Summer is heating up in the Pacific Northwest, and Kent is no different. After a day in the sun, cool off with a bite of something chilling. Kent has plenty of joints that dish icy goodies with a local flair. Spend the day at Lake Meridian, Clark Lake, or another one of Kent’s parks, then cap off the eve with a treat that will quench your thirst:
- Snag an Italian Ice at Rita’s. Rita’s serves the snow cone re-imagined—icy and sweet but smooth like silk and made with fresh fruit. Bonus: the ice comes in 38 flavors, not counting sugar free options. Savor the tastes of Cantaloupe Juicy Pear, Cotton Candy, Blueberry, Chocolate Peanut Butter and more.
- Taste Ube ice cream at Big Boys Kainan. This Filipino-Hawaiian eatery serves a waffle decked out with Ube ice cream—earthy and nutty, topped with fresh fruit mixed with cream. It’s not your traditional ice cream and waffle cone, so the memory of this dish will feed your dreams with Kent’s global food scene.
- Fill up your froyo cup at Yogurtland. Pull down the lever and watch as ice cream swirls into your cup like frosting onto a cupcake. You can take your pick of both classic and beachy choices. Flavors are updated regularly, but you can look for purees to add to your frozen yogurt—strawberry, raspberry, peach and blueberry.
- Down a cold one at The Airways Brewing Bistro & Beer Garden. A beer may not be considered a dessert, but a growler of summery brews at Airways is always a treat. The Luxury Jet is a blend of summers by the beach and crisp fruit salad, with notes of blueberry, papaya and tangerine.
After choosing your favorite cool treat, you’ll feel refreshed and ready to jump back into the lake—or bike seat—and get back to finding new places to explore. Ready to plan your start adventuring? Use our planning tools to get started.
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