6 Non-touristy Things To Do In Seattle - Updated 2023


There are hundreds of things to do in Seattle, Washington. Because it’s the 15th largest city in the United States, it means there are several commercial spots that you may visit. However, since it’s one of the busiest cities, you need all the help that you can get when it comes to planning out that tour. Save time googling through different things to do in the city by checking out our list of non-touristy things to do in the city of Seattle. Rest assured, these activities are all fun and creative.

1. Take part in a scavenger hunt game in Seattle (from USD 20.0)

Come and explore the Emerald City as you navigate the streets with your smartphone and solve clues. Take part in this three-hour scavenger hunt adventure and also discover the cultural side along the way. This is an ideal adventure tour for the entire family and perfect for all skill levels. Your adventure will begin at the Seattle Center to the Space Needle then downtown to the market area. After the tour, you’ll be satisfied with all the breathtaking sights in the city.

Seattle Scavenger Hunt Adventure

Duration: 3 hours

4 reviews

2. Solve clues in Seattle (from USD 44.0)

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Do you love solving clues and challenges? This activity is for you! With the Scavenger Hunt Quest, you have the opportunity to turn Seattle into a giant game board. And you only have a full three hours to solve or finish the quest. While you race, five of your friends including yourself will get a chance to see the most frequently visited sights in the city. You’ll be able to hit two birds with one stone — feast your eyes with amazing views and improve your mental acuity by solving clues!

Seattle Urban Adventure Quest Team Scavenger Hunt

Duration: 3.0 hour

15 reviews

3. Canopy tree climbing (from USD 149.0)

Experience what it’s like to be a bird or monkey by climbing some of the tallest trees in the world on this climbing adventure at Deception Pass State Park. This will take approximately four hours and all the necessary equipment is already included. Although this is ideal for both beginners and advanced, it’s best to bring some snacks as it might be somewhat challenging to climb trees. Don’t worry, your experienced guide will surely teach you how!

Tree Canopy Climbing on Lopez Island

Duration: 4 hours

90 reviews

4. Rock climbing (from USD 145.0)

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Experience the thrill of climbing rocks not just indoors but in the great outdoors! Ideal for beginners, this tour lets you climb rock faces and cracks as well as help you understand everything you need to know about climbing and the equipment needed. You’ll learn all the basics as you top-rope climb five to six routes all with interesting and unique rock features. Don’t worry, you’ll have a professional guide and some materials to get you started. Other gears such as harness and helmet must be rented. Skills you’ll learn include climbing knots, basic climbing techniques and learning how to belay climbers and catch a fall. It will be a fun and exhilarating experience for you!

Intro to Outdoor Rock Climbing

Duration: 1 day

5. Coffee crawling in Seattle (from USD 211.0)

In Seattle, coffee is an essential part of the local culture. With this tour, let a coffee expert guide you through the best cafes and roasteries serving the most delicious coffee in the city. You’ll learn about the process of roasting beans and create just the right blend. Of course, you’ll sip three unique coffee brews and perhaps try pulling an espresso shot at the La Marzocco Espresso Lab. Expect to try deeply rich espresso that is soaked for over 12 hours. You’ll discover several passionate baristas in the city of Seattle as well!

Seattle Coffee & Cake Tours with a Local Guide: Private & Custom

Duration: 3 hours

1 review

6. Hike and Swiss chocolate tour (from USD 101.0)

This tour begins at the Mercer Island Park & Ride before embarking on a round trip hike through old trees and lush native plants. A delicious lunch follows then you’ll drive to the local chocolate factory and sample authentic chocolates you’ve never tasted anywhere else. If you’re a chocolate lover, this tour is a must. Expect plenty of fresh forest air and of course, delicious chocolates.

Hike and Swiss Chalet Chocolate Factory Tour

Duration: 5 to 6 hours

Seattle's best coffee

This coffee retailer has retail stores all over America. They started in Seattle and they are a must-visit. Seattle has the best coffees in the world too! And guess what, we do have a coffee tour available for you on the list. Whether you’re visiting Seattle only for the weekend or for a few weeks, these activities on the list should keep you entertained.

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