Nestled along the northern shores of Lake Washington, Kenmore is a small city that people love in part for its central location in the region. Whether you need to head toward Seattle or Bellevue for work, both are just to the south of Kenmore, and the many commuting options in the city (including seaplanes!) ensure you have a variety of choice to suit your own personal style.
Kenmore is home to a myriad of things to do, whether you need to enjoy some indoor activities with the family in the winter time, or want to get outside for some adventures in the sunshine when summer rolls around. Downtown Kenmore is brimming with up-and-coming amenities and attractions, and new developments (like the Lakepointe Development) offer even more opportunity for dining, shopping, housing, and more.
Saint Edward State Park is an historic, 316-acre park spanning Kenmore and Kirkland. With playground facilities, picnic areas, sports fields and trails for hiking and mountain biking, this park truly has it all. The trails will take you through a diverse century-old second-growth forest with a dense canopy to the undeveloped shoreline of Lake Washington.
“St. Edward State Park is the highlight of Kenmore in terms of getting out into the woods and feeling like you’re miles from home, but you’re not. Miles of hiking and wooded biking trails are found at this stunning state park. There’s a pretty hike from the top of the hill all the way down to Lake Washington—don’t forget good shoes since it’s a little steep. There’s also a huge playground next to the old seminary, which is a highlight for families.” -Jen Bowman
“Although we don't get there often enough, my family and I love to explore the low forest hiking trails in St. Edward State Park, set on the Eastern shore of Lake Washington. Our more adventurous friends regularly go mountain biking on the many miles of trails in the park, with their 5- and 3-year-old in tow. There's terrain for every skill level.” -Claudette Meyer
A popular pastime for families everywhere, bowling is an easy choice in Kenmore. Kenmore Lanes is one of only a few bowling alleys still remaining in all of north King County. Good Food and cheap prices make this an affordable way to get everyone out of the house for an afternoon.
“192 Brewing Co. and Cairn Brewing are right along the Burke Gilman Trail and family friendly. There are very cool outdoor spaces at 192 Brewing and Cairn Brewing have a very ‘Fremont’ vibe without having to head into Seattle!” -Jen Bowman
“I’m also a big fan of 192 Brewing! Take a bike ride on the Burke Gilman and stop in on Sunday afternoons for live music in the outdoor beer garden!” -Brian Hayter
“522 is the main drag in Kenmore and it connects commuters to the Eastside and Seattle. Bus stops are plentiful here! Also, the Burke Gilman trail runs between 522 and Lake Washington. Makes a VERY scenic route to work for cyclists who have a final destination in Redmond or Seattle (and places in between). Also there are seaplanes! Kenmore Air is a great option for chartering or taking a scheduled flight to the San Juans, Canada, and beyond!” -Jen Bowman
The Burke Gilman trail makes a very scenic route to work for cyclists who have a final destination in Redmond or Seattle (and places in between).
Kenmore is an older community that has experienced a lot of new construction and growth over the last several years. As a result, you can find a lot of different types of neighborhoods and home styles within the city of Kenmore.