Gilman Village began in the 1970s with Ralph and Ruth Mohl’s efforts to save unwanted buildings in and around Issaquah. They renovated these buildings and moved them into a park-like setting which has become a haven for independent business and one of the East Side’s most desirable shopping experiences. Brochures are available at the Chamber of Commerce and Visit Issaquah office.
Take your family on a vintage electric streetcar ride from the Issaquah Depot Museum to Gilman Boulevard. Rides begin in May and run through the end of September. Trolley tickets can be purchased at the Depot for $10.
Boehms Candies & Chocolates was founded by Julius Boehm, an Austrian chef and candymaker. The chocolate factory and retail shop are housed in the Edelweiss Chalet, recognized by the University of Washington School of Architecture as an authentic Alpine Chalet. Make sure you schedule time to peruse the assortment of truffles, toffees, caramels, and more. Learn more about the founder and candy making on self-guided tours, guided tours, and in classes.
The Cougar Mountain Zoo is a top-rated non-profit organization with an award-winning mountain lion exhibit and one of the top tiger exhibits in the country. They are dedicated to promoting the cause of the earth’s vanishing wildlife through the universal power of education.
Mountains to Sound Greenway National Heritage Area
Issaquah is proud to be a part of the Mountains to Sound Greenway National Heritage Area. Stretching from Puget Sound to the eastern slope of the Cascades, the greenway is a connected green corridor with important cultural assets, dynamic communities and healthy ecosystems. After decades of effort by volunteers and the Greenway Trust, it was designated by Congress as a Greenway National Heritage Area on March 12, 2019.
Thanks to city council efforts in the 1980s, Gilman Boulevard is lined with an edible landscape including apple, pear, and plum trees and various berries. Help yourself to a snack! The city encourages residents and visitors to eat from the edible landscape but requests that only low-hanging fruit is picked. Tree climbing is not permitted.
Heritage Tree Tour
Issaquah has a beautiful urban canopy that includes a collection of Heritage Trees distinctive for their size or age, have regional or event specific historic significance or that provide a unique ecological benefit. Keep an eye out for these trees as you explore Issaquah.