The city of Vernon has a population of about 36000 people and is one of two cities in the Washington Metropolitan Statistical Area. Tulip Festival Street Fair is part of Skagit Valley Tulip Festival, and Mount Vernon is known for it. The climate is not entirely different from the climate in Northern France and, as such, millions of tulips are grown in the county where Mount Vernon sits. The city is one of the most beautiful cities in the United States. Little Mountain Park is the largest park in the city, located to the South, it spans 522 acres (211.3 hectares). However, it is only one of the many beautiful places to visit. If it piques your interest, then here are some of the best things to do in Mt. Vernon.
1. Take a hike at Little Mountain Park
Little Mountain Park is positioned to the south of Mt Vernon, Washington about 5 mi (8 km) off of the interstate. It has a path that stretches for 2.4 km (1.5 mi) to the top of Little Mountain gaining 284 m (934 ft) in elevation as it goes. The park also has hiking trails, picnic areas, and a scenic lookout. The hiking trails are low-intensity trails which makes Little Mountain Park the perfect place for the whole family to enjoy and the views are absolutely spectacular!
Little Mountain Park
Address: 3000 Little Mountain Rd, Mt Vernon, WA 98274
Website: Little Mountain Park
Opening hours: 10am - 8pm (daily)
2. Play and picnic at Mount Vernon Lions Club Roadside Park
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Mount Vernon Lions Club Roadside Park sits on 1.5 acres of land that lies on the East bank of the Skagit River and it is a great place to go while you’re checking out Mount Vernon’s amazing views. They have walking paths, a nature area, picnic tables with and without shelters, restrooms, parking, and a playground for children. So if you’re looking for things to do in Mt Vernon, Washington you’ll want to put this park on your itinerary. Let your kids have some playtime while you check out the views from the Skagit River.
Mount Vernon Lions Club Roadside Park
Address: 501 Freeway Dr, Mt Vernon, WA 98273
Website: Mount Vernon Lions Club Roadside Park
Opening hours: 7am - 8pm (daily); Thanksgiving and Black Friday: (hours may vary)
3. Take the kids to Children's Museum of Skagit County
As the name makes clear, this museum was built specifically with children in mind, but not just for play. Children’s Museum of Skagit County was created to teach children in an environment that would inspire them to explore and learn. There are art exhibits for the artistically inclined children, there are science exhibits for those kids who thrive on learning about the world around them, and there are even cultural exhibits for the ones who want to know about the people of the world. If your journey involves your children - visit here for things to do.
Children's Museum of Skagit County
Address: 432 Fashion Way, Burlington, WA 98233
Website: Children’s Museum of Skagit County
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4. Hop on over to Kiwanis Spray Park for sports and water fun
If you want a more active and wet experience, Kiwanis Spray Park is the place to visit. They have a wonderful playground for the kids to play, softball fields, a basketball court, and an exciting spray park for young kids, or those who cannot swim. There is a walking trail with a boardwalk that goes through the wetlands surrounding the park and leads to bordering neighborhoods. If you have young kids, this should be on your list of things to do in Mt Vernon.
Kiwanis Spray Park
Address: 500 S 18th St, Mt Vernon, WA 98274
Website: Kiwanis Spray Park
5. Check out Hillcrest Park for sports and picnicking
The Hillcrest Park rests on 31 acres (12.5 hectares) of land and has picnic areas, soccer, and baseball fields, as well as tennis courts. There is also a reasonably big playground surrounded by majestic towering trees native to Mt Vernon. The park has an open-air gazebo you can rent for USD 75 a day as well as a lodge you can rent for USD 400 a day that has a garden attached. They have sheltered picnic areas on both the south and north sides of the vast park and a daylight kitchen you can rent for USD 75 a day. If you have a large family and want a place to get together and pow-wow this is should definitely be on your list of things to do in Mt. Vernon.
Address: 1717 South 13th Street Mount Vernon, WA 98274
Website: Hillcrest Park
Opening hours: 8am - 6pm (daily)
6. Marvel at Little Mountain Overlook
Little Mountain Overlook is one of the most beautiful scenic places to visit in Mt. Vernon. There are numerous viewpoints from which you can catch some breathtaking views, and hiking trails all over. There are also picnic tables if you want to throw down a meal with a view. This place is absolutely gorgeous and a visit here should definitely be on your itinerary if you want to be mesmerized by the beauty.
Little Mountain Overlook
Address: Mt. Vernon, WA 98274
Website: Little Mountain Overlook
7. See Mt. Vernon's beautiful Tulip Fields
As mentioned earlier, Mt. Vernon is known for growing millions of tulips due, in part, to the fact that the Washington climate is similar to the climate in the North of France where they are also known for growing some exceptionally beautiful tulips. If you’re traveling to Mt. Vernon you should most definitely plan a visit to the tulip fields.
Address: Unnamed Road, Mt Vernon, WA 98273 (Beaver Marsh and McLean Roads)
8. Visit Edgewater Park sports and boat access to Skagit River
Edgewater Park is a 51-acre (20.6 hectares) park on the banks of the Skagit River. They have a playground and a ball field, and the park hosts community events. As the park is on the banks of the Skagit River they also have a boat launch. So, if you are towing a boat, this place will be an extra important addition to your itinerary.
Address: 600 Behrens Millett Rd, Mt Vernon, WA 98273, United States
Website: Edgewater Park
Opening hours: 8am - 10pm (daily)
9. Plan a day at Skagit Wildlife Area-Wiley Slough
With roughly 13,000 acres (5261 hectares) of wildlife refuge, Skagit Wildlife Area-Wiley Slough should keep you and your family busy for a while. There is a lot of beauty and plenty of wildlife to observe. Since the reserve covers such a large area, there are multiple habitats from islands to marshes. Tidal action and the subsequent creation of brackish water provides the perfect estuarine environment for wildlife. If you love wildlife then this experience is definitely something to add to your itinerary.
Skagit Wildlife Area-Wiley Slough
Address: 21961 Wylie Rd, Mt Vernon, WA 98273
Website: Skagit Wildlife Area-Wiley Slough
10. Relax and unwind at Trumpeter Public House
When you’re tired and ready for a hot meal and some rest visit Trumpeter Public House. They have a gorgeous cherry-wood bar and they are family-friend. It’s a relaxed, warm environment. Notably, Trumpeter has hand-crafted beers and a huge selection of bourbons, Scotch, and Irish whiskey. Their menu utilizes locally grown veggies, exclusively, and they make everything from scratch. You can start with locally grown crispy artichoke hearts or stuffed roasted crimini and follow with such hearty fare as homemade shepherd’s pie or pan-seared duck breast.
Trumpeter Public House
Address: 416 Myrtle St, Mt Vernon, WA 98273
Website: Trumpeter Public House
Opening hours: Tue - Sat: 12pm - 6pm (closed on Sun & Mon)
Why not check out Mt. Vernon, Wa?
If you are traveling in the United States and want to visit one of the most beautiful places in the country, Mt. Vernon should be at the top of your list. Mt. Vernon is a beautiful, majestic, and vibrant green place, perfect for some quiet getaway.
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