41 Things to do in Seattle
A trip to the Pacific Northwest would not be complete without a stop in Seattle, Washington. Whether you’re just spending the day or have more time to explore, here are forty ideas for planning a memorable visit to the Emerald City:
1. Have dinner at Purple Cafe and Wine Bar – and make sure you get some of their sea salt caramels to go!
2. Watch a Seahawks game at CenturyLink Field, or go behind the scenes on a tour.
3. Take a walk on the waterfront.
4. Stop at Pier 57 and grab a bite to eat, take a ride on the Seattle Great Wheel and stop by the gift shops.
5. Visit the Microsoft Campus and take a self-guided tour of their Visitor Center.
6. Go bird-watching at Puget Park.
7. Take your family to the Seattle Children’s Museum.
8. Seattle’s Pike Place Market is iconic for a reason – watch the famous fish tossing, get a coffee at the Original Starbucks, and spend the day shopping the farmer’s market and crafts. Pike Place can be a little overwhelming if you’re not sure where you’re going, so download their walking guide or book a tour to learn the history of the market as you explore.
9. Bookworms will enjoy the ambiance (and food) at Bookstore Bar & Cafe.
10. Explore the area surrounding Seattle Center with a self-guided Tree Walk or view the many fountains.
11. Across the street from Seattle Center is the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Visitor Center – admission is free.
12. Get around downtown Seattle on the Emerald City Trolley.
13. Go to the famous Museum of Pop Culture, formerly known as the Experience Music Project.
14. Enjoy the Seattle Chinese Garden.
15. Watch a play at Seattle Repertory Theatre.
16. Grab a cup of Joe at Drip City Coffee.
17. Don’t miss the amazing art at Chihuly Garden and Glass.
18. Ride the monorail.
19. Go to the Woodland Park Zoo.
20. Take in a concert at Key Arena.
21. Naturally, you need to see the Space Needle! Observe it for free from the surrounding park area, or buy a ticket to go inside. You can also make reservations at the SkyCity restaurant, which actually revolves to offer a panoramic view of Seattle.
22. Go to the beach at Discovery Park.
23. Pay a visit to the Seattle Aquarium.
24. If you’re a movie buff, there are free maps online of filming locations for movies such as Sleepless in Seattle, 10 Things I Hate About You, Singles, and of course, 50 Shades of Grey.
25. Enjoy a Ride The Ducks water and land tour.
26. Head to the Pacific Science Center.
27. Walk through the Washington Park Arboretum, which is completely free to visit. You can also visit the Seattle Japanese Garden at the south end of the Arboretum for a small fee.
28. Ballard Locks is a historic site that offers free guided tours and summer concerts.
29. Take great photos of Puget Sound from Carkeek Park.
30. Go shopping at Northgate Mall.
31. Take the ferry from Seattle to Bainbridge Island, Orcas Island, or the San Juan Islands.
32. Check out the weird and wacky toys at Archie McPhee!
33. Find a new tome at the The Elliott Bay Book Company.
34. Visit the Volunteer Park Conservatory.
35. Viretta Park serves as an unofficial tribute to Kurt Cobain. Located by Cobain’s former house, benches are covered with graffiti memorials and serves as a gathering place for fans on the anniversary of his death.
36. Get corndogs and cocktails at Unicorn.
37. Do karaoke at Rock Box.
38. Watch aerial performers while you eat dinner at The Pink Door.
39. Pick up a secondhand treasure at Fremont Vintage Mall.
40. Have a tasting at Westland Distillery.
41. Go on a tour of the Starbucks Reserve Roastery & Tasting Room.