Travel & Outdoors

Guide to New Year’s Day 2013 Polar Swims

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credit: www.seattle.gov/parks/_images/aquatics/PolarBear

Plunge yourself into 2013 by participating (or observing!) one of these “cool” New Year’s Day events around the Sound! Bring some warm clothes and get ready for icy fun!

Polar Bear Plunge
Tuesday, January 1, 2013
1:00pm
Marina Park
25 Lakeshore Plaza Drive
Kirkland, WA 98033
http://www.plungekirkland.com

For ten years running, Kirklanders have celebrated the New Year by throwing themselves into the icy waters of Lake Washington on New Year’s Day. The 11th Annual “unofficial” Polar Bear Plunge is a gathering of like-minded individuals seeking to celebrate the new year in a unique way. Please bring warm clothing as Lake Washington will likely be chilly this time of year.

11th Annual Polar Bear Plunge
Tuesday, January 1, 2013
12:00pm
Matthews Beach Park
9300 51st Avenue Northeast
Seattle, WA 98115
206.684.4989
http://www.seattle.gov/parks/aquatics/polarbearplunge

Look for the entrance at the corner Of NE 93rd St And Sand Point Way NE. The Event Includes:
1. Dress Up In Your Swim Suit, Costumes Add The Whimsy
2. Jump In at Noon
3. Enjoy A Hot Beverage/Warm Up
4. Sign the Online Memory Book
5. Receive The Official 2013 Polar Bear Plunge Patch (cold badge o courage)
6. “New” “Polar Cub Club”- a special time just before the “Polar Bears” for younger folks or people needing a little more room.

Polar Bear Plunge
Tuesday, January 1, 2013
11:30am – cub plunge, for youth under 10 years of age
12:00pm – adult and family plunge
Point Defiance Park
5912 N. Waterfront Drive
Tacoma, WA 98407
253.591.5325
http://www.metroparkstacoma.org

Plunge into 2013 at the coolest event of the year and a new south sound tradition—a refreshing plunge into invigorating Puget Sound! The event is free and takes place rain or shine at the Point Defiance boat launch. Daring folks who jump in can warm up afterwards in front of heaters while sipping free hot drinks. In addition to a year’s worth of bragging rights, participants will receive a Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium coupon good for $3 off general admission (coupons valid through April 30, 2013). Commemorative t-shirts will be available for purchase for $15 each, while supplies last.

Polar Bear Dip
January 1, 2013
11:00am
Gene Coulon Memorial Beach Park
1201 Lake Washington Blvd. N.
Renton, WA 98056
425.430.6700
http://www.rentonwa.gov

Start the new year with a quick dip into the icy waters of Lake Washington at the swimming beach. Free and no registration necessary.

Polar Bear Plunge at Long Lake Park
Tuesday, January 1, 2013
12:00pm
Long Lake Park
2790 Carpenter Rd. SE
Lacey, WA 98503
http://www.ci.lacey.wa.us

Bring good luck to 2013 by starting the year with the “Polar Bear Plunge” on New Year’s Day! Hot cocoa, camaraderie, and music start at noon. Arrive early to get parked and down to the water. Plunge promptly at 1:00pm. Costumes are encouraged! Bring a donation for the “Bucks for New Year’s Luck” campaign that supports Playground Pals, a program that provides free lunch and recreation activities to hundreds of children every summer at three sites in Lacey.

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