Things to Do in Marysville WA
St. Anne’s Catholic Church
Built in 1894 and located on the Tulalip reservation, St. Anne’s is the oldest Catholic mission on Puget Sound. This building is still an active center for worship, weddings, funerals and social activities.
The Bernie Kai Kai Gobin Hatchery
Built in 1982, to protect many wild salmon runs that are currently depressed or endangered, the hatchery returns are especially important to the Tulalip Tribes at this time. Having a reliable return of hatchery salmon allows tribal members to fish for ceremonial, subsistence, and commercial purposes, without over harvesting wild salmon runs that require protection. The long-term vision of the Tulalip Tribes is the restoration of wild salmon production to levels that will support fishing needs for their children’s future. Although the hatchery is open year-round the best time to visit is during the January to April rearing period and during the Chum spawning operations which takes place in November. To make a tour appointment call (360) 651-4550.
The Tribal Longhouse
A large cedar plank building used primarily for private spiritual gatherings. Traditional Northwest Coast Guardian Spirit ceremonies are still practiced by many Northwest Coast Native Amerians in longhouses like the one at Tulalip.
Marysville Noon Rotary Ranch Petting Zoo
Located in Jennings Memorial Park, the petting zoo draws 40,000 visitors a year between May and August to meet friendly farm animals. Special tours can also be arranged. Call (360) 363-8400 for specific dates and times.
Gehl Pioneer House
In Jennings Park you will find the Gehl Pioneer Home, which was built in 1884 by the Gehl family and originally located at the top of Getchell Hill. It is made of hand hewn cedar and was originally caulked with deer moss. The home is furnished by pioneer articles that have been donated to the Marysville Historical Society.
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The Tulalip Resort Casino opened to rave reviews in June 2003. With 2,000 slot machines and over 49 gaming tables, it has everything you’re looking for in a casino plus an opulent atmosphere including a starlit ceiling and beautiful tribal art everywhere. There are four restaurants within its 227,000 square feet that range from a delicious buffet offering any style of tempting foods to a fine-dining restaurant that features a breathtaking Chihuly masterpiece of blown glass.
Tulalip also offers the smaller Quil Ceda Creek Nightclub and Casino, known as the Q, designed for the young at heart generation who wants to enjoy the best entertainment with friendly, neighborhood service. The Q Nightclub is a place to meet friends, dance to great music and enjoy a comfortable, local nightclub atmosphere. The medium-sized casino is small enough to recognize friends and big enough to provide the best features of a large casino.
The intimate 2,300-person Tulalip Amphitheater has brought such acts as the Beach Boys, Trisha Yearwood, and B. B. King to the area, who might not have otherwise played in the Puget Sound. The Tulalip Amphitheatre can also be rented at an affordable cost for weddings, birthdays, and other special events.
Festivals & Events Marysville and Tulalip
Marysville and Tulalip take much pride in the health and well being of all its citizens and offer many events and festivals to promote physical and cultural interests. Spring & Summer programs for the youth provide a positive and safe environment for youth of all ages.
These events include:
- Easter Egg Hunt
- Kiwanis Youth Fishing Derby in May at Jennings Park
- Summer Camps: a variety of recreational day camps designed for ages 6-11
- Youth Classes: Tiny Tots, Babysitting Basics, Art, and a variety of Athletics.
- Boys & Girls Club Summer Trips
- Trips and Tours: Rafting, Mariners Day Trips
- Tribal Day at the Mariners
- Safety Town Classes
- The Tulalip Tribes also hosts several cultural events and activities throughout the year for the much of the community to enjoy.
An evening of traditional spirit songs and dancing, held in late January in the Tulalip Longhouse. Open to friends and family. Annual Veterans Pow-Wow Three days of competition dancing held the first weekend in June at the Tulalip Tribal Center. Open to the Public.
First Salmon Ceremony
Traditional ceremony and dinner held to honor the first salmon caught in the season. Open to the public.
During July, The Tulalip Tribes operates “Boom City,” an open-to-the-public sale of a wide variety of fireworks that opens two weeks prior to Fourth of July and covers an area equivalent to the size of a city block. An espresso stand, several food vendors and a booth selling Native American crafts all stand across the street from Boom City.
Other Cultural Activities include:
Lushootseed language classes and camps, traditional song and dance classes and canoe pulling.
For more information and other great activities contact, The Tulalip Tribes Cultural Resources at (360) 651-3300. Although some celebrations offered by the Tribes are sacred and reserved for the tribal members only, most others are open to the public.
Marysville Strawberry Festival and Grand Parade
The state’s longest continually-running annual festival, starts the second weekend in June for hours of endless fun and entertainment painting the town red with strawberries. For more questions and a full rundown of events call (360) 659-7664, or view the entire schedule of events at the official Strawberry Festival website, www.maryfest.org
Homegrown Arts & Crafts Street Fair
Don’t miss this annual marketplace and street fair on downtown Third Street. The fair showcases local produce, artisans, and musicians displaying their works and demonstrating their craft. For more information or to reserve a booth, call (360) 659-4997.
Merrysville for the Holidays Winter Celebration & Electric Light Parade Step into a winter wonderland of fun, food, music and a parade of lights during the Merrysville for the Holidays winter celebration in downtown Comeford Park. For more information call the Marysville Parks and Recreation Department at (360) 363-8400.
Tulalip Farmer’s Market
Fresh produce, original artwork and handmade crafts can be found at the Quil Ceda Village Farmer’s Market, the first of its kind on the Tulalip Reservation. The market is open from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. each Saturday. For more information, call (360) 651-4119.