Fun Things to Do in Seattle


Seattle has been home to Native Americans for approximately 4,000 years, followed by the birth of a logging area and then a shipbuilding center, evolving later on to become the aviation hub of the United States and a center of technology and biotechnology, housing companies such as Microsoft and Amazon.

There is no end to what this unstoppable “Emerald City” has to offer and one thing is for sure: You won’t feel bored for a second. Here are some of the top fun things you can do while visiting Seattle.

History and Landmarks

With many years after having been founded, there come many historic sites and landmarks to visit. Take a stroll around the city’s first historic district or “first neighborhood” of Pioneer Square, check out the Daybreak Star Cultural Center, Alki’s Log House Museum, the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture, amongst many more.

Walk the city streets and spot a multi-angled great view of the landscape at the Smith Tower plus enter its historic observatory that has been opened for the past 100 years, or go up the 605’ Space Needle for getting a 360° vista, or relax around the Seattle waterfront’s piers, paths and public spaces along the Alaskan Way.

Other spots to consider include:

  • Klondike Gold Rush National History Park
  • Museum of History and Industry (MOHAI)
  • Center for Wooden Boats
  • Museum of Flight


Jimi Hendrix
Jimi Hendrix

This was the place that saw monumental jazz music figures such as Ray Charles and Quincy Jones taking the early steps of their careers as well as legendary Jimi Hendrix’s place of birth; and although there are many awesome jazz clubs and alleys that you can go to, plus quite a few Jimi Hendrix memorials, there is a lot more to see.

Attend one of the various Pow Wow events that Native American communities organize, stopover the Museum of Pop Culture (MoPOP), or the Seattle Art Museum in downtown Seattle to see the Native American and Mesoamerican collection, some of Andy Warhol’s and Jason Pollock’s works of art, European paintings and Asian relics.

The diverse and lively Chinatown International District is also a great spot to go shopping, eating, or to simply take a look around.

Other spots to consider include:

  • Central Public Library
  • Olympic Sculpture Park
  • Seattle Asian Art Museum (SAAM)
  • Frye Art Museum
  • Parks

If you are feeling like walking around a green area during a cold day, or spending the afternoon lying on the grass as you look at the sunset during a warm sunny day, visit Kerry Park to enjoy a view of Seattle’s skyline and a view of Mount Rainier, Hiriam M. Chittenden Locks, or Green Lake Park.

Other spots to consider include:

  • Alki Beach
  • Washington Park Arboretum
  • Gas Works Park

Natural Surroundings

This northernmost seaport city is the largest city of Washington state and it is located on an isthmus between the Puget Sound and Lake Washington. Surrounded by water and lying on various hills, Seattle offers a lot of magnificent natural sites like the Olympic mountains to the west of Puget; the Cascade Range and Lake Sammamish found east to Lake Washington, and others.

When you need an adrenaline rush, quite a few outdoor activities such as cycling or seaplane tours, skydiving, sailing and exciting water rafting are easy to find around Seattle. Hiking is also possible, but the closest options such as Rattlesnake Ledge (Snoqualmie Pass), Little Si and Mount Si (Snoqualmie Pass) or Mount Pilchuck (Mountain Loop Highway) are from 30 minutes to 1 hour away from the city.


For all the sport fanatics out there, it is time to grab your jerseys and scarfs and head out to the Key or Husky Arenas. Home to the NFL football Seattle Seahawks, the NWSL soccer Seattle Reign FC, MLB baseball Seattle Mariners, WHL Hockey Seattle Thunderbirds and a few others, this city is full of loyal fans who are always more than ready to shout their lungs out.

Performing Arts

Venues to definitely consider when speaking of performing arts in Seattle are the Pacific Northwest Ballet, The 5th Avenue Theater, Emerald City Trapeze Arts or the impressive Benaroya Hall. This beat city and birthplace of the grunge music genre houses everything from opera to rock concerts, and from jazz to plays, or a variety of dance performances.


A multicultural population has created a unique spectrum of gastronomic diversity, featuring French, Asian, Mexican, Italian, African, Middle Eastern or Southern (BBQ) food places. With this all said, it is more than sure that whatever you are craving at any given time of the day will be waiting for you at one of Seattle’s varied restaurants.

Go to Pike Place’s eateries, a market where you can also find local jewelry or clothing, or try one of the seafood restaurants at the waterfront or venture to Woodinville Wine Country just 30 minutes away from the city to go local-wine tasting.

Bars and Nightlife

Seattle holds an active and versatile night scene: live bands, dive or wine bars, karaoke, hipster streets, discos, as well as options for those night owls who decide to party all night round until the sun comes back.

Off the Beaten Path

When you have already visited most of the city’s must-see attractions, or if you happen to be more attracted to weird locations, make sure to set some time apart to experience these peculiar hidden delights.

Although it might not sound very charming for many the Seattle Gum Wall is a must-see attraction for those quirky visitors. But, what should you expect from a gum wall? Well, it is pretty straight forward: a wall decorated with tons of chewing gum! Dare going into the city’s secret, underground passages that date back to the 19th century, or visit the NOOA’s curious artwork and huge musical instrument, the Sound Gardens, on the northwestern shore of Lake Washington.

Seattle Gum Wall
Seattle Gum Wall

Other spots to consider include:

  • Kubota Gardens
  • World’s Most Giant Shoe Museum
  • Sea Shepherd Gallery


Seattle Gum Wall: NicolaCreative Commons








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