Spring in the Pacific Northwest can be a hit or a miss for visitors trying to explore the area. The City of Lakewood is a unique exception to this; however, as it boasts plenty of activities to ensure visitors will enjoy their stay rain or shine.
Visitors can fill their rainy day with fun educational activities by taking a trip to the Pierce College Planetarium, the only planetarium of its kind in the South Puget Sound region; or by visiting the Lakewood Historical Society & History Museum to learn about the region’s rich history. Those who are more adventurous can indulge in indoor kart racing at the Grand Prix Raceway or try their luck at any of the many casinos located in Lakewood adjacent to I-5. A rainy day could be concluded by watching a Lakewood Playhouse production which features drama, comedy, action and mystery plays for viewers of all ages.
A good shopping trip is always a great way to enjoy a rainy day and Lakewood has diverse options for visitors to check out including the Lakewood Towne Center and a large International District between 80th and 108th on South Tacoma Way that offers a wide variety of cultural retail, markets and restaurant options. The Best Western Lakewood Motor Inn is a popular choice for outdoor enthusiasts and families, and includes a beautiful colonial setting close to all major area attractions. The motel is across the street from Lakewood’s Historic Colonial Center built in 1937, and one of the first suburban shopping centers in America.
After enjoying so many activities in the City, visitors can easily find a variety of multi-cultural restaurants with delicious cuisine to indulge their foodie appetite. The City has a wide array of French, Korean, German, Indian, Filipino and many other eateries, tea rooms and wineries. For a homemade snack, check out Hess Bakery & Deli which offers authentic German baked goods, all of which are prepared fresh daily by its German baker. Lakewood is also home to the family-owned Stina’s Cellars, a perfect tasting room and destination for wine aficionados.
If spring brings the community some sunshine, the City of Lakewood is well equipped to satisfy travelers looking for a casual round of golf. The region features golf courses for golfers at every level including Chambers Bay, Tacoma Country and Golf Club, RMG at Oakbrook, Fort Steilacoom Golf & Disc Golf Course and American Lakes Veterans Golf Course. For visitors looking for an afternoon stroll along the water, the City has five beautiful lakes with American Lake offering swimming, boating, water skiing, rowing, kayaking and the only full-service seaplane base between Seattle and Mexico. Finally, for people looking for a more relaxing way to enjoy the outdoors, Fort Steilacoom Park is a 340-acre park that includes a lake, prairie lands, historical barns, trails, sports fields, a playground, a 22-acre off-leash dog park and ten miles of hiking and jogging trails.
The City of Lakewood features a wide array of activities that visitors will enjoy on even the rainiest of spring days. So don’t let the spring showers hold you back, check out Lakewood’s great options for activities, shopping and dining out on your next rainy day.