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As far as I am concerned, there isn't much appealing or unique about factory stores. However, the factory outlet stores in Centralia comprise one of the oldest such store sections in the region.
The one thing to be aware of with these outlet stores is that they are actually scattered around Centralia - it isn't all one complex of stores. The stores are located on both sides of the freeway at Interstate 5 exit 81 and on the east side of the freeway at exit 82.
You can also get to the outlet stores by taking the bus route marked "OUTLETS" from downtown Centralia.
I last visited the outlet stores in 1996, so you can tell how interested I am in their style of sales. If you want something more unique, visit the stores in downtown Centralia instead.
Written Aug 30, 2011
Somehow, through a series of misunderstandings, Cedar Street Park has been labeled Cedar State Park on some maps, including Google's Map.
In reality, the park is Cedar STREET Park, has a playground and a tenis court, and little else. It is strictly of local recreational interest only.
I have reported the problem to Google but somewhere there is inaccurate information they used to create their online map. As of late 2012 they have corrected this problem, but there is still whatever information they used to create their map, which may still be out there somewhere.
Unique Suggestions: It seems like a nice enough park, but don't expect anything here that is a significant historic site, or otherwise something of significant enough interest to warrent being a State Park. It doesn't preserve or commemorate anything of significance to the state or have a recreational area that is significant to the state.
Fun Alternatives: Well, I suppose you could play tenis here if you had no other choice, but really there are lots of other places to explore in Centralia, including Rotary Riverside Park, or any of a few others. Seminary Hill Natural Area is a city park that has trails through the trees.
Just don't make a special trip out here to see a state park that isn't a state park.
Updated Dec 31, 2012