Bridle Trail Adventures in Kirkland, WA
Washington has some of the most beautiful scenery in the United States. With the constant rain, everything is lush and beautiful, especially to those who love trail riding. In the town of Kirkland, people gather to escape life in the city and enjoy their state’s beauty at the Bridle Trails State Park. The 482-acre park has 28 miles of trails open to equestrians and is known as one of the top equestrian parks west of the Mississippi River—definitely a place to check out if you are an outdoorsy type of person. There are also show rings at the park, so be sure to check out the schedule on the Bridle Trails State Park website to see if there are any shows that peak your interest while you stay.
Being less than thirty minutes from Seattle, Kirkland is on the other side of Lake Washington, making it a great waterfront destination without the hectic life of the city. Boating is a fun and popular activity for the city’s residents, with the Marina Park and Carillon Point marinas that offer year-round activities, including vendors for people to rent powerboats, jet skis, kayaks, and paddle boards. If you go to the Marina Park on a Wednesday, you can visit the Kirkland Market, where local growers and artisans bring their tasty goods for the community to purchase.
Along with Seattle, Kirkland is a pretty artsy town. If you’re interested in live music, check out the Kirkland Performance Center before your trip and see if there are any musicians or plays to see. Classes are available for just about every kind of art in the city; painting, sculpture, dance, and cooking are just a few. Even one class can inspire a new hobby.
Speaking of hobbies, if you’re feeling lucky, head down to the Caribbean Casino and play your favorite card game. Their live events are always a treat and they have great happy hours. With a dining room whose menu specializes in American and Cantonese dishes; it’s a one-stop shop to a fun night out.
Of course, being so close to the water means one thing: fresh seafood. While there are many options for dining, one place to check out is The Big Fish Grill. This place knows seafood, as they have four locations around Washington. Their menu is littered with a classic surf and turf menu, but on top of that, intriguing items that will make your mouth water. Margarita Mondays and Ladies Night Thursdays are fun nights to meet with locals and feel at home in this local spot.
The town of Kirkland alone will keep any rider happy and entertained while visiting, but if the city is also of interest, be sure to check out the wonder of Seattle while visiting. Seattle polo is a great idea if visiting during the summer months and wanting a fun outing. Be sure to bring a camera, as you will certainly have moments, and beautiful horses, you will want to capture.