Known as the “Emerald City”, Seattle seems appropriately named as it is a lively city surrounded by lush green forests and crystal-clear lakes and rivers that seamlessly intertwine humanity and nature in a peaceful embrace. With so much to see and explore in this unique place, we’ve put together our favorite destinations and activities into one list that we think you’ll truly enjoy.
Coming a long way since it was known only as a small logging town and gateway to Alaska, Seattle is now one of the most prominent and prosperous cities on the West Coast and is home to some of the largest companies in the United States and the world, including Microsoft, Amazon, and Boeing among many others.
If you are visiting Seattle and looking for a list of activities that don’t break the bank, see our list of the top 28 Free Things to Do in Seattle. Or, if you bringing your kids, check our kid-friendly list of 25 Things to in Seattle With Kids.
1. Pikes Place Market
Coming in as the top tourist destination in Seattle, Pikes Place Market is a lively top place to visit in Seattle. You can experience the legendary fish market where you can see all of the day’s freshest seafood caught in the local waters and watch the workers throw fish through the air in a sort of mesmerizing fish ballet! With many great restaurants, shops museums along this great waterfront district, there is always something to do and usually happy crowds.
In operation since 1907, this public market is full of interesting farm-fresh products, and craftspeople selling their wares. Throughout the waterfront district, there are usually many street entertainers and musicians that are fun to stop and watch as you explore. One notable spot you should check in the Pikes place market is the original Starbucks Coffee location – That’s right, Pikes Place Market is the birthplace of Starbucks, so why not order a tasty coffee while you stroll this fantastic waterfront destination.
2. Space Needle
Of all the amazing buildings and structures in Seattle, there is none more recognizable and striking than the Space Needle tower. At 605 feet tall, this amazing tower was built for the 1962 World’s Fair which was held in Seattle and has been a top attraction for visitors ever since.
You can take the quick 41-second elevator ride up to the top where there is an observation tower that gives you epic 360-degree views of all of Seattle and surrounding areas. With part of the observation floor deck being made of revolving glass, it can really be a thrilling experience to feel what’s like to walk 500 feet above the ground. Though it’s not a free thing to do in Seattle, the Space Needle is definitely a fun one and at the top of our list things to do in Seattle.
3. Museum of Pop Culture
For the most interesting museum to visit in Seattle, we’d recommend you check out the Museum of Pop Culture in downtown. The first thing you’ll notice is that this 140,000 square foot museum itself is an architectural work of art with interesting red, blue, and silver-colored panels wrapping the outside structure, giving it the appearance of something flowing and alive.
There are many fun and interactive areas and exhibits throughout the museum, including the “Sound Lab”, where visitors can experience the thrill of performing on various instruments for a virtual live audience. You can also see one of the largest collections of music artifacts, such as the hand-written lyrics from many famous songs and Seattle musicians like Jimi Hendrix and Nirvana.
In addition to the fun music-related exhibits, there is also a Science Fiction Museum that showcases famous rare memorabilia, props, posters, and more from famous movies and tv shows like Star Trek and Star Wars.
4. Chihuly Garden and Glass
Located in the Seattle Center, the Chihuly Garden and Glass is an art exhibit showing off the incredible glass art of the local Seattle Artist Dale Chihuly. Not your typical glass-blown art, Chihuly’s glass creations are unlike anything else you’ve probably seen. With beautiful colors and fantastic designs that seem to resemble flowers, deep-sea creatures, and even alien life-forms.
This destination includes an indoor glasshouse exhibit, a sprawling outdoor garden exhibit, a theatre showing the glass art process, and a cafe where you can enjoy a drink or a meal.
If you are visiting the downtown Seattle Center area, then you should visit the Chihuly Garden and Glass for this one-of-a-kind art experience.
5. Woodland Park Zoo
For a fun thing to do with kids in Seattle, the Woodland Park Zoo is a great option. With over 1,000 animals to see and spread out over 92 lush acres, you can spend a good part of a day exploring and seeing all that this Zoo has to offer. Some of the popular exhibits include the Tropical Rain Forest with animals like a Jaguar, Gorilla, and Lemurs. Another popular exhibit is the Rhino Reserve, which showcases the endangered one-horned Rhinoceros. For a trip to the north, the Northern Trail exhibit features animals from the Alaskan Wilderness, like the Gray Wolf, Mountain Goat, Brown Bear, and elk.
With so many amazing animals and exhibits, the Woodland Park Zoo is at the top of our list of things to do in Seattle with Kids.
6. Gas Works Park
One of the most interesting parks in Seattle, Gas Works Park is a public park that sits on the industrial ruins of the Seattle Gas Light Company. Gas Works Park is located on the edge of Lake Union and serves up some of the best views of the Downtown skyline.
The grassy hills of Gas Works park make it a great picnic spot and the remnants of the old factory are fun to explore. One interesting feature of the park is the “Great Mound” that is a grassy hill built on top of rubble from the surrounding factory buildings that were demolished. The top of the hill features an enormous sundial made by local artists out of shells, concrete, glass, and rock among other materials. The most interesting part of this unique sundial is that the visitor can only see the time when they stand directly in the center of the dial, effectively becoming part of the sundial itself!
For another great thing to do in Seattle with kids, Gas Works Park should be at the top of your must-do list.
7. Museum of Flight
If you’re interested in visiting the largest privately run air and space museum in the whole world, then you need to see Seattle’s Museum of Flight. With many aviation themed exhibits, the center of the museum is the large collection of real aircraft that you can tour and explore. Many of the aircraft have historical significance, such as “de Havilland Comet”- the world’s first jetliner that first flew from the United Kingdom in 1949.
The museum is a popular one in Seattle and sees more than 500,000 visitors each year.
8. Seattle Center
As the top destination and activity center of Downtown, Seattle Center is home to many of the famous Seattle attractions, like the Space Needle, Museum of Pop Culture, and the Chihuly Garden and Glass. There are so many interesting things to see here, like the piece of the Berlin Wall on display, or the curious historical Kobe Bell landmark.
The International Fountain is also a fun activity in Seattle Center on hot days and features a massive water fountain that you can walk through and cool off. The fountain’s spouts are coordinated with recorded world music and is a fun interactive part of the Seattle Center. If you are visiting Seattle in the summer, then we’d highly recommend cooling off at the Seattle Center.
9. Seattle Great Wheel
For a nostalgic activity and great view of downtown, why not ride the Seattle Great Wheel? This 175-foot tall Ferris Wheel features comfortable enclosed gondolas and takes 12 minutes to complete your ride. If you want the most deluxe experience, you can pay extra to ride in the special VIP gondola that features rich red leather seats, and a glass floor.
Since this Ferris Wheel is located on the waters-edge, you get wonderful views of the islands that surrounding downtown as well as a wide view of the Seattle Skyline. We’d vote this as one of our top romantic things to do in Seattle. For more info and tickets, see their website here: Seattle Great Wheel.
10. Pacific Science Center
With more than 1 million visitors each year, the Pacific Science Center is Seattle’s most popular museum for kids. With hundreds of hands-on exhibits, a planetarium, a tropical butterfly house, and a massive Laser Dome. In addition to the great exhibits, The Pacific Science Center has not one, but two Imax theatres, showing amazing science, and earth-related films. For an engaging thing to do in Seattle with kids, this is a great option.
11. Fremont Troll
The Fremont Troll is an impressive public sculpture that is located under the George Washington Memorial Bridge in the Fremont neighborhood close to Lake Union. This nearly 20-foot tall troll was designed by 4 local creative artists and is made out of concrete and steel. The troll is actually holding a Volkswagen Beetle car as if it had just grabbed it from the road overhead.
We think that the Fremont Troll is one of the top public art installations in all of Seattle, so it’s worth a quick trip under the George Washington Memorial bridge to see this amazing work of art.
12. Bill Speidel’s Underground Tour
For probably the most unique tour of Seattle, we’d recommend buying a ticket to Bill Speidel’s Underground Tour. This unusual tour takes visitors through the mysterious and forgotten underground of Downtown.
After a terrible fire in 1889, much of the downtown area was simply “covered up” as the city chose to build on top of the existing streets and half-destroyed buildings. This left a curious entombed part of the city that lies underground throughout parts of the Downtown districts and is now only accessible to visitors through tours like this. For an unusual thing to do in Seattle, Bill Speidel’s Underground Tour is our top recommendation.
13. Museum of History & Industry
To take a trip through Seattle’s history and the history of the surrounding Pacific Northwest, The Museum of History and Industry offers the best experience. Filled with 4 million historical artifacts and photographs that document the history and industry of the area and is located very close to Downtown in Lake Union Park. One notable artifact the museum features is the Boeing company’s first commercial plane that first flew in 1919.
For a trip down Seattle’s memory lane, The Museum of History & Industry is our favorite destination. Learn more at their website here.
14. Washington Park
If you are looking for a scenic nature walk near downtown, then you should definitely visit Washington Park. This 200+ acre park is home to the famous Washington Park Arboretum, a lush series of themed gardens and walking paths that’s popular with artists and photographers due to its picturesque collections of colorful flowers and trees.
In addition to the nature trails, there are many fun destinations inside Washington Park, such as the Woodland Garden, Azalea Way, and the Shoreline and Foster Island. The legendary Japanese Garden is also located on the south side of Washington Park and is just another example of the interesting things you can find in this amazing park.
As you can see, there are many things to do and see in Washington Park and so it’s one of our favorite free things to do in Seattle.
15. Alki Beach
For beach activities in the summer months, Alki Beach is one of our favorite destinations. Though Alki Beach isn’t like the beautiful white sand beaches of Hawaii, it is still a great beach and full of fun activities for the whole family. From Paddleboarding in the crisp Seattle water to exploring the tidepools at low tide, to eating at one of the great beachside restaurants, there’s something for everyone here. There’s also a 2-mile boardwalk that you can find visitors and locals walking, riding bikes, or rollerblading to soak up the summer rays.
It’s a short drive from downtown Seattle, or for a more convenient way to enjoy Alki Beach, take the water taxi that runs between downtown and the beach. For another great free thing to do in Seattle during the summer months, you need to visit Alki Beach.
16. Lake Union
As Seattle is surrounded by ocean and lakes, it’s common to see seaplanes and sailboats everywhere you go. The closest freshwater lake to Downtown is Lake Union, and it’s full of activity. As a main thoroughfare for commercial and pleasure boats traveling between the larger Lake Washington and the Pacific Ocean, this lake offers some of the best views of downtown Seattle. If you get a chance for a boat ride on Lake Union, you should take it.
There are many parks and destinations along the edge of Lake Union, and Gas Works Park is one of our favorite. You can also rent kayaks or paddleboards on Lake Union and go on a self-guided tour. For fun water activities close to Downtown, we vote Lake Union is one of the top destinations.
17. Ballard Locks
The Ballard Locks is an interesting place to visit in Seattle if you want to see the curious mechanism for moving boats from the lower saltwater bay of the Pacific Ocean, up into the fresh water of Lake Union. Surrounding the Ballard Locks is a beautiful park and botanical gardens. Since this is one of the most trafficked locks in the entire US, you are sure to see many boats being lifted or lowered in these curious locks.
The Ballard Locks also features an amazing man-made fish “ladder” where you can watch salmon swim upstream through a complex maze of twists and turns that lead the fish up into Lake Union. The fish ladder features clear panels where you can watch the fish fight their way uphill.
18. Seattle Aquarium
For a view into life under the cold Seattle Waters, you need to visit the Seattle Aquarium. opened in 1977 along Seattle’s waterfront, this fun aquarium sees over 800,000 visitors each year and has some incredible exhibits that showcase the local sea life. One of the main attractions is the “Window on Washington Waters” – a 120,000-gallon tank that offers a window into the prevalent local sea creatures including Salmon and Rock Fish. Multiple times per day you can watch divers put on a show inside this huge tank.
Other attractions include a wave pool that replicates the shoreline environment and a tidepool exhibit where you can get hands-on with some of the interesting sea creatures.
19. Pioneer Square
To see where Seattle was born, you need to travel to Pioneer Square, the historical center of town. While most signs of the original settlers are long gone, you can still see parts of the old city on one of the Seattle Underground tours.
Today, Pioneer Square has been turned into a cultural landmark with lots of fun things to do. You can experience the monthly art walk that takes you through many local art galleries or stroll through the relaxing Occidental Square Park, or try one of the many unique restaurants that grace this historic district. Pioneer Square is where it all began in Seattle and now continues to offer one the best cultural experience of the city’s best art, shops, and restaurants.
20. Saint Edward State Park
For another great nature destination near Seattle, we’d recommend Saint Edward park. This 326-acre public park is located on the shore of Lake Washington and features multiple playground areas for kids, picnic tables, and miles of trails surrounded by rich foliage and forests of trees. Because of the extensive trails, Saint Edward Park is a popular spot for runners and mountain bikers. And since it borders Lake Washington, you can enjoy the many lake activities like Kayaking and paddleboarding.
21. The Gum Wall
Another unusual, but fun place to visit in Seattle is the famous Gum Wall which is located downtown right next door to the Market Theater. If you want to leave your mark on Seattle, you can add your chewed gum alongside the thousands of others who have contributed to this colorful and sticky gum mural. With some spots on the wall reaching 1 inch thick of gum, this has been voted one of the top 5 most “germ-infested” tourist destinations in the world
For an unusual thing to do in Seattle, a visit to Gum Wall should be near the top of your list.
22. Seattle Pinball Museum
If you’re looking for Seattle’s most unique museum, then you should pay a visit to the Seattle Pinball Museum. While it’s technically a pinball arcade, this museum features over 50 new and classic pinball machines and is a fun place to visit with Kids in Seattle. With pinball machines from as early as 1934 in their collection, you can see and experience the development of this unique arcade game as it changed throughout the decades.
23. Wings Over Washington
For another fun thing to do in Seattle with kids, we’d recommend heading over to the Wings over Washington experience. With a high tech theater, surround sound and mechanical seats, visitors are taken on an incredible flying tour through the beautiful sights of Washington state. From skimming above mountain rivers, to soaring over the pine forests of the Cascade Mountains, this amusement ride offers a truly unique experience that you won’t soon forget.
Located on pier 57 near downtown and Pikes Place Market, Wings over Washington is a great thing to add to your todo list for when you are visiting Downtown.
24. Capitol Hill
To visit one of Seattle’s modern cultural centers, you should check out the Capitol Hill neighborhood. Just east of Downtown, this hilly district is known as one of the top music, food, and nightlife destinations and definitely worth exploring. From one-of-a-kind restaurants, to lively bars, and one-of-a-kind music venues, Capitol hill is a lively and colorful neighborhood that will give you an authentic experience of current Seattle culture.
If you are into Coffee, Capitol Hill is also known as a hotspot for up-and-coming coffee shops and coffee roasters. We’d recommend starting your day off at one of the fantastic coffee destinations throughout Capitol Hill before heading off on other adventures.
25. The Bloedel Reserve
Located a short ferry ride away from Downtown on Bainbridge Island, the Bloedel Reserve is a sprawling 150-acre series of forest gardens. These immaculate gardens will immerse you in pristine Washington garden and forest environments and will relax your mind and body as you stroll these picturesque grounds. Throughout the property, there are immaculate lates, lawns, walking paths and the centerpiece of the reserve, a traditional Japanese garden.
For a special and unique forest and garden experience and also to experience a ferry ride, you should definitely consider visiting this gem of a destination.
26. Seattle Japanese Garden
If you plan on visiting Seattle’s Washington Park, then you should definitely pay a visit to the adjacent Japanese Garden that’s located on the south side of the park. Compared with other Japanese gardens in other cities, the Seattle Japanese Garden is considered one of the oldest in all of North America and also one of the most authentic in its design and layout.
Completed in 1960, this lush garden covers 3.5 acres and features a glassy lake, a traditional Japanese Teahouse, and many massive granite boulders transported to the garden during its construction. For a truly Zen experience, we vote Seattle Japanese Garden as our favorite local destination.
27. Kerry Park
If you are looking for the best viewpoint for watching sunsets over Downtown Seattle and Lake Union, then Kerry Park is worth a visit. This small park is located in the Queen Anne neighborhood and sits on a hill with a perfect view of Downtown and the surrounding landscape.
Kerry Park is also great for kids, with fun play equipment and grassy areas. On warm summer evenings, Kerry Park can get quite crowded with locals and visitors alike taking in the panoramic sunset views.
28. T-Mobile Park
To see a fun professional sporting event, T-Mobile Park is the place to visit in Seattle. As the home of the Major League Baseball team, the Seattle Mariners, you and thousands of other fans can cheer on the local team and experience this massive stadium. Located in the Industrial district of Downtown, this stadium seats over 40,000 guests and has a retractable roof so that games can happen even in the worst weather conditions. Check out the schedule here to see what’s happening at T-Mobile Park during your stay.
29. Ballard Farmer’s Market
For another fun experience of local Seattle culture, the Ballard Farmers Market is a fun destination to visit. As the first all-year farmers market in Seattle, you can browse and shop the local produce, baked goods, and arts and crafts from local artisans. The Ballard Farmers Market is located in the Ballard neighborhood just north of Downtown and happens on Sunday Mornings, rain or shine.
Coming in near the top of our list of free things to do in Seattle, we’d highly recommend strolling through the Ballard Farmer’s Market.
30. Volunteer Park
For a great park for kids in Seattle, we’d suggest visiting Volunteer Park. Located near Downtown in the Capitol Hill neighborhood, this large park has large play structures for kids, fun water “spray parks” for warm summer days, and many grassy areas for relaxing and picnicking. Covering over 40 acres, Volunteer Park is also home to the Seattle Asian Art Museum, the Volunteer Park Conservatory, and multiple event spaces.
Volunteer Park is a great destination if you have kids, so we’d highly suggest exploring this fantastic kid-friendly park.
31. REI Flagship Store
If you are an outdoor enthusiast then you know that REI is one of the largest outdoor and adventure retail stores in North America. And Seattle is home to their amazing and incredible large REI Flagship store, which although it has much of the same merchandise that is offered at their “regular” stores, it offers so much more.
Throughout this sprawling 100,000 square foot store, REI has created many cool outdoor experiences within the outdoor departments that give you a tangible immersive outdoor experience even though you are indoors. From feeling the mist from the massive indoor waterfall, to sitting around a campfire next to a wooden yurt, to trying out climbing shoes on their rock-climbing walls, you are in for a retail experience unlike any other.
32. Saint James Cathedral
One of Seattle’s largest historical religious structures, Saint James Cathedral is a beautiful and lofty example of historic Seattle architecture. With lofty ceilings, a massive pipe organ, and extensive collections of colorful stained-glass windows, this Roman Catholic Church offers solace from the business of city life and is open to the public. For a calming thing to do in Seattle, we’d recommend visiting the stunning Saint James Cathedral.
33. Olympic Sculpture Park
For another fun outdoor thing to do near downtown Seattle, we’d recommend exploring the Olympic Sculpture Park. Located on the waterfront, this free outdoor sculpture park features many interesting permanent and temporary art installations that will capture your imagination. There is also a beach and many open grassy areas at the edge of the park, so you can enjoy the water on warm summer days. The Olympic Sculpture Park is our favorite outdoor museum in Seattle and we think you’ll enjoy this fascinating and award-winning park.
34. West Point Lighthouse
If you are looking for one of the best views of Puget Sound and the surrounding waterways, the West Point Lighthouse has got you covered. This historic lighthouse was first lit in 1881 and its original kerosene lamp was burned and provided the lighting source for its first 44 years in operation. Located inside Discover Park, the West Point Lighthouse is surrounded by miles of trails and is a great place to watch the sailboats and freighters that are constantly sailing through the Seattle waters.
Though it’s a considerable walk to get out to the lighthouse from the main parking area, we think that a visit to the West Point Lighthouse is a great activity if you want to experience amazing panoramic views of Puget Sound.
35. Seattle Seaplane Tour
Since Seattle is surrounded by lakes, ocean and rivers, It’s no wonder that Sea Planes are a common mode of transportation. Sea Planes are just like normal planes, except they take off and land on the water using their buoyant pontoons and offer an amazing experience of the water and the air all the same time. With tour options for visitors, you can take scenic Seaplane tours of Seattle and the surrounding destinations, like flying over the San Juan Islands, or getting an air tour of the Olympic mountain range, or even taking a tour of the famous Mt. Saint Helens volcano.
For a unique and exciting way to see Seattle from a different perspective, we think a Seaplane tour from Seattle should be on your Seattle bucket list.
36. Seattle Ferry Ride
For a fun and cheap thing to do in Seattle, you can take a ferry ride out to one of the many island communities close to Downtown, such as Vashon Island, or Bainbridge Island. Riding the Seattle ferry gives you a scenic view of Seattle and lets you experience a different perspective from the water. Visiting one of these neighboring cities can transporting you to a world that feels very different from the business of city life, and you can experience life a more relaxed island pace and get a feel for these more rural communities just miles from the heart of Seattle.
To see a list of all the Ferry destinations from Downtown, check out the schedules and routes here.
37. Original Starbucks Location
To see where the iconic Starbucks coffee empire had its humble beginnings, you can visit their Pikes Place location along the waterfront next to the Pikes Place Market. It was here the Starbucks brand began selling coffee and offering their own roasted coffee beans to locals and visitors. Many were curious why anyone would be trying to roast their own coffee beans when they could just buy from one of the traditional coffee distributers. Starbucks applied a new focus on craftsmanship to their coffee that was unheard of at the time and started a new coffee culture that continues in Seattle and around the world to this day.
If you love coffee, then this is a one of those destinations in Seattle that you don’t want to miss. So, as you explore the popular Pikes Place Market, just head down the street for a warm cup of coffee or tea at the original Starbucks location and experience where it all began.
38. Amazon Spheres
If you want to experience what it’s like to combine office workspace and a beautifully landscaped garden, then you should check out the incredible and one-of-a-kind Amazon Spheres. The Amazon Spheres consist of 3 large glass domes that combine meeting rooms, employee lounges, and retail stores alongside the 40,000 plants that are cultivated throughout the structure. With rich natural environments including waterfalls, nature paths, and rivers, and even a “living wall” covered in plants, this unique indoor environment is unlike any other office space in the world.
The idea behind the spheres was to explore what was missing from the typical business office environment and bring in a healthy dose of the natural world to create a more pleasant work environment where people feel more inspired and refreshed. Though most of the spheres are reserved for Amazon employees, there are areas that are open to the public and we’d recommend a tour if you are looking for something interesting to do during your Seattle visit.
39. Waterfront Park
Waterfront Park is a great place to relax and enjoy the view of the water. With picnic tables, benches, and coin-operated telescopes for looking out over the water, this park is essentially built on top of a wooden wharf and is located right next to the Seattle Aquarium. If you are visiting the waterfront area, we’d suggest stopping at Waterfront Park to enjoy the view and maybe even catch a glimpse of the sea life in the water below!
40. Olympic National Park
Known for its diverse regions and dramatic mount range, the Olympic National Park is a huge protected area of Washington wilderness that’s nearly 1,000,000 acres in size. Olympic National Park to the west of Seattle and lies between the city and the Pacific Ocean. There are so many amazing regions within the park, like the astounding Hoh Rainforest that gets more than 150 inches of rain per year, or the pristine Lake Crescent that is known for its brilliantly clear blue water and picturesque camping.
With seemingly endless places to explore, the Olympic National park is an incredible place to visit if you have the time.
41. Woodinville Wine Country
For those who enjoy wine-tasting and serene views, we’d suggest a trip out to Woodinville Wine Country. Around a 40-minute drive from downtown Seattle, this rural logging and farming community has become quite the revered wine destination. With over 130 wineries and tasting rooms, Woodinville is the go-to spot for wine connoisseurs and regular visitors alike.
If you are interested in venturing a bit outside Seattle and are looking for a fun and relaxing destination, we think that Woodinville Wine Country is a fantastic choice.
42. Burke-Gilman Trail
Weaving its way along the western shore of Lake Washington, the Burke-Gilman trail is a popular recreational trail that offers 27 miles of scenic views along the lake and through several suburbs of Seattle. This trail is popular with walkers, joggers, and bicyclists and we’d recommend seeing this trail by bike if you have a chance.
For a way to fun way to experience Seattle by bike, we’d highly recommend renting a bike and riding this scenic trail.
43. Future of Flight Aviation Center
If you are at all curious as to what goes into making a modern jet airplane, the Future of Flight Aviation Center can tell you all about it. this aviation center is part of the Boeing factory tour and is located a short drive from downtown Seattle in Everett. This aviation center is also home to a museum that features hundreds of airplane and flight-related exhibits and historical and modern airplanes.
In addition to exploring the museum, you can take a full Boeing factory tour that uncovers how these amazing planes are made and reveals the technological advances behind modern flight. See more and learn about the factory tour here.
44. Mount Rainier National Park
For a fun day trip option from Seattle, we’d recommend visiting Mount Rainier National Park. This 369 square mile park is located at the base of the impressive 14,411 ft volcanic mountain. Though this national park is a 2-hour drive south of Seattle, it offers an amazing playground for nature-lovers and is filled with scenic hiking and camping options as well as amazing waterfalls such as Narada Falls.
Mount Ranier is visible from Seattle on clear days and is a popular destination for Seattle visitors and locals alike to get out into the mountains and escape the business of the city.
45. 5th Avenue Theatre
To experience an engaging theatre performance, our favorite destination would definitely be the 5th Avenue Theatre. Located in the heart of Downtown, this historic theatre has been at the center of Seattle’s theatre arts community since it opened in 1926. Home to the largest theatre company in Seattle, the “5th Avenue Musical Theater Company”, this ornate theater features many productions each year and employs over 600 performers, directors, choreographers, and the many others who are involved the theatres lavish productions.
To see what’s currently playing, check out the 5th Avenue Theatre show calendar here.
46. Discovery Park
As the largest public park in Seattle, Discovery Park features over 500 acres of forested wilderness situated on a long peninsula. Discover park is not far from downtown and is a popular spot to walk and bike out into the over 11 miles of official trails that weave throughout this protected area. Many say that Discovery Park is the best place to see and experience the Seattle wildlife and there are over 270 known species of birds that can be spotted here. The West Point Lighthouse is also located within Discovery Park and is a popular place to walk out on the trails.
47. Smith Tower
Located in Pioneer Square in Downtown, the Smith Tower is a historic 38-story building that was completed in 1938 and was at that time the tallest building on the West Coast of the United States and still remains a popular Seattle landmark. There is an observation deck and bar that overlooks the city and is a fun place to visit in the evening or at night for amazing city views.
48. Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Discovery Center
If you are visiting Downtown or Exploring the Seattle Center, you should check out the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Discovery Center. This facility is an educational and inspiring destination that focuses on solving large-scale world issues using technology and features many of the programs and solutions that The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation are already involved in around the world. For an inspiring look at the future of global problem-solving, we’d highly recommend a visit to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Discovery Center. Also, since there’s no charge, it’s on our list of free things to do in Seattle.
49. Green Lake Park
Green Lake Park is another great park destination to visit if you have kids. This park is part of a large area that includes Green Lake, miles of walking and biking paths, playgrounds, wading pools, tennis courts, and much more. We vote Green Lake Park as a top place to visit with kids
50. Seattle Central Library
To see one of Seattle’s most interesting buildings, you need to visit the Seattle Central Library. Though it seems like a library is not all that exciting, the architecture of this library alone makes it worth exploring. Standing at 11 Stories tall, this library is made primarily out of steel and glass. With a distinctive and modern design, it has won many honors in the architectural world and has even been voted one of the top 150 structures in the entire United States.