Live comfortably, close to major cities, with a gorgeous view of Mt. Rainier, and plenty of local activities all year long. In a nutshell, that’s Puyallup! But the appeal of this town goes beyond pretty scenery and fun fairs.
When we ventured to Puyallup for our latest City Skinny edition, it was a gorgeous day and the Washington State Fair was in full swing. The parks were full and the streets were busy with folks grabbing a quick bite or enjoying a stroll through the Antique District.
Situated east of Tacoma and south of Seattle, Puyallup may seem a world away. But with an abundance of festivals happening all year long, it’s a bustling, generous community (the town’s name literally means, “generous people”).
Do The Puyallup
Every September, the Washington State Fair isn’t just the biggest event in the state: It’s continually ranked as one of the largest fairs in the world with over 1 million guests. It spreads across nearly 170 acres, with rides, concerts (including major and contemporary artists, like Carrie Underwood and Pitbull), a rodeo, animals, arts and crafts, and plenty of scrumptious food (over 165 booths).
Puyallup is home to many annual events, including Oktoberfest, Meeker Days Festival(June 19-21) where they’re celebrating the city’s 125th anniversary this year, and theDaffodil Festival that’s taken place every spring since 1934.
Small Town Appeal
Festivals occur throughout the year, but Puyallup is still a small community that maintains its historic downtown charm. Many of the buildings are original 1800’s architecture, and a plethora of antique stores, like Victoria Sells Antiques, line the north-south street of Meridian. If you’re looking for a yummy bite, The Farmer’s Market and plenty of dining options await.
Big City Proximity
If you want to enjoy a livelier night on the town, Tacoma and Seattle are a short Sounder train ride away. It’s the most convenient way to have your fun and then head home for a quiet evening.
New Neighborhoods and Wide Open Spaces
People love Puyallup because it’s peaceful and pretty, and you can enjoy the atmosphere from your newer modern home in the south end of town, or on a sprawling property with your horses. No matter which you choose, Mt. Rainier greets you with the sun every morning!
Pioneer Park is a major highlight right in town with a wading pool and kid’s play area. Go fishing at Bradley Lake Park or take a leisurely stroll along its trails.
If you’ve got kids, there’s no shortage of schools in and around Puyallup. 21 elementary schools, 7 junior high and 3 high schools serve over 22,000 students, with consistently high rankings.
With friendly folks and modern amenities available, Puyallup is the perfect mix of relaxed life in the country and big city fun. Come check it out!