Seattle is a city that offers the best of both worlds, on one hand it has a plethora of indoor options and on the other, it picturesque and pristine outdoors that are a perfect setting for all the adventure sports and activities. The city is dotted with iconic symbols to visit and an endless list of things to do that range from culinary attractions to performing arts. The magnificent city has something different for everyone. One of the best ways to have a complete experience of the Emerald City is to indulge in some of the best things to do in Seattle, which include visiting attractions like the 100-year-old Pike Place Market, funky flea market called Fremont Sunday Market, Seattle Center, George Washington Memorial Bridge, Waterfall Garden Park and the Paramount Theatre; check the availability of tickets for any Seattle tours.
The city is also home to numerous museums and galleries that display items that are significant to the culture and the history of the city. These Seattle places to visit, include venues like Museum of History and Industry, Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture, Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park, Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience and KidsQuest Children's Museum. There's so much to see in Seattle that we recommend using an organized trip plan while planning a trip to Seattle.
The city makes the most of its spellbinding landscape by offering several outdoor attractions, green spaces and scenic spots like Discovery Park, Center for Wooden Boats, Washington Park Arboretum, Kerry Park, Myrtle Edwards Park, Woodland Park Zoo, Green Lake, and the Rattlesnake Ridge. One can catch some of the most excellent displays of the local performing arts at venues like Wooden O Theatre Productions, 5th Avenue Theatre. Seattle is a perfect place to indulge in outdoor activities and adventure sports like kayaking, rock climbing, mountain biking and hiking. Other top things to do in Seattle include Olympic Sculpture Park, Bruce and Brandon Lee's graves, Seattle Centre and the Seattle Public Library. The sights, activities, performances and cuisine of Seattle are sure to keep you engaged throughout your vacation.
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Garden, Family And Kids, Nature
305 Harrison St Seattle, WA 98109
09:00 am - 08:00 pm
Chihuly Garden and Glass is one museum that will dazzle you with its beauty and charm you with everything it has in store for you, well mostly glass art pieces. Its magnificent glass house is housed with myriad interesting glass artefacts and an elaborate collection of items created by renowned glass artist Dale Chihuly which will just blow your mind. Ensure to take your camera with you as walking around will prompt to click pictures (as many as you can!) until you leave. The glass sculptures in the garden when glows in the night creates an atmosphere that will leave you mesmerised. A good place for a quiet detour from the hustle of the city.
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Art And Culture, Restaurant, Entertainment, Market, Family And Kids, Street Food
85 Pike Street, Room 500, Seattle, WA 98101
09:00 am - 06:00 pm
This is one place which must definitely make it to your things to do list in Seattle! The most bustling market in the city, Pike Place Market actually holds the true essence of Seattle in its hustling folks, hard working vendors and curious outsiders. From arts, crafts to fresh organic produce, there is nothing that you cannot find here. You will be surprised just how huge entire place is! And as you move exploring the various levels- Fishmongers selling their recent catch, family owned restaurants welcoming you for a homely feed, Shops to buy souvenirs from, you get the idea of exactly why this place is such a charm among visitors.
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View Point, Family And Kids, Tower, Observation Deck, Nature
400 Broad Street Seattle, WA 98102, United States.
A trip to Seattle is truly incomplete without a visit to the Space Needle. The iconic observatory tower is the tallest in the city, adorning its skyline beautifully and providing one with views that are hard to forget. It is touristy and packed with myriad shops and restaurants offering an array of food and fun activities. You can go to skyline restaurant and look the entire city panoramically. There are few galleries in the building which you must pay a visit. Buy a souvenir or two while you are at it. During days you get a spectacular view of Mt. Rainer, Olympic West and The Cascades here, while in nights, the entire city dotted with lights makes a great spectacle.
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Waterfront, Walking Area, Family And Kids
3015 Northwest 54th Street, Seattle, WA 98107
The Hiram M. Chittenden Locks were built in the 1911. They are also known as the Ballard Locks. The lock provides a link for boats between the salt water of Puget Sound and the fresh water of the Ship Canal. Head over to this place to watch a parade of sailboats, motorboats, tugs, barges and yachts passing through when the locks' water levels are adjusted to allow their safe passage. A popular attraction is the fish ladder which was built to allow salmon to pass between fresh and salt water. This phenomenon occurs during the summers. Just north of the locks is the Carl S. English, Jr. Botanical Garden which is a perfect place for a relaxing stroll.
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Museum, Family And Kids, Exhibition , Specialty Museum
325 5th Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109
10:00 am - 07:00 pm
Inside its bizarre and vividly colored building (21000 individual stainless steel pieces), the museum's homage to the greatest of contemporary pop culture is the greatest tribute to its kind. Describing the experience of this museum is difficult, so just consider the following highlights.
The Guitar Gallery: 256 guitars, most of them played by legends of music such as Eddie Van Halen and Kurt Cobain.
Sound Lab: Basically a soundproofed musically creative playroom with state of the art infrastructure.
On Stage: Practice your stage skill in front of a simulated live audience.
IF VI WAS IX: a sound sculpture composed of 500 musical instruments and 30 computers.
Sky Church: concert, cinema and dance hall for 800.
On The Wall: Vote for your favourite music and see how it affects the rankings on the gigantic video wall.
Culture Kitchen: A full service cafe with seasonal food.
Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame: The greatest authors in the genre, honored.
The museum's special exhibitions focus a lot more on science fiction and tech, exploring mythical worlds, examining the lure of horror, discussing the success of indie gaming - and that's just in 2016.
If you want to explore the world of contemporary pop culture, then there is a place in Seattle which will suit your taste. The Emp Museum in Seattle is a vividly coloured museum which exhibits everything from science fiction and tech, exploring mythical worlds to examining the lure of horror and also discussions the success of indie gaming. You can get the Emp Museum tickets from the ticket counter. You can also book the Emp Museum tickets, well in advance. You can also book the Emp Museum tour tickets to get a guided tour of the museum and enhance the overall experience.
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Entertainment, Family And Kids, Observation Deck
305 Harrison St, Seattle, WA 98109
Built in 1962, this beautiful park was built to create a center for arts, park and entertainment in Seattle. Its iconic landmarks, building and many such features has made this park as one of the ideal locations for the tourists, coming to Seattle.
The park features facilities like:
International Fountain – located right at the center of the park, this beautiful fountain is one of prime features to attract tourists from all around the world. The best part of this fountain is it is choreographed with a nice musical rhythm.
The Space Needle – famous for its observation deck
Seattle Centre Monorail
Seattle Center Armory: it includes Centre House Theatre, a Children’s Museum and the Centre High School.
Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame
Chihuly Garden and Glass Museum
Pacific Science Center
An actual piece of the Berlin Wall
Apart from this features, the park has also become an important venue for hosting many musical, cultural and art festivals of Seattle.
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Zoo, Family And Kids
5500 Phinney Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103, United States
09:30 am - 06:00 pm
If you are visiting Seattle with family, there is no place better to spend time in than Woodland Park Zoo! The zoological will let you have a close interaction with the world of wild which is fantastically maintained here. Coming here on a fine sunny day, you will find yourself amid the various animals inhabited here- from bears, falcons to tigers and much more! While the zoo with its large assortment of animals is a great spectacle for eyes, the informative staff and nice surrounding makes up for a nice retreat where you can brush up your knowledge on wildlife and enjoy the presence of nature.
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12:01 am - 12:00 am
Also called the Museum of Pop Culture (which aptly describes its purpose), Experience Music Project Museum is one museum which is all about the 'pop and hip' in the art world. The range of display you get to see is quite vast, which includes some of the very fantastic and famous artefacts like Easy Rider Chopper Motorcycle. The exhibits are themed here- Electric Guitar, Horror, Start Trek and such, so you can directly hop onto the one you like! Ensure to save some extra hours to explore the place fully. Come with your family, move around and experience the world of pop culture like you have never done before.
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Museum, Family And Kids, Specialty Museum
9404 East Marginal Way S, Seattle, WA 98108, United States
10:00 am - 05:00 pm
Museum of Flight is for those who shares a love of planes and everything aviation related. You are one of those plane crazy folks, you will love it here! It has a vast range of collection, from Gordon S. Williams photographic collection to the Norm Taylor Photographic Collection, and much more! You can get into one of these Space Shuttles and pretend to ride them or experience the flight simulator for a nice entertaining session. If you are new to this and want to know more about it, go to its Harl v. Brackin library which will provide ample food (and loads of historical information) for your thoughts. Get a short term membership card so that you can visit the place again!
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View Point, Observatory, Family And Kids
701 5th Ave, Seattle, WA 98104
08:00 am - 11:00 pm
From the 73rd floor of the Columbia Centre building, at 900 feet above the ground, this 360 degree observatory is the highest viewpoint west of the Mississippi. The view is incredible enough in the day time, but at sunset and at night there are few words to describe how utterly breathtaking the view its. You don't just get to see the city. Mount Ranier, Lake Washington, the Cascade Mountains, Elliot Bay and the Space Needle are all part of this extravagant sight. It is universally agreed that the view here is better than the one you get at the Space Needle. Part of the reason for that is the lack of crowds.
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Park, Family And Kids
211 W Highland Dr, Seattle, WA 98127
06:00 am - 10:00 pm
Coming in Kerry Park at sunset is one of the best things to do in Seattle as the view from here is simply gorgeous. Shutterbugs and picture lovers will find a lot of indulgence with the breathtaking sights like Mount Rainer in store. Go for a heavy photographic session with the Seattle skyline as its backdrop or just sit here for a while relishing the scenery. The greenery and calm surrounding only add to its charm. And what's more? the place is close to some other popular neighbourhoods where you can stop for a while (to dine) after that. Or if you want, come for picnicking here.
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Park, Walking Area, Family And Kids, Nature
3801 Discovery Park Blvd, Seattle, WA 98199, United States
04:00 am - 11:30 pm
A beautiful place to relax in, Discovery park offers a lot to its visitors. There are great northwest trees surrounding the premises, there are the lovely views of mount Olympics and not to forget the Puget Sound! Everything about this place, in one simple word, is beautiful. Go for a long walk in the park taking in its surrounding, lie down and relax or if you are more of an adventurous soul, vent out by hiking or running down the trail. The best thing is, it is pretty safe to come alone or bring your pet if you have one. The bird watching, picnicking to sightseeing are also some of the other things to indulge in the park.
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Family And Kids, Architecture , Natural History Museum
860 Terry Avenue N Seattle, WA 98109, USA
10:00 am - 05:00 pm
There is, of course, no dearth of museums in Seattle. You can hop from one to another all day long and yet find yourself entertained throughout the journey. Of all, one you should definitely not miss is
Museum of History & Industry. The place will surprise you with various artefacts and items spanning from historical relics to numerous discoveries done over the time. You can interact with the staff and dig into all the details if you are interested. It is a great place to come with kids as the vivid collection will not only pique their interest but will keep them engaged and entertained as well.
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Park, Walking Area, Family And Kids, Picnic Spot
2300 Arboretum Dr E, Seattle, WA 98112, United States
06:00 am - 06:00 pm
The Washington Park Arboretum is a park spread across approximately 200 acres. It is situated on the shore of Lake Washington. The park is home to around 40,000 trees, shrubs and vines from all around the world. It is also host to a Japanese garden for a few months of the year, usually from February to November. Head over to the Washington Park Arboretum to while away your time walking and taking in the splendour of the place. Picnic places and play areas are also available, along with a few easy to conquer hiking trails!
Despite having a reputation of a quiet green city, there is no dearth of options when it comes to things to do in Seattle for adults.You can spend your time exploring the various museums in the city including Experience Museum Project Museum, Wing Luke Museum, Museum of History and Industry and of course, The Museum of Flight. If it's the cultural side of the city that allures you more, ensure to spare some time for gems like Seattle Art Museum and Olympic Sculpture Park. For more adventurous souls, the city offers numerous activities and attractions. Catch a panoramic view of the city from Seattle Great Wheel or hike through the various trails in Golden Garden Park, Regardless of whatever you will be doing, you will never have to wonder exactly what is there in Seattle to see!
Discover Seattle with Kids
As for people who are visiting with family won’t be disappointed either! The city is dotted with myriad places that are just as charismatic as fun, even the children will find themselves enjoying throughout the trip. Kick start your expedition by visiting the Space needle which is the tallest structure in the city and a must see in seattle. Then take your kids for a nice adventurous detour in Woodland Park Seattle. Spare few hours from your hectic schedule to spend some nice family bonding time in one of the many city parks, out of which Waterfront Park Seattle, Seattle Centre and Volunteer Park are deemed to be the popular ones. Fremont Troll, a popular statue is another of its unique attractions. There are just so many awesome things to do in Seattle and that you will never have enough of it
Explore romantic places, couples can go in Seattle
While it may not be the most romantic in the world, Seattle is still a big shot when it comes to providing nice fun attractions for couples. Drenched in the wealth of nature and culture, there are plenty of things to see and more than that to explore here. Stroll through the sandy shores of Alki Beach Park while holding hands or spend some alone time overlooking the city from Seattle great wheel, or rekindle the sparks while spending some intimate moments at Lake Union where the beauty of the surrounding will only add up to the ardor. And if that's not enough for you, go with your beloved in the popular Pike Place Market and let her shop her heart out. The large assortment of things coupled with the market's bustling vibes will surely lift her mood up!
A weekend in Seattle - wondering how to enjoy the city in weekends?
A flourishing city, Seattle is not only a popular destination for tourists who come here from all around the world, but is also a hip among visitors from the neighboring cities who come here for a nice weekend getaway. In fact, the list of things to do in Seattle in weekends can be so long, we would suggest you sort it out before coming. You can go for a nice food hopping venture in the various places in the city. There is a University village which donned with numerous boutiques and restaurants offers some really mouth watering food, and then there are breweries like Old Stove Brewing co to stop by for a while and indulge in. Alongside that, there are assortment of parks and places that will give you enough distraction for the weekend
Explore Seattle in Winter - enjoy the snow
If you ask me the best time to visit Seattle, I would, without a doubt, say winter! It's true, Seattle is truly a spectacle in winter especially during Christmas when it literally comes alive with good cheers.There are myriad things to do in Seattle in Christmas. Best explored on foot, set off on backpacking expedition throughout the city and admire its decorated streets, bustling surrounding, warm folks and breathtaking monuments. If getting there on christmas is hard, settle for January which is equally a fine time for visits. Since it is the peak season, there will be a lot of rush. Hence, preparing a list of things to do in January would be a wise step. From food, culture to museums, monuments and hikes, there is nothing the place does not have. Ensure to stop by at pier 57 Seattle and Pacific Science Centre while you are at it. Experiencing Seattle in winter is truly a delight, something that needs to be experienced to be understood.
Activities and attractions to explore in Seattle at Night
Nights in Seattle are amazing. Yet people who come here for the first time, find themselves lost at what to see and what to leave. If you are one of those newbie travelers who are confused with the number of things to do in Seattle tonight, just take our call on it. Filled with myriad attractions, the place has something to all, especially to see in nights. Of all, some of the popular ones are Emerald City Trapeze Arts, Skyview Observatory and Seattle Pinball Museum. Relish some mouth watering culinary on a Dinner Cruise cruising on Lake Union or spend some nice Karaoke Time in Rock Box Seattle (A japanese Karaoke Bar) or experience the nightlife of Seattle in one of the many bars drinking away the cocktails. The city with its unveiled charisma will truly blow your mind
Cheap and free things to do in Seattle
Started with humble roots, the emerald city has today established itself as a prominent destination in the country. While the flourishing growth the city has seen is admirable, it has undoubtedly affected the tourists community, specially the budget backpackers with its rising prices. Regardless, for people who have the right eye will definitely find some great things to do in Seattle for free. If you are wondering about the budget things to do in Seattle today, how about starting off with the bustling streets of Pike Place Market. If that's not it, Spend some relaxing moments in waterfall garden park or stroll through the Ballard Locks for some nice boat views boats. Make sometime to indulge in an artsy detour in Frye Art Museum and Chihuly Garden and Glass. With attractions like Seattle Arboretum, you can never run out of things to do in Seattle Washington.