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Moving To West Seattle? Here’s What You Need To Know

Peralta Orthodontics is proud to be a part of the West Seattle, Burien, and greater Seattle, WA community! If you are planning on moving to West Seattle, it’s always good to get a few tips that can make the transition easier. Here are a few things you should know if you’re planning on re-locating to West Seattle.


People are Friendly and Easy to Talk to Here


Many people who move to West Seattle notice that the people living here are friendly, laid-back and easy to talk to. You will most likely notice that residents of the area are generally very down-to-earth, a bit less high strung and not so focused on appearances and trends. This can make getting used to living in West Seattle easier as newcomers feel very welcomed.


Very Family-Friendly


West Seattle is one of the most family-friendly areas in the greater Seattle area. It is common to see groups of children out and about on the streets after school, which is something you don’t see in many larger communities. If you have children or are planning on having kids, West Seattle is a great place for raising a family!


Many Great Parks To Enjoy

If you love parks, you’re going to love living in West Seattle as there are scores of parks here ranging from popular large parks with loads of family-friendly amenities to smaller parks which are off the beaten path. Lincoln Park is a huge park that’s a great place to picnic, bike, take a peaceful walk and or to enjoy some spectacular water views along the boardwalk. Schmitz Preserve Park is a 53-acre park on Alki Point in West Seattle that has everything you’d ever want in a park and more including amazing trees, a beautiful stream, fun walking trails and more.


Several Ways to Get Around


While most West Seattle residents who commute have cars, there are plenty of options for getting around including bus services, DART, water taxis and trains. If you do own a car, driving in and around West Seattle is typically fast and easy but also a bit unpredictable as traffic problems can occur with any commute, just like they can when driving in any metro area.


We hope you find these tips for moving to West Seattle helpful! If you are interested in braces or Invisalign for yourself or need a West Seattle orthodontist for your child, Peralta Orthodontics can meet all your family’s orthodontic needs. We proudly serve patients of all ages throughout West Seattle, Burien, Renton, Des Moines, Normandy Park, SeaTac and the greater Seattle area.

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Fall in Seattle: Our Favorite Local Festivities

Dr. Peralta and his team are proud to be a part of the local Seattle community! Just because summer has ended, that doesn’t mean that there’s less to do in our beautiful city. We’d like to share our five favorite fall festivities taking place in Seattle and the surrounding areas.


Burien Brat Trot – October 4th


Our Burien & Seattle orthodontics practice is proud to be a sponsor of the Burien Brat Trot that takes place on Saturday, October 4th in beautiful Burien! The Burien Brat Trot is a flat and fast 5K and one mile run through the streets of Burien followed by an amazing street party that has something for every member of the family. This is an event not to be missed as there will be live music, beer gardens and loads of fun activities for kids.


Northwest Chocolate Festival – October 3rd and 4th


The Northwest Chocolate Festival will be held at the Bell Harbor Pier in Seattle on October 3rd and 4th from 10AM to 5PM. This is a not-to-miss event and a dream come true for chocolate lovers! The festival showcases over 80 of the finest craft chocolate and confection companies from the world over with free samples to enjoy. There are live chocolate making demos to watch, workshops to attend that teach you how to make chocolate candies and pastries and opportunities to talk with cacao farmers from Ecuador and Peru plus lots more! Admission is $30 for a day pass and $50 for an all-day weekend pass. A half day pass is available at the door beginning at 12:30pm for $20. Kids under the age of 14 are admitted for free if accompanied by a ticketed parent or guardian.


KUBE 93.3FM Haunted House – Every evening in October


October wouldn’t be complete without a trip to a haunted house! The KUBE 93.3FM haunted house is dubbed Seattle’s best haunted house located at the Georgetown Morgue of Seattle at 5000 E. Marginal Way South. Opening hours are from 7pm to 10pm every evening for everyone over the age of 12. Younger children are not allowed in as the haunted house is not appropriate for small kids. However, if you have children under 12, you can take them to Kid’s Day on October 18th for a lights-on tour. To get your kids in for free, bring along three cans of food per child to donate to Food Lifeline. General admission is $21 but Sunday admission is just $18 if you donate 3 cans of food to Food Lifeline.


Seattle Children’s Festival – October 11th


Northwest Folklife’s Seattle Children’s Festival is held from 10am to 5pm on October 11, 2015 at Seattle Center. This is a multicultural festival held on Seattle Center grounds that is “Celebrating Our Big Neighborhood.” This is a wonderful event that brings together local communities that showcase and celebrate families of the Northwest to introduce kids to new cultures and traditions. The festival features a wide variety of educational and hands-on programs, many live performances and interactive workshops geared toward families and children of all ages. Admission is free.


Boo in Burien – October 24th


Boo in Burien is an annual, safe trick-or-treat event for families that includes pumpkin painting, costume dog parade, weiner dog races and lots more! This event takes place in downtown Burien on Saturday, October 24th from 12 noon to 5pm. Admission is free.

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Seattle Summer: Our Top 10 Favorite Things To Do

Now that winter is behind us, the team at Orthodontics of Burien is looking forward to the summer season when we can be outside enjoying the great outdoors! Seattle is a true outdoor mecca with loads of fun things to see and do. We’d like to dedicate this blog post to share with you some of our favorite things to do in and around the beautiful city of Seattle.


Tour the Waterways


Seattle is bordered by a whole lot of water, so naturally one of the best things to do is to tour one or more of these waterways by boat. A waterway tour is a very unique and fun way to enjoy the beauty of our wonderful city. There are several self-guided trip options and rentals from which to choose ranging from sea kayaking to wooden boat tours.


Enjoy a Bike Tour of Seattle


If the idea of biking is something you like minus the pedaling part, then a tour around town in a pedicab is right up your alley! This is a very earth-friendly way to take in the local sights and sounds plus it’s loads of fun for the whole family to enjoy.


Spend a Day at Pike Place Market


A great way to spend a few hours is by exploring Pike Place Market in downtown Seattle. The market offers some of the freshest seafood in the US along with tons of other delectable treats and shopping delights. And yes, they do throw fish here so be sure to take along your video camera!


Bird Watching


Skagit Wildlife Area is a great place for bird watching as all types of our featured friends gather here from sandpipers tiptoeing through the estuary to swans sailing the calm waters. Be sure to bring along your binoculars and camera so you can get up close and personal with the birds without disturbing them.


Ride the Ducks of Seattle


If you love outdoor fun and adventure, touring Seattle by land and water is a “must do.” While on a “Duck” or amphibious vehicle that can travel on both water and land, you’ll see Seattle in a entirely new way that will leave you breathless as you view the city in all its glory from both land and sea.


Go Atop the Space Needle


An absolute must in Seattle is a trip to the iconic Space Needle. Once you’re up on the observation level, you can use the free telescopes to get amazing views of the city that must be seen to be truly appreciated.


Visit Waterfront Olympic Sculpture Park


Seattle Art Museum’s 9-acre waterfront park with outdoor sculptures is a wonderful way to while away a few hours. This beautiful park boasts having many native trees and wildflowers that are in bloom all summer long.


Enjoy Lunch by the International Fountain


One of Seattle’s favorite gathering spots is International Fountain – a 200-foot wide bowl with water sprays that are synced to music from 11am to 8pm. Take along a picnic lunch and enjoy the aquatic show while doing some people watching at this popular sight.


Take an Underground Tour


Bill Spiedel’s Underground Tour is a very unique way to spend a day exploring Seattle’s underground system of subterranean passages that were once the main roadways and storefronts of old downtown Seattle. Your guide will tell you stories of the early pioneers who helped make Seattle the great city it is today.


Explore Kubota Garden


Kubota Garden is a 20-acre Japanese-American garden with a Northwest influence that’s filled with ponds, waterfalls, ginkgo trees, bamboo and Japanese pines. Plan on arriving early  because the park is only open during daylight hours each day.


We hope that all of our patients and their families have a fun-filled, safe summer! Try to get out and enjoy some of the many outdoor events and attractions Seattle has to offer while basking in the summer sun!


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