Located along the southeastern shore of Lake Washington lies the City of Renton. Unlike its more fast-paced urban neighbors Seattle and Bellevue, Renton offers a much more suburban, family-friendly alternative to the hustle and bustle found in most big cities. From the countless annual community events held at the 57-acre Gene Coulon Memorial Beach Park to its collection of trails, dog parks, community centers, theaters, farmers markets, and vibrant downtown, there really is no shortage of fun things to do in Renton.
Beyond its suburban charm, Renton is also a city of industry, featuring a wide array of manufacturing, aerospace, retail, technology, and healthcare companies. In fact, two of Renton’s chief employers are manufacturing giants Boeing and PACCAR. The city is also a thriving destination retail center, being home to Washington’s only IKEA and FRY’s Electronics. The Seattle Seahawks have also found a home in Renton, moving to the Virginia Mason Athletic Center as their official practice location in 2008.