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The Best Winter Activities Around the Sound


The winter season is almost o-fish-ially upon us and the Puget Sound offers a variety of activities to enjoy this time of year. With our Seafood Bars and full-service locations (Acres of Clams, Salmon House and Mukilteo Landing) spread throughout the Sound, you can start or end your day of winter fun with a meal at Ivar’s. Whatever you’re craving, from a cup of chowder (great in a thermos on the go), fish ‘n chips with some extra lovin’ or grilled seafood entrees, here at Ivar’s we’re serving it up hot and freshly made. Not sure what to do this season? Keep Clam, because we’ve included some of our favorite activities around the Sound that have something for everyone!


  • Snowboarding and Skiing at Snoqualmie Pass: Get ready to shred some serious snow. Whether you’re a skier or snowboarder, snow tuber or snowshoer or just like relaxing with a cup of hot chocolate in hand, the Summit Central at Snoqualmie opens  Wednesday, December 17th for the 2018-2019 season! Don’t forget to stop by our new location in Issaquah for something to warm you up before or after a day of play in the snow!                                             


@summitatsnoqualmie on Instagram

  • Cruising and Soaking with Hot Tub Boats: We know it’s chilly around the Sound, but Hot Tub Boats are here to warm you up. Float on Lake Union in a warm and cozy hot tub boat and enjoy the Seattle skyline while you’re at it. After you’ve got your hot tub fix, head over to the Salmon House for a delicious meal and a view of Seattle from inside.


@hottubboats on Instagram    

  • A Winter Oasis at Leavenworth: If you haven’t headed to Leavenworth yet or are a frequent visitor, the winter time is truly one of the best in this Bavarian-style village. There are nightly kid’s nutcracker hunts, live music and storytelling, snowshoe tours and a variety of other activities to experience in this magical place adorned in snow and brilliant lights.


@visitleavenworthwa on Instagram    

  • First Day Hikes During State Parks Free Days: Start 2019 off right with a hike in the Pacific Northwest. On Jan. 1, Washington State Parks all around encourage you to participate in “First Day Hikes.” Whether your New Year’s resolution is to get out and explore more of the Pacific Northwest or if you’re just looking for a breath of fresh air for the start of the New Year, you can never go wrong with a gorgeous hike on a free state park day. Don’t worry if you miss the Jan. 1 date, there’s also a free day on Jan. 21! 

  • Get Chilly with a Polar Bear Plunge: Nothing makes you feel more alive than taking an icy dip into Lake Washington for the annual Renton Polar Bear Plunge on Tuesday, January 1st. It’s the perfect event to start the New Year off right that ends with a warm cup of Ivar’s chowder.  Or consider signing up for a Special Olympics Washington Polar Plunge event near you happening throughout January and February.



  • Winterfest at the Seattle Center:  Now until Jan. 6, there are a variety of activities and events at the Seattle Center for the holiday season. From a winter train and village to skating around the rink and live festive carolers, Winterfest is the perfect way to get in the holiday spirit.