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What’s Not to Love About Kent?

From food to sports to music and more, there’s a lot to love about Kent, Washington.

Whether you’re a sports fan looking for some action, a foodie with a big appetite for unique cuisine, or a seeker of all things active, Kent is the place to be. Not only does Kent offer loads of activities, attractions, restaurants and more, it’s also a great spot to launch your Pacific Northwest adventure.

What do you love to do?

Food fanatic. Kent is one of the most diverse cities in the United States, and it really shows when it comes its cornucopia of global eateries. Sink your teeth into mouthwatering Carne Asada at Asadero Sinaloa. For authentic Chinese fare, try Szechuan First (18124 East Valley Highway) an unassuming gem loved by locals. Or discover a cultural and dining experience you’ll never forget at Project Feast. That’s just a nibble. Check out places to dine in Kent.

Sports nut. Kent offers a sports trifecta at accesso ShoWare Center: Seattle Thunderbirds ice hockey (September-March), Tacoma Stars professional arena soccer (October-March) and Seattle Mist lingerie football (May-July). Affordable tickets and great promotions (like two-for-one beer night) make for a fun date night, family outing or an evening out with friends. Kent is also a quick hop from major sports in Seattle. Stay in Kent and catch the Seahawks, Sounders or Mariners in action.

Outdoor adventurer. With miles of local biking/walking trails and connections to major regional trails, lakes to kayak, and acres of parks for fun and games, Kent is the ideal place to get active. Kent also offers easy access to Mount Rainier, and other regional recreational opportunities. Want to soar? Make the short drive to popular Poo Poo Point for an afternoon of paragliding. Seattle Paragliding can help make that happen. Learn more about outdoor recreation in and around Kent.

Rock fan. Enjoy a top-tier concert in the intimate setting of Kent’s accesso ShoWare Center. Iconic heavy metal band Judas Priest takes the stage Sunday, April 15. Kent also puts you close to other major concert venues, including White River Amphitheater in nearby Auburn and the Tacoma Dome about 30 minutes to the south. Skip the headache of driving to downtown Seattle venues, and travel the short distance from Kent via convenient transportation options. It’s a great way to catch (Seattle’s own) Pearl Jam at Safeco Field in August.

Make a day of it, stay the weekend or plan an extended visit. With all the things to do in and around Kent, you might want to stay a while. Check out places to stay. We think you’ll love it.