far left: COURTESY OF WASHINGTON CENTER FOR PERFORMING ARTS left: COURTESY OF CHILDREN’S MUSEUM right: WOMAN ON KAYAK
Continued from page 17 Washington Center for the Performing Arts is the South Sound’s largest performing arts center. The facility hosts a wide variety of entertainment and cultural activities. Concerts, comedy shows and art exhibitions are among featured events. Refurbished grandeur can be found at Harlequin Productions. These stages bring compelling work from local actors and world class performers.
As in most cities in the South Puget Sound, being downtown means you’re just a stone’s throw away from the great outdoors. In the morning, cardio buffs skip tea for a run or power walk, enjoying the paths that encircle Capital Lake. Feeling energetic? Kick things up a notch by combining the lake loop with an uphill trek across the 4th Street Bridge to the second roundabout at Seven Oars Park. Not too far beyond is the new West
Bay Park. Head back around the lake again and finish up the Heritage Park Trail, a switchback at the south end that winds uphill to the Capitol. The route offers an invigorating walk or run and amazing views. Tugboat Annie’s has an exceptional deal: two kayaks for two hours and two breakfasts for around $40.00. Reserve kayaks early so you can experience the morning marine life. Seals and bald eagles are often spotted. Skirt the water’s edge or paddle across Budd Inlet to the downtown marina or all the way across to Priest Point. Ankle biters need a break from adult pursuits? Youngsters love the Hands on Children’s Museum. The largest kid-friendly museum in southwest Washington places an emphasis on hands-on science and art education. The exhibits are designed to encourage play, interaction
Travel Guide 2011