Popular Entertainment, Sports, and Recreation
Renton and the Puget Sound area include a tremendous number of popular entertainment, sports, and recreation venues. Renton has more than 25 parks and trails throughout the City to explore. The most popular park is Gene Coulon Memorial Beach Park on Lake Washington. The 53-acre park was rated by the Seattle Times as one of the top five parks in the Seattle area for children. Another very popular recreational opportunity is the City-operated Henry Moses Aquatic Center. It features waterslides, swimming pools, a wave pool, lazy river, and more. Skateboarders enjoy the Liberty Park Skate Park. For additional Renton sports and recreation opportunities, click here.
Renton also has a diverse array of arts and entertainment, festivals, and events. Take in a performance at the Renton IKEA Performing Arts Center or the Renton Civic Theatre. And, for those who go shopping for entertainment and recreation, there is the ever-popular IKEA, Fry's Electronics, Downtown Renton and The Landing.
Nearby activities in South King County include Emerald Downs thoroughbred racing and Wild Waves Theme Park with the largest roller coasters and water slides in the region. The Museum of Flight in South Seattle profiles the history of flight with hands-on activities for children and planes like the Concorde and Air Force One, plus NASA’s space shuttle trainer.
Renton is the proud home of the Seattle Seahawks. The team’s headquarters and training facility is located on the shores of Lake Washington. The world-class Virginia Mason Athletic Center is open to fans each August during training camp. Additionally, the Mariners, Storm, Sounders FC, and Thunderbirds all call the region home and their games are all easily accessible from Renton.
There are many beautiful golf courses throughout the region, including the Maplewood Golf Course and Driving Range in Renton, voted the best public golf course four years in a row by locals. The Pacific Northwest has amazing mountains, including the Cascades to the east of Renton and Mt. Rainier to the south where there are day hikes or even drives with beautiful vistas. The Olympic Mountains make a nice day trip from Renton where the views from Hurricane Ridge or a temperate rain forest can be enjoyed. Skiing at Snoqualmie Pass is a popular wintertime activity with six base ski areas and the most night skiing/riding acreage in the United States.
For more information about other entertainment, sports, and recreation opportunities, check out the Renton Visitors Connection or the Convention and Visitors Bureaus. If you are interested in multiple Seattle area attractions or tours, consider purchasing a Go Seattle Card to help make your visit more affordable.