Edmonds Waterfront from Sunset ParkThe Puget Sound and Olympic Mountains provide the perfect setting for beaches, bird watching, public art and eateries. Located just a few miles north of Seattle, this charming city is considered a small-town utopia. Do some window shopping downtown with your four-legged friend (some store owners include water bowls outside their shops for when your dog gets thirsty). When your dog is ready to do some shopping of his own, visit the Next to Nature pet store located off Main Street.

A perfect visit to Edmonds includes a stroll along its pedestrian-friendly waterfront with beachfront parks, 900 foot fishing pier, marina and restaurants/cafes plus the renowned underwater dive park at Brackett’s Landing. Two other ways to spend the day include taking a ferry ride to Kingston (gateway to the Olympic Peninsula and Hood Canal) or breath the sea air while watching boats arriving/departing the Edmonds Marina.

Of course, Fido won’t think it is a perfect day unless he has a chance to visit the off leash dog park where he can cool off by swimming or playing in the water. The park has water on one side and fenced on the others. In addition to the small enclosed area for small dogs, it has drinking water and rinse area.

Edmonds has numerous events and festivals including the Edmonds Arts Festival in June, free concerts on Sundays in July/August, Taste of Edmonds in August and writers’ conference in October. A full calendar of events can be found on the Visit Edmonds website.

To learn more about Edmonds’ intriguing past, add the Edmonds-South Snohomish County Historical Museum to your list of stops. Museum is located in the century old Carnegie Library building built in 1910.

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