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Sweethearts In Seattle: 7 Romantic Activities In The Emerald City

Published Mar 19, 2017

If you’re in the mood for a little romance, head to Seattle and experience the city with your special someone. This city has date night destinations for any kind of couple, whether you’re outdoor enthusiasts, self-made food critics, or just two love birds looking to have a good time. Seattle may be referred to as the ‘Rainy City’, but these activities are perfect rain or shine.

1. Take a stroll through Washington Park Arboretum

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In the midst of the hustle and bustle that comes along with city life, it can be hard to find a little peace and quiet to enjoy with your special someone. Washington Park Arboretum is a hidden gem, and the perfect setting for a romantic date. Located just a few minutes south of the University of Washington campus, this park is over 230 acres of gardens, duck ponds, walking trails, and picnic tables. While you’ll see the brightest colors during late summer and fall, the park is beautiful year round.

Washington Park Arboretum

Address: 2300 Arboretum Dr E, Seattle, WA 98112

Price: Free

Opening Hours: 9am - 5pm.

Contact: +1 206 5438800

Website: Washington Park Arboretum

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2. Catch a show at the 5th Avenue Theatre

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In the mood for some singin’ and dancin’? After a day of exploring the downtown area, end your night with a show at the 5th Avenue Theatre, located in the heart of the city. The 5th Avenue Theatre is Seattle’s most famous venue for musicals and touring Broadway shows, and attracts over 300,000 visitors annually. Make sure to buy tickets ahead of time to get the best pick of seats; however, day-of tickets may also be available if you arrive early enough. Grab your tickets, grab your date, and enjoy a relaxing night of theatre.

5th Avenue Theatre

Address: Rainier Square, 1308 5th Ave, Seattle, WA 98101

Price: from 25 USD

Duration: around 3 hours required.

Contact: +1 206 6251900

Website: 5th Avenue Theatre

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3. Watch the sunrise from Louisa Boren Park

Few things are more romantic than watching the sunrise next to the person you love. In Seattle, Louisa Boren Park is the perfect place to do exactly that. Located in the quieter part of Capitol Hill, this park is easy to get to, and has ample street parking available at no cost (a rarity in Seattle). Bring your special someone, pack some coffee and a blanket, and enjoy a panoramic view of Lake Washington and the Cascade Mountain Range as the sun peeks over the mountain tops.

Louisa Boren Lookout

Address: 1555 15th Ave E, Seattle, WA 98112

Price: Free

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4. Pick out the prettiest fresh-cut flowers at Pike Place Market

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Pike Place Market is known for being one of the most popular tourist attractions in Seattle. With its bustling gift shops, mouth-watering food stalls, and live music echoing through the streets, who wouldn’t want to visit? As you and your love interest stroll through the market, make sure to stop and smell the roses (literally). One of the best parts of Pike Place is the never-ending stalls of freshly cut flowers. Lavender, daisies, roses, tulips; they have them all! You can choose from buying a single-stem flower for only a couple dollars, or splurge on a big bouquet to freshen up your home. Whatever you choose, your sweetheart will no doubt feel special carrying pretty flowers for the rest of the day.

Pike Place Market

Address: 1531 Western Ave, Seattle, WA 98101

Opening Hours: 9am - 6pm.

Contact: +1 206 6827453

Website: Pike Place Market

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5. Stay the night at Salish Lodge

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If you’re planning a visit to Seattle, but want to avoid the traffic & chaos that comes along with the downtown scene, the Salish Lodge is the perfect choice. Awarded as Best Place to Kiss, Best Place to Propose, and Best Place to Celebrate an Anniversary by 425 Magazine, it is known around the greater Seattle area as the perfect romantic getaway destination. Located just 30 minutes from downtown Seattle, and 35 minutes from Snoqualmie Pass, Salish Lodge is the ideal spot to relax after a day on the slopes, or a night on the town. The lodge itself is situated atop the breathtaking Snoqualmie Falls, and many of the rooms feature views facing the Snoqualmie River. Each room also has jetted tubs, and cozy fireplaces - does it get more romantic than that?

Salish Lodge

Address: 6501 Railroad Avenue SE Snoqualmie, WA 98065 (see map)

Contact: +1 425 8882556


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6. Plan a sunset picnic at Discovery Park Beach

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Outdoorsy couples - this one’s for you. Discovery Park is the ideal place to go if you’re looking for an adventurous, yet romantic date. Located in the Magnolia neighborhood of Seattle, this park has over 11 miles (17.7 km) of walking trails and stunning views of the Puget Sound. Pack a lunch and your favorite drinks and hit the trail with your date. The most popular South Beach Trail is about a 2-mile (3.2 km) trek down to the beach where you’ll find a small but beautiful lighthouse, and plenty of space to lay down a blanket and catch the sunset. The trail is fairly steep, so be sure to wear appropriate attire and footwear, and allow plenty of time to make it back up the trail before it gets too dark.

Discovery Park

Address: 3801 Discovery Park Blvd, Seattle, WA 98199

Price: Free

Opening Hours: 4:30 am - 11:00 pm

Duration: around 3 hours required.

Contact: +1 206 3864236

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7. Enjoy the best views of Seattle from the top of the Space Needle

You can’t visit Seattle without making a stop at the iconic Space Needle. Whether you make reservations at the SkyCity Restaurant, or simply pay to take the elevator ride to the top, the view from the Space Needle will be something you’ll remember forever, not to mention it’s the perfect romantic setting for a first kiss or even a marriage proposal. General admission tickets range from 14 - 22 USD depending on age, and will grant you an elevator ride to the observation deck, where you can enjoy the view for as long as you’d like. To get the most bang for your buck, make a reservation to dine at SkyCity, the restaurant that sits at the top of the Space Needle. The cost of your meal covers your ride to the top, and you’ll also have access to the observation deck.

Space Needle

Address: 400 Broad St, Seattle, WA 98109

Price: from 14 USD

Opening Hours: 10:00 am - 9:30 pm.

Contact: +1 206 9052100

Website: Space Needle

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Let the sparks fly

Whether you’re planning a first date, or an anniversary celebration, there’s never a shortage of date night activities in Seattle. For the best chance of sunny weather, plan a visit in late June through August; otherwise, be prepared for a whole lot of grey skies and drizzly rain - but hey, when you’re with the one you love, not even rain can rain on your parade!

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