Such offerings make Kirkland a perfect one-day vacation or a place to put down roots. With its necklace of public
parks, Kirkland's amenities are not lost on residents or visitors. Kirkland is regionally known for its outstanding parks system. On sunny summer afternoons, Lake Washington Boulevard is filled with walkers, joggers, bicyclists, roller bladers, - and a few motorists - traversing the short mile from Marina Park
to Carillon Point
. Some are out for exercise, others for the lakeside sunsets and others still for kayak and canoe tours or volleyball on the sand courts.
Kirkland's arts scene is sophisticated and international, but also quirky and homegrown. Fine arts galleries bring major exhibitions to town and feature prominent artists. The Kirkland Performance Center
brings in name acts and performers.