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Moving Guide for Lakewood, Washington: Things to Know Before You Arrive

Planning a move to the Lakewood area? There are many attractions including parks, restaurants and great entertainment whether you are traveling solo or looking for some fun for the whole family. Here are some of the highlights in and around the city:


American Lake is located right off Veterans Drive in Lakewood and offers fishing, boat rentals and great picnic areas. Every year the city plants over 10,000 fish in the lake for avid fisherman. Boat rentals are available at Bill’s Boathouse or you can rent a spot on the dock for just a few dollars. Boat launches are also plentiful around American Lake. For more information about fishing fun on American Lake, click here.


Lakewood’s Colonial Center offers visitors a chance to see the history of the area displayed in pictures, plaques and other historical artifacts. The museum is open most days and features a log cabin, post office and other businesses as they appeared when the city was founded. For more information on hours and admissions, visit their website.


Lakewood’s Towne Center offers a full shopping mall and theaters as well as some German specialty food offerings. If you are in the mood for some authentic German food in a restaurant setting, visit Bruno’s off Bridgeport Way. If you’re looking for a great German deli, visit Hess Deli and Bakery in the heart of Lakewood Towne Center. They offer German potato salad, mixed meat sandwiches and authentic pretzels and breads.


The Lakewood Playhouse is home to many musicals, dramas and other plays throughout the year. Their annual season offers something for everyone in the family. The Playhouse is located in the heart of the Lakewood Towne Center mall. For more information on their current entertainment lineup, visit the Lakewood Playhouse website.


Lakewood is only 4 miles from Joint Base Lewis McChord, and the base is one of the major employers in the Lakewood area. Other major employers include Multicare Health Systems and the Public School System. Private employers in the area include Umpqua Bank, IKEA and Nordstrom as well as many local banks and credit unions.            

Some of the local school districts include Clover Park Elementary, Iva Alice Mann Middle School and Lakes High School. For more information about the Lakewood School District, visit their home page.


To view the temporary and permanent homes available in Lakewood's various neighborhoods, visit our regularly updated webpage.


Image source for cover photo of Lake Steilacoom with Pierce College in the background.

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