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If your travels take you to the Pacific Northwest, I’m sure that means you’ll be setting foot in Seattle. Here are some ways you can enjoy the interesting culture of this coastal seaport!
Top 25 FREE Things To Do In Seattle
1. Pike Place Market – Even if you don’t want to buy anything, browse farmers market and craft stands for a fun start to your morning. The market starts serving breakfast at 6 AM and vendors start setting up around 9 AM.
2. The Seattle Waterfront – This is a good place to start your trip. You can take a walk with the bay on one side and the skyline peeking over the other. Plus there’s a lot going on in this part of the city, so entertainment wont be scarce.
3. Olympic Sculpture Park – A fun public park right on the waterfront. Plus you can take a FREE tour for some Seattle history and learn more about the park’s sculptures.
4. Dress Up the Gloomy Folks Waiting By their Train – A sculpture called People Waiting for the Interurban is located at Fremont Avenue N. & N. 34th Street. It’s not the prettiest of landmarks, but people have had fun dressing the 5 figures up and taking pictures. Get creative!
5. Coffee Shop Play Places – If you enjoy coffee but your kids definitely do not, check out this coffee shop. You can sip your precious caffeine and try to wake up why your kids tire themselves out a bit in the shops’ indoor play places!
The Village Bean – FREE Kid’s Activity Area
6. Free Sailboat Ride – The Center For Wooden Boats offers free voyages on Lake Union on Sundays! Rides span from 45 minutes to 2 hours.
7. Seattle Art Museum – FREE admittance on the first Thursday of each month. Also, FREE for seniors (62+) on the first Friday of each month.
8. Ballard Locks – A man made connection between the salty Puget Sound and the fresh water of Lake Washington. Watch boats pass through and look through the glass of the fish ladder at salmon passes through the locks (Fish migration is seasonal).
9. Free Concerts At City Hall – Thursdays at City Hall Plaza catch a free Out to Lunch jazz, fold, big band or world music concert. These performances are every first and third Thursday of each month. Plus more free concerts Wednesday through Friday throughout the city during the Summer.
10. Seattle Symphony – Free performances on some Mondays at 12:30.
11. Frye Art Museum – Always free! A contemporary art museum that exhibits emerging artists and whose collections spans back to the late 19th century. Come check out the Art scene in Seattle for free.
13. Ye Olde Curiosity Shop – This was an old trading post during the Alaskan Gold Rush and is now a museum/store. See all the weird stuff they have for sale for free or buy something as a souvenir.
14. Volunteer Park Conservatory – Free admission on the first Thursday and Saturday of each month. Enjoy the flowers, greenery and architecture of this Victorian glass greenhouse.
15. Kelsey Creek Farm – A ways out from the city, you can escape the urban setting for a day at the farm. See animals and enjoy the fresh air or pay a little extra for a farm tour or day camp for the kids.
16. The Seattle Center – Get great pictures of the towering Space Needle and tons of free attractions for kids or adults.
17. PlayDate SEA – A great indoor playplace that is free on the last Wednesday of each month if you come with (2) canned goods to support Seattle’s Emergency Feeding Program.
18. Bryant Neighborhood Playground – A neighborhood park with basketball, tennis courts, and a playground. Take a break from trekking around the city and have a picnic lunch!
19. Farrel McWhirter Farm Park – Another freebie outside the city! For free, explore the surrounding woods, see their wide array of animals and have lunch out on the farm. Another good way to distract the kids after a long day in the city.
20. Original Starbucks – This one’s for coffee lovers. Take a picture at the first ever Starbucks. It’s in a historical section of the city so it retains its original look.
21. Pioneer Square – Seattles first neighborhood and a great place to visit and talk a walk. It was leveled in a fire, but was built up even better than its former glory. Artists make this area their home to show off while beautifying the neighborhood!
22. Alki Breach Park – A beach park where you can watch Seattle’s skyline fade away as the sun sets.
23. Chinatown-International District – Find cheap food and an array of Asian cultures and art in this district. Its another part of Seattle that is worth taking a stroll through.
24. Discovery Park – People who have visited this park say its the best place for hikes through the woods and walks on the beach without getting to far from the city.
25. Make a Splash – Seattle is well known for its rainy weather. But you can definitely make the best of it. Hold an umbrella over your camera and make some memories splashing around the city.