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Make a Splash in Kent

Looking for ways to cool off this summer? Head to the water in Kent, Washington.

When the thermostat hits “whew,” and your local hardware store’s shelves are empty of fans and air conditioning units, go old school to keep cool this summer. From lakes to a spray park, Kent has several spots where you can chase away the heat.

Swim, boat, paddle or chill by the shore.  Take your pick of three great lakes in Kent:

  1. Lake Meridian. This East Kent Hill water paradise features a boat launch, swimming, fishing and a sandy beach. Cool off in or on the water via your own craft (motorized or self-propelled) or join the Kent Dragon Boat Association for a practice session, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Want to enjoy the water from dry land? Bask on the beach or stroll the shore while taking in stunning views of Mount Rainier.
  2. Lake Fenwick. Keep cool and get back to nature at this peaceful and rustic urban lake ringed by trees. Launch your non-motorized boat or take a dip off the newly-constructed floating dock that opens in July. But be careful—there’s no lifeguard on duty.
  3. Clark Lake. Beat the heat and the hustle and bustle at this forested gem in the heart of Kent. You can’t swim in the lake, but it’s a nice, serene spot to launch a kayak, canoe or other self-propelled craft.

Spray and play in downtown Kent. There’s no better way for the kiddos to cool off and get their wiggles out than a visit to Town Square Plaza in downtown Kent. From 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily (May-October), the rotary sphere and surrounding spray fountains offer endless, wet fun.  

Find yourself by a fountain. If you want to skip the immersion experience but still love the sight and sound of water, plant yourself near the fountain at Kent Station. An iced mocha from Dilettante Mocha Café or double scoop of cool deliciousness from Cold Stone Creamery will keep the heat at bay.

Along with awesome options for keeping cool, there are loads of other things to do in Kent this summer and throughout the year. Come and explore.