We created a list of top things to do in Seattle that you shouldn’t miss while visiting this ever-growing city. Some are totally touristy, although worthwhile, like the Smith Tower, Pike Place Market, and Kerry Park, but some places are secret treasure, like the Bainbridge Island tour, Green Lake Park, and an off-the-beaten-path gum wall.
Seattle offers the best of both worlds: a bounty of indoor options, plus easy access to the region’s riches of outdoor beauty. This article is chock-full of tips on everything you can do when you are visiting the evergreen state of Washington.
Seattle is packed with natural beauty, outdoor adventures, gorgeous lakes, and charming towns. Whether you want to try skiing or snowboarding, go on challenging hikes, camp on the beach, or paddle down rapids of the lakes, this city has it all. Whether it’s your first time in this Emerald City or you already have your favorite pizza place, this guide is for you!
Pike Place Market
One of the first places to visit when you are on a trip to Seattle, is Pike Place Market. Yes, it is crowded and flooded with tourists throughout the year. But if you haven’t touched this place in Seattle, you haven’t experienced the true essence of how the city of Seattle has transformed over the years.
You must have heard of the iconic flying fish markets in Seattle. Well, this is where it all is. Apart from the fish tossing market, the famous Pike Place Market sign, Rachel the Piggy Bank, gum wall, the original Starbucks café, restaurants, over 200 local artisans selling their merchandise, and street performers, there are enough sights and sounds at Pike Place Market to behold. We are positive it will blow your mind away. Don’t forget to stop by the famous bakery Le Panier for a petit dessert pause and grab a bag of creamy meringues to take with you.
Ample space for romantic escapades around the open-air plaza with a backdrop of Elliot Bay make this Marketfront one of the best Seattle attractions.
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Address: 85 Pike St #500, Seattle, WASHINGTON 98101, United States | Timing: 24X7 | Google map location: https://goo.gl/maps/WXsnTViR3d97iyt68 | Phone Number: +12066827453
Synonymous with Seattle, the Space Needle in Seattle Center, stands out as the timeless monument on Seattle’s silhouette from the last 60 years. Among the best things to do in Seattle, the glass elevator in the Space Needle will take you to the observation deck at 160 meters in just 43 seconds, where you can adore the epic 360-degree view of Puget Sound, Seattle downtown, the majestic Mount Rainier, the Cascades, and the Olympic Mountains. There are cafeterias in Space Needle with plenty of seating facing outward to enjoy the sights while you munch.
If you time your trip up the Space Needle around sunset, Seattle will look even more beautiful than usual.
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Address: 400 Broad St, Seattle, WASHINGTON 98109, United States | Timing: Monday to Thursday 12:00 pm to 05:00 pm, Friday 12:00 pm to 06:00 pm, Saturday 11:00 am to 06:00 pm and Sunday 11:00 pm to 05:00 pm | Google map location: https://goo.gl/maps/gt21i8ddtCzYLtgA8 | Phone Number: +12069052100
This Seattle Center cityscape was built on an area of 74 acres for the 1962 World’s Fair. From the iconic Space Needle, museums, performing arts venues to the 18,600-seater Key Arena, the ever-bustling building complex of the Space Center gives a glimpse into Seattle’s active musical and cultural life.
And if you are wondering what to do in Seattle, this is exactly it. Take the exciting ride on the Seattle Center Monorail in downtown Seattle and stop at the musical International Fountain that creates beautiful parabolic shapes from its 137 water jets. Seattle Center also houses the beautiful murals at the outdoor Mural Amphitheater that feature a mosaic mural by Paul Horiuchi. Whatever your favorite dose of magic is, we are certain Seattle Center will have something for you.
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Address: 305 Harrison St, Seattle, WASHINGTON 98109, United States | Timing: 24X7 | Google map location: https://goo.gl/maps/3EMEiWEnBu8Vgtg59 | Phone Number: +12066847200
Museum of Pop Culture (MoPOP)
Music, science fiction, and pop culture all come together at the fascinating exhibits at the Museum of Pop Culture in the complex of Seattle Center. MoPOP was designed by Frank Gehry and looks like a smashed guitar from above.
You will find science fiction, pop culture, sci-fi and horror films literature, Games of Thrones manuscripts, facts about Seahawks, and music across various genres, all squeezed together. Additional activities in MoPOP such as educational programs, concerts and special events, couple of stores and restaurants will keep you hooked and asking for more.
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Address: 325 5th Ave N, Seattle, Washington 98109, United States | Timing: Friday, Saturday and Sunday 10:00 am to 06:00 pm | Google map location: https://g.page/MoPOPSeattle?share | Phone Number: +12067702700
Chihuly Garden and Glass
Dedicated to Tacoma-born artist Dale Chihuly, Chihuly Garden and Glass museum in Seattle Center, is his journey as a glassblower. The exhibits featuring whimsical structures and glassworks in bright colors are celebrated worldwide.
One of the top places to visit in Seattle with kids and family, the glass displays in the galleries in Chihuly Garden and Glass museum are an inspiration.
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Address: 305 Harrison St, Seattle, Washington 98109, United States | Timing: 12:00 pm to 05:00pm | Google map location: https://goo.gl/maps/UfANB5xCpHPwSWP98 | Phone Number: +12067534940
Olympic Sculpture Park
It is difficult to miss the beautiful sculpture piece of the monumental Eagle by Alexander Calder’s on the Olympic Sculpture Park, isn’t it? Once a contaminated area on Seattle’s downtown waterfront, Olympic Sculpture Park was transformed into a 9-acre urban expanse where art, architecture, and nature coexist. The beauty of this project lies in its openness and beautiful integration with the city’s landscape.
Created and operated by the Seattle Art Museum, this outdoor gallery of sculpture collection consists of more than 20 exquisite pieces by various artists like Jaume Plensa (Echo), Roxy Paine (Split), and Richard Serra (Wake) and brings with itself one of the most wonderful things to see in Seattle.
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Address: 2901 Western Ave, Seattle, WASHINGTON 98121, United States | Timing: 06:00 am to 05:00 pm | Google map location: https://goo.gl/maps/v3aJtS14dFttJPtp8 | Phone Number: +12066543100
Seattle Art Museum (SAM)
The Seattle Art Museum (SAM) is the largest museum in Seattle, dating back to the 1930s. It houses a diverse collection of artworks from Gothic and early-Renaissance Italian paintings by eminent artists such as Giovanni di Paolo and Paolo Uccello to 20th-century American art by Mark Tobey and Jacob Lawrence.
If you want to be overwhelmed by how history can be woven into art, do not miss a tour to the Seattle Art Museum. Make sure you also visit the Olympic Sculpture Park, which lies just a mile away and is open to the public for free.
Address: 1300 1st Ave, Seattle, WASHINGTON 98101, United States | Timing: Friday to Sunday 10:00 am to 05:00 pm | Google map location: https://g.page/visitsam?share | Phone Number: +12066543100
The Seattle Great Wheel
Built in 2012, the 175-foot Ferris wheel located on Pier 57 offers you one of a kind of ride in an air-conditioned gondola with glass bottoms.
Make sure to add it to the list of ‘Seattle things to do’ so that you don’t miss the amazing 15-20 minutes long smooth ride in the air with panoramic views of the Olympic Mountains, Puget Sound, Mount Rainier, Elliot Bay, and the most gorgeous Seattle Skyline. One can spend almost the entire day admiring the repertoire of nature at its best. If you are hungry after the ride, there are plenty of food options around the Great Wheel to enjoy on the waterfront.
Address: 1301 Alaskan Way, Seattle, WASHINGTON 98101, United States | Timing: 12:00 pm to 08:00 pm | Google map location: https://goo.gl/maps/M5JVWjvMx5Vjirzj7 | Phone Number: +12066238607
Pacific Science Center
When it comes to science, this vacay spot never fails to amaze you. Pacific Science Center in Seattle Center, proudly presents itself as one of the top Seattle attractions and is a family-oriented museum loaded with science lessons through interactive exhibits and innovative displays on galaxies, insects, and several concepts of science.
Wondering where to start from? You can immerse yourself among the distant galaxies, interact with local scientists and researchers, and add fuel to your passion for critical thinking by attending science demonstrations and movies at IMAX and planetarium.
Don’t forget to take a tour of the fascinating Tropical Butterfly House containing hundreds of different species of live butterflies.
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Address: 200 2nd Ave N, Seattle, WASHINGTON 98109, United States | Timing: Temporarily closed owing to the pandemic. Please check https://www.pacificsciencecenter.org/ for the latest timings | Google map location: https://g.page/PacSci?share | Phone Number: +12064432001
Ballard Locks are waterway passes that allow water traffic to travel between Puget Sound and the Lake Washington Ship Canal. At Ballard Locks, you can watch the water levels rise and lower to create a “boat elevator” for boats and kayaks passing between lakes and the saltwater of Puget Sound.
Constructed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in 1917, this rare spectacle of Ballard Locks is worth a visit in Seattle. If you’re planning to visit Seattle on the second Saturday of the month, make sure to head to Ballard for a fun way to spend good few hours at the Ballard Second Saturday Art Walk! Ballard is also a hotspot for food lovers and hipsters alike so you will definitely come across some fanciful boutiques, quirky thrift stores, lots of bars and restaurants, and bookstores to spend your time.
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Address: 3015 NW 54th St, Seattle, Washington 98107, United States | Timing: 07:00 am to 09:00 pm | Google map location: https://goo.gl/maps/qt5qYqyxGbJEBpsz8 | Phone Number: +12067802500
Washington Park Arboretum
Maintained by both The University of Washington Botanic Gardens and the City of Seattle, Washington Park Arboretum is a world-class 230 acres garden of oaks, maples, and camellias.
The Azalea Way is a delightful feature that has cherries, azaleas, magnolias, and dogwoods around a beautiful framework of evergreen conifers. You will also fall in love with the Rhododendron Glen which looks amazing in spring with its impressive collection of rhododendron bushes, ferns, and magnolias.
Whether you are looking for a quiet day to partake in some privacy or you need a day that is filled with love and the company of your dear ones, the Washington Park Arboretum provides a perfect outlet for your every mood.
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Address: 2300 Arboretum Dr E, Seattle, WASHINGTON 98112, United States | Timing: 09:00 am to 05:00 pm | Google map location: https://goo.gl/maps/ca3JZeYQ5ooUSvP8A | Phone Number: +12065438800
The Museum of Flight
After checking out classic attractions like the Space Needle, get your dose of science and come to explore the Museum of Flight. This is located on a 15-acre campus and includes about 160 air and spacecrafts. The place has one of the largest air and space collections in the United States. You will be overwhelmed to see a full-scale NASA Space shuttle Trainer, a Boeing 787 Dreamliner, Boeing lunar rover, and an Air Force One from the Eisenhower era. Not only that, but there are also NASA space shuttle trainer tours, interactive exhibits, and flight simulators that will blow your mind. Other aircrafts on the gallery include a replica of the Lockheed Electra that Amelia Earhart flew on her last flight and a World War 1 fighter plane.
With a café with spectacular views of Mount Rainier and a children’s play area, this matchless experience should definitely feature on your best things to do in Seattle Washington list.
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Address: 9404 E Marginal Way S, Seattle, WASHINGTON 98108, United States | Timing: Thursday to Sunday 10:00 am to 05:00 pm | Google map location: https://g.page/the-museum-of-flight-seattle?share | Phone Number: +12067645700
Built in 1914 and Seattle’s first skyscraper, the Smith Tower is a Seattle must see! The historic, manually operated elevators that take passengers to the 35th-floor observatory and present them with a 360-degree view make it one of the most popular Seattle tourist attractions.
You can spend your day exploring the many displays that tell interesting stories about the glorious past of the Smith Tower. Interesting, isn’t it? So, head over to Smith Tower and get ready for an experience that will stay with you for a lifetime.
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Address: Smith Tower, 506 2nd Ave, Seattle, Washington 98104, United States | Timing: Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday 03:00 pm to 10:00 pm, Friday to Saturday 03:00 pm to 11:00 pm, Monday and Tuesday closed | Google map location: https://goo.gl/maps/v96pPTzeBHpF4vxr6 | Phone Number: +12066240414
Seattle Central Library
Can you believe that this beautiful building with a glass exterior and floating platforms is a full-fledged working library?
You can explore these 11 floored inviting structures by Rem Koolhaason on a self-guided tour. You can also bring your kids to The Faye G. Allen Children’s Center where they can read, attend storytimes, and even play games and puzzles. You can avail comfortable facilities such as a café, a garden, and a cozy seating area in the Norcliffe Foundation Living Room as you browse through your favorite novels.
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Address: 1000 4th Ave, Seattle, Washington 98104, United States | Timing: Monday to Saturday 12:00 pm to 06:00 pm | Google map location: https://goo.gl/maps/JqpwdYWYK1NhfVG77 | Phone Number: +12063864636
Board a ferry with Washington State Ferries
Ferries are an important part of what makes Washington great with Washington State Ferries (WSF) managing the largest fleet of ferries in the United States, which is around 23 in total. A small trip across Puget Sound on one of the water vessels is a perfect Pacific Northwest experience that you must have.
You must take out time to enjoy the magnificent views from the ferry as you cruise to the charming islands of Bainbridge Island, Bremerton, or San Juan. Sunsets here are most rewarding with amazing views where you’ll see the city start to sparkle as day turns to night and the skyscrapers light up.
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Address: 2901 3rd Ave #500, Seattle, Washington 98121, United States | Timing: Monday to Friday 08:00 am to 05:00 pm | Google map location: https://goo.gl/maps/pzLDxxSyV1YSrWiV7
Sky View Observatory
The Columbia Center is the tallest tower in the Washington State with a height of 295 meters. Although, once in 1985, this tower was the tallest building on the entire West Coast and since then it has dropped to fourth on the list.
Although not as patronizing as the Space Needle, the Columbia Center’s experience is every bit as stimulating as you may imagine. After all, you get the opportunity to marvel over the beautiful murals and city life of Seattle underneath from the observatory on the 73rd floor, while gapping at the wonderful vastness of the Olympic Mountains, Puget Sound, and the beauty of Mount Rainier that spreads across through the horizons.
Address: 700 4th Ave, Seattle, Washington 98104, United States | Timing: Temporarily closed due to the pandemic. Please check https://www.skyviewobservatory.com/ for the latest timings. | Google map location: https://goo.gl/maps/e2R6wWMYW2rkN1PA7 | Phone Number: +12063865564
Enjoy the sunset at Kerry Park (Franklin Place)
For sweeping views of the famous Mount Rainier, Elliot Bay, and Seattle skyline, Kerry Park is one of the best places to go in Seattle.
There isn’t much to do in this little park except for clicking some great Instagram-worthy pics. But if you’re looking for time to kill with a fantastic view and a play area, Kerry Park makes a great spot for a picnic too. Not to forget, do make a quick stop at Molly Moon’s homemade ice cream store nearby! Although there is no such thing as the best time to visit Kerry Park, pictures say visiting during the sunset is pure bliss.
So why wait? Get your tripod ready and come to Kerry Park for the most wonderful picture of the epic Seattle skyline.
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Address: 211 W Highland Dr, Seattle, WASHINGTON 98119, United States | Timing: 06:00 am to 10:00 pm | Google map location: https://goo.gl/maps/tNvCA7ZkDSpk1iKR9 | Phone Number: +12066844075
T Mobile Park
Previously known as Safeco Field and rechristened to ‘T Mobile Park’ in 2019, this stadium is home to the Seattle Mariners and a pilgrimage for Mariners’ fans. This is a landmark in the city with its state-of-the-art brick façade, natural grass field, and a retractable roof. With a capacity to seat about 47000 fans, the T-Mobile Park offers delicious snacks which are beyond typical grub.
You can fetch some delicious crab sandwiches along with some tacos or garlic fries and wash it down with margaritas. The visit to this stadium brings with itself an experience that is decked with magic, excitement, and a whole lot of adrenaline rush pumping through the veins.
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Address: 1250 1st Ave S, Seattle, Washington 98134, United States | Google map location: https://goo.gl/maps/NBfZMPyWovvuGRL76 | Phone Number: +12063464000
Seattle Japanese Garden
Maintaining an important place in the directory of Seattle tourist attractions, Seattle Japanese Garden is an enchanting 3.5-acre garden laid out under the supervision of architect Jūki Iida. The park consists of winding paths that allow you to appreciate nature and the beautiful landscape in the garden.
Clearly, one of the oldest Japanese gardens in the United States, this garden is a favorite venue for all kinds of celebrations in the Japanese calendar.
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Address: 1075 Lake Washington Blvd E, Seattle, Washington 98112, United States | Timing: Tuesday to Sunday 10:00 am to 04:00 pm, Monday closed | Google map location: https://goo.gl/maps/3j5FX91zcGP5FXBDA | Phone Number: +12066844725
Woodland Park Zoo
From penguins, gray wolves, elk, North American river otters, and brown bears to meerkats and brightly colored poison dark frogs, this award-winning Woodland Park Zoo presents to you one of the most remarkable Seattle attractions. It is home to more than 1000 different species of animals. Wear comfortable walking shoes and dress in layers for Seattle’s unpredictable weather.
Do remember to check what’s the special event on the daily calendar as soon as you arrive so you won’t miss the opportunity to feed a hippo or giraffe, a guided demonstration with hawks and owls, or listen to interesting facts by the elephant keeper. Woodland Zoo is easily one of the best places to visit in Seattle!
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Address: 5500 Phinney Ave N, Seattle, WASHINGTON 98103, United States | Timing: 09:30 am to 04:00 pm | Google map location: https://goo.gl/maps/m5MNWzZejNGF517Y9 | Phone Number: +12065482500
A bright sunny day in the city is rare. And when it is so, just like a true Seattleite, make the most of it by heading to Alki Beach to get some doze of the sun. Alki Beach has loads of chic new restaurants and galleries. If you are ringing in on another note, you can also think of visiting their unique and experiential shops that have some of the finest desserts. It is making time in your day to explore this part of the city and see the city’s vista from a unique perspective.
When on the Alki beach, don’t miss to watch the sun slipping behind the Olympic Mountains during the sunset.
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Address: Seattle, Washington 98116, United States | Timing: 24X7 | Google map location: https://goo.gl/maps/qarN7B2Te3cUERGR6
Explore the historic Pioneer Square
Can you say you’ve been to Seattle if you haven’t explored the historic Pioneer Square?
The Pioneer Square presents to you an experience like no other. Seattle’s original downtown is full of beautiful old buildings in Romanesque Revival style, interesting underground tours, and an ever-growing slate of hip shops and restaurants.
You can choose from a plethora of restaurants and bars, plenty of gardens like Waterfall Garden Park, coffee houses, and art galleries, and allow yourself to kick back, unwind, and rejuvenate. But even if you’re not out to shop, some great entertainment from the street performers serenading passersby is assured!
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Address: Seattle, Washington, United States | Timing: 24X7 | Google map location: https://goo.gl/maps/joQgGZDToxoC5reT8
The Seattle Aquarium
Visiting Seattle Aquarium is one of the best things to do in Seattle. After all, it brings to you a whole lot of opportunities to find your aquatic favorite among a host of Moon jellies, a bunch of sea otters, a Giant Pacific Octopus, Harbor Seals! So, get ready to embark on a journey to the colorful marine life of the Pacific Northwest.
Set amidst the downtown, at Pier 59 on the Waterfront, the Seattle Aquarium showcases rare species such as wolf eels, rockfish, and sea anemones from the Pacific coast through interactive guides and exhibits. You can also touch and feel sea urchins and sea cucumbers in ‘Life on the Edge’.
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Address: 1483 Alaskan Way, Seattle, Washington 98101, United States | Timing: 09:30 am to 06:00 pm | Google map location: https://g.page/Aquarium-Seattle?share | Phone Number: +12063864300
Benaroya Hall, named after Jack Benaroya, the huge contributor to the hall’s construction, is renowned for its world-class acoustics. A striking landmark in Downtown Seattle, Benaroya Hall has featured musical performances by world-class musicians.
Once you are here, you will be greeted with Crystal Cascade at the lobby which was made by the famous glass sculptor Chris Chihuly.
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Address: 200 University St, Seattle, Washington 98101, United States | Google map location: https://goo.gl/maps/yLYSd2BWUhELTmcJ6 | Phone Number: +12062154800
Museum of History and Industry (MOHAI)
Located on the shores of Lake Union, The Museum of History and Industry, or MOHAI is a reputed museum that encapsulates the history, technology, and interesting artifacts. It has a collection of more than four million pieces. Along with that, it is home to True Northwest: The Seattle Journey, which is a chronological journey of Seattle through artifacts and photographs.
The thrilling stories from the past about the city will keep you enthralled throughout your tour. For instance, you can dig deep into historical yet exhilarating events like the Great Seattle Fire of 1889, the Klondike Gold Rush of 1897, the foundation of Boeing in 1916, and the Red Scare Smith Act Trials of the 1950s.
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Address: 860 Terry Ave N, Seattle, Washington 98109, United States| Timing: Daily, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, Thursdays in July and August, 10:00 am to 8:00 pm, First Thursday of the month, 10:00 am to 8:00 pm. Temporarily closed due to the pandemic. Please visit https://mohai.org/ for the latest timings. | Google map location: https://goo.gl/maps/QHj4LF7Emz5JEdwZ8 | Phone Number: +12063241126
Gas Works Park
Are you looking for a place to relax on a perfect sunny afternoon in Seattle with your family? Then, you must go to Gas Works Park. The favorite kite-flying spot among the locals and one of the entertaining Seattle activities to engage with on a sunny day, this park on the north shore of Lake Union has the most amazing view of downtown Seattle.
The old pump house is still intact on this site of the former Seattle Gas Light Company plant, giving a nice character to this park and offering some of the best photo opportunities in the city. If you are in Seattle around the 4th of July, don’t forget to drive to this park for an incredible view of the fireworks mirroring over the Lake Union and Independence Day celebrations.
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Address: 2143 N Northlake Way, Seattle, Washington 98103, United States | Timing: 24X7 | Google map location: https://goo.gl/maps/3wb2PPHGwy9U2QkP6
CenturyLink Field is the home stadium for the Seattle Seahawks (NFL) and the Seattle Sounders (MLS) and seats 69,000 people for a Seahawks game and 37,722 for the Sounders. This stadium in Seattle holds the power to effortlessly capture the audience in a captivating game that encourages them to not leave their seats and watch the games till the end.
You can take an exciting stadium tour and look around the Locker room, the press box, or the Home Interview room. To truly experience this in all its glory, it is best to look into their signature 300 level Concourse to enjoy the lovely vistas of the Elliott Bay, downtown Seattle, Puget Sound, and even the gorgeous Olympic Mountains.
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Address: 800 Occidental Ave S, Seattle, WASHINGTON 98134, United States | Google map location: https://goo.gl/maps/fda5mhrYLaWkpsrE6 | Phone Number: +12063817555
Green Lake Park
Green Lake is a 29 acres park that is home to a beautiful freshwater lake in the North Central Seattle neighborhood. Like all the beautiful lakes in Washington state, Green Lake originated from the Vashon glacier about 50,000 years ago. Loved by the locals and the tourists, this park has a neatly laid path for skaters, joggers, and cyclists.
Green Lake Park is the perfect place to turn away from the humdrum of Seattle downtown and public life. Here, you can rent a canoe, a pedal boat, and play a game of baseball or soccer or just swing an arm at golf. The elegant bathhouse by the lake is from 1927 and is now occupied by the Seattle Public Theater, for modern and contemporary plays in a friendly setting.
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Address: 7201 East Green Lake Dr. N, Seattle, Washington 98115, United States | Timing: Monday to Sunday 06:00 am to 08:00 pm | Google map location: https://goo.gl/maps/6oDTtNditWj62DfL8 | Phone Number: +12066844075
Volunteer Park Conservatory
If you visit the Volunteer park, the Volunteer Park Conservatory is one of the must-see places in the park. This stunning conservatory has been modeled on London’s Crystal Palace and completed in 1912, is a lovely indoor escape. The Volunteer Park Conservatory house a huge variety of plants like palms, bromeliads, ferns, cactuses, succulents, and a variety of seasonal plants from around the world.
Don’t forget to look out for the historic jade tree, the beautiful collection of Orchids, and the sago palm in the Palm House, which have been put together more than 75 years ago. You must also take out time to explore the rare carnivorous plants collection in the Fern House and the striking collection of orchids in the Palm House.
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Address: 1400 E Galer St, Seattle, Washington 98112, United States | Timing: 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, Mondays closed. Temporarily closed due to the pandemic. Please check https://volunteerparkconservatory.org/ for the latest timings. | Google map location: https://goo.gl/maps/ZgzzxfcK7C7zBjrh7 | Phone Number: +12066844743
University of Washington
The University of Washington campus, just a few minutes from downtown Seattle, has a jaw-dropping approach to its architecture and design. The University of Washington is home to the world-class Henry Art Gallery, which owns a huge collection of more than 25,000 pieces of art by famous artists such as Buckminster Fuller, Mies van der Rohe, and Alexander Calder.
Don’t miss the concerts at the highly regarded Katharyn Alvord Gerlich Theater, by the UW ensemble. UW is also home to Hec Edmundson Pavilion and the 70,000-seater Husky Stadium, the university’s basketball, and college football teams also called the Huskies. You can take the self-guided tour of the University of Washington that will give you a preview of campus as well as a peek into the Husky Experience.
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Address: 1410 NE Campus Pkwy, Seattle, Washington 98195, United States | Timing: 24X7 | Google map location: https://goo.gl/maps/urhmnxQBVRBY95mn6 | Phone Number: +12065439686 (Admissions Office)
Visit the Starbucks Reserve Roastery
The Starbucks Reserve Roastery & Tasting Room is a special place where you will learn about exclusive drinks, different methods of brewing, a coffee library, and more. Located on Capitol Hill, this Starbucks is a coffee wonderland. You can see coffee beans being roasted on the same day and an excellent bakery serving delicious upmarket food options.
If you don’t visit this upmarket coffee bar for the best coffee in the US, you will be missing something really huge!
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Address: 1124 Pike St, Seattle, Washington 98101, United States | Timing: 07:00 am to 09:00 pm | Google map location: https://goo.gl/maps/yBaNxNTq4VgfgKD17 | Phone Number: +12066240173
Gates Foundation Discovery Center
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Discovery Center near the Space Needle has exhibits that document the impact Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has made around the world. Interesting interactive displays explain the way this Foundation aims to tackle issues like poverty, malnutrition, and homeless lives across the globe.
One special exhibit “Countdown to Zero” for example, documents the journey of eradicating rare tropical diseases.
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Address: North, 440 5th Avenue, Seattle, Washington 98109, United States | Timing: Tuesday – Saturday 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. Temporarily closed owing to the pandemic. Please check https://www.discovergates.org/ for the latest timings.| Google map location: https://goo.gl/maps/Jm4dxKVpUzaYTL1y5 | Phone Number: +12067093100
Enjoy the beach at Golden Gardens Park
Golden Gardens Park in the Ballard neighborhood is a fun place to play in the tide pools. The garden has a serene, nice beach with splendid views of the Olympic Mountains and Puget Sound waters.
The Golden Gardens Park doubles up as a great picnic spot for relaxing and having a beachside campfire party at night. Be sure to allocate an entire day for this date with nature and tune in to a soul-soothing experience. We are certain it will be worth every second.
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Address: 8498 Seaview Pl NW, Seattle, Washington 98117, United States | Google map location: https://goo.gl/maps/4we5evTGwyAhckT18 | Phone Number: +12066844075
Visit the symbolic Fremont Troll
This Seattle staple and now an iconic sculpture weighing six tons of concrete and little less than six meters tall was created by a team of four local artists. Just a few minutes from Lake Union, it stands below the north end of the George Washington Memorial Bridge in the Fremont neighborhood. Climb atop this humongous troll to make a great photo op of your Seattle city trip.
But that’s not all you can do here. You can explore the rest of the Fremont district by taking a casual stroll around along the water and shopping around exploring shops in the streets. We are sure you will instantly fall in love with the quirky Fremont neighborhood.
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Address: N 36th St, Seattle, Washington 98103, United States | Timing: 24X7 | Google map location: https://goo.gl/maps/oRHscEmGLmFZDHix7 | Phone Number: +12066842489
The Gum Wall
Among the quirky things Seattle has ownership of, the Post Alley Gum Wall tops the list. Right down the stairs from Rachel the piggybank and around the Pike Place Market. Although the wall has been cleared several times, the Gum Wall has been recognized as one of the top Seattle attractions.
Don’t forget to add the outing to Gum Wall on your ‘Seattle must see’ list. So next time you visit, don’t forget to bring your own pack of gum.
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Address: 1428 Post Alley, Seattle, WASHINGTON 98101, United States| Timing: 24X7 | Google map location: https://g.page/the-gum-wall?share | Phone Number: +12065872414
Wing Luke Museum
The Wing Luke Museum is a much-loved destination in the Chinatown-International District. Get your own slice of history by learning more about the museum that has documented experiences of the Asian American refugee and immigrant in the northwestern United States.
The museum located in the East Kong Yick Building was once called the Freeman Hotel and was the boarding house for everyone who came from pan Asian countries like Philippines, China, and Japan for the first time. Interestingly enough, this is the only museum in America that has taken a pan-Asian perspective.
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Address: 719 S King St, Seattle, Washington 98104, United States | Timing: Friday to Sunday 10:00 am to 05:00 pm | Google map location: https://g.page/WingLukeMuseum?share | Phone Number: +12066235124
Amazon has its headquarters in South Lake Union and has the most intriguing new constructions. One of them is The Spheres, nicknamed “Bezos’ Balls”, which are interconnected glass domes standing four floors tall, where employees work and relax among 40,000 plants from cloud forest regions in 30 different countries. Can you really beat that?
Among the bunch of fun things to do in Seattle, this campus gives you the opportunity to check out remarkable architecture not only from outside, but you can also book in advance the 90 minutes tours of the Amazon HQ.
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Address: 2111 7th Ave, Seattle, WASHINGTON 98121, United States | Timing: Temporarily closed due to the pandemic. Please visit https://www.seattlespheres.com/ for the latest timings. | Google map location: https://goo.gl/maps/7awFEyGKrwcbNV8u9 | Phone Number: +12062664064
Board a Water Taxi at Elliot Bay
If you’re visiting downtown Seattle, you should definitely take the ferry ride across Elliott Bay on the West Seattle Water Taxi. All you need to do is head to Pier 50 on the waterfront and hop on to one of the ferries. You will find several eateries to quench your thirst and hunger after all the adventure throughout the day.
To end the day in a more relaxing manner, walk down to stroll along the beach. This 2.5mile-long beach will never fail you in giving the breathtaking views of Elliott Bay, the magnificent Seattle skyline with the cascades of mountains behind it.
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Address: Seattle, Washington, United States | Google map location: https://goo.gl/maps/f5AhzUJkD85wGmZ27
Take Seattle Food tours
Wouldn’t you love to check out local recipes and taste specialties the city is known for? Then how about a food tour by navigating Seattle’s famous culinary stops across various locations?
From a plethora of choices from food tours of classic Pike Place, Savor Seattle, Ethnic Seattle, Eat Seattle, Gourmet Food and Drink, Chocolate Indulgence tour, these food tours will leave you asking for more. Here, you can sample on city’s best chocolates, pick from delicious dim sums or take a tour in a tofu factory. Nonetheless, this experience will not only be filling but thrilling and fulfilling as well.
Explore Latte Art at Moore Coffee Shop
If you are in Seattle, are craving a cup of coffee and want a locally owned joint, then this is the place to be at. Moore Coffee Shop is a family-run business that is a wonderful spot to visit both as a local and as a tourist. Known for their high-quality beans, prices that won’t burn a hole in your pocket, experienced and friendly staff, and the prime location in a historical building, the experience in this café is unforgettable.
So why wait? On your next visit to Seattle, stop for a warm and delicious mocha treat along with some mouthwatering chocolate chip cookies, and yogurt parfait! Refreshing and cozy, this café is certainly one of the most characteristic Seattle places to visit.
Address: 1930 2nd Ave, Seattle, Washington 98101, United States | Timing: Monday to Friday 0:30 am to 04:30 pm, Saturday 08:00 am to 04:30 pm & Sunday 08:00 am to 02:30 pm | Google map location: https://goo.gl/maps/hkibgACSnDxRmWo48 | Phone Number: +12068837044
Touristy and somewhat crowdy, the Farmers Markets are a great reason to explore the local food and produce. Although Pike Place Market is the most famous market in the country, there are various other lesser-known farmers markets such as Capitol Hill neighborhood farmers market, West Seattle farmers market, Fremont Sunday Flea Market, Phinney Farmer’s market, University District Farmers Market, and the Ballard Farmers Market.
From the goodness of organic vegetables and fruits, meat and fish, incredible cheese, a superb selection of wine, and hot food samples to take you to another level, you will find a freshness of life that will definitely enhance your experience. So, if you happen to be in Seattle on a weekend, visit one of these markets where you can bump head with the locals and even shop fresh produce like one.
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Trip to Bainbridge Island
Bainbridge Island is one of the most livable places in the United States. You can hop on a ferry from the terminal in downtown Seattle and either walk on or take your car to Bainbridge Island. One of the perfect Seattle tourist attractions for a day trip or weekend getaway, you will enjoy cute local shops in walkable downtown areas, craft wine and beer makers, and the finest food of the Pacific Northwest bounty.
Don’t miss the hauntingly beautiful trail of Bainbridge Island Japanese American Exclusion Memorial that tells the story of Japanese internment during World War II and the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art.
Once you get hungry, stop for some great wines and a Spain-influenced menu at the Amelia Wynn Winery Bistro. If you are a self-proclaimed ice cream connoisseur, make sure to stop in Mora for the tastiest ice cream of your life.
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Google map location: https://goo.gl/maps/KWYwijeZ253Fzimu6
Seattle Underground Tour
When you take the Seattle Underground Tour, you’ll be touring around a series of basements in Seattle’s oldest neighborhood, Pioneer Square. You will be walking around uneven floors, murky hidden spaces, some dilapidated yet fancy architectural lights, some plumbing oddities under First Avenue.
These tours operate almost every day and are a popular attraction for visitors and locals alike. The outstanding guides will introduce you to Seattle’s colorful history in the best possible way. The tour starts in the heart of Pioneer Square at Doc Maynard’s and you can use the Underground Café for a quick bite before or after the tour.
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Address: 610 1st Ave, Seattle, WASHINGTON 98104, United States | Timing: April to September, 9:00 am to 07:00 pm, June to August 09:30 am to 04:30 pm, October to March 10:00 am to 06:00 pm | Google map location: https://goo.gl/maps/bzUtKHx7bmawx5yZ7 | Phone Number: 206-682-4646
Seattle Free Walking Tours
Walking tours are a great way to know the city’s history and interesting facts from a local’s perspective.
Some of Seattle Free Walking Tours include Seattle 101, Pike Place Market Tour, and the Old Seattle Cemetery Tour. If you don’t mind hills or a bit of climbing, one of the popular walks is from Pioneer Square to Pike Place Market, along the waterfront area. Although they are free, most of these tours require booking in advance.
Address: 2001 Western Ave, Seattle, WASHINGTON 98121, United States | Timing: 09:00 am to 05:00 pm | Google map location: https://goo.gl/maps/KeM7DwLp7xSsrQwy5 | Phone Number: +14257706928
Have some fun at Seattle Music Festivals
Seattle and music go hand in hand. With tons of live music throughout the year, there is no dearth of fun things to do in Seattle. Also, the birthplace of grunge music, Seattle has done well in expanding its music genres over the years. You need not spend dollars on these live shows as you will find extremely talented and entertaining street artists and local bands performing in every nook and corner of the city.
But if you want a taste of some great music along with great food and ambience, there are venues like ‘The Showbox’ and ‘Stone Way Café’ to hook you for the evening. Do remember to check out their schedule on their website and Facebook.
Have some crabs at The Crab Pot Seattle
Clam chowder, Prawn Cocktail, Crab bisque, Calamari strips- this is Crab Pot for you. If you have been looking around for a restaurant specializing in seafood, Crab Pot Seattle will steal your heart in a minute. Dedicated to the seafood enthusiasts, this restaurant near the Waterfront serves its customers with a widespread of heartiest seafood feasts. What makes this unique restaurant legendary is its incredible Seafeast.
If you are among those looking for a more conventional entrée, this place has a varied array of choices from the menu like chicken, bacon cheeseburgers, burgers, and sandwiches. A fabulous restaurant while on a Seattle sightseeing spree, we are certain you will find something fascinating here.
Located in Miner’s Landing Pier 57 Main Mall Entrance, Crab Pot has amazing waterfront dining views with a large outdoor patio too.
Address: 1301 Alaskan Way Pier 57, Seattle, Washington 98101, United States | Timing: 12:00 pm to 08:00 pm | Google map location: https://g.page/crabpotseattle?share | Phone Number: +12066241890
Located in the heart of the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Seattle, Volunteer Park is home to the Volunteer Park Conservatory, Water Tower, and the Seattle Asian Art Museum. A well-maintained and clean spot nestled in the middle of the city, the park has huge stretches of wonderful, grassy fields enveloped by amazing trees, a large playground, a paved path around the fields, and a wading pool.
A great place for walking and attending various events, this park is always bustling with the crowd and their pets. You can come and sit down to relax in the lawn area near the auditorium just to sunbathe. This park is beloved by locals and tourists alike.
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Address: 1247 15th Ave E, Seattle, Washington 98112, United States | Timing: 06:00 am to 08:00 pm | Google map location: https://goo.gl/maps/giMdEb3z4WWBBpkG6 | Phone Number: +12066844075
Seattle Pinball Museum
Fresh and intriguing, the pinball museum is a great place to visit for a pinball fan or a pinball curious. Located in the Chinatown area of Seattle, it is a short walk from the Seattle train station.
With 50 pinball machines from the 1960s to the present, you can have the opportunity to take part in a variety of fun activities that make for a great adventure for the entire family. This experience comes alive with their unique collection of games, attractions, restaurants, bars, and shops.
In this working museum with hands-on exhibits, you can pay to enter and spend the whole day playing all you can.
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Address: 508 Maynard Ave S, Seattle, Washington 98104, United States | Timing: The museum is temporarily closed owing to the pandemic. Please check https://www.seattlepinballmuseum.com/hours—info.html for the latest timings. | Google map location: https://goo.gl/maps/N89311kxowKwYqqo9 | Phone Number: +12066230759
Living Computer Museum
And finally, an experience that is really in tune with the Seattle technology! Yep, that is correct – the Living Computer Experience. Geeky or not, if computers pick your interest, then the Living Computer Museum is one of the top Seattle attractions you cannot miss. The Living Computers: Museum + Labs, described on Vulcan’s website as the ‘world’s largest collection of fully restored supercomputers, mainframes, minicomputers and more,’ opened in Sodo in 2012 and was expanded in 2016. Its offerings included not only selections from Allen’s vast personal collection, but hands-on exhibits on virtual reality, self-driving cars, robotics, and computer-generated art and music.”
Not only are the exhibits fun and engaging for the young crowd, but the actual content is also exciting for the older people as well. Don’t you want to experience how memory has progressed in computers over time?
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Address: 2245 1st Ave S, Seattle, Washington 98134, United States | Timing: Temporarily closed due to the pandemic. Please check https://www.livingcomputers.org/ for the latest timings. | Google map location: https://goo.gl/maps/ssYEZSGEeEf3GLjs6 | Phone Number: +12063422020
Go Kayaking at Lake Union
Do you remember the floating homes from the movie ‘Sleepless in Seattle’? Lake Union is where you will find them. The bustling neighborhood around Lake Union lies in the northeast area of downtown Seattle and is filled with a variety of boats and other seaplanes.
It is the favorite place for kayaking and paddle boarding among the locals. So why wait? Bring your own kayak or rent out one from The Center for Wooden Boats near Lake Union to get that adrenaline pumping in you, while you take in the sights. And when hungry, go out to explore the Lake Union area’s blooming restaurants and bars scene.
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Address: Seattle, Washington, United States | Google map location: https://goo.gl/maps/V25jQpYBH48vAmBS9
The Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture or simply called the Burke Museum, established in 1899, is a natural history museum in Seattle, Washington.
A leading location for learning about the natural and cultural heritage of the Pacific Northwest, Burke Museum is also the oldest public museum in Washington State. It has a treasured collection of more than 16 million artifacts that range from dinosaur fossils, totem poles to unique gemstones. The museum’s collected works on geology, anthropology, and biology are used to conduct important research in the region and beyond.
The visit to the Burke Museum in the city is a fun experience with colorful and vibrant exhibits and makes the perfect family outing for all kinds of travelers.
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Address: 4300 15th Ave NE, Seattle, Washington 98105, United States | Timing: Tuesday to Sunday 10:00 am to 05:00 pm Thursday 10:00 am to 08:00 pm, Monday closed | Google map location: https://g.page/TheBurke?share | Phone Number: +12065437907
Rent a Houseboat
Imagine living in a dream houseboat and waking up every morning to the sound and sight of docks around a waterfront! This is possible in Seattle city. An experience like no other, you can choose from an abundance of houseboats right on the Puget waterfronts and rent it. If you’re in Seattle and planning for a truly special waterside experience, this houseboat, which is essentially a floating home, is the perfect fit.
You can spend your day soaking in the incredibly accommodating lounging area, which comes equipped with a kitchen, a bathroom and bedrooms, or better yet, you can step outside, meet your neighbors and enjoy the spectacular view of downtown Seattle. An ideal place for the family and kids, the floating home is a water lover’s dream come true.
Although there are a handful of houseboat rentals in Seattle, the one in Puget Sound is centrally located and the best of the lot. Alternatively, you can check out all the houseboat options from Airbnb. If you’re thinking about giving this a try, why not?
Go hiking at the Rattlesnake Ridge
If you want to escape the hustle of the city and go on a frenzied adventure, pack your bags for a seven-mile round-trip hike to the Rattlesnake Ledge. About a 40-minute drive from downtown, the hike has a 1,175 feet elevation gain and offers breathtaking views of the Rattlesnake lake below. For a great hiking trail, you can take the very popular Rattlesnake Lake trail located on the southeast of the lake and has a clean gravel path.
Remember to take your camera along, for these memories and escapades will add up in creating a treasured experience for you in the city.
Address: Washington 98045, United States | Timing: Temporarily closed due to the pandemic. Please check www.seattle.gov for the latest timings. | Google map location: https://goo.gl/maps/DztsGV9EiNa1ssrD9
Whatever your heart is searching for, we are sure the city of Seattle will have something special for you. All you need to do is look around and let your soul wander off to this remarkable destination that is filled with a quirky delight and a magnetic appeal that comes animated only if you make the effort to enjoy and experience everything that this city has to offer. Whether you’re a family looking for budget-friendly finds or a seasoned vacationer on the hunt for an Insta-worthy scene, the Emerald City has you covered. In no way is this a complete list of all the fabulous Seattle attractions and unbelievable experiences to be had in Seattle, but it’s a start. Let’s go!