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From the serenity of Juanita Bay Park’s wetlands to the forested acres of Bridle Trails State Park and Big Finn Hill Park, Kirkland offers a chance to escape into nature without leaving the city. Gleaming waterfront parks provide access to the natural beauty and never-ending wonders of Lake Washington. Join in a beach volleyball game at Houghton Beach, rent a bike to cruise the lakefront, stroll downtown, or catch a baseball game in Peter Kirk Park.

Kirkland Washington BoatingBoating
The Marina Park and Carillon Point marinas offer year-round guest moorage available to the public with excellent access to downtown shops and dining, waterfront parks, overnight accommodations and local events. Launch your boat in Marina Park or rent kayaks, paddleboards, powerboats and Jet Ski rentals available through vendors along the lake.

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Kirkland offers miles of scenic bicycle lanes, is part of the renowned Lake Washington Loop and home to the 7 Hills of Kirkland routes. The newly developed Cross Kirkland Corridor offers a 5.75-mile trail that connects South Kirkland to Totem Lake with close access to the Sammamish River Trail and Woodinville wineries. Juanita Drive also connects visitors to the Burke Gilman/Sammamish River Trails which runs 27 miles from Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood to Redmond’s Marymoor Park. Bike rentals are available in downtown Kirkland through Kirkland Bicycle or through vendors in waterfront parks.

For the mountain biker, Big Finn Hill Park north of Juanita Bay is a 220-acre multi-use park that has a 5-mile, single-track system with exciting downhill sprints and jumps.

Kirkland Washington WalkingWalking
Kirkland is a walkable destination with scenery that is unparalleled. You can easily spend your day or weekend strolling along the lakefront, Cross Kirkland Corridor or throughout downtown Kirkland. Discover Kirkland’s many popular walking routes.

Kirkland Washington BirdingBirding
You don't have to travel far from Kirkland's downtown to catch a glimpse of some spectacular wildlife. Birders happily enjoy their favorite past time at Juanita Bay Park, a unique urban park where wildlife co-exists peacefully with city dwellers.

The Eastside Park Rangers, in affiliation with the Eastside Audubon Society offer interpretive tours the first Sunday and third Tuesday of every month. Every season gives nature lovers a chance to spot something new and wonderful.

Kirkland Bird Watching Guide


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June 3–September 30

Fresh and local farmers market right along the shores on Lake Washington... more
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June 13

Fun evening of contra dances (social dance originally from New England)... more
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June 16

Join in on an early morning walk with Mary Frances Mathis of the Eastside Audubon Society to see what birds are in the park... more
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June 27

Pancake breakfast, pony rides, race, and lots of family fun!... more

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