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Tukwila: The Seattle Area Town That’s Great for Seniors

If retirement is here – or just around the corner – where you choose to live can greatly influence its quality. If you haven’t discovered it yet, there is a beautiful Pacific Northwest city that is designed to help you age and live well. 

Retirement in Tukwila, WA offers the charm of a smaller city while providing easy access to nearby Seattle. If you decide to join the other 19,000 residents, you’ll delight in the advantage of this thriving city and its convenient location close to the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. 

Take a moment to scroll through a few of the many highlights that attract active retirees. 

Top Highlights in Tukwila, WA for Retirees 

No visit from family and friends is complete without a trip to the Sky View Observatory in downtown Seattle. You can enjoy the views of the city, the mountains, volcanoes, Puget Sound and Lake Washington.  

Spend time at the historic Point Robinson Lighthouse and set your sights on the majestic Mt. Ranier, sandy beaches and all the surrounding nature. 

The grandkids will love the Tukwila Family Fun Center and Bullwinkle Restaurant. Imagine a day filled with smiles and laughter while playing miniature golf, riding go karts or bumper cars and bowling a few lanes. 

If you’re ready for adventures that simulate flying like a bird in a wind tunnel, check out iFly Indoor Skydiving.    

Retirement in Tukwila, WA: Festivals and the Arts  

In August, plan to celebrate with great food, games and live entertainment at the Duwamish River Festival

Or attend the Northwest Ukrainian International Festival in September with authentic Ukrainian food, fun and live stage performances. 

From December through August, experience the Seafair Festival, including holiday cruises, fireworks, parades, runs, musical events, and more.  

The Rainier Arts Center offers live theatrical, cinematic, cultural and musical performances as well as workshops and camps.  

Visit the Burien Arts Association and browse artist exhibits, Shakespearean theatre productions, storytelling and programs. 

Learn more about the city’s roots and culture of the Native Duwamish people at the Duwamish Longhouse and Cultural Center.   

If becoming familiar with the history of flight is of interest, stop by The Museum of Flight and view historic aircraft and exhibits – both on Earth and in space. 

If your passion is faster-paced, check out the exhibits and educational programs at the Hydroplane and Raceboat Museum


Great Food for Seniors in Tukwila, WA 

Searching for your favorite restaurants is a delicious retirement pursuit. Try these local options to find what best hits the spot, including: 

The Claim Jumper Steakhouse & Bar for American fare, seafood at Duke’s Seafood or The Pancake Chef for delicious breakfasts.  

For fine dining, try Sansonina Ristorante Italiano for authentic Italian, Melrose Grill for steaks and seafood and Mediterranean Breeze for Turkish fare.  

Meeting friends for a drink? Try the coffee at Impresso Espresso or the tea at Serenity Moon Tea Shop. Your favorite thirst quencher is waiting at Logan Brewing Company and sip a glass of wine or mead at Contrivance Wine and Mead Co.   

The Tukwila Farmers Market in mid-June through early October, the Burien Farmers Market and the West Seattle Farmers Market year-round provide fresh produce, live music and a variety of craft vendors.  

Staying Fit in Retirement in Tukwila, WA 

Meeting your wellness goals is easy to do if you retire in Tukwila. Try the group classes or work with a personal trainer at Rainier Health & Fitness. If around-the-clock hours offer a more convenient fit, try Rachel’s Body Shop. The city of Tukwila offers fitness and recreation options. If yoga is your preference, check out Karmic Yoga for small group sessions or Aya Yoga Oasis for yoga and Pilates.   

Retirement in Tukwila, WA: Getting Back to Nature 

The climate of Tukwila encourages spending time outdoors almost year-round. Take a walk on the trails at Crystal Springs Park or the Green River Trail. If you’re ready for a hike, head out to Grand Ridge Park which rises 1,000 feet.   


Visit the Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park and walk among the forests, cliffs and caves. If birdwatching is your passion, try the Carnation Marsh Natural Area. For fishing, throw your line in at the Des Moines Marina Pier. Relax and appreciate the beauty of the Highline Seatac Botanical Garden or try your hand at the public Riverbend Golf Complex or the historic Foster Golf Links.    

Honoring Your Meaningful Retirement Life in Tukwila, WA 

Retirees enjoy having the time to contribute to fulfilling opportunities. You can find volunteering options with the city of Tukwila or look at, Habitat for Humanity, the local animal shelter or the Tukwila Pantry Food Bank.   


There are several places of worship in the area and you’ll find no shortage of locations to meet and make new friends. The Tukwila Community Center and the South Park Senior Center provides fitness, services, classes and educational programs.  

Life at a Milestone Community 

If you’re looking at options for retirement living, we invite your family to visit one of our Milestone communities – designed to support your loved ones to live their highest quality of life. 

We offer studio and one-bedroom private apartments for our assisted living residents as well as private or shared memory care suites for those living with Alzheimer’s or dementia. 

Our memory care residents are cared for by our compassionate and specially trained team – who meet them wherever they are in their journey with patience and kindness. The residents also have access to customized activities, programs and an elevated secured courtyard. 

Our amenities and services encourage our residents in assisted living to engage with others, remain as independent as possible and be reassured that help is available whenever needed. 

In addition to our personalized services, we offer: 

·       Chef-prepared meals 

·       Full-service dining room and bistro/bar 

·       Clubroom with large screen and theater style seating 

·       Family gathering room 

·       Rooftop courtyard including outdoor kitchen and firepit 

·       Resident accessible chef’s kitchen garden 

·       Senior-inspired fitness center 

·       Hair and nail salon 

·       Resident-shared laundry rooms 

·       Elegantly designed common areas 

·       24-hour on-duty care staff 

·       Scheduled transportation 

·       Secured community 

·       Direct access to adjoining walking paths and parks 

If your family is considering retirement living, we hope you will visit one of our communities. We are a trusted resource and are here to answer any questions. Please contact us with any questions you may have or to arrange a personal tour.  

Find out more about why Tukwila, WA is a great town to retire to – download our free guide Living Well During Retirement in Tukwila, Washington.  

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