A seaport city on the west coast United States, Seattle is the largest city in both the Washington State and Pacific Northwest. Did you know? Seattle is the northernmost city in the USA.
Seattle’s beauty lies in the fact that it’s surrounded by waters and mountains, specifically Mount Rainier which you can see from the distance from the city itself.
The city is very walkable which makes it great for travelling foodies as you can mix attractions with the restaurants in one crawl.
Along with the rising tech hub, there are many pretty interesting and unique things to do in Seattle… and they are Instagrammable spots too.
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12 Things To Do in Seattle, Washington:
- Space Needle
- Chihuly Garden and Glass
- Pike Place Market
- Gum Wall
- Seattle Great Wheel
- Amazon Spheres
- Alki Beach
- Olympic Sculpture Park
- Kerry Park
- Bainbridge Island Ferry
- Fremont Troll
- Gas Works Park
Website / Address: 400 Broad St, Seattle, WA 98109
Hours: M-Th: 10am-7pm; F-Sun: 9am-7pm
Price: Regular $27.50-$37.50; Senior (65+): $22.50-$32.50; Youth (5-12): $21.50-$28.50
The most popular landmark and one of the best things to do in Seattle is the Space Needle, located at the Seattle Center. This 605′ tall structure has two levels of experiences.
The main observation deck has floor-to-ceiling glass viewing experiences offering a 360-degree view of Seattle. I love that it’s an
Another cool thing is the Skyrisers, which are tilted glass benches connected to the glass walls that make for perfect Instagram selfie shots.
The connected lower level is The Loupe, which is the world’s first and only revolving glass floor 500 feet from the ground.
Chihuly Garden and Glass
Website / Address: 305 Harrison St, Seattle, WA 98109
Hours: M-Th: 11am-6pm; F-Sun: 10am-6pm
Price: Regular: $26; Senior (65+): $22; Youth (5-12): $17
Another must-visit attraction in Seattle located at the Seattle Center next to the Space Needle is the Chihuly Garden and Glass. This museum showcases the beautiful glass art of artist Dale Chihuly, and teaches the inspiration and influences behind his craft.
Did you know? Dale Chihuly is a Washington native, but his works can be seen worldwide in more than 200 museum collections.
Travelling Foodie Tip: If you’re planning to do both Space Needle and Chihuly, they have a combo package that saves you money: $49 Regular, $44 Senior and $36 Youth.
The museum has eight galleries, the
The most Instagrammable spot is the installation in the Glasshouse, a 100-foot long glass sculpture suspended on the 4,500 square feet space. The sculpture is so vibrant with
What’s beautiful is you can also see the Space Needle when you look up the Glasshouse. And if you
Be sure to also check out the Garden which is very unique because it blends nature and art together.
Pike Place Market
Website / Address: Pike Place Market, Seattle, WA
The Pike Place Market needs no introduction. You’ll find this on every list of best things to do in Seattle, especially for travelling foodies. This public market overlooking the Elliott Bay waterfront is Seattle’s original farmers market and one of the oldest continuously operated public farmers’ markets in the United States, established in 1907.
With its preserved and protected historic buildings and nine-acre historic district, there’s many things to do (and eat) in this market. You cannot miss the iconic sign which is all over Instagram.
Be sure to also pay a visit to Rachel the Piggy Bank, the bronze cast mascot of Pike Place Market located beneath the Public Market Clock and Sign at the corner of Pike Place.
Did you know? It’s been said that if you rub Rachel’s snout and make a donation, you’ll have good luck! Let me know if you’ve tried it (and if it worked).
You can also visit the Victor Steinbreuck Park which has sculptures and overlooks Elliott Bay.
Address: 1428 Post Alley, Seattle, WA 98101
With its popularity, the Gum Wall in Pike Place Market deserves to be its own entry. This brick wall covered in chewing gum is definitely one of the weirdest (quirkiest?) attractions in Seattle.
Did you know? The gum wall has only been cleaned twice: first time in 2015, and the second in 2018! Apparently, an estimated one million pieces of gum was stuck on the wall during the first cleaning.
Seattle Great Wheel
Website / Address: 1301 Alaskan Way, Seattle, WA 98101
Hours: M-Th: 11am-10pm; F: 11am-12am; Sa: 10am-12am; Su: 10am-10pm
Price: Regular: $14; Senior (65+): $12; Youth (3-11): $9
Located at Pier 57 on Elliott Bay, the Seattle Great Wheel is a 175-feet Ferris Wheel with a run time of 12 minutues with each gondola fitting 8 people. Did you know? It was the tallest Ferris Wheel on the west coast when it opened in 2012.
Be sure to see the Seattle Great Wheel at night when its 500,000 LED lights are illuminated. Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday, the ferris wheel has colorful light show displays.
Website / Address: 2111 7th Ave, Seattle, WA 98121
Most of Seattle’s tech hub is brought about by Amazon so it’s not surprising when Amazon decided to build the unique Spheres building, three spherical conservatories fused together to be home to more than 40,000 plants and over 700 species at any given time.
Did you know? The Spheres was made for the employees as a place for them to think and work differently. Outside, there are public spaces that anyone can use including a dog park.
They have a cool meeting room called the Bird’s Nest. The name is self-explanatory when you see it.
I was most amazed by the 60-foot-tall living wall covering 4,000 square feet with more than 25,000 plants.
Address: Alki Beach, Seattle, WA
Alki Beach is Seattle’s closest beach that stretches for 2.5 miles in which you can find the Alki Point Lighthouse and a miniature Statue of Liberty. Did you know? In November 1851, the first white settlers in Seattle landed on Alki Beach.
Travelling Foodie Tip: An easy way to get to the beach without driving is by taking the West Seattle Water Taxi which stops at the eastern end of Alki Beach after a 15-minute ride.
Olympic Sculpture Park
Website / Address: 2901 Western Ave, Seattle, WA 98121
Created and operated by the Seattle Art Museum, the award-winning Olympic Sculpture Park is a 9-acre outdoor sculpture park with 21 sculptures. Best of all, it’s free and open to the
Travelling Foodie Tip: They offer free 60-minute guided tours throughout the year.
Website / Address: 211 W Highland Dr, Seattle, WA 98119
Where to find the best skyline view of Seattle? That would be Kerry Park. This 1.26-acre park will provide you with unobstructed views of Elliott Bay and downtown Seattle. If you get lucky, you might also see Mount Rainier on the backdrop.
This one of the most popular spots in Seattle for photographers so
Bainbridge Island Ferry
Website / Address: 801 Alaskan Way, Seattle, WA 98104
Hours: 6:10am-2:10am next day
Price: Regular: $8.50; Senior (65+): $4.25; Youth (6-18): $4.25. Prices are round-trip.
A great way to see Seattle from another perspective is by taking the Bainbridge Island Ferry. The 35-minute one-way ride gives you beautiful panoramic views of Seattle and Mount Rainier. Aside from that, this makes for a fun and a
Travelling Foodie Tip: For maximum photo opportunities, do your round-trip ferry rides on different parts of the day. For example, arrive during lunch and leave for sunset or nighttime.
Website / Address: Troll Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103, USA
If you want something interesting, the Fremont Troll is one of the best things to do in Seattle. Created in 1990, the Fremont Troll is a public sculpture in the Fremont
This 18-feet high troll under the bridge is based on a Scandinavian (Norwegian) folklore, Billy Goat’s Gruff, where three goats had to cross a bridge to get food but there’s a fearsome and hideous troll underneath it.
Gas Works Park
Website / Address: 2101 N Northlake Way, Seattle, WA 98103, USA
The Gas Works Park is a 19.1-acre public park that contains the only coal gasification plant in the United States. I love that they incorporated remnants of the plant on the park like the children’s play barn made by reconditioning the plant’s exhauster-compressor building.
For awesome 360-degree views, climb Kite Hill, a small kite-flying hill with a sundial on top.
Hope this travel guide gives you an idea on some of the best things to do and see in Seattle! Now go get your Instagram shots! I’m always in search for more so please let me know what you find are the best Instagrammable spots in Seattle.