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Things to do in Seattle & Puget Sound

This is a list of my favorite things to do in Seattle and the Puget Sound area.

Updated March 15, 2009
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  1. Free! "General Tips & Advice" in Seattle, Washington, USA
    Ride The Space Needle: Seattle Center, 400 Broad St.; (206) 905-2100; www.spaceneedle.com A 43-second elevator ride takes you up 520 feet to the observation deck of this world-famous landmark, built for the 1962 World's Fair. Enjoy a meal at SkyC…
  2. Free! "General Tips & Advice" in Seattle, Washington, USA
    Seattle Art Museum: 1300 First Ave.; (206) 654-3100; seattleartmuseum.org A recent renovation has added 118,000 square feet of gallery space. It boasts the greatest concentration of Asian, African and Modern art. Olympic Sculpture Park: 2901 …
  3. Free! "General Tips & Advice" in Seattle, Washington, USA
    The Children's Museum: Seattle Center; 305 Harrison St.; (206) 441-1768; thechildrensmuseum.org Children explore familiar places from their own neighborhoods and sicover cultures from around the glove in kid-size displays where they can skipper a…
  4. Free! "General Tips & Advice" in Seattle, Washington, USA
    Experience Music Project: Seattle Center; 325 Fifth Ave. N.; (206) 367-5483; emplive.org From its improbable shape to the interactive exhibits that make you feel like a rock star, this music museum is a blast for anyone who ever sang in the showe…
  5. Free! "General Tips & Advice" in Seattle, Washington, USA
    Bainbridge Island: Getting there: 35 minutes by ferry See & do: Restaurants, shops, galleries, public art, museums, theater, gardens, markets, parks, & vineyards More info: bainbridgeisland.com Vashon Island: Getting there: 20-30 minute …
  6. Free! "General Tips & Advice" in Seattle, Washington, USA
    Chinatown Discovery Tours: 407 Seventh Ave. S.; (206) 623-5124; seattlechinatowntour.com Customize your visit to one of Seattle's most fascinating neighborhoods to focus on music, art, herbal medicine, acupuncture or shopping. Be sure to sign up …
  7. Free! "General Tips & Advice" in Seattle, Washington, USA
    Argosy Cruises: (206) 623-1440; argosycruises.com Emerald City Charters: Pier 54; (206) 624-3931; sailingseattle.com Victoria Clipper: Pier 69; 2701 Alaskan Way; (206) 448-5000; clippervacations.com San Juan Safaris: Friday Harbor;…
  8. Free! "General Tips & Advice" in Seattle, Washington, USA
    Downtown: Seattle's downtown combines everything that makes the city interesting and exciting. It's a mix of boutique shops, department stores, and government and office buildings. Early 20th century architectural mixes with modern styles. There's a…
  9. Free! "General Tips & Advice" in Seattle, Washington, USA
    Winthrop: Getting there: 200-mile drive See & do: Small Western-themed town, shops, restaurants, galleries, balloon rides, hiking, biking, rhythm and blues festival, fishing, whitewater rafting, golf More info: winthropwashington.com San …
  10. Average priced "Sights & Attractions" in Seattle, Washington, USA
    Pike Place Market has a long history in Seattle. The many shops are a tourist delight, while the locals frequent the produce and fish vendors. I make sure that anyone visiting me from out of state gets a trip to the market. The best times are early i…
  11. Cheap "Sights & Attractions" in Seattle, Washington, USA
    I like to go to Woodland Park Zoo to get some exercise. I also like to take my camera and get some pictures. After doing this a few years, I decided to start volunteering my time to help at the zoo. The zoo relies heavily on volunteers. In exchange f…
  12. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Seattle, Washington, USA
    Anyone who has ever visited me has gone to see the Fremont Troll under the Aurora bridge. None knew of its existence before I showed it to them and all thought it was wonderful. Smaller kids love to stick their hand up the troll's nose. Others like t…
  13. Expensive "Sights & Attractions" in Seattle, Washington, USA
    I've lived in Seattle for almost 13 years and finally rode the duck this past summer. The driver of each duck usually wears some flamboyant hat or wig, claps a lot, tells jokes, and tries to get everyone to sing. I thought it was a bit cheesy, but to…
  14. Average priced "Sights & Attractions" in Seattle, Washington, USA
    Though I had worked for Paul Allen, the owner of the EMP, and been to Christmas parties held there, I never really explored the museum. While all the collections are interesting, the best parts are upstairs. There, you'll find real instruments that y…
  15. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Bellingham, Washington, USA
    Clayton Beach is part of Larrabee State Park. It's a great place to visit when the tides are extreme (and out). During this time, it's a wonderful place to rock climb and study wild mussels, barnacles and baby crabs The water has also formed interest…
  16. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Sequim, Washington, USA
    The refuge is on Dungeness Spit, which is sand and cobble beaches surrounded by tidal mudflats and eelgrass beds. It provides habitat for many different species of birds, land mammals, and marine mammals. If you love to watch birds and/or take ph…
  17. Average priced "Hotels & Accommodations" in La Push, Washington, USA
    The Quilleute Nation has many different accommodations on their reservation. The tribe is small and relies heavily on the income generated by their lodging and restaurant. As you enter the "resort" (a very loose term), you'll see the gas station a…
  18. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Sequim, Washington, USA
    Each year in mid-July, Sequim holds a lavender festival and street fair. This event that features Northwest crafts, Olympic Coast cuisine, live music, lavender workshops and demonstrations, and the area's famous lavender. Admission to the street fair…
  19. Expensive "Sights & Attractions" in Anacortes, Washington, USA
    I'm not much of a fisherman, but I had a lot of fun taking my dad fishing when he was visiting me in Seattle (from Pennsylvania). I found Catchmore on the internet and as soon as I talked to Jim Sr., I knew he had to be our captain. Jim is the ki…
  20. Very cheap "Hostels" in Birch Bay, Washington, USA
    The Birch Bay Hostel used to be a barracks on an old Air Force base. Rooms are what you would expect in a dorm...bunk beds and shared bathrooms. There are a few rooms that available for families to stay together. The kitchen is small, but has ever…
  21. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Seattle, Washington, USA
    Discovery Park is a 534 acre natural area park operated by the Seattle Parks and Recreation. It is the largest city park in Seattle, and occupies most of the former Fort Lawton site. The site is one of breathtaking majesty. Situated on Magnolia B…
  22. Very cheap "Sights & Attractions" in Ladner, Canada
    If you love birds and like to see many different kinds in one area in the wild, you're in for a treat at the George C. Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary. I went with a group of photographers and was amazed at how many birds were there. What was inte…
  23. Very cheap "Sights & Attractions" in Port Angeles, Washington, USA
    You can reach nearly a mile in elevation with a trip to Hurricane Ridge, where you'll find a visitor center and nature trails. Beginning early in the morning will increase your chances of seeing wildlife and help avoid the larger number of visitors …
  24. Expensive "Sights & Attractions" in Vancouver Island, Canada
    Ever want to ride on a work vessel? Now you can! The MV Uchuck is a real working ship that goes around Vancouver island making deliveries and pickups. For a fee, they will take you along for the ride where you will see some breath-taking scenery. Som…
  25. Average priced "Sights & Attractions" in Seattle, Washington, USA
    I went to the Museum of Flight with my husband and a group of Seattle Mountaineers, mainly to take photos. We had special permission, so we could use our tripods, but the crowds of people made it difficult to take good photos. While there are lots…
  26. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Seattle, Washington, USA
    The Olympic Sculpture Park is open and free to the public 365 days a year! It is a stunning array of sculpture that inhabits 9 acres of free and open space for art on Seattle's waterfront. It includes an amphitheater and restaurant. It's a nice p…
  27. Free! "General Tips & Advice" in Seattle, Washington, USA
    Argosy Cruises: Pier 55, 1101 Alaskan Way; (206) 623-1445; www.argosycruises.com Harbor, lakes and locks, cruises featuring history and facts, scenery and Seattle's famous places. Northwest Trek Wildlife Park: 11610 Trek Dr. E.; Eatonville;…
  28. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Poulsbo, Washington, USA
    Each year in May, Poulsbo holds a parade and to honor all the Scandinavians who immigrated to the area. People dress up as vikings of all sorts, as well as other Norwegian, Swedish, & Finnish costumes. After the parade, everyone heads over to the fai…
MP2 says:
Hi, Anita: You've been in Seattle a lot longer than me, so I'll have to check out a few of the things on your list that I wasn't aware of yet. Thanks
Seriously though, you forgot to mention strolling along Alki Beach. That's one of our favorites, with awesome views of the city and Olympics both. Seattle's version of Venice Beach!
Posted on: Nov 21, 2010
Africancrab says:
Do you guys have a night life? Great blogs on day time activity - I'm a night owl ha-ha!
Posted on: Mar 09, 2009
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