Kangaroos? Yup, kangaroos. And wallabies. And tortoises. And lemurs. All about an hour drive from downtown Bellevue.
At Outback Kangaroo Farm in Arlington, north of Everett, you can get right up close and personal with the animals. Through the month of October, 40 minute tours are hosted by Ray Strom and his wife, Joey, both quite knowledgable and friendly. As they guide guests through the farm, you meet llamas (feed them some food from your mouth, if you care for a llama kiss) and other exotic animals you would not expect to find in Arlington. You learn tidbits and facts along the way (ostriches can live to be a hundred years old) as you venture closer to the stars of the farm, the kangaroos and wallabies. And boy, these guys are fabulous. The hosts offer food you can share with the kangaroos, who are very gentle and incredibly soft.
The drive up to Arlington is about an hour from downtown Bellevue, and goes through lots of scenic farmland in Snohomish County. When you are on State Route 530, watch for the giant power lines- the entrance to the farm is right after you spot them (we had to turn around because we missed it the first time). Tours are scheduled for Wednesday through Sunday, at 10:00 a.m., noon, 2:00 p.m., and 4:00 p.m. The busiest tours are at noon and 2pm, but even with a full tour, you will get lots of time with the animals. There is limited parking, so it is a good idea to arrive at least 15 minutes before the tour so you can park and buy tickets. Tickets are $8.00 for kids under 12 and seniors, and $9.00 for adults. Bring cash or check, because credit cards are not accepted.
We arrived about half an hour ahead of time. We brought lunch with us, which we ate at one of several picnic tables. While you wait for the tour to start, you can roam around and see the peacocks, who are wandering freely on the farm. There are also several old-school swings hanging from a huge tree that can pass the time.
The whole experience was fun and worth the drive. If you have a free day between now and the end of October, hop up to Arlington. You won’t be disappointed!
Outback Kangaroo Farm
Address: 10030 State Route 530 NE, Arlington, WA 98223-8126