Carillon Point Marina in Kirkland has known pirates. The Lady Washington, better known as the HMS Interceptor from “Pirates of the Caribbean,” and the Hawaiian Chieftain, a replica of a centuries old merchant vessel, both tour docks throughout Washington each year. The ships offer dockside tours and a variety of sailing on Lake Washington with crew in period costume during their stay in Kirkland.
Kirkland's name is known far and wide, but maybe not for the reasons you'd think. Costco uses Kirkland as the namesake of its “Kirkland Signature” store brand. The warehouse chain was previously headquartered in Kirkland. Sorry Kirkland residents, membership still isn't automatic for you.
Kirkland’s schools are the best of Washington’s 20 biggest cities. Sharing a school district with Redmond, Kirkland’s schools scored an average of 8.5 from greatschools.org.
Need a place to vent that teen angst? As long as you're between 13 and 18 the Kirkland Teen Union Building is your spot. KTUB has a youth-run café and store, two stages for live music, a darkroom, recording studio, technology lab, silkscreen station and an art studio. Some of its programs include Burton’s Chill Snowboarding program, a six -week program that uses snowboarding to teach life skills at no cost to participants. It also has a resource center with counselors and career advisors. Membership is free to teens between the ages of 13 and 18.
Kirkland houses branches of IBM, Google and Microsoft. Choose your side wisely.
Kirkland has a score of 48, meaning that most errands require a car, according to Walkscore.com. Moss Bay, Norkirk and Everest are the most walkable neighborhoods in Kirkland. Workers spend an average of 22.6 minutes on their commute, ranking them 10th for the shortest commute of Washington’s 20 biggest cities.
Since 1999 Kirkland has been the home of the Little League Junior Softball World Series held each August at Kirkland's Everest Park.
Estately ranked Washington’s 20 biggest cities by family friendliness and Kirkland came in 7th, beating out Renton (13th), Tacoma (14th), and Seattle (18th).
Thursday Art and Wine Walks are hosted each week at the Kirkland Warehouse Wineries. Each winery, Northwest Cellars, Skylite Cellars, and Waving Tree Winery, host different artist in their spaces, and provide, snacks, music and wine. Local business CANVAS! also offers art classes where artists can sip while painting. You can always turn to your brew for inspiration.
Of Washington’s 20 biggest cities Kirkland ranks fourth for most parks per capita. Among the 53 parks and open spaces, places like Juanita Beach Park stand out.
According to FBI crime data, Kirkland has the fourth lowest crime per capita of the 20 largest cities in the state, with arson ranking the highest of the city’s crimes (it ranked 12th highest of Washington’s 20 biggest cities).
About 15 percent of the homes on the market are affordable to residents earning Kirkland's median income of $86,656. The majority of homes cost more than $388,157.
Kirkland has the only Eastside downtown frontage on Lake Washington. The waterfront includes a 400 seat performing arts center, beaches and a collection of bronze sculptures.
Kirkland’s tourism video features a child falling from the sky and some impressively sized drinks.
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