From inspiring aviation education to exciting aviation-related career possibilities, the Mukilteo area is your go-to for reaching new heights (literally!). Take advantage of living in or visiting the Mukilteo area, and check out these top-notch tips on aviation-related sights, events and opportunities from locals:
- Located at 3220 100th St. SW Everett, WA 98204
In the fall of 2018, Alaska Airlines will begin offering commercial flights out of Paine Field, which is a huge deal for Mukilteo and its surrounding cities! Alaska Airlines will start by offering 9 flights per day, which the airline estimates will help over a million people drastically shorten their commute times. In early 2018, Alaska Airlines will announce flight schedules and routes, and will being selling tickets. Get the full scoop here!
As far as how this will impact locals, Aranka Fruehauf has some thoughts and insight on this major addition:
“For many years I felt very much against bringing commercial airport to Mukilteo—not to my backyard! Just the thought of it terrified me; what could happen to my little community, home values, to schools and to air quality… those are real issues. But now [that] the fight is over to stop the airport, I have been thinking a lot [about] how it really will affect my personal life and my sweet little community.”
“I have also spoke with several people who [have] lived/or have relatives living close to [a] small airport, [and I think that] bringing a small airport to my community might have benefits. When I travel to west coast cities, I will not need to drive to Seattle (we all know how bad the traffic is regardless the time of the day)—I will save at least 4 hours of driving, not to mention parking cost! I probably should factor in the stress too.”
“I like to think forward… in my opinion the airport, is not going to be a liability, but rather an asset. Just like we used to think that living close to buses and freeways [could be] detrimental for home values… well… I don’t think that way any more… look at the home values located close to train/light rail stations. I’m actually excited that we have so many options of transportation in Mukilteo. The media talks so much about ‘the airport noise and Mukilteo,’ [and] in my opinion the noise might be more noticeable in Lynnwood, Everett and Edmonds than [in] Mukilteo.”
Additionally, if you’re looking for a job in aviation, you’ll definitely want to check out Paine Field! A unique airport, it’s home to over 650 aircraft, a Boeing manufacturing plant, and five aviation restoration/tour centers. Paine Field provides high-quality services to customers and has brought nearly 76,000 jobs to the local economy. You can learn more about employment with Paine Field here.
- Located at 8415 Paine Field Blvd. Mukilteo, WA 98275
- Hours: 8:30am-5:30pm (Aviation Center); 9:00am-3:00pm (Boeing Tour)
For a one-of-a-kind experience perfect for all ages, Aranka Fruehauf suggests the Future of Flight: “[I] recommend visiting Future of Flight Aviation Center,” she shares. Here “…you can see models of jet engines, design your own airplane and this is where you start the Boeing Factory Tour,” the only opportunity to publicly tour a commercial jet assembly plant in North America.
- Located at 10719 Bernie Webber Dr. Mukilteo, WA 98275
- Hours: 10:00am-5:00pm Tuesday-Sunday; closed Monday
Aviation and history buffs will love the Historic Flight Foundation! They offer a collection of the most important aircraft from 1927 to 1957, fully restored and airborne. You can experience the roar of a classic engine, watch the restoration process in action, and marvel at the results of innovation from some of the greatest trailblazers.
- Located at 3407 109th St. SW Everett, WA 98204
- Hours: 10:00am-5:00pm (7 days a week from Memorial Day-Labor Day; then Tuesday-Sunday)
Give your kids a deeper education at the Flying Heritage & Combat Armor Museum. With interactive exhibits featuring a rare collection of authentically restored aircraft, tanks, and other technologies from World War II, your children will get a look into the past and a glimpse what it takes to preserve these artifacts for the future.
- Located at 9689 Airport Rd. Everett, WA 98204
- When: Every year in May
For an event everyone will love, Aranka has a recommendation: “Once a year we have Aviation Day,” she shares. “It’s a must-do, especially if you have kids… they can take a flight and meet the pilots, view one-of-a-kind aircraft, and watch flying demonstrations.” This year’s Aviation Day has already passed, but be sure to keep your eyes open for 2018!
- Located at 3407 109th St. SW Everett, WA 98204
- When: July 22, 2017; 10:00am-4:00pm
Summertime is perfect for air shows, and Mukilteo has some of the best. “The air shows are fantastic to watch,” shares Greg Buehler. “I’m sure that future pilots and engineers have been inspired by witnessing [these exhilarating air show events].” FHCAM’s annual Skyfair is coming this July and will feature vendors, kids activities, and a fantastic flying show at 1:30pm. You can find a full schedule of events here.
Mukilteo is packed with shopping and dining destinations and we have your insider’s guide to some of the best. From gifts to breakfast to seafood, our residents know the top places to get the most bang for your buck.
Here is our guide to the 20 most recommended shopping and dining spots in Mukilteo:
- Located at 619 4th St. Mukilteo, WA 98275
- Hours: 10:00am-4:00pm Tuesday-Saturday; closed Sunday-Monday
Need a unique gift? “One of my favorite places to shop in Mukilteo for special gift items is Beach Glass,” Jenny shares. “Tucked away in a quaint courtyard and neighboring the popular Red Cup Cafe, this little shop is packed with unique items. BONUS, the owner (Krista) also offers specialized design services. Check it out!”
This summer, leave the picnicking to the pros at Proper Picnic. “Proper Picnic is based in Mukilteo,” shares Jen Bowman. “Seems to be a very cool, niche business we should promote!!” Though mainly online, they do have physical locations that Jen hopes to check out soon. “I haven’t stopped by to see what they have. Field trip?”
- Located at 407 Lincoln Ave. Mukilteo, WA 98275
- Hours: 10:00am-6:00pm Monday-Saturday; closed Sunday
If you need to satisfy your sweet tooth, stop by the Mukilteo Chocolate Company. “Mukilteo Chocolate Co. [is] where you can find individually hand crafted fine European chocolate…oh so yummy,” shares Aranka Fruehauf. “They also serve ice cream.” While you’re there, “say hi to Jan who owns and makes the chocolate!”
- Located at 609 Front St. Mukilteo, WA 98275
- Hours: 3:00pm-7:00pm Wednesday Only (June-September)
If you want fresh food and neighborhood togetherness, look no further than the Mukilteo Farmers Market. “ I love to go [to the] farmers market,” shares Janet Buehler. “It’s my favorite place to shop,” and with talented local vendors and events that serve the community, it’s not hard to see why!
- Located at 12680 Mukilteo Speedway Mukilteo, WA 98275
- Hours: 8:00am-8:00pm
For your home improvement needs, both Janet and Jenny recommend Mukilteo’s ACE Hardware. “…If you have any improvement issues or just need quick help finding just about anything… every single employee at ACE can help you,” Jenny shares. “Sometimes their advice sends you out the door without purchasing a single thing (like using match sticks to tighten screw holes). Also, this is the absolute best place to get keys made—they ALWAYS work!!”
- Located at 11601 Harbour Pointe Blvd. Mukilteo, WA 98275
- Hours: 3:00pm-10:00pm Monday; 11:00am-10:00pm Tuesday-Thursday; 11:00am-11:00pm Friday; 3:00pm-11:00pm Saturday; closed Sunday
If you find yourself in Harbour Pointe, check out The Scotsman Bistro. “…In HP you can walk to the Scotsman,” shares Jenny. “On the weekends they bring in Scottish musicians. The owner is always there and loves to chat (with his thick Scottish accent) to all his patrons!” From the food to the scotch, it’s easy to see why this is a top Mukilteo dining destination.
- Located at 613 5th St. Mukilteo, WA 98275
- Hours: 8:30am-5:00pm Monday-Thursday & Saturday; 8:30am-8:00pm Friday; 8:30am-3:00pm Sunday
Wake up on the right side of the bed with breakfast at the Sydney Bakery & Wine Bar. Freshly baked cinnamon rolls and sticky buns, plus a cappuccino or coffee (highly recommended by Jenny!) are sure to give you the energy to jump start your day.
- Located at 619 4th St. Mukilteo, WA 98275
- Hours: 7:00am-5:00pm
Another popular spot suggested by Jenny and Aranka, Red Cup Cafe serves up delicious items and soothing views. “Make sure to walk over the delightful courtyard to get fresh coffee at Red Cup,” Aranka shares. “They also serve lunch. It’s so relaxing to sit and sip coffee and look at the Olympics, and ferry sailings.”
- Located at 8004 Mukilteo Speedway Mukilteo, WA 98275
- Hours: 3:00pm-9:00pm Tuesday-Thursday; 3:00pm-10:00pm Friday; 5:00pm-10:00pm Saturday; 4:00pm-9:00pm Sunday; closed Monday
Known as the “best kept secret” of the North End, Amici Bistro is the place for local Italian cuisine. Homemade sausage, pizza dough, sauces, and more ensure that no matter why you’re there, you will have a delicious and memorable meal.
- Located at 11707 Mukilteo Speedway Mukilteo, WA 98275
- Hours: 6:00am-3:00pm Monday-Saturday; closed Sunday
For the best breakfast in town, there’s no beating Mukilteo’s Speedway Cafe. Fresh variations on classic diner dishes and prompt service promise that you will leave feeling full and ready to start the day.
- Located at 621 Front St. Mukilteo, WA 98275
- Hours: 10:00am-1:00am Monday-Friday; 8:00am-1:00am Saturday-Sunday
Before hopping a ferry, grab some grub and beer at the Diamond Knot Brewery & Alehouse. “The flagship location of Diamond Knot brewery is right near the ferry terminal,” shares Brian Hayter. “Great beer, food, and peanut shells on the floor!”
- Located at 12190 Village Center Pl. Mukilteo, WA 98275
- Hours: 11:00am-9:00pm Monday-Thursday; 11:00am-10:00pm Friday; 4:00pm-9:30pm Saturday; 4:00pm-9:00pm Sunday
In the mood for some Thai? “After a round go to Thai Rama 3 for a drink and by far the best Thai food for miles,” shares Janet. They also offer takeout, so you can enjoy their extensive list of yummy dishes at home!
- Located at 710 Front St. Mukilteo, WA 98275
- Hours: 10:00am-10:00pm Sunday-Thursday; 10:00am-11:00pm Friday-Saturday
When it comes to seafood, Jen recommends Ivar’s. “Love the walk up Ivar’s fish bar for quick fish and chips to take to the beach and watch the sunset over Whidbey Island,” she shares. Aranka agrees, saying of both this spot and Arnies: “who can say no to the best seafood places in town?”
- Located at 714 2nd St. Mukilteo, WA 98275
- Hours: 11:00am-10:00pm Monday-Thursday; 11:00am-11:00pm Friday-Saturday; 10:00am-10:00pm Sunday
The second destination suggested by Aranka, Arnies Restaurant & Bar offers delicious local seafood and sweeping views of Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains. “If we can’t decide on dinner, we always end up at Arnie’s,” Aranka shares, solidifying it as a local go-to.
- Located at 403 Lincoln Ave. Mukilteo, WA 98275
- Hours: 10:30am-9:00pm
If you’re near Red Cup and want some pizza, stop by Sully’s Pizza & Calzones. “From the same courtyard [as Red Cup], you can walk over to Sully’s Pizza where they serve gluten free and vegetarian pizza,” Aranka shares. Named after former mayor Brian Sullivan, Sully’s is a Mukilteo staple.
- Located at 8326 Mukilteo Speedway Mukilteo, WA 98275
- Hours: 11:00am-8:00pm Sunday-Thursday; 11:00am-9:00pm Friday-Saturday
Another pizzeria on Aranka’s list is Brooklyn Bros. “Friday nights when we don’t feel like driving, it’s fun to walk down to get the best pizza in the area, Brooklyn Bros,” she notes. High quality ingredients, a perfectly-cooked crust, and intense flavors make these pies the best west of the Hudson.
- Located at 7928 Mukilteo Speedway Mukilteo, WA 98275
- Hours: 11:00am-12:00am Sunday-Wednesday; 11:00am-2:00am Thursday-Saturday
Calling all sports fans! The Mukilteo Lodge is a great place to “get a drink or watch a game,” according to Aranka. With extensive draft beers, hearty dishes, and game happy hours, you can cheer your team onto victory in true American style.
- Located at 8410 Mukilteo Speedway Mukilteo, WA 98275
- Hours: 11:00am-9:00pm Thursday; 11:00am-10:00pm Friday; 12:00pm-9:00pm Saturday-Sunday; closed Monday-Wednesday
For authentic Thai, nothing’s better than Mukilteo Thai. A wide array of curries, appetizers, and other specialties are made-to-order, so you will always have your meal prepared just the way you like. Aranka’s menu suggestion? “My favorite is the Tiger Tearless.”
- Located at 9999 Harbour Pl. #105 Mukilteo, WA 98275
- Hours: 11:00am-1:45pm & 5:00pm-8:45pm Tuesday-Friday; 12:00pm-2:15pm & 5:00pm-8:45pm Saturday; 5:00pm-8:00pm Sunday; closed Monday
“[There are] so many great places to eat in Mukilteo,” Aranka notes. But her “…new favorite is Café Soleil, [a] euro-Japanese kitchen and it is family owned. The food is great and the service is superb! I love to hang out with the chef and get [a] good recommendation for the day.” Her tip? “Have you ever had a green tea crème brulee for dessert? I had and it was delicious!”
- Located at 649 5th St. #100 Mukilteo, WA 98275
- Hours: 4:30pm-9:00pm Tuesday-Saturday; closed Sunday-Monday
“For a special celebration, I recommend John’s Grill in Old Town,” Aranka shares. “Everything is delicious.” From steak to seafood, all dishes are flavorful and showcase the head chef’s culinary expertise. Aranka’s top dish? “My favorite is the steak and grilled prawns.”
Nothing quite says summer like a fun and relaxing day at the beach! Luckily, we have Mukilteo’s go-to guide for getting the most out of a day in the sand. From ferries to festivals, we’ve got you covered!
Check out what our fellow residents recommend for a day at the beach in Mukilteo:
When it comes to beaches, Jenny Eglian suggests staying local: “I happen to think one of the best beaches in Snohomish County is right in the MUK,” she shares. “Our beach features built-in fire pits, a fantastic beach side playground, a substantial shelter perfect for parties all year round, boat launch, lighthouse, plus ice cream and fish & chips within walking distance to the beach.” She even shares a special tip: “Bonus, if you’re a resident of Mukilteo you get a free parking pass to the beach park!”
Known as Lighthouse Park, this hangout destination is a local must-see. Here, according to Aranka Fruehauf, “kids can play in the new playgrounds, make campfire on the beach…watch people get married by the beach on the Wedding Circle,” and so much more. She suggests that you “take the Lighthouse Tour, launch your boat and go for salmon fishing or crabbing.”
If you don’t have a boat of your own, you can follow Jenny’s suggestion and “hop on the ferry at sunset. It is a quick ride to Clinton and back.” While you’re on land, check out Clinton Beach. “Clinton also has a nice little beach with toys for those with little ones who choose this inexpensive adventure to do on any given day,” Jenny shares.
Fun in the sun can work up an appetite, so Jenny and Aranka recommend three spots to satisfy any taste buds. “In the summer, I like to grab some fish & chips to go from Ivar’s,” Jenny shares. Aranka seconds Ivar’s and includes Arnies, another great seafood destination. She also recommends topping off the day “with delicious ice cream at Diamond Knot (they have great food and beer too).” It’s a win-win for everyone!
Lighthouse Park is not only great for a beach day, but also hosts awesome community events. For example, Aranka loves “the Farmer’s Market on Wednesday afternoons not just to get fresh produce, but also run into friends and neighbors. I bring my dog Molly to socialize and see her doggie friends too.”
She also highly recommends Mukilteo’s annual Lighthouse Festival. “Of course the summer highlight is the Lighthouse Festival with lots of activities and a grand fireworks on the water.” Janet Buehler seconds this recommendation: “Don’t forget the lighthouse festival!!! The race, the food, the community parties and fireworks!!!!” No matter how you spend your beach day in Mukilteo, you are sure to make lasting memories.
From trails to parks and everything in between, our residents know the best spots to make the most of the great outdoors in Mukilteo.
Here are 9 tips for getting active and exploring Mukilteo:
Located at 9600 Mukilteo Speedway Mukilteo, WA 98275
A local favorite, there is no beating the Big Gulch Trail System. “Love love love big gulch trail,” shares Janet Buehler. “One minute you’re in the middle of civilization and the next you’re far far away in a place that could be hundreds of miles away. Just a small sign marks the trailhead across from the fire department. I’ve spent many hours breathing, thinking, singing on that trail!”
Finally, Jenny Eglian has some second-hand knowledge: “I don’t personally do this but have heard rumors that the gulch offers a phenomenal mountain bike trail system for the hardcore mountain bikers. My brother-in-law is a mountain biker living in Louisville KY and he has heard and biked the trail! Pretty sure it is a favorite activity for many Mukilteoans (is that a word?).”
Located at 1301 5th St. Mukilteo, WA 98275
A top hiking spot, the Japanese Gulch has built a reputation among bikers as well. According to Janet, “Japanese Gulch is widely known by mountain bikers far and wide as one of the best urban rides around!!! Not to be underestimated as bikers come from different states to ride this special trail.”
Located at 1130 5th St. Mukilteo, WA 98275
The first and only off-leash dog park in Mukilteo, Tails & Trails Dog Park is a must for dog owners. Janet describes it as “a meeting place for like-minded dog owners to gather with their four-legged friends.” It is the perfect spot to enjoy the weather, meet new friends, and spend time with your pup.
Located at 609 Front St. Mukilteo, WA 98275
A must-see for locals and tourists, Lighthouse Park is packed with things to do. Campfires on the beach, a playground, tours of the lighthouse, and so much more make this the ideal place to enjoy a warm summer day in Mukilteo.
Located at 513 Webster St. Mukilteo, WA 98275
Pay tribute to Mukilteo’s founders at the Pioneer Cemetery. “Don’t forget the landmark graveyard,” shares Janet. “Headstones tell the story of our founder’s lives and untimely deaths including the young from influenza and those that built and called Mukilteo (“good camping spot”) their permanent home.”
Located at 11817 Harbour Pointe Blvd. Mukilteo, WA 98275
Time to clean off those clubs! “Our Harbour pointe golf course with its famous signature 10th hole featured in golf digest presents golfers with challenging golf and breathtaking scenery,” says Janet. With programs for all ages and genders, everyone can take advantage of the beauty and fun Harbour Pointe offers.
Located at 4800 92nd St. SW Mukilteo, WA 98275
“Mukilteo has lots of small and big parks, most of them ideal for reading, picnicking and relaxing,” Aranka shares. “One of my favorite is the 92nd street park where kids can play on different play equipment.” If your little one needs to run off some steam, check out 92nd Street Park.
Located near 796 Front St. Mukilteo, WA 98275
Mukilteo even has spots for divers! “Not well known, but there is a dive site of off “T-Dock” on Front Street,” shares Aranka. Indeed, this spot is a favorite for night and deep divers and offers opportunities for viewing Puget Sound’s water life. For a dive to remember, check out the T-Dock.
Located at 7609 44th Ave. W Mukilteo, WA 98275
“If you don’t feel like hiking, but like to be outside, you can always volunteer at the Mukilteo Community Garden,” shares Aranka. “They grow lots of veggies to support the neighborhood food banks. You can also rent a bed to grow your own organic veggies.” Enjoy nature and help your community flourish at this quaint garden.