The List of Things to Do in or around Seattle

The world is fun, and here’s a big fat list to prove it. Below, you’ll find our roundup of some of our favorite things to do in and around Seattle.

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Outdoorsy fun:

  • Walk around Greenlake
  • Go to Discovery Park
  • Woodland Park
  • Explore Ape Cave
  • Wallace Falls
  • Snoqualmie Falls
  • The Greenhouse Conservatory within Volunteer Park
  • Richmond Beach
  • Pike Street Pocket Park
  • Visit Ruby Beach
  • Cal Anderson Park
  • Kayak from Orcas Island around the San Juans
  • Mount Si
  • Bhy Kracke Park
  • See the Washington Hoh Rain Forest
  • Fremont Peak Park
  • Golden Gardens Park
  • Puget Sound
  • Carkeek Park
  • Ravenna Park
  • Interlaken Park
  • Bloedel Reserve
  • Volunteer Park
  • Gas Works Park  |  A Day at Gas Works
  • Klondike Goldrush National Park
  • Waterfall Garden
  • Ballard Commons Park
  • Bergen Place Park
  • Marvin’s Garden
  • Washington Park Arboretum
  • Ebey’s Landing
  • Deception Pass State Park
  • Fort Worden State Park
  • Fort Flagger State Park
  • Lime Kiln Point State Park
  • Woodland Park Zoo
  • Sunset Park
  • Kerry Park
  • Sun Lakes State Park

Nearby Seattle:

  • Drive over the mountains to Leavenworth.
  • See Roslyn, Washington aka Cecily, Alaska.
  • See Cape Flattery
  • Go to Ocean Shores
  • Walk across Tacoma Narrows Bridge
  • Outback Kangaroo Farm
  • Go see the horse races at Emerald Downs
  • Marymere Falls
  • Stay in the Interrorem Cabin
  • Go to Sol Duc Hot Springs Resort
  • The Whale Museum
  • Visit the Ice Caves near Trout Lake
  • Port Townsend
  • Ride a Victoria Clipper
  • Spend a weekend exploring the Long Beach Peninsula.
  • Go to the Olympic National Forest.
  • Find Hot Springs.
  • Drive up Paradise at Mt. Rainier.
  • Drive up Sunrise at Mt. Rainier.
  • Naval Yard at Bremerton.
  • Ferry to Bremerton.
  • Ferry to Winslow.
  • Stay in a yurt
  • See Lake Chelan
  • Bainbridge Island
  • Mercer Island
  • Lake Sammamish
  • Mt. St. Helens

Museums and tours:

Culture and entertainment:

  • 2nd Saturday Art Walk
  • Check out an event at Fremont Studios
  • Central Cinema
  • Hugo House or Cap Hill Art’s Center for a play.
  • First Thursday Art Walk in Pioneer Square.
  • The Fremont Art Walk
  • Sasquatch Music Festival

So Seattle:

  • See the Georgetown Hat & Boots at Oxbow Park
  • Take a 1  Day Relocation Cruise
  • See Dick & Jane’s Spot
  • Archie McPhee’s photo booth.
  • Elliot Bay Books for a book reading.
  • Easy Street Records for a free in store show.
  • Find One Square Inch of Silence
  • Teapot Dome Service Station
  • Ride the Elliot Bay Water Taxi
  • Find Kurt Cobain’s favorite park bench on Lake Washington.
  • Visit the Georgetown Trailer Park
  • Find the Gum Wall in Post Alley
  • Fly Kenmore Air
  • Tour Safeco Field
  • Fremont Sunday Market
  • Ross Lake Resort
  • Ride the Ducks (cheesy, yes, I know)
  • The Soundgarden
  • Staycation at the Ace Hotel
  • Stay at Hotel Max and order from their pillow menu
  • Visit Greenwood Space Travel Supply Company
  • I Heart Rummage
  • The Fremont Fair
  • Stonehenge Replica
  • Take an Argosy Cruise
  • Find Troll Haven
  • Find the graves of Bruce and Brandon Lee at Lake View Cemetery. (Washington)
  • Find the grave of Jimi Hendrix at Greenwood Memorial Park in Renton. (Washington)
  • Space Needle (Seattle)
  • Ride the Monorail – Seattle
  • Eat at Dick’s Drive In
  • Explore Pike Place Market
  • Solstice Parade
  • Seafair Pirates Landing
  • Find the Fremont Troll
  • Ballard Locks
  • Ballard Fishladder
  • International District
  • Seattle Downtown Public Library
  • Ballard Sunday Farmer’s Market
  • Find the bench behind St. Mark’s Cathedral

Eats and drinks:

  • Eat at Ivar’s Captain’s Table (Waterfront)
  • Eat at the Pink Door
  • Joe Bar coffee house for crepes.
  • Brouwer’s for Belgian Ales.
  • Eat breakfast at Beth’s Cafe
  • Ballard Seafood Festival
  • Cocktails on the top floor of the downtown Hilton
  • Check out the distillery at Sound Spirits
  • The tasting menu at Purple.
  • Wine tasting in Woodinville.
  • Swedish Pancake Breakfast at the Swedish Cultural Center
  • Get a $3 weekday drink between 4-7 at The Hideout. Order the Andy Warhol.
  • Drinks at the 5th Floor Terrace Garden at the Red Lion Hotel
  • Enjoy a warm afternoon kayaking and then eats and drinks at Agua Verde
  • Dinner, drinks and sunset at Maximilien-in-the-Market
  • Spend a Wednesday at Portalis Wine Shop & Wine Bar
  • Get poutine and a pitcher of beer from Smith in Capital Hill
  • Taste-test Seattle’s cupcakes: Trophy or Cupcake Royale?
  • Visit Project 5 Distillery & Sausage Company
  • Savor Seattle Food Tour
  • Theo Chocolate Tour
  • Eat at Paseo.
  • The Ice Cream Cruise!
  • Uwajimaya Asian market
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Amazing views:

  • Smith Tower Observation Deck
  • Columbia Tower Observation Room
  • The Water Tower Observatory