Kirkland features include the unique downtown waterfront (the only Eastside downtown frontage along Lake Washington’s shoreline) with restaurants, art galleries, a 400 seat performing arts center, public parks, including beaches, and a collection of public are, primarily bronze sculptures. Kirkland is the former home of the Seattle Seahawks; the NFL team’s headquarters and training facility were located at Northwest University in Kirkland for its first 32 seasons. Costco previously had its headquarters in Kirkland – the city is the namesake of its Kirkland Signature store brand.
Like most of its Eastside neighbors, it is relatively affluent but dependent in large part on nearby technology firms such as Microsoft and Google.
During the summer, people flock to Kirkland to visit the many waterfront parks. Juanita Beach Park is also another major park in Kirkland, and is a tourist attraction. Kirkland is also home to Bridle Trails State Park, an equestrian park.