One of Seattle’s funkiest, wildest, and most fun neighborhoods is Fremont. Located across the Lake Washington Ship Canal and bordering Phinney Ridge to the south, Fremont boasts enough character for any fun-loving family and some pretty lovely residential areas just a few blocks from the epicenter.
A tourist attraction in itself, the area around 36th Street and Fremont Avenue North are ripe with strange and wonderful art projects, boutique shops, and interesting buildings. Google and Adobe offices reside near the water and there are plenty of professionals that live in the neighborhood, but taking a stroll around the area will reveal a statue of the Soviet revolutionary Vladimir Lenin, a Cold War-era rocket, and a gigantic concrete statue infamously known as the Fremont Troll.
Despite the obvious counter-culture that abounds in the neighborhood, Fremont is home to some of the longest-running public institutions in the city. The Summer Solstice Parade and Pageant is held every year and is one of the highest attended events in the city. The B.F. Day Elementary School and the separate B.F. Day Playground reside in the area, the former being the longest continually operating school in Seattle. The first branch library in Seattle is the Fremont branch, whose structure dates back almost 100 years.
Several breweries, restaurants, and offices are located in the area and there’s plenty of access to busses, making Fremont one of the more accessible neighborhoods in the city. Access to WS-99 is easy, the Fremont Bridge gives access to Queen Anne and Westlake Avenue to get around Lake Washington in a hurry. And Fremont is known for its bicycle culture – the Fremont Bridge allows for and tracks bicycle usage on a daily basis.
Two small public parks – Fremont Peak Park and A.B. Ernst Park – provide outdoor recreation, but the big highlight of the Fremont area for the active types is the Burke-Gilman Trail, which passes through Fremont along the canal. A great walking and biking path alike, this trail goes all the way from Ballard past the University of Washington.
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