Seattle is Washington state’s largest city and is a tourist haven that is packed full of amazing sights, sounds, and scenery. There is something for everyone in Seattle - nature and animal lovers can visit the Olympic Sculpture Park or the Woodland Park Zoo, art aficionados can head down to the Museum of Pop Culture or the Seattle Art Museum to enjoy some modern art, while fervent foodies can enjoy great local street food or fine dining at Space Needle’s rotating restaurant and the Pike Place Market. With so many different things to do in Seattle, you will be spoilt for choice on your next trip there. Below are 10 amazing things that you must do in Seattle, Washington.
This three-hour brewery tour takes travellers not just bar to bar but across Seattle’s bustling city district. Cover great drinking spots such as Lagunitas Taproom and Beer Sanctuary, NW Peaks Brewery and Peddler Brewing Company. Guests will be able to have a sip of the bars’ signature drinks while listening to a local guide expound on the history and fun facts of each bar and Seattle at large. This tour is highly suitable not just for beer enthusiasts but also anyone with an interest in Seattle’s rich bar culture.
Old Ballard Brewery Tour
Duration 3 hours
Seattle is a city rich in cultural history, and for anyone who wants to know more about its culture in great depth, this one-hour tour of the Seattle underground will be perfect for you. This guided tour, offered in English, takes tourists around the underground pathways that were built in the southwest corner of Seattle more than 120 years ago. Along the way, the local tour guide will fill visitors in on stories of old Seattle, while giving tourists many opportunities to take amazing photos.
Seattle Subterranean Walking History Tour From Pioneer Square
Duration 1 hour
This glass blowing class and tour of Fremont takes roughly four hours and gives participants a chance to create their own blown-glass artwork and take a personalised tour of the creative Fremont neighbourhood. Let your creative juices flow as you create your own glass float, bowl, or paperweight, and check out Fremont highlights that include the Fremont Troll and Theo’s Chocolate Shop right after. A private SUV will pick tourists up from their hotel, making transport hassle-free and convenient.
Fremont Glass Blowing Art Class and Private SUV Tour
Duration 4 hours
This unique two-hour tour allows tourists to have an authentic peek into the local food and culture at Pike Place Market. Tourists do not have to feel afraid of getting hungry midway through the tour, because they will get the chance to enjoy more than 16 complimentary food tastings along the way, trying food from fresh produce and crab cakes to local coffee, doughnuts, pastries and many more.
Seattle Pike Place Market Food and Culture Walking Tour
Duration 2 hours
By simply purchasing a ticket online for this hop-on, hop-off Seattle bus tour, tourists can enjoy the view of Seattle’s cityscape from the top of a red, double-decker bus, hopping off to visit the Space Needle, Chinatown, Pike Place Market or waterfront piers whenever they please. This bus tour option strikes the perfect balance between a flexible and guided tour, and guests can enjoy unlimited bus access when they buy a ticket, which comes in either one-day or two-day options.
City Sightseeing Seattle Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour
Duration 1 hour 20 minutes
6. Picnic in a unique location
Gas Works Park is an iconic Seattle location, famed for its beautiful lake and surrounding copper and steel gas pipes and other gas works. Tourists can bring their friends and family along to sit by the lake and enjoy the breeze, watch boat races and even fireworks during major events like the Fourth of July.
Picnic at Gas Works Park
Address: 2101 N Northlake Way, Seattle, WA 98103, USA
Website: Gas Works Park
Opening hours: 6am - 10pm (daily)
Price: 2.50 USD
Calling all nature lovers! Seattle’s Woodland Park Zoo houses more than 300 animal species and includes more than 10 bioclimatic terrains, which range from humid tropical rain forests to coastal deserts. This zoo houses an impressive range of animals, including gorillas, bears, lions, giraffes, and penguins. For travellers with kids, they can bring them here for a day of educational fun. Outdoor theatre programmes and animal shows are also included in this package.
Skip the Line: Daily Admission at Woodland Park Zoo Ticket
Duration 1 to 6 hours
8. Catch a show at 5th Avenue Theatre
5th Avenue Theatre is one of America’s leading theatre companies. The 5th is a non-profit theatre company which stages all kinds of theatre productions, from Broadway musicals to marquee performances. This is definitely a perfect option for art and theatre lovers who want to catch a world-class performance in Seattle.
5th Avenue Theatre
Address: 1308 5th Ave, Seattle, WA 98101, USA
Website: 5th Avenue Theatre
Opening hours: Mon - Fri: 7am - 6pm (closed on Sat & Sun)
Price: 30 USD
9. Visit a library for some quiet time
The Central Public Library is Seattle’s biggest library and is nestled in the heart of Seattle’s city centre. This is a perfect venue after a lunch stopover, where guests can choose to pick up a book to read or sign up for one of the library’s events. Events range from movie screenings, book sales, to talks by famous authors and figures in the literary scene.
Central Public Library
Address: 1000 4th Ave, Seattle, WA 98104, USA
Website: Central Public Library
Opening hours: 10am - 8pm (daily)
Seattle is the birthplace of Starbucks and is world renowned for its excellent coffee and thriving cafe culture. Tourists get to have their coffee fix when on this tour around three of Seattle’s best roasteries and cafes. This tour lasts approximately two hours, and includes not just complimentary pickup and drop off from your hotel, but also amazing samples of coffee at each stop. Coffee aficionados will get insider knowledge of the coffee bean roasting process and local history of each shop from a local guide and the coffee shop owners themselves. At the end of the tour, tourists get to bring home their very own Road Dog’s t-shirt and a souvenir coffee mug as a keepsake.
Seattle Coffee Tour
Many great places of attraction
Visitors heading down to Seattle will be spoilt for choice with so many different things to do in Seattle. Be sure to check out the above 10 great things to do in Seattle on your next trip there!
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