Welcome to Kirkland, a vibrant waterfront destination with an unparalleled blend of outdoor recreation, art, dining, & boutique shopping, 15 minutes from Downtown Seattle.
In Kirkland, the entertainment and recreation opportunities are endless. Year-round, guests and residents enjoy local shopping, art, restaurants, and wineries, while in the summer, people flock to the lake. Lake Washington is a large freshwater lake adjacent to the city of Seattle. It is the largest lake in King County and the second largest natural lake in the state of Washington, after Lake Chelan. Kirkland guests and residents can take advantage of the lakeside lifestyle with watersports rentals. From powerboats and jet skis, to paddleboards and kayaks, there is something for everyone.
Kirkland is home to a variety of locally owned restaurants offering all kinds of cuisine, in addition to seven wineries and three breweries. Stroll along the city’s charming downtown, or venture to neighboring Juanita or Yarrow Bay for a number of great options as well. In the summer, many of these businesses have fantastic patio seating overlooking Lake Washington.
Kirkland’s arts scene is sophisticated and international, but also vibrant and whimsical. Art performances, exhibits, classes and galleries are abundant throughout the city. Outdoor sculptures and installations created by leading nationally-known artists are dotted throughout Kirkland parks, sidewalks, and along the waterfront for public enjoyment. There are five art galleries located in Kirkland, and a number of venues including the Kirkland Arts Center and Kirkland Performance Center that host performances throughout the year. Besides viewing the arts, there are fun ways for people get involved – whether that’s cooking classes at Sur La Table, Paint and Sip at Canvas, or workshops at the Kirkland Arts Center.
Kirkland is also a unique shopping destination. From high-end shops to vintage finds, Kirkland offers a spectrum of shopping experiences. Stylish furniture, decorative art, novelty stores, and clothing boutiques await you in Kirkland's charming downtown. Stroll from shop to shop along the water – the perfect small-town experience just outside Seattle.
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Head out on the water via kayak, boat, or jet ski
Dine at a number of fantastic restaurants
Cruise along the shores of Lake Washington