Attractions and Recreation
Auburn is home to many attractions and recreation facilities to further enhance your enjoyment of the area, whether you are visiting or making it your home. In addition to the following attractions, Auburn also has a network of trails for jogging, horseback riding and bicycling. Residents also enjoy fishing in local rivers.
Auburn Municipal Airport
Auburn Municipal Airport is the 3rd busiest airport in the state and classified by the Federal Aviation Administration as a reliever for both Sea-Tac and Boeing Field. The airport is situated on 86 acres with over 277 based-aircraft and has more than 160,000 business, personal and medical aircraft operations per year. The airport is under private management and is undergoing major improvements and enhancements. The City of Auburn has designated the airport as an economic growth area.
Auburn Downtown Association
Historic Downtown Auburn
Historic downtown with its original architecture, combined with historic preservation and on-going renovations, provides a gathering place for numerous events and a unique shopping experience. With antique, jewelry and specialty gift shops, Rottles Apparel & Shoes (the last of Washington’s family-owned department stores), Nelson’s Jewelry Store, Cavanaugh Ace Hardware, the Auburn Avenue Dinner Theater, a broad base of services and a variety of home-style eateries, there’s something special for everyone.
Several of our historic buildings have been renovated with special care to preserve our architectural heritage and continue to reflect Auburn’s history. Adjacent to one another are both locally owned historic businesses and a modern state-of-the-art hospital. Downtown Auburn remains a vibrant and vital retail, service, city government and medical center of the Green River Valley.
The Auburn Downtown Association (ADA), an organization committed to the future of downtown Auburn, has been serving area businesses since 1988. Their long-running Sidewalk Sale & Craft Show happens the third week of July every year and has grown into one of the more popular summer festivals in the area. The ADA provides centralized management; works to strengthen and broaden the economic base; encourages visual improvements through good design; and promotes the downtown area as Auburn’s social, cultural and economic center. ADA’s mission is to enhance the downtown business environment and make it a better place to live, work, visit and shop.
Experience the Sport of Kings at the Northwest's premiere thoroughbred racetrack. Emerald Downs, a magnificent 167-acre facility, offers the finest in racing excitement for fans of all ages. The Northwest's best thoroughbreds can be found racing on the Auburn oval, while Mount Rainier provides a stunning backdrop. Emerald Downs' six-level stadium is focused on the finish line.
Whether you choose the Trackside Tent, or high atop the grandstand in one of the luxurious Triple Crown Suites, you won't miss a bit of the action.
State-of-the-art video coverage brings the action up close with more than 550 monitors located throughout the facility. The highlight of every year is the running of the $400,000 Longacres Mile (Gr. III). This year marks the 71st running of the mile. The big race, which features the West Coast's best mid-distance runners, goes postward each August. Fans of all ages enjoy a variety of special events throughout our racing season.
Families can gather in the Paddock Park on summer Sundays to enjoy racing and special Sound Transit Family Day activities that include pony rides, face painting clowns, magicians and much more. Visit www.emeralddowns.com for more information.
You might think you are standing in a Las Vegas or Reno casino when in fact you are in “The Biggest and Best In The Northwest,” the Muckleshoot Casino in Auburn.
The Muckleshoot Casino features over 2,600 machines, over 114 table games, the largest Poker room in the state, 2 separate casinos with one being the state’s only completely non-smoking casino with over 400 machines and 20 tables and you can park for free in the new seven-story parking-garage. You’ll find all your favourite table games such as blackjack, craps, roulette and baccarat plus a variety of your favourite machines including Clue, Amazing Wins, Rich Little Piggies, Wheel of Fortune, Monopoly and Video Poker. The Muckleshoot Casino is open 24-hours, 7-days a week, 365 days a year.
Enjoy a great meal in one of the casino's six restaurants or treat yourself to something from the Sweet Shoppe. Club Galaxy features live music and dancing seven nights a week and there is never a cover charge. The Muckleshoot Casino also offers banquet facilities that can accommodate parties of 50 to 300.
Why Play Anywhere Else?! From all points take Highway 18 to the Auburn Way exit and turn left. For more information on the casino or current entertainment call (800) 804-4944 or check out the casino's web site at www.muckleshootcasino.com.
The Outlet Collection | Seattle
The Outlet Collection is the largest indoor outlet mall in the Pacific Northwest. Encompassing 1 million square feet, The Outlet Collection has a unique mix of over 130 specialty, outlet & factory stores. In addition to the anchors; Nordstrom Rack, Marshall’s, Old Navy Outlet, Burlington Coat Factory, Bed Bath & Beyond, Sports Authority, Sam’s Club & LA Fitness, there is a complementary blend of outlet and national brand retailers including popular brands like; American Eagle Outfitters, Nike Factory Store, Tommy Hilfiger Company Store, Adidas Outlet Store, Guess Factory, Michael Kors, H&M and many more! For families, The Outlet Collection offers a soft play area, a carousel, kiddie rides, and family restrooms. Guest Services located next to Nordstrom Rack and offers Gift Card purchases, wheelchair rentals and customer assistance. The Outlet Collection is conveniently located at the intersection of Hwy 18 and SR 167 in Auburn. Visit www.theoutletcollectionseattle.com for directions and a complete list of stores.
White River Amphitheatre
Celebrating its 5th anniversary, White River Amphitheatre is the most state-of-the-art outdoor concert venue in the entire country. This season, White River expects another stellar entertainment lineup between May and September. See our web site, WhiteRiverConcerts.com, for the latest schedule info.
White River has been home for Farm Aid 2004, Jimmy Buffett, The Eagles, Tom Petty, Toby Keith, Crosby Stills Nash & Young, Coldplay, Reba McEntire, Brooks & Dunn, Sting & Annie Lennox, Fleetwood Mac, Alan Jackson, John Mayer, Aerosmith and Cher among others.
Almost half of the 20,000 seats are covered by the amphitheatre roof. There is ample parking and diverse food and beverage service. The site also houses the River Lodge (a 6,000-square-foot lounge), the Bear and Wolf Houses (all ages cafés), and four separate restroom buildings.
White River offers an outstanding VIP experience for companies and individuals looking to entertain friends, family and clients. The VIP Program includes exceptional seating and first class amenities. For info please contact (360) 825-6200.
White River Amphitheatre is a partnership between the Muckleshoot Indian Tribe and Live Nation.
Iron Horse Casino
At the Steiner Diner you can listen to the oldies while enjoying juicy burgers, fabulous fries and creamy milkshakes, or enjoy fine dining in their full-service restaurant. Whether you’re hungry for fun and games or mouth-watering food, the Iron Horse Casino in Auburn is the place to be. The Iron Horse offers Vegas-style gaming with $200 limits and $1 Happy Hour gaming. Also, check out the friendly poker room. The Iron Horse Casino is located one-mile east of Emerald Downs at 333 15th NE in Auburn. For more information call 253-833-7100.
Regal Auburn 17 Theaters
Enjoy a movie-going experience at Cinema 17, located adjacent to the SuperMall. Cinema 17 features 17 stadium-riser auditoriums, all digital sound, snack bar, and ample parking. This large 63,000 square-foot building has an airport theme with a plane suspended from the lobby ceiling. The luminous neon tower can be seen for miles. At Cinema 17, it’s always more than a movie. Online ticket purchasing is available at www.fandango.com.
Auburn Golf Course
The Auburn Golf Course is an 18-hole scenic course nestled along the Green River. The course is open to the public and offers a challenge to golfers of all skill levels. The new clubhouse opened in August 2007 and features a pro shop, 150-seat banquet and meeting facility, and full basement for carts and general storage. A 110-seat full-service restaurant at the clubhouse will open in the fall of 2007. Over the past several years, the Golf Course has undergone a complete transformation with the reconstruction of nine fairways, 15 greens and 17 tee boxes. With competitive rates year round, the Auburn Golf Course also offers a lesson program with professional instruction, tournaments, Men’s and Women’s Club events, a Junior Program, student and senior rates, and an off-season unlimited monthly play pass. The Auburn Golf Course is located at 29630 Green River Rd. SE in Auburn. For more information call 253-833-2350 or visit www.auburngolf.org.
Washington National Golf Club
Located on the scenic Auburn plateau, Washington National Golf Club was co-designed by John Fought and Orrin Vincent. Washington National combines world-class golf with a campus-like atmosphere as the entire project features a University of Washington theme. The par-72 layout is already recognized as one of the Northwest’s golfing treasures. The bunkers, with their long noses and flashed white sand faces, are spectacular, the water features are breathtaking, and the design is simply world-class. Like many of the game’s great courses, Washington National’s layout gradually increases in challenge and splendor as it builds to a crescendo over the final five holes. The brilliant design is enhanced with impeccable playing conditions, contrasting transitional areas, and its sheer grandeur. There is no doubt that, with a little maturity and exposure to golf’s ruling bodies, Washington National will take its place among America’s greatest golfing venues.
Washington National also includes a state-of-the-art practice facility with a 25-plus stall grass hitting area, practice bunker, chipping green and putting green. Washington National’s restaurant and banquet facilities can accommodate your golf events, reunions, weddings and much more. Washington National hosted the 2002 NCAA Women’s Golf Championship and hosted the 2003 NCAA Men’s Western Regional golf tournament, as well as the 2003 U.S. Open Sectional Qualifier.
Washington National is located at 14330 SE Husky Way in Auburn. For more information call 253-333-5000.
Jade Greens Golf Course & Driving Range
Jade Greens is a nine-hole public course that is described as “very player friendly”. Junior and senior rates are available Monday through Friday. There are additional sets of tees that can be used when playing an 18-hole round. Jade Greens is located at 18330 SE Lake Holm Road in Auburn. For more information call 253-931-8562.
White River Valley Museum
A surprising secret – many have discovered that Auburn has the best local history museum in the state! The award-winning museum’s exhibits tell the story of Auburn, from Native American history to the 1920s. They focus on the Muckleshoot Indian Tribe, pioneer life, immigration from Europe and Japan, truck farming, railroading and the building of towns throughout the area. Visitors get to wander into a pioneer cabin, climb aboard a Northern Pacific caboose, and investigate the shops in 1924 downtown Auburn. Rotating exhibits are fun and change three times a year. Opening hours are Wednesday through Sunday, noon to 4 pm. The museum is located at 918 H Street SE in Auburn. For more information or to book tours, call 253-288-7433 or visit www.wrvmuseum.org.
Auburn City Parks, Arts & Recreation
The City of Auburn Parks, Arts & Recreation Department offers a comprehensive program of recreational, educational and cultural activities and programs for citizens of all ages. Recreation Division offerings include sports, camps, classes and activities for preschool children, youth, teen, adults and seniors, in addition to developmentally disabled children and adults. The department operates the Auburn Senior Activity Center, which enhances the lives of senior adults through social, recreational, health and wellness, educational and nutritional services and programs.
The Cultural Arts Division presents professional touring performances in the parks, at the Auburn Performing Arts Center, and the Auburn Riverside Theatre; presents gallery shows at the City Hall Gallery; and installs public art in various locations throughout the city. The department operates the Auburn Golf Course, the White River Valley Museum, and the Mountain View Cemetery. The city’s parks include several picnic shelters for rent, four indoor rental facilities, and Game Farm Wilderness Park’s 18 individual campsites for tents, recreational vehicles and trailers.