fishing pier and marina.A sculpture on the beach celebrating the sea lions that are often seen in the area.Another example of combining art and nature with this sculpture of a sea lion on the steps coming up from the beachThe picnic area and lawn with a view of the Edmonds ferry dockA view of a bald eagle perching on a piling in front of Olympic BeachTake a look through the spotting scope to get a better view of boats and wildlifeAnother colorful interpretive sign with information about the beach ecosystem
Edmonds Olympic Beach Entrance Sign
Edmonds Olympic Beach Entrance Sign
"Spotting Whales" Sculpture at Olympic Beach
"Spotting Whales" Sculpture at Olympic Beach
One of many interpretive signs about the beach and the ecosystem of Puget Sound.
One of many interpretive signs about the beach and the ecosystem of Puget Sound.
The view to the south of Olympic Beach with the restrooms, beach visitor center, fishing pier and marina.
The view to the south of Olympic Beach with the restrooms, beach visitor center, fishing pier and marina.
A sculpture on the beach celebrating the sea lions that are often seen in the area.
A sculpture on the beach celebrating the sea lions that are often seen in the area.
Another example of combining art and nature with this sculpture of a sea lion on the steps coming up from the beach
Another example of combining art and nature with this sculpture of a sea lion on the steps coming up from the beach
The picnic area and lawn with a view of the Edmonds ferry dock
The picnic area and lawn with a view of the Edmonds ferry dock
A view of a bald eagle perching on a piling in front of Olympic Beach
A view of a bald eagle perching on a piling in front of Olympic Beach
Take a look through the spotting scope to get a better view of boats and wildlife
Take a look through the spotting scope to get a better view of boats and wildlife
Another colorful interpretive sign with information about the beach ecosystem
Another colorful interpretive sign with information about the beach ecosystem

Learn About the Environment of Puget Sound

Edmonds Beach Ranger Visitor Center
Edmonds Beach Ranger Visitor Center

Edmonds Olympic Beach Visitor Center

With its location on Puget Sound, Edmonds is so intertwined with nature and the environment that it is difficult to separate them. Much of Edmond's appeal comes from the recreational opportunities provided by Puget Sound. Fishing, boating, beachcombing and viewing wildlife are some of Edmonds main attractions. In recognition of its connection with Puget Sound, the city of Edmonds has placed numerous interpretive signs to enhance knowledge and appreciation of the environment.

The Olympic Beach Visitor Center is a great place to get information about the local environment and wildlife. The center is staffed with beach rangers every weekend during the summer months and free beach walks are led by volunteers at daytime low tides on weekends during the summer months.

Athough everyone is encouraged to examine and learn about the marine life on the beaches in Edmonds are marine sanctuaries so removing or collecting beach creatures, rocks or shells is forbidden. You are encouraged to look at the treasures you find on the beach and then carefully return them to where you found them.


Tips For Enjoying Edmonds Beaches

Edmonds Beach Programs - Beach Rangers

The Edmonds Beach Ranger Program has some temporary paid employees, but the program relies mostly on volunteer docents and junior beach rangers.

Public Fishing 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year

Edmonds Fishing Pier
Edmonds Fishing Pier

The Edmonds Fishing Pier

The Entrance to the Edmonds Public Fishing Pier is right next to the Olympic Beach Visitor Center. The pier is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. An artificial reef was created under the pier to attract fish and shellfish and a nearby fish hatchery imprints young coho salmon to the area so they will return when they are mature.


Learn to Identify Marine Life in Puget Sound

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An Interpretive sign posted on the fishing pier describing the salmon life cycleThis sign helps to identify several species of marine mammals that may be seenSome people trying their luck on the Edmonds Fishing PierA sign showing what it's like under the pierHandy cleaning stations are located on the dock for hand washing or cleaning the catch.This is the salmon imprinting pen located near the fishing pier ensuring that coho salmon reared in the nearby hatchery will return to this area.This sign explains the coho imprinting pen and more information about salmon.A sign to help identify the birds seen around the fishing pierMetal Fish Sculptures on the breakwater next to the fishing pierThis sign has information about a resident pod of orcas that are sometimes seen in the area.
An Interpretive sign posted on the fishing pier describing the salmon life cycle
An Interpretive sign posted on the fishing pier describing the salmon life cycle
This sign helps to identify several species of marine mammals that may be seen
This sign helps to identify several species of marine mammals that may be seen
Some people trying their luck on the Edmonds Fishing Pier
Some people trying their luck on the Edmonds Fishing Pier
A sign showing what it's like under the pier
A sign showing what it's like under the pier
Handy cleaning stations are located on the dock for hand washing or cleaning the catch.
Handy cleaning stations are located on the dock for hand washing or cleaning the catch.
This is the salmon imprinting pen located near the fishing pier ensuring that coho salmon reared in the nearby hatchery will return to this area.
This is the salmon imprinting pen located near the fishing pier ensuring that coho salmon reared in the nearby hatchery will return to this area.
This sign explains the coho imprinting pen and more information about salmon.
This sign explains the coho imprinting pen and more information about salmon.
A sign to help identify the birds seen around the fishing pier
A sign to help identify the birds seen around the fishing pier
Metal Fish Sculptures on the breakwater next to the fishing pier
Metal Fish Sculptures on the breakwater next to the fishing pier
This sign has information about a resident pod of orcas that are sometimes seen in the area.
This sign has information about a resident pod of orcas that are sometimes seen in the area.

All Seasons Charters Fishing Trips

All Seasons Fishing Charters Edmonds Washington
All Seasons Fishing Charters Edmonds Washington

Charter a Fishing Trip or Buy Fishing Gear

If you need to buy a fishing license, fishing gear, pick up a copy of the current fishing regulations or would like to book a trip on a charter fishing boat, you can find what you need at All Seasons Fishing Charters right near the fishing pier underneath Arnie's Restaurant.


The Port of Edmonds

The Edmonds Marina - Edmonds, WA
The Edmonds Marina - Edmonds, WA

The Edmonds Marina

The Edmonds Marina was created in 1962 and is operated by the Port of Edmonds. It provides the only public boating access between Seattle's Shilshole Bay and the Port of Everett. The marina includes 665 wet moorage slips and 280 dry storage spaces. There is guest moorage available for overnight and short-term stays. The Edmonds Marina has showers, restrooms, fuel, and boat launch facilities for both marina tenants and guests. It is a fun place for even those who don't have a boat to look at the boats and watch the numerous seabirds.


Play or Picnic on the Beach

Edmonds Marina Beach
Edmonds Marina Beach

Edmonds Marina Beach

The Edmonds Marina Beach is at the south end of the town where an old oil dock used to be. The park includes access to the beach, a volleyball court, children's playground, picnic tables and a grassy area that is a popular place to play frisbie, relax or fly kites.


Fun at the Beach for the Whole Family - Even the Dog!

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Beach Rangers and volunteers at Edmonds Marina Beach are available to lead groups and provide information about the beach at low tides.A Dungeness crab shell.  Dungeness crabs shed their shells during a molting period in the spring and summer.Sand collars are commonly seen on the beaches in Edmonds.  They are made by moon snails as a nest for their eggs.This is the shell from a moon snail - the creature that makes the sand collars.Starfish or sea stars are often seen at low tides on the Edmonds beaches.This is another species of sea star - look at all of those legs and it's missing a few!A piece of seaweed attached to a rock.Edmonds Marina Beach picnic area.Watch and you may see a sea lion passing by.Further down the beach to the south is the Marina Beach off-leash dog park.
Beach Rangers and volunteers at Edmonds Marina Beach are available to lead groups and provide information about the beach at low tides.
Beach Rangers and volunteers at Edmonds Marina Beach are available to lead groups and provide information about the beach at low tides.
A Dungeness crab shell.  Dungeness crabs shed their shells during a molting period in the spring and summer.
A Dungeness crab shell. Dungeness crabs shed their shells during a molting period in the spring and summer.
Sand collars are commonly seen on the beaches in Edmonds.  They are made by moon snails as a nest for their eggs.
Sand collars are commonly seen on the beaches in Edmonds. They are made by moon snails as a nest for their eggs.
This is the shell from a moon snail - the creature that makes the sand collars.
This is the shell from a moon snail - the creature that makes the sand collars.
Starfish or sea stars are often seen at low tides on the Edmonds beaches.
Starfish or sea stars are often seen at low tides on the Edmonds beaches.
This is another species of sea star - look at all of those legs and it's missing a few!
This is another species of sea star - look at all of those legs and it's missing a few!
A piece of seaweed attached to a rock.
A piece of seaweed attached to a rock.
Edmonds Marina Beach picnic area.
Edmonds Marina Beach picnic area.
Watch and you may see a sea lion passing by.
Watch and you may see a sea lion passing by.
Further down the beach to the south is the Marina Beach off-leash dog park.
Further down the beach to the south is the Marina Beach off-leash dog park.

A Birdwatcher's Paradise

Edmonds Marsh
Edmonds Marsh

The Sibley Guide to Birds by David Sibley

The Sibley Guide to Birds
The Sibley Guide to Birds

Although I have quite a collection of bird field guides that I've accumulated over a life-long interest in birds, this is my favorite that I take everywhere. I find it the best book for illustrating the small details that help me distinguish between several similar looking species.

 

The Edmonds Marsh

The Edmonds Marsh once covered almost 40 acres, but before people became aware of the ecology of Puget Sound and the importance of marshes to the natural environment, part of it was filled in. Over the years it was used for cattle grazing and as an oil storage tank facility. The outlet of the marsh to Puget Sound was blocked and paved over. Over the last four decades, the City of Edmonds, Snohomish County, State of Washington, US Government, Union Oil Company and numerous organizations have worked together to try to restore at least a portion of the marsh. It is one of the few remaining saltwater marshes in the urbanized central Puget Sound area. The restored marsh is 23 acres in size and the diverse habitat attracts numerous species of birds and animals. It is a paradise for birders and people who enjoy watching wildlife. Although I have visited the marsh many times, I always bring my bird field guide since I never know when I might see a new species.


More Edmonds Marsh Photos - Explore the Edmonds Marsh

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The Marsh Entrance is somewhat hidden behind some buildings across Dayton Street to the south from the Amtrak Station.A chickadee on a cattail.The Edmonds Marsh at low tideWater iris in bloom.A Song sparrowA sign identifying some of the birds seen around Edmonds MarshThe path around Edmonds MarshThe marsh - where saltwater meets freshwaterA sign about the wildlife commonly seen in the marshA map of the Edmonds Marsh trail and viewpoints
The Marsh Entrance is somewhat hidden behind some buildings across Dayton Street to the south from the Amtrak Station.
The Marsh Entrance is somewhat hidden behind some buildings across Dayton Street to the south from the Amtrak Station.
A chickadee on a cattail.
A chickadee on a cattail.
The Edmonds Marsh at low tide
The Edmonds Marsh at low tide
Water iris in bloom.
Water iris in bloom.
A Song sparrow
A Song sparrow
A sign identifying some of the birds seen around Edmonds Marsh
A sign identifying some of the birds seen around Edmonds Marsh
The path around Edmonds Marsh
The path around Edmonds Marsh
The marsh - where saltwater meets freshwater
The marsh - where saltwater meets freshwater
A sign about the wildlife commonly seen in the marsh
A sign about the wildlife commonly seen in the marsh
A map of the Edmonds Marsh trail and viewpoints
A map of the Edmonds Marsh trail and viewpoints

Raising Salmon for Everyone

Willow Creek Fish Hatchery Edmonds Wa
Willow Creek Fish Hatchery Edmonds Wa

Edmonds Willow Creek Fish Hatchery

The Willow Creek Fish hatchery is located at the southeast end of Edmonds Marsh. It has had some name changes which causes some confusion. For a number of years it was called the Deer Creek Hatchery. The volunteers welcome visitors and give tours to show their facility and what they have accomplished.

Over the past 100 years, development has blocked the passage of salmon to the marsh and creek, destroying the natural salmon run. The fish hatchery was built by the Edmonds Salmon Chapter Trout Unlimited in 1985 to help increase the numbers of salmon. They obtain fish eggs from the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife and raise about 100,000 salmon each year. Young salmon from the hatchery are released in several places around Puget Sound.

The group has sponsored the coho salmon net rearing pen under the Edmonds fishing pier since 1979, where they raise and release 30,000 of coho salmon into Puget Sound each year,


Edmonds Wildlife Habitat Native Plant Garden - Learn to Identify and Garden with Native Plants of the Pacific Northwest

Edmonds Native Plant Garden
Edmonds Native Plant Garden

Learn to Identify and Garden with Native Plants of the Pacific Northwest

Next to the Willow Creek Fish Hatchery entrance is the Edmonds Native Plant Wildlife Habitat Garden. This demonstration garden is filled with native plants that are beneficial to wildlife and shows the beauty of our native trees, flowers and shrubs. The garden was made possible by volunteers and a number of organizations including Pilchuck Audubon Society, Washington Native Plant Society, the National Wildlife Federation, Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife, Just Frogs and Toads, City of Edmonds, People for Puget Sound, Obelisk Native Plants and a a grant from the Hubbard Family Foundation.


The Edmonds Museum

The Edmonds Museum - Edmonds, WA
The Edmonds Museum - Edmonds, WA

The Edmonds Historical Society

The Edmonds - South Snohomish County Historical Society has a great little museum housed in the historic old Edmonds Carnegie Library building. Inside are permanent exhibits and information about the history of the area as well as special temporary and traveling exhibits. There are also interpretive signs at historic sites around the town. The museum is free, but of course, they are happy to accept donations.


Brackett's Landing - Where Edmonds Began

Bracketts Landing - Edmonds, WA
Bracketts Landing - Edmonds, WA

Brackett's Landing

Brackett's Landing is named in honor of George Brackett who is credited with being the founder of Edmonds. He landed his canoe at this spot on the beach in about 1876 and built a sawmill in 1889 to make lumber from the forest of huge old-growth trees covering the surrounding hillsides. Of course local Native American tribes had frequented the area for generations before George Brackett "discovered" it.


Brackett's Landing Park - An Interpretive Sign Tells the Story

Buoys Mark the Location of the Edmonds Underwater Park

Edmonds Underwater Park
Edmonds Underwater Park

Edmonds Underwater Park

This is a view of the Edmonds Underwater Park from Brackett's Landing. The underwater park was created in 1970 and was one of the first underwater parks established on the west coast of the US. The park has several man-made reefs made from a variety of materials and sunken vessels to provide habitat for marine life. There is a network of guide ropes anchored to the sea bottom to help divers orient themselves.

The underwater park is a marine sanctuary where spearfishing or removal of any sea life or rocks is prohibited.


Scuba Diving in Edmonds

More Photos of Edmonds Brackett Landing Park and Beach - Features Brackett's Landing Park and Interpretive Signs

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A view of the jetty and Puget SoundA sign to help identify some of the fish that may be seen in the underwater parkA Sign with reminders about diving safetyA map of the underwater parkA handy outdoor shower for divers to rinse offThe Edmonds Ferry Terminal bisects the Brackett's Landing Beach and ParkBrackett's Landing Park on the south side of the ferry terminal
A view of the jetty and Puget Sound
A view of the jetty and Puget Sound
A sign to help identify some of the fish that may be seen in the underwater park
A sign to help identify some of the fish that may be seen in the underwater park
A Sign with reminders about diving safety
A Sign with reminders about diving safety
A map of the underwater park
A map of the underwater park
A handy outdoor shower for divers to rinse off
A handy outdoor shower for divers to rinse off
The Edmonds Ferry Terminal bisects the Brackett's Landing Beach and Park
The Edmonds Ferry Terminal bisects the Brackett's Landing Beach and Park
Brackett's Landing Park on the south side of the ferry terminal
Brackett's Landing Park on the south side of the ferry terminal

Under Water Sports Dive Shop

Underwater Sports Scuba Dive Shop - Edmonds, WA
Underwater Sports Scuba Dive Shop - Edmonds, WA

Scuba Diving Equipment and Lessons

If you need an air tank filled, want to buy some equipment or would like to sign up for a scuba class, the Underwater Sports dive shop is just down the street from the Edmonds Underwater Park.


Take a trip from Edmonds to Kingston on a Washington State Ferry

Washington State Ferry Terminal - Edmonds, WA
Washington State Ferry Terminal - Edmonds, WA

The Edmonds Kingston Ferry

The Edmonds Ferry serves as a transportation connection between the east side of Puget Sound and the Kitsap and Olympic Peninsulas. The Walla Walla and Spokane are the two Washington State Ferries that service the route. The trip takes about 35 minutes each way and makes a fun scenic adventure for walk-on passengers. Bicycles, motorcycles, passenger vehicles, RVs and commercial trucks can also be transported on the ferry. Passenger and vehicle/driver fares are collected at Edmonds, while only vehicle/driver fares are collected at Kingston so the fares for passengers is the round trip fare, but the vehicle fares are one-way.


Take a Trip on the Ferry from Edmonds to Kingston

The Edmonds Cultural and Leisure Center

Frances Anderson Center - Edmonds, Washington
Frances Anderson Center - Edmonds, Washington

The Frances Anderson Center

The Frances Anderson Center is housed in the old historic Edmonds Elementary School. It is named after Frances Anderson who graduated in the first graduating class from Edmonds High School. She was a community leader and a beloved teacher and principal of Edmonds Elementary School for over 25 years.

Frances Anderson Center houses the Edmonds Parks and Recreation Department and the main recreation center for Edmonds. Inside is a drop-in exercise and weight room, the Sculptor's Workshop and classrooms that are used by numerous other art, cultural and recreational groups and businesses. Some of the activities and uses available include a daycare, a ballet school, fitness classes and a martial arts school. The adjoining playfield has children's play equipment and a ball field. The field is the site of the Annual Edmonds Arts Fair held each June and is used for the Edmonds Outdoor Movie Nights during the summer.


The Edmonds Park and Recreation Department - What's happening in the parks today?

The Edmonds Park and Recreation Department website includes links to classes and a schedule of events at the Frances Anderson Center and all of the city parks including outdoor movie nights and concerts in the parks.

The Edmonds Civic Playfields

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Edmonds Boys & Girls ClubEdmonds Athletic Complex Tennis CourtsEdmonds Athletic Complex Petanque CourtEdmonds Athletic Complex
Edmonds Boys & Girls Club
Edmonds Boys & Girls Club
Edmonds Athletic Complex Tennis Courts
Edmonds Athletic Complex Tennis Courts
Edmonds Athletic Complex Petanque Court
Edmonds Athletic Complex Petanque Court
Edmonds Athletic Complex
Edmonds Athletic Complex

Edmonds City Park

Edmonds City Park - Edmonds, Washington
Edmonds City Park - Edmonds, Washington

The City Park

Edmonds City Park is a great place to get away from the sun and the wind on the beach. The park is cool and shady on a hot summer day and has picnic tables, picnic shelters with barbecues, a children's play area and a baseball diamond.


Take a swim at Yost Pool

Yost Pool, Edmonds WA
Yost Pool, Edmonds WA

Yost Pool

Yost pool is an outdoor pool that is open during summer months only. It is located in Yost Park about a mile up the hill from the main shopping area. Those who don't feel like walking, can catch the #110 Snohomish County Transit Bus at stops near the beach or the shopping area and ride it up the hill to the stop right at the Yost Park entrance.


Edmonds, Home of the Cascade Symphony

Edmonds Center for the Arts
Edmonds Center for the Arts

Edmonds Center for the Arts

The Edmonds Center for the Arts is at the old Edmonds High School. It is a lovely facility and the beautiful old school auditorium is the main performance location for the Cascade Symphony. It is also a site where several ballet schools and companies perform as well as limited engagements by performers and traveling theatrical productions.


The Edmonds Farmer's Market - Fun For the Whole Family Every Saturday Spring through Fall

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The Edmonds Farmer's Market is popular on a rainy day in June.Fresh flowersFresh Fire oven baked pizza - taste tested by me!Deborah's Homemade Pies - Yum!  We've also enjoyed some of these pies!Tim and Skye enjoy some free dog treat samples.The Edmonds Farmer's Market on a sunny summer day.Handmade jewelryIke's Fresh Fish and SeafoodColorful handmade basketsThe Farmer's Market is sponsored by the Edmonds Historical Society.
The Edmonds Farmer's Market is popular on a rainy day in June.
The Edmonds Farmer's Market is popular on a rainy day in June.
Fresh flowers
Fresh flowers
Fresh Fire oven baked pizza - taste tested by me!
Fresh Fire oven baked pizza - taste tested by me!
Deborah's Homemade Pies - Yum!  We've also enjoyed some of these pies!
Deborah's Homemade Pies - Yum! We've also enjoyed some of these pies!
Tim and Skye enjoy some free dog treat samples.
Tim and Skye enjoy some free dog treat samples.
The Edmonds Farmer's Market on a sunny summer day.
The Edmonds Farmer's Market on a sunny summer day.
Handmade jewelry
Handmade jewelry
Ike's Fresh Fish and Seafood
Ike's Fresh Fish and Seafood
Colorful handmade baskets
Colorful handmade baskets
The Farmer's Market is sponsored by the Edmonds Historical Society.
The Farmer's Market is sponsored by the Edmonds Historical Society.

Edmonds Festivals and Events

Edmonds Art Festival Banner - Edmonds, WA
Edmonds Art Festival Banner - Edmonds, WA

Festivals and Events in Edmonds

Edmonds has many festivals and events, especially in the summer months. The most well-known are the Edmonds Arts Festival in mid-June and the Taste of Edmonds in mid-August. Several are sponsored by the Edmonds Chamber of Commerce and some by other organizations. Here is list of annual events:

  • The Edmonds Rotary Waterfront Festival is held the first weekend in June at the Edmonds Marina
  • The Edmonds Art Festival is held on Father's Day weekend in June.
  • A Taste of Edmonds held the 3rd weekend in August.
  • The Edmonds Fishing Derby held around the first weekend in September
  • The Edmonds Classic Car Show is an annual event in mid-September
  • Puget Sound Birdfest is held in mid-September.
  • The Edmonds Halloween Extravanza - Trick or Treat around the town on Halloween
  • The Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony on Main Street the Saturday after Thanksgiving


The Edmonds Art Festival - Fun and Interesting Rain or Shine!

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Edmonds Arts Festival 2011 at the Frances Anderson CenterPaintings at the Edmonds Arts Festival 2011Handmade Clothing at the Edmonds Arts Festival 2011Glass and Wood Trellis and Yard Art at the Edmonds Arts Festival 2011Metal Sculptures at the Edmonds Arts Festival 2011Food Vendors - yum!  - Edmonds Art Festival 2011
Edmonds Arts Festival 2011 at the Frances Anderson Center
Edmonds Arts Festival 2011 at the Frances Anderson Center
Paintings at the Edmonds Arts Festival 2011
Paintings at the Edmonds Arts Festival 2011
Handmade Clothing at the Edmonds Arts Festival 2011
Handmade Clothing at the Edmonds Arts Festival 2011
Glass and Wood Trellis and Yard Art at the Edmonds Arts Festival 2011
Glass and Wood Trellis and Yard Art at the Edmonds Arts Festival 2011
Metal Sculptures at the Edmonds Arts Festival 2011
Metal Sculptures at the Edmonds Arts Festival 2011
Food Vendors - yum!  - Edmonds Art Festival 2011
Food Vendors - yum! - Edmonds Art Festival 2011

A Taste of Edmonds - The Second Weekend in August

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Taste of Edmonds JudgingWinner as the best main dish 2011 - crepes - yum!Philly Steak SandwichesPagliacci PizzaBeer GardenWine GardenLemonade and Fish TacosA slide for the kiddiesA climbing rockGreat Entertainment - Edmonds own Gothard Sisters
Taste of Edmonds Judging
Taste of Edmonds Judging
Winner as the best main dish 2011 - crepes - yum!
Winner as the best main dish 2011 - crepes - yum!
Philly Steak Sandwiches
Philly Steak Sandwiches
Pagliacci Pizza
Pagliacci Pizza
Beer Garden
Beer Garden
Wine Garden
Wine Garden
Lemonade and Fish Tacos
Lemonade and Fish Tacos
A slide for the kiddies
A slide for the kiddies
A climbing rock
A climbing rock
Great Entertainment - Edmonds own Gothard Sisters
Great Entertainment - Edmonds own Gothard Sisters

Boarding the Spirit of Seattle in the Edmonds Marina

Seattle Christmas Ships at the Edmonds Marina
Seattle Christmas Ships at the Edmonds Marina

The Seattle Christmas Ship Festival

The Seattle Christmas Ship visits Edmonds each year in December as part of the regional Seattle Christmas Ship Festival.


Christmas in Edmonds

Santa Comes to Edmonds

Edmonds Restaurants - Where to eat in Edmonds!

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Arnie's is probably my favorite restaurant in Edmonds.  It has excellent seafood and a fantastic view of Puget Sound.Anthony's is another favorite waterfront seafood restaurant.  There is also the Beach Cafe that is a great place for lunch.Chanterelles is a great place for lunch.  Great soups, salads, sandwiches and desserts.  Their tomato bisque soup is legendary.Claire's Restaurant has a little of everything.  It has everything you'd expect in a typical American restaurant.Las Brisas has great Mexican Food and a great outdoor dining area that is perfect on a summer day.Feeling like some great Italian Food?  Try Girardi'sYou can satisfy your craving for Chinese food at the Jade PalaceIf you are in the mood for curry, Vatika Restaurant has Indian cuisineThe Pancake Haus has been a favorite spot for breakfast in Edmonds for over 40 yearsEl Puerto Restaurant has been serving excellent Mexican food on Main Street in Edmonds for over 30 years.
Arnie's is probably my favorite restaurant in Edmonds.  It has excellent seafood and a fantastic view of Puget Sound.
Arnie's is probably my favorite restaurant in Edmonds. It has excellent seafood and a fantastic view of Puget Sound.
Anthony's is another favorite waterfront seafood restaurant.  There is also the Beach Cafe that is a great place for lunch.
Anthony's is another favorite waterfront seafood restaurant. There is also the Beach Cafe that is a great place for lunch.
Chanterelles is a great place for lunch.  Great soups, salads, sandwiches and desserts.  Their tomato bisque soup is legendary.
Chanterelles is a great place for lunch. Great soups, salads, sandwiches and desserts. Their tomato bisque soup is legendary.
Claire's Restaurant has a little of everything.  It has everything you'd expect in a typical American restaurant.
Claire's Restaurant has a little of everything. It has everything you'd expect in a typical American restaurant.
Las Brisas has great Mexican Food and a great outdoor dining area that is perfect on a summer day.
Las Brisas has great Mexican Food and a great outdoor dining area that is perfect on a summer day.
Feeling like some great Italian Food?  Try Girardi's
Feeling like some great Italian Food? Try Girardi's
You can satisfy your craving for Chinese food at the Jade Palace
You can satisfy your craving for Chinese food at the Jade Palace
If you are in the mood for curry, Vatika Restaurant has Indian cuisine
If you are in the mood for curry, Vatika Restaurant has Indian cuisine
The Pancake Haus has been a favorite spot for breakfast in Edmonds for over 40 years
The Pancake Haus has been a favorite spot for breakfast in Edmonds for over 40 years
El Puerto Restaurant has been serving excellent Mexican food on Main Street in Edmonds for over 30 years.
El Puerto Restaurant has been serving excellent Mexican food on Main Street in Edmonds for over 30 years.

Edmonds Train Station

Amtrak Station - Edmonds, WA
Amtrak Station - Edmonds, WA

The Edmonds Train Station

The easiest way to get to Edmonds from Seattle or Everett is by train. The trip to or from Edmonds and Seattle is about an hour-long scenic trip along the shores of Puget Sound. Both Amtrak and Sounder Commuter trains stop at the Edmonds Amtrak Station on Dayton Street near the waterfront.

Edmonds Best Western Hotel

Edmonds Best Western Harbor Inn
Edmonds Best Western Harbor Inn

Edmonds Washington Hotels

Edmonds only has one hotel near the city center, the Edmonds Best Western Harbor Inn. It is conveniently located one block from the train station and Olympic Beach. If you want to bring along your dog, it is also pet-friendly!

© 2011 Vicki Green

Does Edmonds sound like a place you'd like to live or visit? - Let me know what you think about Edmonds, Washington

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      Vikki 4 years ago from US

      Looks like a really nice place!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      An Edmonds kind of day, sounds very inviting when paired with your pictures and Puget Sound just has its own fascination for the sound of it...it sounds like a wonderful place to live and I sure would enjoy a visit but will settle for your delightful tour here....congratulations on your Editor for a Day feature....many good reasons to just stay put! :)

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      Bercton1 4 years ago

      Great lens and beautiful photos!

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      Vicki Green 4 years ago from Wandering the Pacific Northwest USA

      @lesliesinclair: Thanks for sharing your childhood memories of Edmonds - I didn't grow up in Edmonds - I lived in Seattle in the 50s and 60s, but I can imagine we had similar experiences as kids in the Pacific Northwest.

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      lesliesinclair 4 years ago

      You've covered two of the three Edmonds schools I attended. I used to ice skate during our cold 50s winters, on the marsh. I learned to play tennis next door to the (now) Boys & Girls Club. The theater was my Saturday home base over 60 years ago. We had so many wienie roasts next to the old ferry dock. I've traipsed over every bit of that lovely town.

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      Deadicated LM 5 years ago

      Great Lens, about a great State; it's so beautiful. Thanks for all the good information.

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      NeverTooLate2012 5 years ago

      Love the beachfront park! Great lens :)

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      KimGiancaterino 5 years ago

      Great job ... I've enjoyed learning more about Edmonds. Congrats on being chosen as a Community Favorite. Happy New Year!

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      Ann Hinds 5 years ago from So Cal

      This is a lovely area that we have visited several times visiting family in Seattle. Congrats on making the top 100.

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      Auntiekatkat 5 years ago

      Congrats on being nominated for Community Favorite Lenses of 2011. A wonderful lens. Fortunately we both share one thing it was easier to vote than for most as mine was my "why-I-am a- vegetarian was nominated as well. A proud moment for all of us. Good luck in the voting.

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      Vicki Green 5 years ago from Wandering the Pacific Northwest USA

      @lesliesinclair: Wow - thanks so much for the kind comments and sharing your memories growing up in Edmonds. I think many of us who had a childhood in the Pacific NW had similar experiences - playing outside year-round in raingear, making hide-aways in the undergrowth of the trees, exploring the beach and using our imaginations.

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      Mary Norton 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Happy to see this lens in the top 100. Congrats.

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      lesliesinclair 5 years ago

      Beautiful! I have goosebumps reading this lens. I finished growing up in a small house overlooking the Marsh. During the coldest winters my brothers and I trekked down through the surrounding blackberry vines (huge monsters, on which we climbed a good six feet above the ground, and crawled through their spiraling tunnels, playing pioneer games - in our rubber boots, for traction), and wove our ways through thin deciduous trees, to locate the largest smoothest ice patches.

      We ice skated for hours on end - hidden from the world, imagining we were back in our early Alaska setting, where we ice skated on a flooded schoolyard pond, daily. Windows from my house caught the view of the Sound and the Olympics, imprinting them on my mind.

      Summer holidays always seemed to end with wienie roasts at the pre-improvement waterfront, next to the ferry dock. Scrounged driftwood fires abounded, and we kids meandered along under the dock, among the pilings, and up on the railway track. Edmonds offered an idyllic childhood atmosphere of freedom for exploring the byways and imagination. Thanks for a good read.

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      JoyfulReviewer 5 years ago

      Congratulations on being one of the final 100 favorite Squidoo lenses of 2011!

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      Mickie Goad 5 years ago

      Love, love this staycation lens about Edmonds, WA. I visited Washington a few years ago, but did not get that far north. I must plan my own staycation this year. You have inspired me. Glad I clicked on the link on the 100 Community Favorites page.

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      Heather B 5 years ago

      How lucky you are to live near the beach! :) Thanks for sharing your hometown with us!

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 5 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Thank you for this tour of Edmonds WA. It is so beautiful with lots to see and do. Congrats on making the Top 100 Community Favorites.

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      Lynne Schroeder 5 years ago from Blue Mountains Australia

      This looks like a really pretty town. Congrats on making the Community Favourites Top 100

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      Dianne Loomos 5 years ago

      I live north of you and I've driven by Edmonds many times but never actually stopped and explored. Northwest Washington is beautiful!

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      RhondaSueDavis 6 years ago

      It feels like I went there myself and inspires me to search out stay cations, whether in my hometown, or on the few opportunities we have to get out of dodge. Olympia is not so far from Edmonds....and Seaside, Oregon and Westport, WA are our favorites to kick around local museums and such. Love the weather wigit-smart.

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      LiquidGranite1 6 years ago

      Looks like a wonderful place. Perfect description.

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      TeacherSerenia 6 years ago

      Looks like a very nice place to live. You have been busy walking around town taking all those photos. Is Edmonds on the pacific coast or on Puget sound?

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      TeacherSerenia 6 years ago

      @TeacherSerenia: OK forget I asked - I didn't read your intro properly. You're on Puget Sound....

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      Vicki Green 6 years ago from Wandering the Pacific Northwest USA

      @CruiseReady: The weather in Edmonds and nearby Seattle is influenced by the waters of Puget Sound which moderates the temperatures, so it seldom gets very hot. Summer days are usually in the mid 70s.

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      CruiseReady 6 years ago from East Central Florida

      This sounds like a lovely place to visit. The diving video was amazing, and I loved the part at the end where everything was identified! Does it ever warm up there? (The weather sticker says your high will only be in the 60's today - yikes!)

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      Pip Gerard 6 years ago

      gorgeous lense! Well done. Definitely looks like a great place to visit.