63 Crazy Fun Things To Do in Seattle

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With a blend of nature and urban attractions, there are so many fun things to do in Seattle for every type of traveler! We’ve spent lots of time in this city, and are sharing our very favorite things to do in Seattle to help you plan the perfect trip. Plus, we’re including some epic day trips as well as our picks on where to stay in Seattle.

Best Things to do in Seattle | Two Wandering Soles

Seattle is a city that urbanites and nature-lovers can both appreciate. And with the ocean on one side and majestic mountains on the other, there is no shortage of fun things to do in Seattle.

Aside from it’s undeniable natural beauty, the food, art and music scene are reason enough to get yo’ booty over to this PNW metropolis. NOW.

We calledWashington statehome for the better part of a year, and have made many-a-trip to Seattle where we packed our weekends full of fun (and usually cheap!) things to do.We can’t wait to share all our favorite spots in Seattle with you!

Some are the super famous touristy “must-dos”, and others are local secrets you won’t find in the guidebooks.

Kerry Park Seattle skyline view.jpg
Find out where to get this epic view of Seattle (for free!) in this guide to the Emerald City.

Whether it’s your first time in Seattle and you have a weekend to soak it up or you’re a Pacific Northwest local looking for fun things to add to your bucket list,我们有一些可以错过斑点和古怪的additions to any Seattle itinerary.

Let’s dive in and plan your trip to the “Emerald City”!

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Top things to do in Seattle

If you’re looking for aquick list of the very best things to do in Seattle, here you go:

  1. Eat the best of Seattle on afood tour
  2. Shop local atPike Place Market
  3. on ahot air balloon ridebeside Mount Rainier
  4. Snap a selfie with theFremont Troll
  5. Have a picnic inGasworks Park
  6. Order a handcrafted cocktail at aspeakeasy
  7. Go on a day trip toSnoqualmie Falls & Twin Falls
  8. Get the best free view of the city atKerry Park

Now your trip to Seattle isalmostplanned!

But don’t stop here…

Want more ideas?Well, you are in for a treat, my friend, because this article is absolutely PACKED with the very best things to do in Seattle plus all sorts of insider tips!

1.近距离接触& personal with the Fremont Troll

Fremont Troll in Seattle

I’m a sucker for quirky art installations, and the Fremont Troll is one of those things you just have to see if you’re in the area. In true troll fashion, this grumpy beast lives beneath a bridge in the Fremont neighborhood. You can find himhiding under the north end of the George Washington Memorial Bridge

Insider tip:After a photo op next to this Seattle staple, don’t forget to explore the rest of the Fremont district! Walk along the water and daydream about living in one of the houseboats docked near shore, and pop into some of the many cute shops in this neighborhood that endearingly refers to itself as the “center of the universe”!

2. Blow bubbles at the Post Alley Gum Wall

Post Alley Gum Wall Seattle

Seattle is full of all sorts of quirky sights and photo ops, but the most famous (and accessible!) is arguably the Post Alley Gum Wall.

While it’s definitely no secret, the gum wall is a quirky stop to make during your visit to Seattle. Plus, it’s right around the corner from Pike Place, so you really can’t miss it.

Seattle Gum Wall
Seattle Gum Wall

Bring with you a pack of bubble gum for a cute photo op and try to guess how many pieces are actually on the wall:Hundreds? Thousands?(I’m kinda bad at estimations.)

Don’t get too close to the wall though… I don’t think I need to explain why. Opt to add your chewed gummy mess to the wall with all the rest, or (like us) find a trash can just up the alleyway to dispose of it in a more sanitary way.

3. Start your day with strong Seattle coffee

Seattle coffee

If there was an award for the city with the best coffee in the United States, Seattle would win gold.

漫步在西雅图和任何块哟u’re bound to find a handful of wonderful coffee shops that serve a good, strong brew.

Honestly, it’s hard to go wrong because stiff competition keeps the quality high.

If you don’t know where to start, here are some local gems:

Psst!If you’re really into coffee, thisSeattle Coffee Culture tourlooks pretty fun!

4. Fly beside Mount Rainier in a hot air balloon

Seattle Hot Air Balloon | Two Wandering Soles
I took this photo of another balloon floating past mine. What an incredible sight it was!

It takes something special to get us up before sunrise, but we’d definitely agree, this experience is worth making an exception for.

Flying in a hot air balloon at sunrise directly in front of Mount Rainier iswhat dreams are made of

You’ll launch just prior to sunrise, which gives you the opportunity to view cotton candy skies from thousands of feet. Not only do they fly right in front of Mt. Rainier, but you’ll also float over rivers, lakes, and forests.Dreamy, huh?

I was invited on a hot air balloon flight with Seattle Ballooning and was seriously impressed with everything from the epic views (umm, hello Rainier!) to my super passionate pilot.

I wrote all about my experiencehot air ballooning in Seattlefor anyone who is interested or on the fence about booking a flight. I included everything from my honest opinions about the experience and what to expect on a flight, to insider tips (like what to wear!).

There are a few hot air balloon companies in the region, so here’s why we choseSeattle Ballooning:

  • They’re the#1 rated balloon company in the NW.Need we say more?
  • They earnrave reviewsthat speak for themselves. Seattle Ballooning was also featured in theNY TimesandThe Washington Post, so you know they’re legit!

Choose from different flight options – from a private flight to an original group ride that carries 8-10 guests – one thing’s for certain; this will be one of your most memorable experiences in Seattle without a doubt.

Discount alert!We’ve secured a10% discountfor anyone booking their hot air balloon ride with Seattle Ballooning. Just use the code: “2soles” when checking out!

5. Go on a Seattle Food Tour

Whenever we’re in a new place, we like to check out local foodie hot spots and tasteeverythingthe city is known for. After years of traveling around the world,we’ve found the very best way to get a good feel for the local cuisine is to go on a food tour.

We’ve been on food tours in dozens of cities around the world (fromBangkoktoReykjavik), and we’re honestlyobsessed! I mean, you get to taste specialties from the best restaurants, plus, you get insider scoop on the foodie scene from a local.Can’t really beat that.

Here are our top choices for a food tour in Seattle:

Chef Tour of Pike Place

Pike Place Food Tour Things to do in Seattle Airbnb Experiences

If you want to sample the best of the best in Pike Place, tour this market in the company of a chef!

Along with your expert in all things food, you’llstop at 9 different artisanal vendorsand sample the flavors of the PNW.

Here’s what guests are saying:

“Loved this experience with Eric as it including a wide variety of great food, a bit of Seattle history and interesting information about the market. As a long time Seattle resident I learned a lot about the market I didn’t know. Highly recommend!”

-Beth, February 2023

Plant Based in Pike Place Food Tour

Pike Place Vegan Food Tour things to do in Seattle Airbnb Experiences

If you’re a vegan (or just interested in plant-based eating!), you won’t want to miss this tour that earns rave reviews.

In the tour guide’s own words:

Plant-based eating shouldn’t have to be a sacrifice. Too often restaurants overlook the opportunity of plant-based cooking, leaving vegans with a disappointing choice between salad or french fries. This tour fixes that.”

This specially-curated tour gives guests the opportunity tosample the best vegan eats that Pike Place has to offer. Plus, the guide shares all sorts of background info and tips on this historic market as well as fun tidbits and stories about Pacific Northwest foodie culture.

Here’s what guests are saying:

“No hype – Will’s plant-based Pike Place tour was AMAZING! Really appreciated his extensive knowledge of the market’s rich history, the delicious and diverse range of treats, and his genuine rapport with the local vendors. You can tell he deeply respects all of them. I’m a longtime Seattle resident who went on the tour with a friend visiting from out of town, and now we both feel more connected to this beautifully special city. Thanks Will.”

– Kat, January 2023

6. Visit the iconic Pike Place Public Market

Famous Pikes Place Farmers Market sign in Seattle

Even if you’re not into the idea of a food tour (see above), a visit to Seattle would be incomplete without stepping foot in this iconic market.

Did you know it isthe oldest continuously-operating market in the United States? Crazy, huh?!

Super touristy?Yes.Worth a visit?Heck yes!

Arguably the most famous farmers market in America, Pike Place is one of thecan’t-miss things to do in Seattle.

The most famous attraction here are thefishmongerswho toss the fresh catch of the day between each other when a customer makes a purchase.I remember visiting Pike Place as a child and being wowed by this, and I was pleased to find that they’re still flingin’ those fish nearly two decades later. Get your camera out to capture those flying fish because it’s quite the sight!

Pikes Place Fish Market Seattle

If aerial seafood doesn’t impress you, walk down the rows of fresh produce, locally-made cheese and artisan goods and you’re sure to find something that piques your interest.

Best stops & things to do at Pike Place Market

  • Be sure to make it to theBeecher’s Cheese shop,where you can sample this famously delicious cheese or anything your dairy-loving heart desires.
    • Oprah loves the mac ‘n cheese here, so you probably want to give it a whirl!
  • Pike Place Chowderserves up a tasty bowl of creamy seafood goodness.
  • For a pick-me-up, stop atRachel’s Ginger Beerfor a famously fun drink!
  • Piroshky Piroshkyis a small Russian bakery that is famous in the area.

While you’re at Pike Place, here’s a cool idea…

Book a photo tour with a localwhere you’ll see a different side of Pike Place and get some amazing pictures of yourself. (Aka a sweet souvenir from your time in Seattle!)

7. Support vendors at smaller Farmers Markets

Farmers Market Berries

Pike Place is undoubtedly the most famous market, but it’s far from the only one in Seattle.

For an experience where you bump shoulders with locals instead of camera-toting tourists, head to thecity’s lesser-known farmers marketsfor a morning bite or to purchase a unique souvenir.

Fremont Sunday Flea Market

If you happen to be in Seattle on a Sunday, try to make it to the Fremont Sunday Flea Market and we don’t think you’ll be disappointed!

With up to 200 vendors selling antiques, collectibles and other goods, this is the coolest market in you’ll have fun scoping out the quirkiest treasures you can find (as well as sniffing out the best-smelling food!). Open rain or shine, all year long, Seattle’s coolest market (in our opinion!) has been in operation since 1990.

University District Farmers Market

If you are looking for a farmers market without the tourists, head to the University District Neighborhood which holds a market every Saturday year-round, from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

At this local favorite, you’ll find more than 70 farmers and other vendors selling fresh produce and local goods.

Ballard Farmers Market

This hip neighborhood has a weekly farmers market which runs all year long on Sundays from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

8. Get the best (free!) view of Seattle at Kerry Park

Seattle skyline view from Kerry Park Viewpoint

For sweeping views of the skyline famously punctuated with the Space Needle, Kerry Park is the place to be. And better yet,this spot is free! (Hey, that rhymes)

Here you’ll get a panoramic view of the Seattle skyline and Mount Rainier looming in the distance (if you’re lucky enough to have a clear day!).

Don’t let the big views fool you – this park is perched on a tiny little slice of land, so you don’t need to allot much more time here than it takes your camera shutter to click. And boom, you’ve captured one of the most Instagrammable spots in Seattle!

On the other hand, if you’re looking for time to kill with a killer view, Kerry Park makes a great setting for a picnic!

9. Picnic in Gasworks Park

Gasworks Park Seattle

Seattle is a city with a lots of green space. It is nicknamed the “Emerald City” after all!

You’ll have no problem finding parks for picnicking and people watching. But if you’re looking for a park that’s out of the ordinary, here is a park with a bit more character than most.

Located on thenorth shore of Lake Union,this park is the site of theformer Seattle Gas Light Company plant.It’s cooler than it sounds, trust us. The old plant structures are still intact, though a little graffiti “decoration” has been added for… color?Character?

On a nice day, you’ll see people in Gasworks Park flying kites, enjoying picnics on the lawn and taking in the unique view of Seattle that many tourists miss.

Insider Tip:This park isn’t far from the Fremont Troll statue or Fremont Brewing Company. We think a combination of all three stops would make the perfect afternoon in Seattle!

10. Go on a Free Walking Tour

One of the top things to do in Seattle for first-time visitors is to take a walking tour.

We love going on Free Walking Tours in cities we’ve never visited before. We find it gives us a lay of the land and helps us set our bearings. Plus, the guides usually share local tips and interesting history that you can’t get elsewhere.

Sometimes if we really like the guide, we stay afterward and pick their brains about their go-to restaurants and bars in town so we have the local inside scoop!

There are a few Seattle Free Walking Tours to choose from:

  • Seattle 101 (general city tour)
  • Pike Place Market Tour
  • Old Seattle Cemetery Tour

They require reservations in advancebecause tours have limited space.

Good to know:Free Walking Tours don’t cost anything, but guides typically reply on tips. If you enjoyed the tour, gratuity is always appreciated.

11. Take an e-bike tour of Seattle

e-bike tour Things to do in Seattle Airbnb Experiences

Learn about Seattle’s history, see the top sights, and discover hidden gems, all from two wheels!

Taking an e-bike tour allows guests tocover a lot of ground in a short amount of time

Here’s what guests are saying:

“I had a great experience on this tour! The bike was really fun to ride and Joe was a great guide. He kept us safe and told us so many interesting tidbits of information about Seattle. Loved the views! I saw a side of Seattle I wouldn’t have otherwise seen since I was staying in Capitol Hill without a car. Definitely recommend!”

-Nancy, October 2022

12. Indulge in the prettiest macaroons you ever did see

Lady Yum Macaroons Things to do in Seattle
Photo credit: Lady Yum

Lady Yum Macaroons is what a dessert lover’s dreams are made of!

With a handful ofever-changing seasonal flavorsand a hefty list of menu staples, this macaroon shop serves up some pretty creative morsels:

  • Circus Animal
  • Espresso Fudge
  • Raspberry Chardonnay
  • Honey Lavender

And they’re not just delicious — they’reover-the-top prettytoo. Perfect for your Instagram feed, if that’s your style!

Lady Yum has a handful of locations around Seattle, but the Pioneer Square shop will likely be the most convenient one to visit.

13. Spend a sunny day at Alki Beach

Alki Beach Seattle

If Seattle is enjoying a beautiful day, head to Alki Beach to soak up the sun,see the city from a unique perspectiveand experience a different feel than the rest of the cityWe found the vibe to behipster-meets-Jersey-Shoreand the crowd to bemore locals than tourists

Relax on the sand, use one of the public grills and picnic tables or sip on an iced coconut Americano fromAmpersand Cafe

If you’re in the mood for a beer, head over toWest Seattle Brewing Companyto enjoy thelaid-back patio atmosphere and an ice-cold brew

And in the evening, you can enjoy abonfire on the beachand watch the sunset from your sandy seat.

14. Spot the iconic Space Needle from below (or go to the top!)

Seattle Space Needle

Located in the Seattle Center, the Space Needle is without a doubt themost iconic man-made feature of Seattle

This iconic building is an integral piece of the Seattle skyline, and you can either opt to see it from the ground, or get up in there and take in the view of Mount Rainier (on a clear day) from 520 feet in the air on the observation deck.

Tickets cost for the Space Needle is $36 for adults and $28 for kids.

Our opinion:Personally, we’d recommend skipping going to the top of the Space Needle, and instead heading tothis observatory, where you can enjoy a handcrafted cocktail with a view!

Seattle Center

While you’re near the Space Needle, be sure to check out theother notable sights in the Seattle Center:

  • Seattle Center Armory
  • Chihuly Garden and Glass
  • Museum of Pop Culture
  • International Fountain
  • Artists at Play
  • Climate Pledge Arena
  • Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Discovery Center
  • Seattle Center Skate Plaza

Money-saving Tip:If you want to check out a few more popular things to do in Seattle, like the Chihuly Gardens and Glass, Seattle Aquarium and take a harbor tour, you might want to look into getting the Seattle CityPASS. The CityPASS saves you quite a bit of money if you plan to visit the most popular attractions in Seattle. Calculate your savings andbuy your Seattle CityPASS

15. Take a hot tub boat on Lake Union

Hot Tub Boat Things to do in Seattle
Photo credit: Hot Tub Boats

If a regular boat cruise feels a little too basic for you, this suggestion will be right up your alley…

Rent a hot tub boat.

Yep, you read that right, a HOT TUB BOAT!

Soak in the city views while you, well,soak in warm water.Can’t get much better than that!

Renting a hot tub boat costs$400 for 2 hours, and you can fit a maximum of 6 people.

For more information on how to book your hot tub boat,check out their website

16. Visit the Original Starbucks(or opt for the Starbucks Roastery!)

Original Starbucks in Seattle
While it doesn’t look like anything special, this is the location of the very first Starbucks. EVER.

Being that theEmerald Cityis the birthplace of Starbucks, many first-time visitors to Seattle want to step foot in the original.

We did, too.

Below is our (honest!) opinion, so you can decide if you want to add it to your itinerary or give it a miss.

We’re also sharing an alternative – the Starbucks Roastery, which is a more special, elevated coffee experience (more on that below).

Original Starbucks:Our personal experience

We made it there on a Monday and waited about 15 minutes in total from the time we ordered until the time we were handed our specialty coffees. (Not too shabby!)

Original Starbucks Things to do in Seattle
Seattle Starbucks Coffee

During the weekend, though, I don’t think we would have braved the wait. It was kind of cool to see the vintage mermaid logo and say that you’ve sipped the original Joe.Was it anything super special?Nah.Would I wait in line again?Nope.

Thishyped-up coffee shop is one of the tourist stops that could be skipped(in our opinion).Unless you are a huge fan of the mega-chain, you may be a bit annoyed to find the line wrapping around the block.

Starbucks Reserve Roastery & Tasting Room

If you’re a fan of Starbucks and looking for a fancy coffee experience, put a visit to their tasting room on your Seattle itinerary.

With gorgeous copperroasting basins and some of the best baristas in the city, this facility not only serves up specialty, small-batch coffee, but a stop here is an experience in itself. If it’s a warm day (or even if it isn’t!) do yourself a favor and try a cold brew float!

17. Get nostalgic at the MUSEUM of Pop Culture (MPOP)

MPOP and Space Needle Things to do in Seattle

This over-the-top museum is right next to the Space Needle and you can’t miss the purple and silver wavy building. Inside the museum takes you through the history of music and movies that have shaped our culture. Step into a rock ‘n’ roll sound lab, view the original manuscripts from Game of Thrones, and peek at hundreds of props from famous movies.

The entrance Fee for MPOP is $28 for adults and $19 for kids. However, if you pair it with otherSeattle CityPASSsights you can save quite a bit of money on the top activities in Seattle.

18. Ride the Seattle Great Wheel

Seattle Great Wheel Things to do in Seattle STOCK-U

Seattle’s Great Wheel (aka ferris wheel) issituated at the edge of the Seattle Waterfront in Elliott Bay, making it a cornerstone piece of the city’s skyline.

If you’re traveling with kids — or are a kid at heart — hop in one of the gondola cars and prepare for some spectacular city views.

The Seattle ferris wheel isbuilt over the water, giving riders a unique perspective.

19. Take a sushi-making class

Sushi making class Things to do in Seattle Airbnb Experiences

For a reallyunique activity, sign up for a sushi-making class with Fumiko. Born in Japan, she has lived in Seattle for 30 years.

After meeting in the kitchen, you’llwalk to the local seafood marketwhere you’ll pick up ingredients for sushi. Upon returning to the kitchen, you’ll dive into making sushi rice and3 different rollsto enjoy!

After this class, you’ll have the confidence to do your own DIY sushi date nights. Talk about a great souvenir to bring home!

Here’s what guests are saying:

“I loved this experience! Fumiko is so knowledgeable not only Japanese cooking but also history her neighborhood and Seattle as a whole. The walk to market, teaching how she picks out ingredients and coming back to the kitchen to put it all together in a wonderful and tasty meal was very enjoyable. If Iived here, I would sign up for more classes! She’s a great teacher gave me recipes to take home! I am grateful to have met her.”

-Amy, January 2023

20. Chase waterfalls just outside the city

You don’t have to go far from the city center to see some epic waterfalls. There are plenty you can easily visit on aday trip from Seattle

Snoqualmie Falls

Snoqualmie Falls Seattle

The largest (and most popular) waterfall near Seattle is Snoqualmie Falls.

This268-foot cascading beautyis one ofWashington’s best waterfalls

从停车场与铺设路径步骤,Snoqualmie Falls is super accessible and a nice stop for all types of travelers. That said, due to its proximity to the city and was of access, it tends to get quite crowded. Also, while an impressive sight, it is a quick visit as no hiking is involved.

Twin Falls

Twin Falls Hike Seattle
Twin Falls Hike Seattle

For more of an adventure, tack on a hike to nearby Twin Falls. This can easily be combined with Snoqualmie Falls as they are located very close together.

This 2.5-mile hike is rated as moderate, and weaves through dense forest and hugs the riverside for a beautiful escape from the city.

For more information on this hike, you can check theAllTrails guide

21. Decide who has the best ice cream in Seattle

我有一个座右铭:There’s always room for ice cream… even when you’re full, it fills in all the cracks!

This motto has encouraged me to make some delicious, but probably ill-advised, decisions in the past.

But Seattle has some seriously good ice cream options. We’re talking contenders for the-best-we-ever-hadgood.So I encourage you to take my motto to heart andsample the city’s best ice cream(yes, even if you’re full!).

So where is the best ice cream in Seattle? Well, that’s for you to decide… We have two favorites that beat all the rest. Plus, a bonus one to try.

Molly Moon’s

Molly Moon's Ice Cream Seattle

In addition to the fact that this local chain has some kick-ass ice cream flavors (more on that in a sec!), they are aconsciously-run company, which is something that we are so on board with and excited to support.

They give back to the community, source 90% of ingredients from the local area, use 100% compostable cups, spoons and straws, and pay their employees living wages (with benefits!). *cue slow clap*

So grabbing a scoop (or three!) at Molly Moon’s is not only delicious, but is the socially responsible thing to do.Or at least that’s how I’m justifying our multiple visits…

现在到味道…像饼干一样经典ugh as well as unique combinations like honey lavender and Yeti (vanilla bean + caramel + homemade yeti granola + Theo chocolate bits), there is a flavor for everyone. Even the seemingly “boring” flavors, like chocolate, are elevated.

Frankie & Jo’s

Frankie & Jo's Ice Cream Seattle

This ice cream isvegan and gluten-freebut sacrifices nothing when it comes to flavor.

The ice cream base is made from cashew and coconut milk, creating a distinctly creamy canvas for their creative flavor combos.

What to order:Our favorite flavor is without a doubt“California Cabin”.I mean, listen to this description and tell me you aren’t itching to try it: “smoked vanilla & pine are infused into our creamy coconut and oat milk base with chewy gluten-free black pepper cardamom shortbread cookie chunks nestled throughout.”Oh-em-gee. Close second flavor for us was “Chocolate Tahini Supercookie”.

Bonus: Salt & Straw

This one definitely deserves to be in the top 3, but the only reason we’ve listed it as a “bonus” is that it’s aPortland-based chain.Still ahhh-mazing and worth trying, but we wanted to give the spotlight to two true Seattle-based ice cream shops.

22. Go to a Secret Concert

Sofar Sounds Concert Things to do in Seattle

Are you a fan of live musicandsurprises?

If so, you’re gonna love this one…

Sofar Sounds curates concerts in unique and intimate settings. But here’s the catch: You won’t knowwhothe artists are orwherethe show is at until a day before the show.

Here’s what you will know:

  • Each Sofar Sounds show features3 different musiciansof varying genres.
  • The show will be in acool and intimate secret venue.认为一个博物馆,一个酒厂,屋顶,甚至a private home.
  • The booking page will provideclues about what you can expect, like if it’s an outdoor show or located at a residential venue.
  • When you purchase a ticket,you’ll know the neighborhood and the date
  • Thelocation and artists will be revealed 36 hours before the show

Sound like your idea of fun?(Personally, we think it’s such a cool idea!)

See the calendar of upcoming events andpurchase tickets here

23. View Seattle from above

Sky View Observatory Things to do in Seattle - SVO
Photo courtesy of Sky View Observatory

While our personal favorite view of Seattle is totally free (Kerry Park #8 on this list!), there are some really iconic views above the city if you don’t mind paying an admission fee.

Space Needle

Perhaps the most famous “view above Seattle”, this is also the most expensive viewpoint. If you really want to ride to the top of the Space Needle (check off that bucket list, baby!), we’d recommend getting the Seattle CityPASS or at least pairing your admission with entrance to the Chihuly Garden and Glass to save some money.

Seattle Great Wheel

Riding the famed ferris wheel on Pier 57 will grant you unique views of the city.

Sky View Observatory

Located on the 73rd story of the Columbia Tower, this is the tallest viewpoint you’ll get of Seattle. At $28 for standard admission, it is slightly cheaper than the Space Needle, plus, you’ll actually get to see the Space Needle from above.

Smith Tower Observatory

This is our personal favorite “view from above” for two reasons. First, at $19 for general admission, it’s one of the more affordable options.

Secondly (and most importantly, in our opinion!), there is a cool speakeasy bar in the Smith Observatory, so you canenjoy a cocktail with a view at 35 stories high!

Tip for saving money in Seattle

If this is your first visit to Seattle, and you really want to see all the top attractions, you’ll likely want to get a CityPASS.

This includes admission to both:

  • Space Needle
  • Seattle Aquarium

Plus, you get admission 3 more attractions of your choice:

  • Chihuly Garden and Glass
  • Argosy Cruises Harbor Tour
  • Museum of Pop Culture (MoPOP)
  • Woodland Park Zoo

Use the CityPASS websiteto calculate how much money you’ll save versus visiting all of the attractions on their own.

24. Tour the Boeing Factory

Seattle Museum of Flight

As a former engineer, Ben was super excited to see the Boeing Factory in Everett. And his nerdy side was on full display during the tour!

But even for me (a non-engineer!), it was pretty cool to see these massive machines being built section by section.

The tour was pretty informative and at the end there are plenty of hands on displays, like a walk through section of the International Space Station that Boeing built.

This a greatfamily-friendly museumand a fun thing to do in Seattle (just a short drive north of the city center). Get more information about the tour andpurchase tickets here

25. Explore the Seattle Waterfront

Seattle's Port View from the Ferry

Seattle’s waterfront is comprised of piers filled with seafood joints, souvenir shops, and some of the popular “touristy attractions”, like theSeattle Aquarium, Olympic Sculpture Park and the Seattle Great Wheel.

Olympic Sculpture Park

This park is located on Seattle’s waterfront and features modern sculptures set against a backdrop of the Olympic Mountains, Puget Sound, and of course, the Space Needle.

This is one of 3 facilities operated by the Seattle Art Museum, andadmission is totally free!

So grab a cup ‘a Joe and wander the Olympic Sculpture Park to your heart’s content.

Seattle Aquarium

Located on the waterfront, this aquarium is a popular place to see marine life from the Puget Sound and the ocean. This is another attraction included in theSeattle CityPASS

26. Eat fresh seafood

Fresh Oysters Seattle

You can’t get much closer to the ocean than Seattle. Whenever we’re close to the source, we use it as an excuse to eat all things seafood!

Pike Place Market is a good place to see the fresh catch of the day, and here are some of the city’s most loved seafood joints:

27. Get your game on at the Seattle Pinball Museum

This is quite possibly the best interactive museum in Seattle (it is full of pinball machines after all!). The founders simply wanted people to know about and play vintage pinball games, and you can choose from their collection of more than 50 pinball games.

Entry is $15 for adults and $12 for kids (7-12 years old) for unlimited play!

28. Walk around Green Lake

Green Lake Seattle

Green Lake is a neighborhood in Seattle just north of Fremont and Wallingford, and is centered around the lake after which it was named.

The2.8-mile trailaround the body of water is popular with the locals – runners, bikers and dogs – and makes the perfect way to enjoy a nice day.

Grab a coffee from one of the many cute cafes around and soak up those Seattle vibes!

29. Chill out at a secret waterfall

Waterfall Garden Park is a little hidden oasis and a nice escape from the concrete jungle that surrounds it. The main draw to this secluded little park is the 22-foot artificial waterfall, which is totally unexpected in the middle of Pioneer Square.

With a handful of chairs, this is a nice place to enjoy lunch or rest your weary feet after a morning of walking.

Fun fact:This park is on the site of the original United Parcel Service headquarters, which was built in 1907.

More info:Directions and hours for the Waterfall Garden Park

30. Play in Tide Pools at Golden Gardens Park

Golden Gardens Park Tide Pools in Seattle

Exploring tide pools is a fun PNW experience, but you probably wouldn’t expect to be able to do this within the Seattle city limit! Located in the Ballard neighborhood,Golden Gardens Parkhas tide pools to explore and a nice beach for relaxing or for sitting around a bonfire (in an approved pit) at night.

More info:This website hascurrent tide information

31. Toast with a handcrafted cocktail at 35 stories high

Smith Tower Observatory Speakeasy Bar Things to do in Seattle
Photo courtesy of Smith Tower Observatory via Instagram
Smith Tower Observatory Things to do in Seattle - STO
Photo courtesy of Smith Tower Observatory on Instagram

We love a good rooftop bar… err, in this case, a skyscraper-top bar!

Nestled on the 35th floor of Smith Tower, there is both an observatory andspeakeasy-style bar

We’d recommend coming forhappy hour (Wednesday-Friday from 3-6pm)for a daily $10 cocktail special and $2 off all beer, wine, and well drinks. There’s also a small menu of light bites, like Brussels sprouts and pork belly bao buns.

So ride up that elevator and order a Smith Tower Signature Old Fashioned to enjoy with the 360-degree views. Cheers!

32. Visit the Volunteer Park Conservatory

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Volunteer Park Conservatory is a lovely escape for one of Seattle’s notoriously rainy days. With all sorts of plants from around the world, this is a perfect place to wander indoors for an hour. (Aka the perfect rainy day activity!)

Interesting Fact: Just a short walk north of the conservatory, you can findBruce Lee’s gravein Volunteer Park.

Hours:10 a.m. – 4 p.m., closed Mondays

Tip:When you’re done exploring the park, head to nearbyVolunteer Park Café & Pantry– a lovely place to relax in a window seat and enjoy coffee and a quiche or pastry.

33. Walk through an Edible Forest

Located in Beacon Hill, this is no ordinary park.Beacon Food Forestis run by volunteers and supported by the community.

The mission of this “Food Forest” is to encourage members of the community to learn to grow and share food. Everyone is welcome here.

34. Kayak or SUP on Lake Union

SUP on  Lake Union in Seattle

With so many nearby bodies of water – we’re lookin’ at you, Lake Washington, Lake Union, Green Lake, and the Puget Sound! – one of the best things to do in Seattle (on a nice day!) is to getonthe water.

Our favorite (and most affordable) ways to do this is torent a kayak or a stand-up paddle boardand enjoy being outside in such a beautiful city.

On a clear day, you’ll have a stunningview of Mount Rainier from Lake Union.Can’t beat it!

Psst!Green Lake is also a nice spot for a SUP ride!

35. Tour the Theo Chocolate Factory

Theo Chocolate Tour Things to do in Seattle
Photo courtesy of Theo Chocolate

Theo Chocolate is a proudSeattle-based company, and you’ll find this brand of chocolate highlighted in ice cream flavors and desserts all over town.

This bean-to-bar company started as just a little operation in 2006, and now makes international sales.

If you’re a chocolate fanatic, or just love getting a the behind-the-scenes glimpse of how things are made, touring the Theo Chocolate Factory will be a treat,literally and figuratively.

Thishour-long interactive experiencebrings you through the origins of cacao to how the raw material is turned into the chocolatey bars you know and love. And yes you’ll get to test the product!

36. Explore the quirky Fremont neighborhood

Seattle Houseboat

Situated on the north shore of Lake Union,Fremont is our favorite neighborhood in Seattle

A little quirky, packed with cute shops, cafes and breweries, and filled with unique things to do, we’d recommend carving out at least part of a day to exploring this area.

Here are some of our favorite things to do in Fremont:

37. Hike to Rattlesnake Ledge for an epic view

Rattlesnake Ledge Viewpoint Seattle

If you want to escape the city and get your heart pumping, Rattlesnake Ledge hike might be right up your alley. This 5-mile round trip trek has nearly a 1,500 foot elevation gain and offers spectacular views of the lake below.

Just a 40-minute drive from downtown Seattle to the parking lot, this hike can easily be done in half a day.

Be prepared to share the trail with others, as this is one of the most popularday hikes near Seattle

Crowds at Rattlesnake Ledge Viewpoint Seattle
Rattlesnake Ledge Viewpoint Seattle

It’s worth noting that there are a few viewpoints, the first being the most crowded by far. If you continue on to the upper lookout, you have a good chance of finding solitude.

We were there on a very busy Saturday in the summer, and we had the upper viewpoint completely to ourselves for a while. It was definitely worth the extra few minutes of hiking.

Before you go:Find acomplete guide to hiking Rattlesnake Ledgeon our sister site for more information.

38. Build a bonfire on the beach

Building a bonfire on the beach is one of our all-time favorite summer traditions.

Beginning at the end of May through the summer months,Golden Gardens Park是完美的地方享受适当的太平洋,也没有吗thwest sunsetwith your own beach bonfire.

Fire pits are unlocked between 4-5pm daily, and are available on a first come first served basis. You must extinguish your fire by 9:30pm.

Insider Tip:For a great (and convenient) dinner option, head to nearbySunny Hilland grab a takeaway pizza for your bonfire-slash-sunset viewing pleasure!

39. Walk to the Lighthouse at Discovery Park

Discovery Park Lighthouse Seattle

With nearly 12 miles of walking trails, Discovery Park is the largest park in the city. It’s a great place to feel like you’ve escaped the traffic and buildings without leaving the city limits.

Discovery Park is a great place for birdwatching and spotting harbor seals and sea lions, but one of the biggest draws is the West Point Lighthouse, which is an excellent spot for sunset.

Bring a picnic lunch and a blanket and enjoy this peaceful setting.

Good to know:The lighthouse is located 1.5 miles from the parking lot, so be prepared for a bit of a walk!

40. Scope out street art in the city

Seattle Street Art

While not quite as prominent as some other major cities, there is still quite a bit of street art to check out in Seattle.

While you’ll find some here and there without really looking for it, butthis interactive mapwill be helpful if you want to intentionally find some artworks.

Seattle Street Art
Seattle Street Art

And for the highest concentration of murals in the city, head to the SODO Track. Standing for “South of Downtown”, this 2-mile section of railroad track has been turned into what people are calling an “urban art gallery”. This project was created by 60 different artists from 20 countries, and is quite a sight to see.

You can view this collection of 50+ works of art two different ways:

  • Ride the Metro Transit bus(numbers 150 or 594) between the following stations:
    • “SODO Busway & S Royal Brougham Way”
    • “SODO Busway Acrd & S Spokane”
  • Walk or ride a bike on the SODO trail.This path will bring you past 20 murals, which you can enjoy at a slower pace rather than whizzing past in a moving bus or train.
    • According to the SODO website, “The SODO Trail runs from Royal Brougham to S Forest Street on the east side of the SODO Busway.”

Related Reading:Check out this article if you’retraveling solo in Seattle!

41. Marvel at the Chihuly Glass exhibit

Chihuly Glass Exhibit in Seattle

全球著名的玻璃制品,戴尔Chihuly was born in Tacoma, Washington and this long-term exhibit is a great place to see much of his colorful, awe-inspiring art in the center of Seattle. Adults and children can both appreciate his whimsical style.

For ticket prices, hours and events,check out the official website

Money-Saving Tip:TheSeattle CityPASSincludes admission to the Chihuly Garden and Glass as one of the options.

42. Spend the evening at a dueling piano bar

Keys on Main Piano Bar Things to do in Seattle - KOM
Photo courtesy of Keys on Main

Keys on Main is a dueling piano bar that makes a fun and unique way to spend a night in Seattle!

Open Thursday – Saturday evenings, shows start at 9pm each night, andreservations是推荐的。

Insider Tip:If it works with your visit, we’d recommend coming on a Thursday because there is no cover charge.

43. Channel your inner nerd at a Board Game Cafe

Seattle Board Game Cafe

Any other Settlers of Catan fans? Or what about Ticket to Ride? How about Code Names?

We love playing board games, and have become kind of obsessed with seeking out board game cafes around the world where we can test out new games or polish our skills with our tried-and-true favorites.

Cozying up in a board game cafe with a pint of beer (or a coffee) is theperfect way to spend one of those ubiquitous rainy Seattle days.

With two locations in the city (one in Ballard and the other in Bellevue),Mox Boarding Houseis a local favorite. And if you come hungry, there’s a menu of tasty snacks and drinks to keep you fueled for throughout your gaming!

44. Get your groove on to some Live Music

Seattle is known as the birthplace of grunge music, but the music scene has evolved over the last few decades to encompass a much wider range of genres.

From huge acts that sell out KeyArena to little-known artists performing in intimate venues, there’s live music for every taste.

There are tons of live music venues throughout the city, but here are just two of our favorites:

  • The Showbox:这是镇上的一个更好的场所,和许多big name performers coming through town. There are two locations, one on 1st Ave and another in SoDo so make sure you know where your show is (we made that mistake). Find out which artists are coming to town soon on theShowbox Schedule
  • Stone Way Café:This laidback cafe serves food, coffee and beer, and hosts live music weekly as well as open mic sessions. Every day they have someone new come to play, so make sure tocheck out their scheduleon their Facebook.

45. Catch a Cabaret Show at The Pink Door

Seattle Pink Door Caberet

If you like unique dining experiences,The Pink Door will tickle your fancy. This intimate venue has a spectacular view of Seattle, is known for excellent Italian-American food and has an eclectic mix of nightly entertainment.

From live music to their famous cabaret & burlesque shows on Saturdays that feature aerial artists,be sure to make reservations in advancefor the bar area.

We dined here on our anniversary and everything from the wine selection to the food to the entertainment was fantastic.

Note:Photography is not allowed during the aerial performances, so we couldn’t get a shot to share with you. She used that pink satin material behind me for her performance, so you can get an idea of where it was.

46. Eat your way around the world

Vietnamese Food in Seattle

Seattle is home to a vibrant foodie scene, and you’ll be able to taste flavors from around the world.

Here are just a handful of our favorites:

47. Go on an Art Walk

If you’re a fan of the arts, keep reading because an art walk might be the perfect experience to add to your trip to Seattle.

Pioneer Square Art Walk

If you happen to be in Seattle on the first Thursday of the month, don’t miss the Pioneer Square Art Walk, which will introduce you to this city’s art community.

Explore small exhibitions and working artist studios while you mingle with others who also have a heart for art. Check out theofficial website for more detailsand information about free parking!

Ballard Second Saturday Art Walk

If you’re visiting Seattle on the second Saturday of the month, head to Ballard for a fun way to spend a couple of hours!Here’s more info

Really love art?You could also make a visit to the Seattle Art Museum to make your art-loving-heart sing!

48. Feel like a local in Ballard

If you want toditch the touristy areasand are in search of some excellent (and affordable!) eats, head to the Ballard neighborhood.

With a variety of world cuisines, dive bars, and adorable coffee shops, you can’t go wrong.

Here are some recommendations in the Ballard neighborhood:

49. Go brewery hopping

Seattle breweries

If you’re searching for where to have drinks in Seattle and you love craft beer as much as we do, you’ll be one happy lad or lass in the Emerald City! With an abundance of taprooms, you won’t need to walk far for a high-quality pint.

Here are some of our favorite breweries in Seattle:

  • Fremont Brewing:With a cozy fireplace, a nice outdoor area, and free pretzels and local apples to munch on, Fremont Brewing happens to be one of our favorites. Oh, and it doesn’t hurt that they have a huge selection of tasty brews that made us never want to leave. Try the nitro porter and the double IPA, or order a flight for a real party!
  • Georgetown Brewing Co:This brewery has one of our all-time favorite IPAs: Bodhizafa. If you’re an IPA fan like we are, definitely give this one a try, You won’t be disappointed!
  • Cloudburst Brewing:Creatively-named tasty beers, walking distance to Pike Place Market and always willing to “down-pour” you a brew.
  • Stoup Brewing:Located in West Woodland and created by scientists, this local brewery has beers that will tickle your taste buds. They have a daily food truck and an outdoor patio as well!
  • Reuben’s Brews:This award winning brewery is a staple in Seattle. They serve delicious beers from their taphouse in West Woodland.

50. Experience Capitol Hill’s nightlife scene

If you’re looking for a fun night out on the town, the Capitol Hill neighborhood is where you’ll want to head.

Often referred to as Seattle’s “coolest neighborhood”, Capitol Hill is known asthe city’s LGBTQ epicenter.

During the day, it offers a mixture of green space, trendy brunch spots, and al the boutiques your shopping-loving heart could desire.

But if it’s nightlife you’re after, this neighborhood really turns it up on all fronts. Enjoy a slow dinner at one of the many buzzy, atmospheric restaurants, then mosey into any bar that strikes your fancy —you’ll find all types of scenes in this neighborhood!

51. Order a handcrafted cocktail at a Speakeasy

Speakeasy Cocktail Bar Seattle

For a not so typical night on the town, try out one of Seattle’s “secret bars” – fromprohibition-inspired speakeasies that require a password for entryto hidden bars that serve cocktails handcrafted especially for your tastes and mood, check out this list ofSeattle’s coolest secret bars

We’re big fans of speakeasies, so next time we’re in Seattle you better believe we’re going to check one out.Needle & Threadis the first one on our list!

52. Laugh the night away at a Comedy Show

For a unique take on nightlife in the city, get your laugh on at one of Seattle’s many comedy clubs.

Get a hit of dopamine as you enjoy stand-up or improv. From free open-mic nights at local pubs to big national comedians that perform in the hippest clubs, there’s likely a comedy show taking place during your visit that’ll suit your budget and sense of humor.

Check outthis collective calendarthat displays all upcoming shows at the comedy clubs around Seattle.


Bocce ball at Rein Haus in Seattle

If you’re looking for a fun and low key place to spend a night in Seattle, Rhein Haus should be on your radar.

This beer hall seems like it belongs in Germany instead of the PNW, but hey, we’re not complaining. With a bocce ball court, a fire pit, house made sausages and pretzels, as well as a long list of beers to choose from, Rhein Haus is a great place to spend a night in Seattle.

54. Explore Seattle’s Underground Tunnels

你知道西雅图undergr网络吗ound tunnels beneath the city? Yeah, we didn’t know about this until our 4th visit!

Here’s the (short) story behind the “underground”:

There was agreat fire in 1889 that destroyed much of downtown Seattle, which consisted mostly of wooden buildings on top of a somewhat muddy street that would often flood.

重建这座城市时,它决定construction would be made of brick or stone, and that they would build the new city one story above the muddy streets.

The “underground” is what remains of old storefronts and sidewalksthat were later closed in during this process. If you’re a history buff, this tour sounds like it’ll be right up your alley.

This tour lasts for75 minutesand brings you on an informative walk through portions of the “underground” and costs$22 for adults

55. Get Spooked on a Ghost Tour

If you love all things creepy, you might want to book the Spooked in Seattle Ghost Tour.

While we haven’t personally done it, therave reviewsspeak for themselves. Plus, the tour has won national praise, so if you want a good spook, it might be worth checking out!

先锋广场最popula幽灵之旅r offering. A guide will bring you through historic streets and share real stories of murder and supposed hauntings throughout the city.

The90-minute tourconcludes with a brief walk in the famed underground (explained above) and costs $18 for adults.

56. Marvel at the architecture at Seattle Central Library

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Love the smell of a library?Yeah, me too.

The Seattle Public Library has more than the good ol’ book smell – the architecture here is surprisingly stunning.

Come to take a gander at this11-story glass and steel marvel, and see how good the books look soaked in all that natural light!

57. Relax in a tiki themed soaking pool

McMenamin’s properties are known for being quirky and fun, and theNorth Shore Lagoonis no exception.

Thisformer school has been turned into a tiki barwith gourmet pub grub, rum cocktails and a large pool.

It costs$7.50 for adultsto enter the pool, and the facility is family friendly. No reservations needed, just show up!

58. Catch a perfect Seattle sunset

Seattle Sunset Spots

Being that Seattle is situated on the west coast,this city is full of spectacular sunset viewpoints

Try to catch at least one (hopefully more!) during your trip to Seattle, because it is a sight you won’t soon forget!

Best places for sunset in Seattle:

  • Alki Beach(pictured above): sweeping views of the bay from a beach, with nearby restaurants
  • Discovery Park Lighthouse:feel a world away from the city at the rustic beach here
  • Kerry Park:views over the city as the sky changes colors
  • Golden Gardens Park:build a bonfire on the beach to enjoy sunset
  • Smith Tower:35th story views with an onsite speakeasy

59. Go whale watching and spot orcas

Whale Watching in San Juan Islands

If you’re a fan of sea creatures, you may want to add whale watching to your Seattle bucket list!

Whale watching has always been a dream of mine, and we finally made it come true in the waters just north of Seattle, near the San Juan Islands.

While San Juan Island is a destination in itself and could be the perfect place to relax for a few days, it is possible to do awhale watching day tourin the Puget Sound (leaving directly from Seattle).

60. Cruise Puget Sound

Argosy Harbor Cruise Things to do in Seattle - AC
Photo courtesy of Argosy Cruises

Seattle’s unique location in the Puget Sound makes the perfect opportunity to hop on a boat and see the city from the water.

There are avariety of different cruise options— from cocktail sailing trips to quick 1-hour harbor cruises that highlight the city’s top landmarks.

Psst!If you get theSeattle CityPASS, the Argosy Harbor Cruise is included in your purchase.

61. Create your own Seattle winery tour

Day Trips from Seattle Wine Country

You don’t have to go to Napa Valley to go winery hopping…

Washington is getting a lot more credit recently for the fantastic wines that are coming out of this state, and visiting the vineyards is totally doable as a day trip from Seattle.

In fact, just a quick 25-minute drive northeast of Seattle is Woodinville Wine Country, which boastsmore than 100 wineries and tasting rooms, as well as 14 breweries, cideries and distilleries, and 30 restaurants. With so many choices, making your own Seattle winery tour has never been easier!

You’ll feel like you’re a world away from the big city but can return to Seattle in time for dinner reservations!

Do it yourself:The Woodinville Wine Country websitewill be super helpful in planning your day.

62. Find zen in the Washington Park Arboretum

Situatedalong the shores of Lake Washington, the Washington Park Arboretum is a 230-acre oasis, featuring native plants, rare trees and even aJapanese garden

This is a nice place to come for a picnic or to get away from the hustle of downtown.

63. Go skiing (or snowboarding!) near Seattle

Skiing Near Seattle

We figured we couldn’t share a list of the top things to do in Seattle without including skiing…

If you’re visiting Seattle in the wintertime, you’re in luck because there is some excellent skiing (and snowboarding!) not far from the city center.

There are3 resorts near Seattle that offer fantastic skiing.They all have slightly different terrain and vibes, so read the descriptions and choose the one that suits your preference (and time frame).

  • The Summit at Snoqualmie:1 hour away – This resort is just off the highway and is the closest skiing to Seattle.
  • Stevens Pass Ski Resort:90 minutes away – This is our favorite ski resort near Seattle, because it really feels like you’re a world away from the city.(Oh, and we worked there for a winter season, so we’re biased!)
  • Crystal Mountain Ski Resort:2 hours away – Slightly more upscale than the other two resorts, Crystal is the largest ski resort in Washington state.

Where to eat in Seattle

Bangkrat Market Khao Soi Where to eat in Seattle
Khao Soi from Bangkrat Market

How does one even begin to sum up places to eat in Seattle —a city with an incredible and ever-changing food scene?

Answer: You can’t simply sum it up.

This list is far from exhaustive, but it highlightssome of our personal favorite spots(as well as some restaurants that are on our own bucket list!).

So if you’re looking for a rec from two cool travel bloggers (wink, wink!), here ya go…

Perfect Seattle Itineraries

Seattle Harbor

There are so many things to do in Seattle for every type of traveler. But with so much to do, it can be a bit overwhelming trying to plan your time.

We decided to give you a little head start and create theperfect Seattle itinerary for each type of travelerYou’re welcome!

Top Seattle Attractions

If you’re planning your very first trip to Seattle, Washington, these are some of thetop sights to include on your trip.

  • Pike Place Public Market
  • Space Needle
  • E-bike tour
  • Drink Seattle coffee
  • Chihuly Glass exhibit

Foodie Experiences in Seattle

Seattle is consistently ranked as one of thetop food cities in Americaand for good reason! Below we’re sharing all of the best things to do in Seattle for foodies (including some can’t-miss drinks to try as well!).

  • Sample Seattle’s best ice cream
  • Pike Place Public Market
  • Food Tour
  • Cabaret Show at The Pink Door
  • Authentic Vietnamese food
  • Eat your way around Ballard
  • Go brewery hopping
  • Seattle’s “Secret Bars”
  • Eat fresh seafood

Free Things to do in Seattle

If you’re a budget traveler, we’ve got all sorts offree things to fill your time in Seattle

  • Fremont Troll
  • Post Alley Gum Wall
  • Best view of Seattle at Kerry Park
  • Picnic in Gasworks Park
  • Go on a Free Walking Tour
  • Scope out street art

Outdoor Adventures in Seattle

If you’re anature lover, these experiences should be top of your list.

  • Green Lake
  • Hike to Rattlesnake Ledge
  • Discovery Park
  • Kayak or SUP on Lake Union
  • Hot air balloon ride beside Mount Rainier
  • Alki Beach
  • Snoqualmie Falls & Twin Falls
  • Tide Pools at Golden Gardens Park
  • Bonfire on the beach

Things to do on a rainy day in Seattle

Rainy Day in Seattle Things to do

If you happen to be in Seattle on one of the notoriously drizzly days, fret not – there areplenty of rainy day activities!

  • Boeing Factory
  • Seattle Pinball Museum
  • MUSEUM of Pop Culture (MPOP)
  • Board Game Cafe
  • Live Music
  • 玩滚球球在一个啤酒大厅
  • Comedy Show
  • Seattle’s Underground Tunnels

TOP RECOMMENDATIONS: Our Personal Seattle Favorites

If we had to chooseour very favorite things to do in Seattle, this list would be it! Spread them over a few days, andboom— you’ve got yourself the perfect weekend in Seattle!

  • Pike Place Public Market
  • Go on a Food Tour
  • Hot air balloon ride beside Mount Rainier
  • Fremont Troll
  • Seattle winery tour
  • Eat your way around Ballard
  • Post Alley Gum Wall
  • Handcrafted cocktails at Seattle’s “Secret Bars”
  • Best view of Seattle at Kerry Park
  • Picnic in Gasworks Park
  • Hike to Rattlesnake Ledge
  • Snoqualmie Falls & Twin Falls
  • Bonfire on the beach
  • Cabaret Show at The Pink Door
  • Authentic Vietnamese food
  • Go brewery hopping
  • Sample Seattle’s best ice cream

Best day trips from Seattle

With the mountains to the east and the ocean to the west, Seattle has the best of both worlds when it comes to adventuring.

There are plenty of opportunities for day-trips (or weekend getaways!) near Seattle. We even have an entire guide to all of thevery best day trips from Seattle(packed with all sorts of tips!).

But if you’re looking for a quick list, here are some of our favorites…

Bainbridge Island & Poulsbo

Poulsbo Washington Seattle Day trip

Taking theferry across Puget Soundbetween Seattle and Bainbridge Island is a great way to view the city and feel the high energy of the port.

Bainbridge and the surrounding islands have lots of fun things to do and see, and it’s one way to get down to the Olympic Peninsula (see the next tip!). One of our favorite stops in the region is thecute Norwegian themed town of Poulsbo

Olympic Peninsula

Sol Duc Falls in Olympic Peninsula National Park

The Olympic Peninsula is a perfect place to escape the city, if even just for a short time! The Olympic Mountains jut up next to rugged sandy shores where the ocean laps wildly. And temperate rainforests dotted with waterfalls, create a lush and infinitely green cocoon for anyone who enters.

It is a place unlike any we’ve explored, and there areendless adventuresto be had. We’ve got anGuide to Olympic National Parkto help plan your visit!

Mount Rainier National Park

Mount Rainier National Park Seattle Day Trip

This is perhaps our very favorite US National Park. Its proximity to Seattle makes it easy for a day trip, but if you have time, try to spend a few days here – you won’t regret it!

From easily accessible viewpoints to multi-day treks, there arehikes at Mt Rainierfor everyone in this true gem of a national park.

North Cascades National Park

Day trips from Seattle North Cascades National Park

Washington is home to North Cascades National Park, one of the least-visited National Parks in the country. With its rugged mountains, breathtaking viewpoints, and epic hiking trails, it’s hard to understand why so few visitors actually make it here.

We’d recommend packing camping equipment and spending a night (or 3!) because there is just so much to see in this area. But if you can’t make much room in your schedule, it’s possible to visit the National Park on a day trip as it’s just 2.5 hours away.

Use ourguide to North Cascades National Parkto help you plan your visit.

Rent a Campervan and Explore outside of Seattle

Seattle is the hub for all types of adventure that is waiting for you, either in the mountains or near the sound. And, in our opinion, the best way to get out there is to travel by campervan.

Check out our list of top companies forSeattle campervan rentalsorUSA campervan rentals, from budget to bougie. We’ve even included someexclusive discounts for our readers!

One company we’d recommend looking into isEscape Campervans.They have 12 different locations across North America and come fully loaded with all the gear you need for an epic road trip. Plus, their rates are fair and affordable.

BONUS:We’ve partnered with them to give you a10% off discount when you use ourlink!

Where to Stay in Seattle

Cherry Blossoms in Seattle

With a rapidly-growing population, Seattle is a city that is ever-expanding. While the ocean lies to the west and mountains to the east, there are many towns to the north and south that are seemingly connected to Seattle, and you’ll run right into them if you keep driving.

But if you want to stay somewhat close to the city center, these are the neighborhoods we’d recommend. They each have their own unique draws and personality, so read the description and see which neighborhoods sounds like the best fit for you.

Seattle Neighborhoods:

Psst! We have a whole article dedicated to helping you choosewhere to stay in Seattle!

  • Fremont:This is one of our favorite neighborhoods to explore. It has a quirky, laidback vibe and there are lots of cool cafes, coffee shops, breweries and boutiques that you can walk to.
  • Green Lake & Wallingford:This area has lots of small shops and parks around the lake, and staying here will make you feel like a local. And just a short drive away from downtown, it’s a laidback base for your Seattle trip
  • West Seattle:If you’re looking for a laidback stay near the water, West Seattle might be just the perfect spot. Alki Beach is lined with cute coffee shops and is especially nice during the summertime.
  • Capitol Hill:This is the LGBTQ epicenter and a great place for both partying and brunching, so it shouldn’t be a surprise that Capitol Hill is often referred to as “Seattle’s coolest neighborhood”.
  • Ballard:Hip spot for foodies and hipsters alike. Find quirky boutiques, thrift stores, bookshops, and lots of bars and restaurants to choose from.
  • Pioneer Square:Close to lots of major attractions, this is the birthplace of Seattle and is a good spot to base yourself if you don’t have a car.
  • Belltown:Just north of the center of downtown, this is a lively and well-situated neighborhood that is very close to Pikes Place Market and other major tourist attractions.
  • Queen Anne:This neighborhood has two distinctly different sections; Lower Queen Anne is more lively, with bars and the Seattle Center (where you can find the Space Needle, among other attractions). Upper Queen Anne on the other hand, is quieter and has historic houses and shopping streets with quirky boutiques.

Hotels in Seattle:

Fairmont Olympic Hotel | Photo Credit: Booking.com

High-End/Luxury Hotel:Fairmont Olympic Hotel– The best Seattle has to offer. Perfect for the business traveler or a weekend splurge.

11th Ave Inn Bed and Breakfast | Photo Credit: Booking.com

Mid-Range/Couple Stay:11th Avenue Inn Bed and Breakfast– Lovely B&B in a great location on Capitol Hill.

Green Tortoise Hostel | Photo Credit: Booking.com

Budget/Social Hotel:Green Tortoise Hostel Seattle– Steps away from Pike Place Market, this hostel has a social atmosphere and a good breakfast.

Airbnbs in Seattle:

Tiny house Airbnb near the Green Lake Seattle
我们住在这个小房子附近Airbnb绿色Lake neighborhood during our last visit to Seattle. (Booking info below.)

Airbnb is also a good choice to save money while staying in Seattle. Check out our list of Airbnbs we’ve either personally stayed in or would book ourselves below. Or, browse all of theSeattle Airbnb listingsto find one that’s in your budget and in your preferred neighborhood.

Before you book, read up on therules and regulations on Airbnbs in Seattle here

Here’s just a small selection of the amazing quality of Airbnbs in Seattle:

Exposed Brick Airbnb | Photo Credit: Airbnb.com

Studio Apartment Pioneer Square 201:1-bedroom apartment with exposed brick walls and fantastic reviews, sits in a perfect location in Pioneer Square. You’ll be able to walk everywhere!Check Availability here

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Tranquil Secluded Studio Steps from Woodland Park:This tiny house has a great location just south of Woodland Park. Check yourself in and out and enjoy being in a quiet neighborhood.Check Availability here

Airbnb in Capitol Hill

Artsy Charmer in Center of Cap Hill:Everything you need for a weekend in Seattle. Small space but a great location with a kitchen. (We also stayed here!)Check Availability here

Quirky Loft in Seattle | Photo Credit: Airbnb.com

Cozy Private Loft Apt with Balcony:You’ll get this quirky loft with a balcony all to yourself. It has a great location near Pike and Pine.Check Availability here

Loft Style Airbnb in Capitol Hill | Photo Credit: Airbnb.com

Vintage Loft with Historic Features in Vibrant Capitol Hill:This chic loft is an Airbnb Plus property that can fit 4 guests. It comes with a full kitchen, 2 bed and 2 bathrooms. Located on the edge of Capitol Hill within walking distance to shops, restaurants and bars.Check Availability here

Bonus!We have loads of info on how to book Airbnbs, red flags to watch out for when booking, and our favorite Airbnbs in ourAirbnb article

How to get around Seattle

Seattle bike share

Seattle has a massive metro area and quite a few neighborhoods to explore. We’re sharing the best ways to get around in Seattle:

Rental Car

If you are flying into SEA, you can pick up a rental car after you land. Seattle Airport has an off-site Rental Car Facility that connects to the airport via a free shuttle.

We usually reserve cars throughRentalCars.combecause we have used them before and they have the best deals for rental cars. When searching I found deals around $38 per day for a standard sedan, which is all you would need in Seattle.

Warning:Make sure your hotel orAirbnbhas parking (hopefully free parking) because spaces get pretty tight in Seattle.

Uber or Lyft

If you plan to have a few beverages out in the city, don’t risk driving. Instead, order an Uber or Lyft to get you where you need to go. Downtown Seattle decently sized but you can get to and from most places pretty quickly.


Seattle is very well connected city when it comes to public transportation. They have buses, light rails trains, street cars, and monorails throughout the city.

A typical one-way fare is between $2.25 to $3 depending on how far you go.
There are apps to find a route and time schedules (like the Trip Planner App from King County), but we prefer to use Google Maps to plan out our trips.

Bicycle Rental

There are actually quite a few bike share programs around the city, so if you feel most comfortable on two wheels, go ahead and give it a spin!

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Are you planning a trip to Washington?

We’ve had the privilege of calling Washington state “home” for a while and we have tons of resources to help you plan your trip. Start with ourWashington homepageand be sure to check out the articles below. Leave us a comment if you have any more questions!

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We want to hear from you!

Of our top things to do in Seattle, which activities are you most excited about? How would you spend a weekend there? It’s your choice, now start planning. Let us know your perfect weekend in Seattle in the comments below!

Comments (46) on “63 Crazy Fun Things To Do in Seattle

  1. Jamie says:

    This is BY FAR the most informative article I’ve seen yet! I’ve been wanting to visit Seattle for a very long time and, I’m finally planning the trip. I couldn’t have asked for a better resource. Thank-you, thank-you, thank-you!!!

  2. Alan says:

    Thank you for all the great recommendations!! We spent 3 weeks in Seattle and used your guide a lot Our favorite places to eat were the Oddfellows Cafe and Ba Bar (we went back twice!). We loved the Whale watching tour (Maya’s Legacy from San Juan is the best!), the Japanese garden, Theo chocolate factory, the Twin Falls hike, the Smith Tower, the Chihuly gardens and the MoPoP!
    Couple of comments: 1) Would suggest visiting San Juan island and trying the seaplane to get there (Kenmore Air). This was for sure the key highlight of our stay! 2) Another amazing visit is the Bloedel Reserve on Bainbridge island. Definitely recommended! 3) Note that you cannot see the Space Needle from the Smith Tower observatory, but it was still a great experience! Also, I would say the Space Needle was amazing with its unique rotating floor – also highly recommended. 4) You can book a tea ceremony at the Japanese Garden (usually only on weekends) and that was also an incredible experience! 5) Unfortunately Theo chocolate factory will close at the end of August 2023 but the retail store will stay and is worth a visit! (They also organize chocolate workshops). 6) Unfortunately the Boeing factory tour is closed since Covid-19 and not sure when it will re-open… 7) A trip to Victoria, Canada, is highly recommended via boat (the Clipper) or plane.

  3. Ben says:

    wow !!! seatle seems underated interms of places to visit and things to do , this article is such a ahuge eye opener.

  4. Shantelle says:

    感谢! !所以非常感激。我是visiting from Maui with my family for a girls trip and we are sooo excited for our visit, we arrive on Monday!!! Keep up the good work, this was super helpful and ignore the negative Nancy’s (Nunyas)

  5. Nunya says:

    This is so stupid. Horrible suggestions. Are you seriously telling people that drinking coffee in the morning is a “Crazy Fun Thing”. Be so fr and give actual fun things. And all these people in the comments saying this is helpful, don’t lie to yourself hun. Nothing about this is helpful. If anything its irritating. If you’re not gonna post real entertainment ideas then don’t post at all. You’re embarrassing yourself.

      • Ben Zweber says:

        Thanks PandaGirl for having our back We appreciate it! We hope your trip planning to Seattle is going well. Please reach out if you have any questions!

    • Ben Zweber says:

      Hey Nunya, thanks for your comment. While it might not be the “Crazy Fun Thing” you were expecting, there is a HUGE coffee culture in Seattle, and definitely worth checking into.

      As with most comments on our site (and especially ones like yours), we leave them up. You had a choice to write a comment, no one made you. And you chose negativity when most others choose positivity. This is a great reminder to us that there is way more positivity in this world than negativity, so thank you for your comment and we hope you have a great day!

  6. Jerry Peterson says:

    I have been following you for a long time, whatever blog or article you post. I read your post because your post is very useful and effective. I think I will share it with everyone I know. If a person wants to travel by air, whether in the USA or any other country, we will help him book his flight. Our travel agency is known as VootFly.

  7. Lena says:

    Such an amazing blog! I visited Seattle ones but half of the things on this list I haven’t done so I’m afraid I’ll have to go back :))

  8. anne marie bonfontain says:

    I appreciate you both sooooo much……You know how to inform and equip others. Thank you very very very berry much!

  9. Jonathan says:

    令人印象深刻的!有许多古怪的事情up beautiful works of art. I really like the color of the gum wall. Because i love chewing gum and playing games about it, there are many on apkdownload. I also want to try the food and drinks here, not sure how great they are

  10. lauraaklein20@gmail.com says:

    This article was very helpful! We’re from Nebraska and traveling to Washington and Oregon for our first time in August of this year. I’d be interested to hear your thoughts on a good itinerary for about 7-8 days (3-4 in both states). We’re getting a little overwhelmed by the amount of things to do.

    • Ben Zweber says:

      Hey Laura, great question! It really depends on where you start and what you’re into. Tons of nature and hiking along with big cities and coastal hot spots. Be sure to check out our itineraries in our Destinations -> USA section for more info!

  11. miller435@gmail.com says:

    This is a great blog post! I am planning my trip to Seattle for July 4th (fingers crossed we can travel by then!) to visit my daughter. I’ve added several of your ideas to our itinerary! Thanks so much!

    • hello@twowanderingsoles.com says:

      Oh, we hope you can make it too! (And glad this article was helpful!) We are hoping to get back up there sometime this summer ourselves. Fingers crossed!

  12. katyshaw@gmail.com says:

    What a great list! I’m from Seattle but am travelling right now and this is definitely making me miss my home town. I love Vietnamese food too and didn’t realize how spoiled I was until I left home.

  13. stefanie@smile4travel.de says:

    Hey guys, what a comprehensive article! I’ve been to Seattle a couple of months ago for the first time, but definitely wasn’t the last, especially because I didn’ get the chance to explore the surroundings. I live in Portland, Oregon since July, so it’s not far.
    Best, Stefanie

    • bwzweber@gmail.com says:

      Living in Portland makes it an easy weekend trip up to Seattle. Let us know if you have any questions, we’d be happy to help!

  14. nightborntravel@gmail.com says:

    I went to Washington state last year, but I only spent a short day in Seattle! It looks like I missed out on alot! I really hope I can go back someday.

    • bwzweber@gmail.com says:

      There are so many things to do in Seattle it can be overwhelming to choose. But hopefully you can narrow it down with this list

  15. Janiceguzman622@gmail.com says:

    Hey, thanks for all the advice! I’m moving to Tacoma in a few months and Seattle being so close I’m sure I’ll visit a lot. So now I have some ideas!

    • bwzweber@gmail.com says:

      We’re happy to help, Janice! Hope you have a great move and circle back if you have any questions about things to do in Seattle!

    • hello@twowanderingsoles.com says:

      Hey Shari, have fun visiting Seattle. There are so many great things to do there.

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