Thanks to the film, “Sleepless in Seattle”, the city of Seattle has been immortalized as a place where romance blooms. Its picturesque lakes and verdant parks provide gorgeous backdrops for couples on dates. Even the weather adds to the atmosphere, with the gentle rain adding a touch of romance. What’s more, there are plenty of restaurants and bars for those who plan to wine and dine their significant others. Here are the most romantic places in Seattle, Washington, for you to choose from to ensure that you have a memorable date with your loved one.
1. Fran’s Chocolates
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So popular that it now has outlets in other states and even Japan, Fran’s Chocolates is a family-owned company that has been credited for reviving the artisanal chocolate industry in the USA. The company has been around since the 1980s and is known for using ingredients that are all-natural and organic, making these great gifts for the healthy and environmental-conscious.
Downtown Address: 1325 1st Avenue, Seattle, WA
University Village Address: Open-Air Shopping Center, 2626 NE University Village Street, Seattle, WA
Georgetown Address: 5900 Airport Way S, Seattle, Washington
Website: Fran’s Chocolates
Opening Hours: Downtown: 9:30 am - 7:30 pm; University Village: 9:30 am - 9 pm; Georgetown: 10 am - 6 pm
Price: Starts at 10 USD
2. Volunteer Park
Located right at the center of Seattle, Volunteer Park is named in honor of the volunteers who served during the war. Going here is almost like visiting three date places at once - besides the actual park, the area also serves as the home of the Volunteer Park Conservatory and the Seattle Asian Art Museum. It also features a wading pool, which is open during the summer from 11 am to 8 pm. Concerts and outdoor events are occasionally held in the park.
Address: 1247 15th Ave E, Seattle, WA
Website: Volunteer Park
Opening Hours: 6 am-10 pm
3. Washington Park Arboretum UW Botanic Gardens
Co-managed by the University of Washington, the Seattle Parks and Recreation, and the Arboretum Foundation, this public park is quiet and scenic, perfect for couples who want to spend some time bonding somewhere away from the usual hustle and bustle of the city. Among its features are a nature trail, a playground, and an authentic Japanese garden. The park truly comes alive in the summer, when its azaleas are in full bloom.
Washington Park Arboretum UW Botanic Gardens
Address: 2300 Arboretum Dr E, Seattle, WA
Opening Hours: 9 am-5 pm
Price: Free, but the Japanese Garden has an entrance fee of 6 USD per person
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4. Seattle Great Wheel
For couples who enjoy thrills, going on the Seattle Great Wheel might prove to be the adventure that you’re looking for. At 175 ft (53 m), the Ferris wheel provides visitors with fantastic views of the city. Each gondola, which holds up to eight people, is fully heated and air-conditioned, ensuring that guests feel comfortable throughout the ride. As the ride progresses, they can learn more about the history of the area through the voice-over narration provided. You can rent the glass-bottomed gondola for added thrills if you wish.
Seattle Great Wheel
Address: 1301 Alaskan Way, Seattle, WA
Website: Seattle Great Wheel
Opening Hours: 11 am-10 pm
Price: 14 USD per person
5. Alki Beach
Alki Beach is the go-to place for Seattle residents and those living in the surrounding towns during the summer. Those on a date can simply pick a spot and enjoy the sun and sand. The waters are pretty tame, so those on a date can bring their swimsuits when heading here. Couples who want to enjoy sitting by a bonfire can do so at the designated areas in the park.
Address: 1702 Alki Ave SW, Seattle, WA
Website: Alki Beach
Opening Hours: Hours may vary, so check the website before your visit
6. Space Needle
The Space Needle, built in 1961, is the most easily identified landmark in Seattle, thanks to its distinctive architecture. Standing at 250 ft (76.2 m), it allows guests to enjoy unblocked views of the city and even feast their eyes on the surrounding mountain ranges on clear days. Couples can also enjoy a meal at the in-house restaurant here.
Address: 400 Broad Street, Seattle, WA
Website: Space Needle
Opening Hours: Monday-Thursday: 10 am-7 pm, Friday-Sunday: 9 am-7 pm
Price: Starts at 27.50 USD per person
7. Kerry Park
Small yet scenic, Kerry Park is located on the south side of Queen Anne Hill. Visitors can enjoy a view of the ferries and marvel at the skyline. Besides great views, it also serves as a shooting location for some films and TV shows. Couples who are pop culture fans may recognize this place from “10 Things I Hate About You” and “Frasier”.
Address: 211 Highland Dr (at 3rd Ave W), Seattle, WA
Opening Hours: 4 am-11 pm
8. Discovery Park
Discovery Park is aptly named because it allows guests to have fun exploring its nooks and crannies. Couples who love the outdoors will enjoy traversing the trails going to and from the lighthouse or having a picnic at its side. If they want to enjoy the water, there’s a beach where they can go swimming, as well. With its somewhat wild atmosphere, lovebirds will almost feel as though they’re in the countryside instead of being right in the city.
Address: 3801 Discovery Park Blvd, Seattle, WA
Website: Discovery Park
Opening Hours: 4 am-11 pm
9. Pioneer Square
If you and your significant other want to see what Seattle was like in the past, head on over to Pioneer Square, the original neighborhood in the city. While some things have changed since it was established, it still retains many of its original features, which means that guests can feel like they’ve traveled back in time without using a time machine. Events are held here regularly, so check the website to see if you and your date can catch one of these activities.
Address: Yesler Street & 1st Avenue, Seattle, WA
Website: Pioneer Square
10. Pike Place Market
It might seem strange to add a marketplace as a potential date place, but not if you know that Pike Place Market, which is a Seattle institution in its own right, serves as the home to craftspeople and a variety of dining options that would make any foodie swoon. Bargain hunters and fans of vintage items may also want to explore the shops below the market in search of unique finds.
Pike Place Market
Address: 97 Pike St, Between Pike and Pine Sts. and First Ave, Seattle, WA
Website: Pike Place Market
Opening Hours: 9 am-5 pm
Sweetness in Seattle
There are many romantic locations in Seattle, if you know where to look. Thanks to its natural beauty and thriving city scene, there are plenty of options for couples to choose from. With the help of this guide, you can plan the date of your dreams in the city that would make Sam Baldwin and Annie Reed proud.
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