If you’ve never been to Seattle, you definitely want to make this a stop on your next trip. There are so many fun things to do in Seattle! Since this city is surrounded by natural beauty with mountains in the distance and nestled on the water, it provides a great blend of city life and nature adventures.
Whether you’re into the iconic structures of Seattle like the Space Needle, or want to get out of town and explore the nature trails and hiking or boating opportunities nearby, Seattle has a little bit of something for everyone. If you’re planning a trip to Seattle, here are 10 recommendations of things to do:
Top 10 Places To Visit In Seattle
Also note that many of these places are free or discounted with the Seattle City Pass card.
Zip by Pike Place Market
Pike Place Market is a public market at the Elliott Bay waterfront and is one of the most popular attractions in Seattle. The market was originally opened in 1907 and now is teeming with vendors, artisans and merchants. You can walk through the stalls of vendors selling everything from fresh produce, souvenirs, handmade crafts like soap and candles, florists, fresh meat and of course the iconic ‘flying fish’ of the marketplace.
Pop by the gum wall.
Not too far from Pike Place Market is the infamous, and slightly gross, “gum wall”. It is very Instagram-worthy and has become a strange icon of downtown Seattle. The location is 1428 Post Alley Seattle, WA 98101. What is it you might ask? Literally it is part of an alleyway that the walls have become covered in chewed gum. You can stop by and grab a picture and if you feel so inclined, add your piece of gum to the artistic walls.
Get sky high in The Space Needle
The Space Needle is the iconic symbol of Seattle and a visit to Seattle would not be complete without visiting this super unique structure. Built in 1962 for the World’s Fair it provides some great history from the mid-century modern era but most spectacularly, provides epic 360 views of Seattle. If you’re lucky and it’s a clear day in Seattle, you can even see as far as Mount Rainier in the distance. You can purchase tickets online or at the gate upon arrival.
Be mesmerized at the Chihuly Garden and Glass
If you’re at the Space Needle then you have to stop literally right next door at the Chihuly Garden and Glass exhibit because it is absolutely breathtaking. You can purchase a separate ticket but there is a bundled ticket with the Space Needle that does save you a few bucks. If you don’t know Chihuly, you’ll be obsessed with him afterwards. He is a world-renown glassblowing artist who creates the most incredible works of blown glass. You can walk through the entire eight exhibits which are both indoors and outdoors and make sure you look upwards for some epic views of the space needle. They also host a lot of cool community classes and tours which can be found on their events calendar.
Find the Fremont Troll
The Fremont Troll is a public piece of art in the Fremont neighborhood that has become an icon. It was completed by four local artists and the giant lives under a bridge for people to find. Located at N 36th Street Seattle, WA 98103 you can easily find him by walking.
Visit the original Starbucks and have a coffee flight
If you’re a coffee lover then you have to stop by the Starbucks Seattle Roastery. Here you’ll be able to take a tour of the roaster, sip a flight of coffee at the coffee bar, and learn about the history of the now coffee giant. It’s definitely worth a stop if you’re in Seattle or any of the other locations of their Roastery like Shanghai, Milano, Tokyo, New York and Chicago.
Go get fishy at the Seattle Aquarium
The Seattle Aquarium, located on Pier 59, is a public aquarium opened in 1977 and overlooks Elliot Bay. The aquarium has many aquatic animals on display including the adorable sea otter, the waddling puffin, and playful seals. Tickets can be purchased online for a discount or at the door at any time. This is a great thing to do on an especially rainy and cold day in Seattle to get out of the cold! This is also perfect for those looking for things to do with kids in Seattle.
Get a photo from Kerry Park
This is the shot everyone wants: the iconic shot of downtown Seattle including the space needle. Where does everyone get it you may ask? Well, from Kerry Park. Kerry Park is a small park on the south side of Queen Anne with pretty much the best view of Seattle. It’s very easily accessible and can be reached by car (highly recommended) or if you feel like breaking a sweat you could walk it. It gets super busy and parking is very limited so swing by early to get a great shot without having to park a few miles away. A good street address to put in your phone is 211 W. Highland Drive Seattle, WA 98119.
Take a sip on the Seattle Great Wheel
Think the London Eye except over the Elliott Bay. The Seattle Great Wheel is a gigantic ferris wheel at Pier 57 that overlooks Elliott Bay. You can take a ride in this 175 foot tall structure and it will give you some beautiful views of the city, the bay and the mountains in the distance. Oh and if you’re feeling super adventurous, they even have a glass bottom VIP cabin which provides views below you too! You can purchase tickets online or at the gate when you arrive.
Museum of Pop
This funky cool museum is dedicated to contemporary pop culture and has exhibits of all sorts of interesting subjects like video games, fantasy, tattoo artistry, and science fiction. Even if you don’t want to go in, it’s cool to stop by the building because it was designed by Frank Gehry and a really funky building.
Seattle has so many incredible things to experience from art to food to nature and this list just tickles the surface of all the incredible things you can experience. With so many things to do in Seattle, it’s no wonder so many people flock to this city. If you’re looking for your next vacation, this is it.
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