History, Hydroplanes, and More at Museums in Kent, WA

While known for its natural beauty, western Washington is also home to some incredible indoor activities. There’s no shortage of things to do in Kent, WA, but the highlight of many visitors’ trips always includes a day at the area’s museums. And as one of the best located hotels in Kent, WA, Red Lion Inn & Suites Kent/Auburn makes it easy to spend a day exploring indoors.

We highlighted some of our favorites so you can add museums in Kent, Washington to your action-packed Pacific Northwest itinerary.

Curious about the history of hydroplanes? For enthusiasts and newcomers to the watersport, the Hydroplane & Raceboat Museum is a must-visit. As the only museum in the country dedicated to powerboat racing, the Hydroplane & Raceboat Museum features the fascinating stories surrounding the beginnings of boat racing in the Kent/Seattle region including vintage footage from the ‘40s, photo archives, and even restored versions of Gold Cup and Harmsworth Trophy-winning hydroplanes.

For fans of more traditional airplanes, the Museum of Flight just north of Kent, WA is where to go. The largest air and space museum in the world, the Museum of Flight offers an array of exhibits and features that are out of this world – literally! Hop on to hang gliders and flight simulators for a feel of air and space travel or get up close with cutting-edge aircraft including fighter jets, drones, commercial airplanes, and choppers. There’s something for everyone at the Museum of Flight including kid-friendly exhibits, research libraries, interactive workshops, and special tours for groups visiting Kent, WA.

From its beginnings as a waterfront home to warring Indian tribes to its roots as an agricultural hub to its current status as steel industry stalwart, the history of Kent, Washington is on display at the Kent Historical Museum. The ultimate destination for a peek into the past of Kent, WA, the Kent Historical Museum offers an insider’s look into over 200 years of modern history as well as the role of Mount Rainier dating back to 3600 B.C.E.