Dubbed The Hub City, Burlington is the cornerstone of commerce in the county. A mix of old and new, Burlington has maintained its historic shopping district on Fairhaven Avenue, an old-fashioned main street.
Around the corner, the more modern version of shopping begins with a mall, a discount outlet mall and a collection of big-box stores that draw customers from Seattle and British Columbia.
Burlington serves its residents with an extensive parks system along the Skagit River. Well-used Skagit River Park is a 100-acre gem at the end of South Skagit Street with 20 regulation-sized soccer fields, 24 horseshoe pits, a trail and dike access for folks to walk along the Skagit River.
The city also maintains Maiben Park, which contains Burlington’s Community Building and Senior Center; Alpha Park, the traditional site for the city’s 70-foot-tall Christmas tree; and Rotary Park, which offers soccer and softball fields, a concrete skate park and the region’s only four-court, outdoor sand volleyball site.
While you’re here
- Shop for bargains at the malls and visit the historic shopping district on Fairhaven Avenue.
- Walk along the Skagit River at Skagit River Park.
Burlington was platted in 1891 and gained its first post office, school, meat market, sawmill and saloon that year. The railroad company Seattle and Northern built a railroad through town that year as well. The town was incorporated in 1902.
Burlington celebrates its agricultural roots and industries with the annual Berry Dairy Days celebration in June on the weekend after Father’s Day.
Be sure to visit the city’s new Regional Byway Center at Railroad Park on Fairhaven Avenue, which houses the Chamber of Commerce and visitor information center.
Pumpkins will soar through the air again Sept. 28 at Burlington’s annual Harvest Festival and Pumpkin Pitch at Skagit River Park. The homemade trebuchets and catapults are engineering marvels that help celebrate the season.
A nod to Burlington’s agricultural heritage, Berry Dairy Days is one of the oldest and sweetest festivals in Skagit County.