Burlington has been called the “Hub City” because it served as a connection point for two major railways as well as the current junction between I-5 and Highway 20. Seasonal banners will welcome visitors into the Fairhaven District, Burlington’s old downtown, which still maintains a small-town atmosphere. Its storefronts have become home to specialty shops, tasty cafes, locally owned restaurants, and other convenient services.
Outside of the “downtown atmosphere” visitors are sure to notice the abundance of retail options that line the streets. Burlington has become the fourth largest city in the county and has the most major retail spaces within its borders. Over 60,000 shoppers can be seen each day hustling throughout the likes of the Cascade Mall, Outlet Shoppes at Burlington, Fairhaven District, and Burlington Boulevard.
The Cascade Mall functions as a great indoor option for shoppers. Aside from retail spaces, it also houses a multiplex theatre and the Children’s Museum of Skagit County. The AMC Lowes Theatre shows new release films on 14 screens, the most recent blockbuster hits, and a concession area. Just down the corridor, visitors may stumble upon a semi-truck protruding through a glass wall that displays hands on activities, learning centers, and creative toys. This visual statement is sure to attract your children into the fun-filled space known as the Children’s Museum. It is an attraction that you and your children are sure to enjoy. Visitors will have the opportunity to operate a real crane, get behind the wheel of a semi-truck, captain a tug-boat, shop in a market, put on a costume-filled theatrical performance, or even get down and artsy in the supply-filled studio/art center.
With eight parks, there are also many opportunities to enjoy the beauty of Skagit County. Tournaments and athletic competitions bring many visitors onto the lush green fields that saddle the Skagit River Dike throughout Burlington. In the summer months, the largest and most populated park is the 51-acre Skagit River Park. It features 22 soccer fields, eight baseball diamonds, and 24 horse shoe pits. North of Burlington is a 27-hole link style golf course and the highly entertaining sprint car track known as Skagit Speedway. And for those who are looking for indoor options, Burlington is home to the only indoor roller skating rink in the county and Rat Race Karting which offers high speed go cart racing and mini-golf.
The agricultural roots of Burlington are also celebrated each June and September with two entertaining and family-friendly events: Berry Dairy Days and the Fall Harvest Festival. The Berry Dairy Days in June feature a parade, 2-mile and 10k runs, a tractor show, and some pretty spectacular, locally grown, strawberry shortcake. September’s Fall Harvest Festival features a variety of activities in town and at city parks that are sure to catch your interest. Visitors can experience the annual pumpkin pitch, mule rides, art show, pie tasting competition, and the delectable and memorable Kiwanis Salmon BBQ.