Six distinct wineries make up the South Sound Wine Trail. At each stop, visitors sample flights of handcrafted wines and meet the winemakers that produce them, using grapes from some of Eastern Washington's best vineyards. The award-winning wineries of the South Sound Wine Trail include, Stottle Winery, Madsen Family Cellars, Northwest Mountain Winery, Medicine Creek Winery, Scatter Creek Winery, and Walter Dacon.
SHANKZ Black-Light Mini Golf eschews evergreen putting surfaces for pitch black corridors that snake through an ethereal landscape populated by glow-in-the-dark creatures. Each hole features novel obstacles?such as dinosaurs, tigers, and sharks?that glow ominously amid the cosmic backdrop. Players can opt to don 3-D goggles to give the surreal space an even more three-dimensional aura.
Jessie Farrington was jumping out of planes before she could even drive a car. That's what Mrs. Farrington?who owns Skydive Kapowsin alongside husband Geoffrey?told ThurstonTalk.com in 2013. "I was 15 when I first dove out, and I was afraid, flat out afraid.? But nerves couldn't silence a passion for skydiving that runs deep into the roots of the Farrington family tree, whose branches sag with the weight of dangling parachute packs. Jessie's father opened Skydive Kapowsin in 1971, and now her son Andy and nephew Luke help out as instructors?at least when they're not touring as members of the Red Bull Air Force team or diving alongside Jessie and Geoffrey in major motion pictures such as Iron Man 3.
At Skydive Kapowsin's Jump Center, the Farringtons train the future stars of the skydiving world. A walk through this massive facility reveals classrooms, a rigging room, and a media room. Here and in the air, instructors guide students as they work through an AFF program's 25 jumps?a process that takes a person from novice to solo skydiver. The aptly named Jumper's Cafe serves up sandwiches between these lessons, while a licensed massage therapist works onsite to ease any pre-jump jitters.
It doesn't take weeks inside the Jump Center to feel the rush of skydiving, however. All that's required is 15 minutes of training and a tandem jump from the belly of a twin turbine plane. From an altitude of 13,000 feet, experts escort adventurers on an intense free-fall through a panorama of the Washington landscape?from the South Sound to Mt. Ranier?and birds-eye views of ground squirrels' holes.
A seasoned fishermen, native Washingtonian Brian Oldfield has spent more than 35 years casting his lines. He even spent four years fishing on Alaska's Nushagak River?known for being chock full of sockeye, chum, and silver salmon?before he returned to his home state to pursue his passion as more than just a hobby. Aboard his 18-foot heated drift boat, he brings up to three clients along to soak up his advice while on the prowl for salmon and steelhead trout, depending on the time of year. He equips guests with rods, bait, tackle; all clients simply need to bring their fishing licenses and food and drinks to lure the assistance of friendly moose.
The Hands On Children's Museum opens a window to the world for youngsters. Its exhibits are all about interactive learning, whether that means role playing at a farmer's market, operating a play fire engine, or climbing a tree house to build a flying machine. These activities are part of 150 total exhibits in nine themed galleries that focus on healthy living, the arts, building, and outdoor exploration. The Puget Sound gallery features an eight-foot vortex and two-story cargo ship to teach kids about sea life, and a science table brings the miniature world around us to life with an HD digital microscope.
Staff Size: 1 person
Brands Used: MaunaLua Standup Paddleboards
Pro Tip: Bring sunscreen and water and snacks for afterward. SUP is fun, but staying hydrated and nourished is important.
Handicap Accessible: No
Parking: Free street parking
Most Popular Attraction/Offering: Lessons and Rentals
Recommended Age Group: All Ages