Also known as “Republic of Fremont, the Center of the Universe.”
Alternative and high tech lifestyles lie comfortably side by side in Fremont. It never takes itself seriously (the official motto is "De Libertas Quirkas" or Freedom to Be Peculiar), and is always up for a party. Fremont hosts the Summer Solstice Festival that includes a parade fronted by clothing optional or body painted bike riders. Google, Adobe, Tableau and the Paul Allen Institute for Brain Science have offices here.
Fremont is situated just north from Queen Anne across the Lake Washington Ship Canal. Ballard borders on the west, and Phinney Ridge and Wallingford to the north and northeast.
Thought by most as eclectic and entertaining, Fremont is home to a wide variety of residents and personal styles. Fremont is full of small bungalow style houses, as well as new and old apartments and condominiums. Some even have views of the water!
Most of Fremont resides in Seattle Public School District II, with the small upper left corner falling into District IV. Fremont has easy access to well-regarded public schools for all grades, in addition to private institutions.
landmarks & Scenes
Fremont has what every neighborhood needs: a massive troll (on Troll Avenue!) under a bridge, a 7 ton statue from Slovakia of Lenin in a full revolutionary pose, the Interurban sculpture which you are encouraged to decorate, the Fremont Rocket, plus topiary dinosaurs along the Burke-Gilman trail.
The Fremont Rocket was built in the 1950s for use in the Cold War, but never took flight due to mechanical issues. Before The Fremont Rocket was situated on a shoe shop in Fremont, it was attached to an army surplus store in Belltown.
Food & Drink:
From garden pubs and breweries to a food truck rodeo and dog-friendly coffee shops and bars, there's not a chain restaurant in sight. Visit Theo's Chocolate Factory for a tour and free samples - this is one of the few Fair Trade Organic chocolate factories around.
From the year round Sunday Fremont Street Market for farmers' offerings with arts and crafts, to the Fremont Vintage Mall and the Dusty Strings Co (music store and hammered dulcimer maker), poking around the streets of Fremont will make you say: "I never knew I needed that!"
Go to Oktoberfest (of course in late September) or the annual Moisture Festival in the beginning of spring. You can spend time at Troll-O-Ween, Fremont's version of Halloween, or the three day Summer Solstice Festival.
sports & outdoors:
The Burke-Gilman trail runs along the Ship Canal through to the University of Washington. Participate in either the Fremont 5K and Briefcase Relay or the UniverseCupid's Undie Run for a worthwhile cause. Visit the tiny Fremont Peak Park with a picnic lunch and view the Olympic Mountains.
Arts & Culture:
You can go on the Fremont First Friday Art Walk (rain or shine), visit glass blowing studios, or check out the Fremont Abbey Arts Center for music and events. Expect the unexpected!
Fremont is a doable walking adventure for kids and they are encouraged to climb onto the Troll. See if your children can test the theory that the center of the universe is at the intersection of N Fremont Ave and 35th St N, with the reasoning that this point can neither be proven nor disproven.