For tourists, weekend photographers and families looking for something unique, Mukilteo offers some of North Puget Sound’s most endearing sites and family events. Among the highlights:
The historic and scenic Mukilteo Lighthouse, registered with the National Register of Historic Places, is the city’s most enduring and popular symbol. Entering service more than 100 years ago the colorful Victorian-style 38-foot tall lighthouse remains a fully functional automated navigation aid. Its purpose, then and now, is to help captains keep a firm location on their ship in the complex waters of Puget Sound. Climb up to the lighthouse tower, see the giant carved-glass Fresnel Lens, and enjoy the breath-taking view. For more information and hours contact the Mukilteo Historical Society at 425-513-9602 or www.mukilteohistorical.org
Washington State Ferries
Throughout the day, familiar green and white Mukilteo – Clinton ferries plow their way across the Puget Sound between Mukilteo and nearby Whidbey Island, offering the area’s most direct route to the island for vehicles, freight and passengers. A pure delight is to board the ferry as a walk-on passenger for a brisk, bracing sea voyage—in just 15 minutes.
Mukilteo Ferry Landing and Waterfront
Mukilteo’s past as a fishing village comes alive on its waterfront. Here you will find the Mukilteo Lighthouse, the Mukilteo Lighthouse Park and boat launch, several restaurants and watering holes including Ivar’s Mukilteo Landing and the Diamond Knot Ale House. Stay at the Silver Cloud Inn, right on the waterfront. Stand on the fishing dock, throw in a line, gaze at distant Possession Sound and Whidbey Island, watch the sailboats and inhale the fresh sea air.
Mukilteo’s Old Town is the heart and soul of the city’s traditional community. The district consists of shopping, the Mukilteo Chocolate Company, fine restaurants, and the Rose Hill Community Center. Visitors can look down on the Mukilteo waterfront district with its internationally famous lighthouse.
At the southern end of Mukilteo is the elegant Harbour Pointe planned community with its mix of single family homes, apartments and condominiums. The Harbour Pointe Village Center, an urban European-like village center, provides local restaurants, shops and services. Its manicured village green and quaint clock tower are popular good weather park sites for picnickers and outdoor activities.
Harbour Pointe Golf Club
Enjoy one of Washington’s top 10 gold courses right here in Mukilteo. Barbour Pointe Golf Club offers 18 holes of fine golfing and tremendous views, Pro-shop and restaurant on site. www.harbourpointgolf.com
Lighthouse Park offers a unique natural habitat for colorful underwater sea life. Look for octopus, eels, crabs of all sizes and lots of local fish. It is a great leisurely dive. www.shorediving.com/mukilteo
A simple white tower with a bronze origami crane stands in the middle of Centennial Park in Old Town: a testimony to the city’s long and sometimes tumultuous history with its Japanese community. From the early 1900s, when a small handful of Japanese immigrants arrived in a strange land to work in a sawmill, to the more than four generations of descendants who have made this city their home, the memorial remembers the pioneers and celebrates the years of harmonious race relations that is woven into our cultural history.
The quiet serenity of Pioneer Cemetery, with its weathered gravestones and ancient trees, sits on a bluff with an awe-inspiring view of the Puget Sound coastline. It is the final resting place for many of Mukilteo’s first citizens including founders Morris Frost and J.D. Fowler, and members of the Skagit tribe including Fowler’s wife Mary.
Mukilteo Lighthouse Park
Take a day trip to Mukilteo Lighthouse Park, a 17 acre state park in Old Town along the coast, featuring 1,500 feet of saltwater shoreline. Launch your boat from the four-lane boat launch ramp. Set up a picnic at one of the many sound-view picnic tables and benches or cook out using one of our covered picnic shelters. There are historical and environmental displays: the perfect place for summer relaxation and all-year sightseeing. For more information or questions, please contact the City of Mukilteo Recreation & Cultural Services at 425-268-8180.
Boeing Future of Flight Center
Mukilteo plays host to thousands of viewers to the nearby Boeing production line, where the 747, 767 and new DreamLiner/787 are produced. The Future of Flight Aviation Center & Boeing Tour showcases Boeing’s past, present and future. You can witness the impact of commercial jet aviation, see the future of powered, winged flight, or digitally design and test your own jet. Ride the XJ5 Flight Simulator and “fly” at supersonic speeds. Then board the bus and see the world’s largest jets assembled in the world’s largest building. Reservations: call 360-756-0086 or toll free, 1-800-464-1476 or make reservations online.
Annual Community Events in Mukilteo
Paine Field General Aviation Day
Each May, Paine Field, an airfield operated jointly by Snohomish County and Boeing, play host to General Aviation Day, co-sponsored by the Washington Pilots Association. The event celebrates the vast world of general aviation, and is designed to encourage a passion for general aviation among all ages. The event includes Young Eagle rids for kids 8-17, a pancake breakfast, aircraft static displays, antique airplanes and warbirds on display. The event also features Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen’s Flying Heritage College, the Port Townsend Aero Museum and the Cascade Warbirds. (http://www.painefield.com/)
Mukilteo Car Show
Each year, the weekend after Father’s Day (June) our annual Car Show is held at the Historic Flight Foundation, where attendees enjoy over 100 classic and current vehicles, motorcycles and show cars. Food and beverage vendors are on site as well as several auto related vendor booths. Vintage aircraft are available for viewing as well as a chances to win raffle prizes. Best of Show and People’s Choice awards are among many trophies given out following the judges’ tallies.
Amazing Race Mukilteo
Join us as we explore Mukilteo and its surrounding areas during the Amazing Race Mukilteo. Pre-registered two-person teams meet challenges throughout Lighthouse Park, Japanese Gulch and other landmarks in the area. This event is hosted by the Young Professionals of the Mukilteo Chamber of Commerce.
Mukilteo Lighthouse Festival
An annual celebration of the Mukilteo community, built around our fabled lighthouse, the Mukilteo Lighthouse Festival is one of Northwestern Washington’ premier events, drawing thousands of visitors from throughout the state. Held in September at Mukilteo Lighthouse Park, it features events for everyone: a grand parade to kick off the festivities, a pancake breakfast, area artists on display, a salmon bake, kite flying at the waterfront, Run-a-Muk—our 5K and 10K races, music for every taste, copious varieties of gourmet global food, a Microbrew and Wine Garden, and a grand fireworks display. (www.mukilteolighthousefestival.com)
Mukilteo Chamber Beer & Wine Garden at the Mukilteo Lighthouse Festival
For the over-21 crowd, the festival features the Mukilteo Chamber Microbrew and Wine Garden. It’s party time: great live music and a large outdoor dance floor. Net proceeds help to benefit the Chamber’s activities including its scholarship fund. Visitors have a great time, and help make the community better.
Christmas Tree Lighting Celebration
The annual Christmas Tree Lighting and Open House, sponsored by the Mukilteo Chamber of Commerce and the City of Mukilteo celebrates the holiday season by lighting the community Christmas tree, and inviting community talent to provide a wonderful afternoon of music and activities for everyone. The Christmas program utilizes our local schools to provide bands and choruses. Held at the Rose Hill Community Center, there are fun activities for the family including holiday crafts, cookie decorating, Santa and a special guest (Buddy the Elf, the Grinch, etc.). Santa is available for pictures and whispers of Christmas wishes as he hands out candy to the kids. Cookies and beverages are served to everyone. After the indoor ceremony, the outdoor Christmas tree is lit by Santa. Admission to the event is free however we request a canned food donation to the food bank.