Day Trips in Kent

From one-of-a-kind museums to miles of biking trails and aisles of retail treasures at local shops, there’s no shortage of ways to spend a day in Kent. If you have a few hours, we have some great suggestions for day tripping fun.

Shop Hopping

With high-end retail, thrift-store treasures and unique collectibles, Kent provides a full day of shopping fun.

Vintage Elvis record for sale at Treasures in Kent, Washington
Vintage Elvis record for sale at Treasures in Kent, Washington
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  • Start your day in historic downtown Kent. Breakfast with the locals at Maggie’s on Meeker.
  • Kent is a thrifting and antiquing paradise, offering everything from designer bags and clothing to gently used items and unique collectibles. Stop in at Lucky Lemons to check out the swanky clothing and some of those old-fashioned contraptions called typewriters.
  • You’ll find one-of-a-kind retail and specialty shops. Stop by Altha’s Louisiana Cajun Seasonings and Spices for everything you need to make the perfect étoufée, or shop a great selection of creative games and toys at Kent Teaching and Toys.
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Urban Biking Adventure

Bring your bike and plan to hit miles of trails, all within the Kent city limits. Don’t let the city part fool you. The mostly flat, paved trails will take you through Kent’s scenic parks, along rivers and past public art.

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Cycling the Green River Trail in Kent, Washington
Cycling the Green River Trail in Kent, Washington

A Day At The Museums

Sure, D.C. has the Smithsonian, but there’s a lot to learn and see in Kent. Spend the day at three unique museums that offer up history, hydroplanes and handcrafted pickleball paddles that launched the sport in the 1960s.

Pay N Pak powerboat model on display at Hydroplane and Raceboat Museum in Kent, Washington
Powerboat model on display at Hydroplane and Raceboat Museum in Kent, Washington
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  • Kent’s history is as rich as the Green River Valley soil. In fact, lettuce was such a big deal they threw a huge party every year to celebrate it. That’s just a taste of what you’ll learn at the Greater Kent Historical Society Museum.
  • After your visit: Ponder the demise of hops farming over a pint of craft beer at The AC Tavern. The AC has 15 taps to taste from, along with a menu teeming with creative gourmet hot dogs.
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