Things to Do in Seattle

Seattle Art Museum


Meet Uncle “SAM”. This is Seattle’s premiere art museum, which contains works from European masters to American pop art… and everything in-between. Don’t miss its three top draw cards: Andy Warhol’s pop-art splash “Double Elvis”, Jackson Pollock’s abstract impressionism masterwork “Sea Change”, plus the thought-provoking Olympic Sculpture Park, first opened in 1933.

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Seattle Aquarium


Plumb the depths of the ocean at the Seattle Aquarium. Located on Pier 59 at the Downtown Seattle Waterfront, this aquarium contains schools of tropical fish, giant googly-eyed Pacific octopus, seals, coastal birds and the oddly-named but fascinating Puget Sound fish. The curators work tirelessly to promote conservation through their numerous community outreach programmes.

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Pike Place Market

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Hungry? Thirsty? All of the above? Pike Place Market is the city’s permanent market. It’s a maze of fruit and vegetable vendors and small shops. You’ll find an eclectic mix of pottery, glass sculptures, herbal products, homemade tonics and potions made from locally sourced ingredients. The best time to visit is in the morning before 12:00, before everyone else gets the same idea!

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CenturyLink Field

Stadiums or Arenas

Ready to play ball? CenturyLink Field is a mid-sized stadium in West Seattle that takes the shape of a split football. It’s used for regular sport and entertainment events and is the home stadium of the Seattle Seahawks football team. Take a tour of what the Guinness Book of Records touted as the “world’s loudest stadium”, or check online for upcoming events.

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Safeco Field

Stadiums or Arenas

This stadium is the best place to get acquainted with America’s favourite sport. It’s the home turf of the Mariners baseball team. While the team isn’t as popular as some of their rivals, they still draw crowds of people who are keen to support their local team. Take a tour of the stadium outside of sports season, or catch a concert from the biggest names in music.

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Space Needle


The Space Needle cuts a striking silhouette in the Seattle skyline. Built in 1962 for the World Fair, at a time when space travel was in its infancy, it's gone on to become a major city icon. This lithe-n-lanky building is topped with a structure that looks like a UFO. The SkyCity Restaurant is within, where diners eat while revolving 500-feet above the ground.

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EMP Museum


This sprawling museum is a love letter to the world’s pop culture addicts. The exhibitions here cover fifty years of American film, television and music culture. See sets from “Game of Thrones”, costumes from “Star Wars” and guitars that once belonged to Jimi Hendrix and Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain. You’ll need to spend at least four hours here for the full experience.

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  • 325 5th Avenue N, Seattle, WA 98109
  • Open Monday-Sunday 10:00-17:00. Changes seasonally. Check website for details.
Chihuly Garden and Glass


It’s amazing what glass can become in the hands of an artist. These gardens are the brainchild of famous eye-patch-wearing sculptor Dale Chihuly. He worked with Owen Richards Architects to create an alien landscape of bizarre sculptures, skyward-creeping flowers and starbursts… all made out of glass. They’re most beautiful at sunset, when the fading light refracts against the glass.

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Woodland Park Zoo


Woodland Park Zoo will have kids squealing from cuteness overload! It’s been open for more than a hundred years and holds over a thousand animals. The larger creatures, like giraffes, lions and gorillas, live in healthy, spacious zones that mimic their natural environments. From African savannahs to tropical Asian and Canadian trails, explore the world’s terrain within a single day.

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The Museum of Flight


This is the largest aviation museum on the West Coast. Since the early 60’s, it’s been the museum's mission to preserve and restore artefacts from aviation and space exploration. It holds the Boeing VC-137B Air Force One, used by a succession of US Presidents from Eisenhower to Nixon, as well as the Sputnik 1, the first manmade satellite to be launched into Earth’s atmosphere.

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Accommodations and Hotels in Seattle

Silver Cloud Inn - Seattle Lake Union

8.9 Excellent

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  • 1150 Fairview Avenue North, South Lake Union, Seattle
Motif Seattle

8.7 Excellent

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  • 1415 Fifth Avenue, Downtown Seattle, Seattle
Silver Cloud Hotel - Seattle Broadway

8.8 Excellent

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  • 1100 Broadway, Downtown Seattle, Seattle
Hyatt House Seattle Downtown

9 Wonderful

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  • 201 Fifth Avenue North, South Lake Union, Seattle
Silver Cloud Hotel - Seattle Stadium

8.9 Excellent

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  • 1046 1st Avenue South, Downtown Seattle, Seattle
Warwick Seattle

8.4 Very good

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  • 401 Lenora Street, Downtown Seattle, Seattle
Mayflower Park Hotel

8.9 Excellent

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  • 405 Olive Way, Downtown Seattle, Seattle
Sheraton Seattle Hotel

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  • 1400 Sixth Avenue, Downtown Seattle, Seattle
Fairmont Olympic Hotel

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  • 411 University Street, Downtown Seattle, Seattle
Discover Seattle

Popular Neighborhoods in Seattle

Downtown Seattle

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Downtown is undoubtedly Seattle’s hippest area. Flashy skyscrapers and department stores fill the “CBD”. The area also brims with fine eateries and cultural venues. Head to the Seattle Art Museum to see contemporary art exhibitions and then have a coffee at the original “Starbucks” in Pike Place Market, found amidst the shops and street-food stalls.


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Talk about renewal. Once known as the “seedy” side of town, this area has totally cleaned up its act – it’s filled with trendy boutiques, local art galleries, restaurants, record shops and eateries. Vintage vinyl lovers should check out Singles Going Steady on 2nd Ave, while clubs like The Crocodile play host to live Indie music.

Queen Anne

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This residential area runs up and down a steep hill. It’s known for the Seattle Centre, a park and entertainment complex. Many of its youth-centric bars and restaurants are worth visiting. Two of the best are Ozzie’s Karaoke Bar, where wannabe pop-stars belt out hits with a pint in hand, plus the Toulouse Petit with its flavoursome Cajun cuisine.

South Lake Union

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Where giants of the tech world set up shop. Amazon's corporate headquarters are in this area, filled with huge skyscrapers and upscale apartment blocks. It’s also known for the sprawling South Lake Union Park. Nearby, you’ll find the beloved-by-locals Brave Horse Tavern, where local chef Tom Douglas serves up delicious gourmet burgers.

Capitol Hill

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Capitol Hill lies east of the CBD. This slick and eclectic area is filled with bars, boutiques, cafés and clubs. It holds an eclectic range of restaurants – try the Annapurna Café for mouth-wateringly good Tibetan food. The new Starbucks Reserve on Pike Street offers tastings for new blends of coffee, many of which are roasted on-site.

Pioneer Square

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The birthplace of Seattle. The city’s oldest district has one of the city’s youngest populations. To experience some of the city’s history, book an underground tour with “Beneath the Streets” tour company – you’ll discover the sunken storefronts that were covered over when the city was rebuilt after the Great Fire of 1889.

West Seattle

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West Seattle has more of a small-town vibe than anywhere else in the city. It’s known for “The Junction”, where you can find some of the best shopping and places to dine in the city. Day or night, don’t miss the opportunity to visit Alki Point – this gorgeous beach has low tourist-traffic and incredible views of the city.


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There’s a lot to sing about in Ballard. This neighbourhood is known for its fashionable shops, eateries and residents. Head to Ballard Avenue and Market Street for stylish clothing, including Sonic Boom - a clothing shop that’s a hit with Seattle’s in-crowd. The Waterfront is loaded with eateries – try Kickin’ Boot Whiskey Kitchen for the best in BBQing!

International District

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Where Seattle meets the world. “ID” is a hub of Asian culture, where early migrants came to live and work in the 19th-century. Today, it’s known for its regular cultural festivals, but most importantly for food, food and more food – head to Tamarind Tree for delicious Vietnamese cuisine, or shop at Uwajimaya Market for street-food and supplies.


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SODO – “South of Downtown”. Years were spent renewing the city’s former industrial quarter, an area that’s easily accessible by light-rail. SODO’s revitalisation speaks for itself – art galleries, restaurants, wine bars and craft breweries have sprung up in former warehouses, and hip ‘n stylish folks have taken residence in their droves.

Local Tips for Seattle

Linda's Tavern
Carter Hearne by Carter Hearne

After spending years living in bustling cities like New York and LA, Carter loves Seattle's variety.

If you've come to Seattle to pay homage to the greats of grunge music, look no further than this dive bar. Although it may be one of the last places Kurt Cobain graced, Linda's doesn't advertise its claim to fame - the authentic vibe and pub atmosphere are more than enough reason to visit.

  • 707 E Pine St, Seattle, WA 98122
  • Open Monday-Friday 15:00-02:00, Saturday-Sunday 10:00-02:00
Rizal Park
Jessica Palana by Jessica Palana

Four-year Seattleite Jessica is convinced that travel and adventure are life's true treasures.

Don't miss out on the amazing photo op at Rizal Park! Perched on the western slope of Beacon Hill, you'll get a clear view of the Seattle skyline. Stop by at night for a romantic rendezvous with the city lit up below you, or bring your four-legged friend for a play session in the dog park.

  • 1008 12th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98144
  • Open Monday-Sunday 04:00-23:30
Sky View Observatory
Laine Hoggan by Laine Hoggan

Laine says Seattle's great food, music scene and access to nature makes it the best of all worlds.

Want to dodge the astronomical line at the Space Needle and still get some amazing panoramic views? Check out Columbia Tower's Sky View Observatory ヨ the tallest observatory on the West Coast. You'll marvel at 360-degree views of Seattle's twinkling cityscape set before jagged mountains.

  • 701 5th Ave., Seattle, WA 98104
  • Open Monday-Sunday 10:00-20:00
Alki Beach Park
Shareil Nariman by Shareil Nariman

It didn't take newcomer Shareil long to realize that Seattle is home to some spectacular views.

Seattle isn't well known for its beaches, but you don't want to miss Alki Beach. Watching the waves break with the skyline in the background is hard to beat. Public transport and water-taxi services make this West Seattle beach easily accessible, and the view alone is worth the short trip.

  • 1702 Alki Avenue Southwest, Seattle, WA 98116
  • Open Monday-Sunday 04:00-23:30
Todd Dunlap by Todd Dunlap

Although Todd has lived all over the world, he's always drawn home to Seattle's beautiful diversity.

Instead of coughing up a steep fee to take a tourist boat tour, why not catch the public ferry to Bainbridge Island ヨ a great place to cycle, explore art galleries or just relax with a coffee. Aside from saving some extra cash, you'll get awesome views of the city as you leave and return.

Kerry Park
Casey King by Casey King

Travel-mad Casey is inspired by new experiences and loves learning about different cultures.

If you're searching for incredible views of Seattle, look no further. Panoramic viewpoints and easy accessibility make Kerry Park a hotspot for locals and visitors alike. On a clear day, you can capture a photo of the Space Needle, Mount Rainier and the city skyline in a single shot.

  • 211 W Highland Dr, Seattle, WA ?98119
  • Open Monday-Sunday 17:00-02:00
Bathtub Gin & Co.
Kaitlyn Shaw by Kaitlyn Shaw

Most people label Seattle's weather as gloomy, but Kaitlyn finds beauty even in the rainy days.

The Bathtub Gin & Co. is a cosy speakeasy establishment hidden in an alleyway behind an inconspicuous wooden door. If you happen to stumble into 'Gin Alley' (between 1st and 2nd Avenue in Belltown) and uncover this gem, you'll be in for some of the city's best gin cocktails.

Ballard Locks Fish Ladder
Megan Kay by Megan Kay

Native Seattleite Megan contends that the world's best salmon can be found right here in her city.

Ballard Locks may not be that well known, even to locals, but it's a really interesting place to visit. Boats use the locks to connect from the Pacific Ocean to Lake Washington. You'll also see salmon zipping through the fish ladder during their spawning season in mid to late August.

Bill Speidel's Underground Tour
Zachary Brown by Zachary Brown

As a Washington native, Zachary is sure that Seattle is the best the Pacific Northwest has to offer.

The Underground Tour is a great way to experience Seattle's quirky character and learn some city history. This leisurely guided walk will take you back in time to the city's mid-19th century origins, winding beneath old streets at what was once ground level. Definitely an hour well spent!

  • 608 1st Ave, Seattle, WA 98104
  • Open Monday-Sunday 09:00-19:00. Changes seasonally. Check website for details.
Kenmore Air
Jonel Jodock by Jonel Jodock

Born and raised in Seattle, Jonel loves the variety of activities in and around the city.

If you're looking for an adventure you won't soon forget, take flight on a Kenmore Air seaplane over Seattle. Once on board the seaplane, you'll take a 20-minute narrated tour over the city. Soaring high above the skyline and waterfront, you'll see the city like never before!

Chihuly Garden and Glass Museum
Lolly Orser by Lolly Orser

When it comes to having fun, Lolly thinks there's nothing better than great food and unique art.

The Chihuly Garden and Glass Museum is visually stunning at any time of day, but particularly just before sunset. See sunlight ignite the glass sculptures in the gardens, before touring the incredible indoor exhibits. After dark, head back to the gardens to see the sculptures transformed.

  • 305 Harrison Street, Seattle, WA 98109
  • Open Sunday-Thursday 11:00-19:00, Friday-Saturday 11:00-20:00
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For me part of sightseeing includes checking out the crowds and the local people and how they interact among themselves and visitors. Sightseeing is more than just looking at the prairies in Kansas or beautiful Black Hill of South Dakota, Yellowstone River running through Wyoming and Montana, or the forest and coastline in Oregon or even the Cactus Forest we saw in Arizona. It also about checking out the people in crowded streets of downtown Seattle, Vancouver, Victoria, and San Francisco or the people who or at the other table is restaurants in Newport, Oregon or San Diego California or the waiters and waitresses who served us in Oklahoma City, Seattle, Vancouver, Oakland and El Paso. There is a lot to see on the wonderful continent and my wife and I take try to take in all the sights; the natural environment, the man-made structures such as the Space Needle in Seattle, the monuments and museums and even the people.

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Seattle Transportation

Air - Seattle-Tacoma International Airport

The easiest way to reach central Seattle from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport is via the Link light rail service, which runs from 05:00–01:00. Follow the Link signs via the airport car park to SeaTac/Airport Station. The trip to the centre takes 30–40 minutes and costs up to USD 3. There’s also an airport bus which costs the same, but the light rail is much faster. Alternatively, Yellow Cab taxis will charge around USD 40–50 from the airport to the city centre.


Bus travel in Seattle is very efficient, thanks to the Downtown Seattle Transit Tunnel which runs under the centre from the International District to Convention Place Station. Bus stops are clearly marked by a green and yellow sign, and each bus ride costs USD 2.75–3.25. The easiest way to pay is with an ORCA smartcard, valid on all public transport. Cards cost USD 5 and can be bought and topped up at all major stations. You can also pay on the bus in exact change.


Taxis in Seattle are usually fast (unless it's rush hour) but pricey over long distances. The best way to find a taxi is to call a taxi company directly and order a cab. Smartphone users can also download the free Seattle Yellow Cab app. The initial taxi fare is USD 2.60, with USD 2.70 added per mile travelled. There’s also a charge of USD 0.50 per minute when the taxi stops or is moving very slowly in stop-and-go traffic. Tipping 15% of the final fare is standard.


The Link light railway line runs from Westlake Station in the city centre to Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, making 11 stops along the way. Trains run underground, avoiding the hectic rush-hour traffic above, and the single line makes it almost impossible to get lost. Link operates from 05:00–01:00 (06:00–00:00 on Sundays), with a train at least every 15 minutes. Tickets are sold at machines in stations and cost up to USD 3, depending on journey length.


Seattle’s grid system makes it relatively easy to get around by car, but the combination of hilly roads and frequent rain means cautious driving is a must. It’s also a good idea to avoid main roads and motorways during rush hour (07:00–10:00 and 15:00–18:00), when heavy traffic and long delays are common. On-street parking can be tricky to find in the city centre but there are plenty of public car parks – expect to pay anything from USD 3 to USD 9 per hour.


The Seattle Center Monorail provides a direct link between Westlake Station in the city centre and the Seattle Centre – home to the Space Needle, Pacific Science Center and many other attractions. The monorail is popular with tourists and is fairly fast, with only 2 stops. Trains run every 10 minutes from 07:30–23:00 from Monday to Friday, and from 08:30–23:00 on Saturday and Sunday. A one-way ticket costs USD 2.25 for adults, or USD 1 for kids up to 12 years old.

Food in Seattle

Top Restaurants in Seattle

Mid-Range Fare
  • 1100 5th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98101
  • Open Monday-Friday 07:00-10:00 and 11:30-22:00, Saturday-Sunday 08:00-14:00 and 17:00-22:00
  • 011 2066245500
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Sweet Iron
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Metropolitan Grill
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The Georgian Restaurant
  • 411 University Street, Seattle, WA 98101
  • Open Monday 06:30-14:30, Tuesday-Friday 06:30-14:30 and 17:30-21:00, Saturday 07:00-14:30 and 17:30-21:00, Sunday 07:00-14:30
  • 011 2066217889
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  • 1200 5th Avenue #3, Seattle, WA 98101
  • Open Monday-Thursday 11:30-14:00 and 17:00-21:30, Friday 11:30-14:00 and 17:00-22:30, Saturday 16:30-22:30, Sunday 16:30-21:00
  • 011 2066824686
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Calozzi's Cheesesteaks
  • 1306 4th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98101
  • Open Monday-Friday 11:00-18:00, Saturday 12:00-18:00
  • 011 2066231330
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MOD Pizza
  • 1302 6th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98101
  • Open Monday-Friday 10:30-21:00, Saturday 11:00-20:00, Sunday 11:00-18:00
  • 011 2063320200
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The Brooklyn Seafood, Steak & Oyster House
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Purple Café and Wine Bar
  • 1225 4th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98101
  • Open Monday-Thursday 11:00-23:00, Friday 11:00-00:00, Saturday 12:00-00:00, Sunday 12:00-23:00
  • 011 2068292280
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Bakeman's Restaurant
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Italian Family Pizza
  • 1206 1st Avenue, Seattle, WA 98101
  • Open Monday-Thursday 11:00-20:00, Friday 11:00-21:00, Saturday 12:00-22:00, Sunday 12:00-20:00
  • 011 2065380040
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Nijo Sushi Bar & Grill
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Tat's Delicatessen
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Monorail Espresso
  • 520 Pike Street, Seattle, WA 98101
  • Open Monday-Friday 06:00-18:00, Saturday 08:00-18:00, Sunday 09:00-17:00
  • 011 2064220736
Mid-Range Fare
  • 1400 1st Avenue, Seattle, WA 98101
  • Open Monday-Thursday 11:30-23:00, Friday 11:30-01:00, Saturday 12:00-01:00, Sunday 12:00-23:00
  • 011 2069717979
Upscale Dining
Morton's The Steakhouse
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Wild Ginger
Upscale Dining
  • 1433 4th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98101
  • Open Monday-Thursday 11:30-14:00 and 17:00-22:00, Friday 11:30-14:00 and 17:00-22:30, Saturday 17:00-22:30
  • 011 2064567474
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Seattle Coffee Works
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Daily Dozen Doughnut Company
  • 93 Pike Street, Seattle, WA 98101
  • Open Monday-Sunday 08:00-17:00
  • 011 2064677769
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E. Smith Mercantile
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IL Bistro
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Elliott's Oyster House
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Middle Eastern
The Berliner Doner Kebab
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Planet Java Diner
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