It began as a lumber town with shingle mills, sawmills and logging camps, and today there are still many historical buildings that add to Arlington's small town charm. Located behind the historic log Pioneer Hall on a large acreage with a picturesque pond, is the impressive Stillaguamish Valley Pioneer Museum, which contains artifacts and photos typical of earlier life in Arlington and the Stilly Valley.
Situated near the banks of the Stillaguamish River, Arlington offers a variety of outdoor recreational opportunities, including fishing, river rafting, hiking and more. Arlington is part of the Centennial Trail System which is a walking, jogging, biking and horseback riding trail that will one day stretch from Skagit County in the north to King County in the south.
Aviation enthusiasts and casual admirers alike should plan to attend Arlington's nationally known Arlington Fly-in event, held the second full weekend of August. This is the third largest Experimental Aircraft Association Fly-In in the country, featuring hundreds of aircraft from Ultralight to Antique, as well as daily aerobatics shows.