When planning family road trips, Mukilteo may not come to mind—but it should. The area has so much to offer and is easy to navigate, allowing for fun excursions while cutting road time and maximizing relaxation. Get sandwiches to go from Red Cup Café and fly kites on the beach. Set up home base at the Mukilteo Silver Cloud, the big tables next to the lobby are perfect for playing games while overlooking the Sound. Hungry campers will be pleased to recognize Ivar’s next door, with views to match the chowder. For another local’s hot spot hit up Diamond Knot in the center of town. The ice cream is wait-worthy, and the “cook your own steak” on a hot granite rock is fun for budding chefs.
Trek into Snohomish County, aka Seattle NorthCountry. The Outback Kangaroo Farm will send the kiddos into paroxysms of delight. The family-run rescue ranch is passionate about animal welfare, and their humorous approach makes the kangaroos accessible for even the littlest tinies. After working up a sweat with the joeys and alpacas, cruise into quaint downtown Arlington to Glory Bucha. You’ll appreciate the charming owner and healthy brews, the kids will love the sweet fizzy concoctions and can do a taste flight just like the grown-ups. For adult beverages with food for kiddos and room to roam make Elemental Cider a destination. It's a casual, festive place with wood fire pizza, plus gluten-free options. Yum!"