Introduction to Burien, Washington
Burien, Washington, in King county, is 6 miles W of Renton, Washington (center to center) and 9 miles S of Seattle, Washington. The city is located in the Seattle - Bellevue - Everett metropolitan area. Burien has a population of 31,881.
The first European settlements in the Burien area were in the 1870s. Mike Kelly was among the early settlers in this region, and he christened the place "sunnydale." The German immigrant, Gottlieb Von Boorian, arrived in Sunnydale ten years later and established a community. The place was then named Burien in his honor. The Burien railroad was constructed in 1915, and the area remained an unincorporated part of King county. On February 28, 1993, Burien was officially given the status of a city.
Burien and nearby Attractions
- Three Tree Point Light
- Cambodian Cultural Museum and Killing Fields Memorial
- Eastside Heritage Center - McDowell House
- Burien Lake
- Seattle Aquarium
- Chelsea Park
Things To Do In Burien
Those interested in the regional history and culture will enjoy visiting Eastside Heritage Center-McDowell House, Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park, Cambodian Cultural Museum and Killing Fields Memorial, Hydroplane and Raceboat Museum, Museum of Flight, and Vintage Telephone Equipment Museum. The Seattle Aquarium, Highline SeaTac Botanical Garden, and Pike Place Market are also popular tourist haunts. The city also hosts annual celebrations including OctoberFest and Von Boorian Days.
Seattle-Tacoma International Airport is close by.
Burien Higher Education
Opportunities for higher education are provided by Seattle Community College-South Campus, Art Institute of Seattle, Seattle University, and Seattle Community College-Central Campus.