The Best Rainy Day Activities in Seattle


March 11, 2016

Whether you were born and raised in Seattle or are just visiting for the weekend, there’s a good chance you will experience a rainy day, but instead of wallowing inside with nothing to do, why not experience the city from the indoors? Seattle knows a thing or two about rainy days so it’s no surprise there are plenty of cheap activities to enjoy sheltered from the elements. Here are 5 activities that will get you excited for that rainy day forecast and won't hurt your wallet!

1. Browse a bookstore

Elliott Bay Book Company's Capitol Hill Space

What’s a better way to spend indoors than getting lost in a sea of books? Elliott Bay Book Company in the heart of Capitol Hill is sure to offer something for every reader. Browse new selections or discover bargain editions of your old favorites. Each section of books also features staff recommendations on handwritten cards. Grab a cup of coffee in the adjoining cafe and you may find yourself wishing for more rainy days.


2. Free First Thursday

photo courtesy of EMP's website

Many Seattle-area museums drop their admission fees on the first Thursday of every month. With our city's collection of museums, there is sure to be something for everyone! The Experience Music Project (EMP) is currently offering a Hello Kitty exhibit while the Seattle Art Museum (SAM) showcases new exhibits frequently as well as the standing collection.


3. Volunteer with TWIF

Why not spend one of your rainy days connecting with the community? The World is Fun offers numerous events throughout the month to provide fun activities you can feel good about doing! Everything from food prep and sorting to beers and bingo for a cause, there is sure to be something that peaks your interest. Check out the upcoming events we have planned and start having some fun!

4. Visit Volunteer Park Conservatory

The flowers are always in bloom at the Volunteer Park Conservatory!

Looking to experience some of Seattle’s beautiful nature but still be sheltered from the rain? Then head to the Volunteer Park Conservatory located in Capitol Hill. For only $4 a ticket you can experience the five different rooms this 100 year old attraction has to offer. Everything from orchids to the cactus room will keep you eager to see what waits around the next corner. Also located near the conservatory is a water tower which is open for everyone to climb and see a unique view of the city.


5. Take a Coffee Shop Tour

a sample of Cafe Allegro's lovely offerings from

This wouldn’t be a Seattle to-do list without a mention of coffee! Do as the Seattleites do and spend the dreary days indoors with a hot cup of coffee and good conversation. Make an afternoon out of it and hold a DIY coffee walking tour. Hanging out in Capitol Hill? Walk down Broadway and stop in Espresso Vivace for a cappuccino then head to Roy St Coffee Shop and snag a plush chair if you’re lucky. Reminisce your undergrad days and head north to the University District; stop in Herkimer Coffee for a latte then wander to Cafe Allegro to enjoy a cup in a unique, homey atmosphere.

- Annie Stephenson -  TWIF blogger