Whether it's your siblings, old friends from home or new friends that you met on your last vacation – when they visit you in Seattle, you probably want to make sure they not only leave with good memories of spending time with you but also have a fun experience in Seattle.
A couple of weeks ago my game-loving sister and her husband came to the Northwest for their first-time visit. I'm happy to say that my sister loved Seattle and wants to come back soon.
Here are a few inspirations for you for the next time you're getting a visitor!
1. Escape from a Room
Seattle has a growing scene of puzzle rooms. You get locked into a room with your friends. You have one hour to solve puzzles, find hidden clues, maybe even discover a secret room or two until you (hopefully) find the final code to open the last door and escape. Although this might seem like a trying experience when family members are included, I knew that my sister would love it. And with our combined efforts we made it out in time and went to celebrate our victory with a beer!
Depending on the room you choose in or around Seattle you get to intercept a hack attack (as we did this time) or enter a variety of other scenarios like solve a bank robbery, be a detective, escape from under the sea, stop a moving train or even escape from a real zombie!! Ok, maybe the zombie isn't real. But it's tons of fun!
2. Watch a Football Game
Being from Berlin, my sister doesn't get the opportunity to watch too many American sports games in real life. So we took them to the Husky Stadium at the University of Washington.
Tickets can get quite expensive on the lower rows. If you don't mind all the stairs, though, you can invite your whole family AND get an incredible view of the water on one side and the UW campus on the other. If you are not a sports buff, make sure to bring someone who can explain the rules to you and help you follow the ball. And maybe bring binoculars.
3. Visit Nature
Taking advantage of the last beautiful summer days, I took my guests to see Snoqualmie Falls. The 270-foot waterfall can be marveled at from the wheelchair accessible viewing platform. You can even take a stroll past the powerhouse towards the base of the Falls. As a nice finale to this mini-excursion into nature, we dined at the nearby Salish Lodge and enjoyed a last view of the waterfall while watching the sun set behind the mountains.
4. Go on an Adventure
Seattle is one of countless locations worldwide where you can go on a Geocaching adventure. This real life GPS-led game brings you to interesting places where you can find a physical container (called a cache) with a log book to write your name in. You can discover the quirky side of Fremont by going on the Geocaching HQ tour. It took my guests and I about 2.5 hours to complete the tour and discover all the hidden caches.
5. Eat and Play
At Mox Boarding House you can check out board games from an extensive game library, eat and drink while you play them and then head over to the shop if you liked what you played.
Mox Boarding House is one of my favorite places in Seattle...and when I brought my sister there she loved it so much she made us go back there two days later!
6. Know Your Neighborhood
Stay tuned on TWIF's event page to find out when the next Know Your Neighborhood is happening. These awesome events are a great way to explore Seattle and learn fun facts and interesting history about its many neighborhoods. Rediscover your own ‘hood or explore one you rarely visit. My sister unfortunately left before she could experience the haunted edition of the Know Your Neighborhood Pike Place event that happened last night!*
*Missed the fun? No worries—we have another spooky event – Zombie-themed Bingo – coming up on Thursday!