Once used as a hunting and fishing ground for the Snohomish people, Lynwood is a northern suburb of Seattle. It was logged in the late 19th century before being established as a planned farming community known as Alderwood Manor. In 1979, the city’s most popular attraction, the Alderwood Mall, opened to shoppers.
Things to do in Lynnwood
At the Lynwood Recreation Center, you'll find a lap pool, a wellness pool and a family-friendly hot tub, as well as a dry sauna that is exclusively for adult use. Before or after your swim, you can stretch your legs on the Mesika Trail, which follows the course of a seasonal stream through a strip of greenery planted with mature trees and native shrubs.
Also nearby is Scriber Lake Park, a protected wetland that provides important habitat for native fish, birds and mammals. Follow the boardwalk trail that leads past a series of interpretive signs or relax with a picnic overlooking the water. Golfers can challenge themselves on the 18 holes of the City of Lynnwood Municipal Golf Course while skaters can hit the ice of the Lynwood Ice Center.
Need a retail fix? Head to the Alderwood Mall, which is anchored by big-name retailers that include JCPenney, Macy’s and Nordstrom. In addition to its enclosed area, it encompasses the open-air Village and Terraces where you’ll find fashion retailers, electronics stores and a wide choice of eateries. Also on site is a 16-screen cinema complex where the latest Hollywood blockbusters are presented.
Getting around Lynnwood
Lynwood is around 25 minutes’ drive from the centre of Seattle and 35 minutes from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, which has flights to destinations across the globe. Regular buses connect to Lynwood and travel throughout the city.