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Guide to ShoWare Center in Kent

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Well marked, and an easy distance from Seattle or Tacoma, the ShoWare Center is an intimate arena for sporting events (can you say T-bird hockey?), concerts, lectures or even a circus. There really is no bad seating at ShoWare because no matter where you sit, you have a full view of everything.

Parking is a breeze with free lots on site, and more parking either next to the arena or across the street. Parking attendants are there to direct traffic and clear the lots in a timely fashion.

Finding ShoWare:

625 W James St
Kent, WA 98032
http://www.showarecenter.com

The center is in downtown Kent, near the corner of 4th and James. Easy to access from I-5 or 167. Once you reach downtown Kent, from 4th Avenue, turn left on Smith Street (prior to James Street) to access the James Street Park & Ride lot (first right after the railroad tracks).

If you ride public transit, ShoWare Center is just a five-minute walk from buses and trains at Kent Station. The Sounder train’s south line serves the station during peak travel times. ST Express route 566 makes frequent trips to Kent Station from Auburn, Renton and Bellevue.

ShoWare Center has 50 bike racks for cyclists. Located next to the Interurban Trail and just minutes from the Green River Trail, there are many off-road ways to get to ShoWare Center as well.

Where to Eat:

Downtown Kent has some great dining spots, especially with the addition of Kent Station, which is an open-air shopping destination at 4th Avenue and Ramsay Way. With easy dining options, many with outdoor seating, you can grab a really good meal before or after the show. Chipotle, Panera Bread, RAM, and Duke’s Chowder House are all within short walking distance of each other.

For finer dining, there are options like Mama Stortini’s, a bistro with rustic European cooking styles, mainly Italian and French, using fresh Northwest ingredients. Or try locally owned Reds Wine Bar and Craft Beers, with small bites, artisan cheeses, salads, paninis and local brews.

For breakfast, the hands-down best spot in downtown Kent is Wild Wheat Bakery and Cafe (202 1st Avenue South).  Fresh bread and pastries, eggs benedict and omelettes of every kind.

Where to Stay:

If the concert lets out late, and you want to spend the night, there are a few nice options close by.

Holiday Inn & Suites
22318 84th Ave S
Kent, WA 98032
866.599.6674

Recreational amenities include an outdoor pool and a spa tub. The hotel also features an airport shuttle and a concierge desk.

Best Western Plus Plaza by the Green
24415 Russell Road
Kent, WA 98032
866.599.6674

Recreational amenities at Best Western Plus Plaza by the Green include a spa tub and a fitness facility. Other amenities include an airport shuttle and a business center. Family friendly.

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