Top 10 Things to do in Issaquah, United States

December 25, 2017 Kaleigh Reichenbach

Issaquah (/ˈɪsəkwɑː/ ISS-ə-kwah) is a city in King County, Washington, United States. The population was 37,322 in a 2016 census estimate. Located in a valley and bisected by Interstate 90, the city is bordered by the Sammamish Plateau to the north and the Issaquah Alps to the south.
Restaurants in Issaquah

1. Village Theatre

303 Front St N, Issaquah, WA 98027-2917 +1 425-392-2202
Excellent
82%
Good
15%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
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Overall Ratings

5 based on 64 reviews

Village Theatre

Reviewed By Jane R - Washington

I frequent the Village theater for at least 2 shows per year. The productions are first class. I used to live in Manhattan and also upstate New York. I have seen many Broadway shows. I can tell you, the productions I have seen at the Village Theater equal those I have seen on Broadway. I have seen the following shows at the Village Theater: "Dream Girls", "Billy Elliott", Les Misirables", "Chicago" and "Aida" with music by Elton John, among others. The seating is comfortable and there is a restaurant connected to the theater (Finn's), It is nice to have dinner before the show with quick access to the theater. There are also other fine restaurants in the area. I would highly recommend this theater.

2. Lake Sammamish State Park

2000 NW Sammamish Rd, Issaquah, WA 98027-8918 +1 425-455-7010
Excellent
40%
Good
36%
Satisfactory
18%
Poor
6%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4 based on 124 reviews

Lake Sammamish State Park

This park has something for everyone, from bikers to hikers and to fishermen.

Reviewed By TXMARTINS - Seattle, Washington

A beautiful beach with large picnic areas and trails that allow people of all ages to have a place to explore, relax and take in the beauty of this park. There are no direct shaded areas so if its a super sunny day bring a large umbrella to take breaks under!

Tip: You will need a state park pass!

3. Cougar Mountain Zoo

19525 SE 54th St, Issaquah, WA 98027-8676 +1 425-392-6278
Excellent
32%
Good
43%
Satisfactory
16%
Poor
6%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 161 reviews

Cougar Mountain Zoo

Reviewed By Herbert F - Middletown, Delaware, United States

Plenty of animal talks. Clear views but obstructed camera shots. The highlight are the tigers but check out the large collection of Parrots, Maccaws and the like. Staff are friendly and interact with you.mits a great zoo for kids who get the opportunity to feed the emus,mule deer, llamas and tigers (just kidding about kids feeding the tigers.)

4. Tiger Mountain

SE 79th St, Issaquah, WA 98027
Excellent
52%
Good
39%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
1%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 68 reviews

Tiger Mountain

Rough and rugged hiking trail best suited for those with some hiking experience.

Reviewed By BLWynn - Durango, Colorado

My husband, daughter, and I hiked from the Tiger Summit Trailhead to East Tiger Summit via the gravel road, and returned via the road and turned off onto Master Link back to the parking lot. Tip: if you have the Discovery Pass, go to the upper parking lot and park.

The trip up was steep and pretty sunny. We got a fairly early start, so temperature wasn't really an issue. We hadn't really planned on such a long hike, but when we got within a mile of the top, we decided to try for it (I'm 62, and my husband is 63).

Coming down, we found the Master Link trail off to the right and entered the cool shade. The trip back down the way we'd ascended would have maybe been shorter, mile-wise, but it would have been a thigh-burner--very steep. Master Link is one way up for mountain bikers, so we had good warning time to get off the trail to yield to cyclists. It was Memorial Day, so there were a lot of folks using Master Link, but it wasn't a problem hiking down on the easy grade.

Round trip time was just over four hours for a nine mile trip. We couldn't see Seattle as a layer of clouds covered the area and the bay, but Rainier was looking pretty awesome from several viewpoints.

5. Friends of Issaquah Salmon Hatchery

125 W Sunset Way, Issaquah, WA 98027-3803 +1 425-392-1118
Excellent
69%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 44 reviews

Friends of Issaquah Salmon Hatchery

Every fall the salmon return to Issaquah, and so, too, do thousands of young students and visitors, who come to see these magnificent fish return from their grueling journey at sea, to fight against the current and spawn in Issaquah Creek. The Issaquah hatchery is the most visited of the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife’s hatcheries, with thousands of visitors every year. As the region grapples with change to the natural environment, FISH highlights the presence of salmon in Issaquah Creek to cultivate a sense of wonder about these remarkable fish. We strive to tell the story of salmon here in such a way that fosters a natural, life-long commitment to their wellbeing, with tours, educational programs, and summer camps! “FISH champions the annual miracle of salmon in our fragile environment.” — FISH Mission

Reviewed By Golf I - Bellevue, Washington

I know people who work for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife and understand what they have to do to make this attraction as wonderful as it is, year after year. The hatchery and the WDFW employees do a wonderful job keeping the salmon, trout and steelhead fisheries going.

6. Poo Poo Point - Chirico Trail

Tiger Mountain, Issaquah, WA
Excellent
61%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 45 reviews

Poo Poo Point - Chirico Trail

Reviewed By Marco W - Seattle, WA

The views from the top are fantastic including a wonderful perspective of Mt Rainier.

This hike is just outside Issaquah off I90, about 30 minutes from Seattle. There are several trails getting to the top but the shortest is the Cherico Trail, named after the Seattle paragliding pioneer that drove the development of the launch site at Poo Poo point.

Less that 2 miles each way, this is a pretty hike with 1700 feet of climbing. There are toilets at the top and bottom but no water availble. This is a popular site so even in the winter months you are likely to have company. Dogs are popular companions to hikers on this trail so be warned or overjoyed depending on your attitude toward dogs.

There are two clearings that are used for paraglider launch sites. If you happen to hike on a North or South wind day, you are likely to find them soaring. If you want a tandem ride, you need to arrange it in advance.

7. Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park

18201 SE Cougar Mountain Dr, Issaquah, WA 98027-8648 +1 206-296-4232
Excellent
59%
Good
37%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
2%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 37 reviews

Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park

Reviewed By fnqfamily - Australia

Beautiful early morning walk, we got there before the crowds and thoroughly enjoyed the trails we went on. We spent 1.5 hrs here but could have easily sent the whole day exploring. Trails are well maintained, not to hard. We had our young kids with us and they found them manageable.

8. Pine Lake Park

2400 228th Ave SE, Issaquah, WA 98075-7153 +1 425-295-0730
Excellent
45%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
21%
Poor
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Overall Ratings

4 based on 32 reviews

Pine Lake Park

Reviewed By Skipper3436 - Issaquah, Washington

This is a very nice park albeit much smaller than Lake Sammamish. The lake is a great place for kids to swim in the Summer as it warms nicely and has a good beach. The dock offers a good place for young anglers to learn their fishing skills while hanging out with other kids.

I have always liked this park but parking can be frustrating.

9. Issaquah Depot Museum

78 1st Ave NW, Issaquah, WA 98027-3230 +1 425-392-3500
Excellent
61%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
5%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 17 reviews

Issaquah Depot Museum

Reviewed By Hyllbylly - Washington

We found this Depot when searching on TripAdvisor for things to do in Issaquah. It is a beautifully and lovingly restored building that really brought back memories of days gone by. There are some pictures of the Depot before restoration, and you can really see what an undertaking it was. There are displays about the history of the area, and I thought the recreation of the station master's office was amazing with all the equipment that would have been used. The freight room can be rented for events, which would be a great spot for those who love trains or history. It has the original wood flooring in it. It isn't a large museum, but it's a nice little outing.

10. artEAST

95 Front St N, Issaquah, WA 98027-3237 +1 425-392-3191
Excellent
85%
Good
15%
Satisfactory
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Overall Ratings

5 based on 13 reviews

artEAST

Reviewed By Janet M - Nags Head, North Carolina

Visited during a crows and raven show...fell in love with a wonderful local artists work and having it shipped east after the show is over! Great service and artist..its a pleasure to find such nice talent!

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