A vibrant city, I instantly fell in love with Seattle Washington. We only had a weekend but found plenty of things to do in Seattle. Located on Puget Sound in the Pacific Northwest corner of the USA, it reminded me of our home in Auckland, New Zealand. Water, mountains, forests, and green parklands surround both cities. In Washington, the nearby evergreen forests are massive, thus giving Seattle the nickname of “Emerald City.” To hit the highlights, we have created a Seattle itinerary filled with 10 fun things to do in Seattle Washington.
We love Seattle and saved tons of money on entry fees with the Seattle CityPASS. It provided us with both quick and easy access to several Seattle highlights as well as 50% savings over the total cost of these activities, had we paid for them each individually.
Table of Contents
- 1 A Weekend in Seattle Itinerary Day 1: Along the Seattle Waterfront
- 2 Seattle Itinerary Day 2: Seattle Center
- 3 Seattle Itinerary Day 3 (half day): Museum of Flight
- 4 Where to stay in Seattle
- 5 ↓↓↓ Best Money Saving Travel Tip for Seattle: Get a CityPASS ↓↓↓
A Weekend in Seattle Itinerary Day 1: Along the Seattle Waterfront
1. Pike Place Market
A favourite destination amongst tourists and locals, Pike Place Market is one of the United States’ oldest continuously operating farmer’s markets as well as being a community resource for low-income families. Whatever it is you are looking for, you can find it here. Flowers, fruit, and vegetables are everywhere, but if you ask me, watching fish being tossed through the air is one of the best things to do in Seattle. Pike Place Market is free to visit, but shoppers beware, there is plenty to tempt you. It’s a must do in Seattle. See my complete review: Pike Place Market: Where to Catch Fish in Seattle.
2. The Seattle Aquarium
Home to the marine life of Puget Sound and around the world, the Seattle Aquarium’s mission is “Inspiring Conservation of Our Marine Environment.” There are hands-on opportunities for children, and plenty to see for adults. Puffin birds and the sea otters are two of the more unique creatures we saw. The Seattle Aquarium is a featured destination of the Seattle CityPASS.
3. Argosy Cruises
Avid sailors, we love to view a city from the water. However, the weather was quite cold and misty and we opted not to join into any of the Seattle cruises. Even skipping this activity that is included in the Seattle CityPASS, we found the pass offered us overall savings.
4. The Seattle Great Wheel
Boasting breath-taking views of Puget Sound from 200 feet above the water, we opted to skip the Great Wheel on the cloudy day that we visited. It runs until 10 pm on weekdays and midnight on weekends making it one of many things to do in Seattle at night.
5. Waterfront walk and dinner at Ivar’s Acres of Clams
Located on Pier 54, the building and views are half the fun. It’s an icon, one of the classic Seattle landmarks. It’s a restaurant that’s been around since 1938, and it still serves mouthwatering meals.
Seattle Itinerary Day 2: Seattle Center
6. Seattle Space Needle
Built for the 1962 World’s Fair, it was considered a space-age wonder. It’s a classic Seattle landmark and probably the best known of the Seattle attractions. Don’t miss my views from the top of the Seattle Space Needle. The Seattle CityPASS includes both a day and nighttime entry.
7. Chihuly Garden and Glass
Featuring the vivid colours and fluid shapes of the glass creations of Dale Chihuly, this is one of my personal top two destinations on this Seattle itinerary (the other being the Museum of Flight). It’s a colourful photographer’s treat. See my complete review: Chihuly Garden and Glass, A Vibrant Must See in Seattle. The Seattle CityPASS offers the option of Chihuly Garden and Glass or Pacific Science Center. We opted for the glass museum, but had we been traveling with young children, I would probably have gone to the Science Center.
8. EMP Museum
If pop culture, science fiction, or rock music are your thing, EMP Museum is the perfect Seattle museum. New Zealand’s World of Wearable Art (WOW) made its North American premiere at EMP. The Seattle CityPASS offers the option of the EMP Museum or the Woodland Park Zoo.
9. Collections Cafe
The delicious food is almost secondary to Dale Chihuly’s 28 collections that are hanging on the walls, shelves, and ceiling, or embedded into the table tops. Aside from the glass art that made him famous, Chihuly collected things like pocket knives, inkwells, string holders, tin toys, and more. Be sure to walk around the restaurant to have a closer look.
Seattle Itinerary Day 3 (half day): Museum of Flight
10. Museum of Flight
Taking you through flight history from the earliest planes to the space age, the Museum of Flight has it all. It is one of my two favourite Seattle itinerary destinations (the other being Chihuly Garden and Glass). See more at Museum of Flight Connects Aircraft with History.
Where to stay in Seattle
–> Check prices and availability of Hotel Monaco at Booking.com or on HotelsCombined
If Hotel Monaco isn’t available or isn’t your type of place, the two other best places to stay in Seattle are:
Fairmont Olympic Hotel: Here you will find 5-star luxury in a historic building with a fitness center and swimming pool.
–> Check prices and availability of Fairmont Olympic Hotel at Booking.com or on HotelsCombined
Ace Hotel Seattle: A more affordable option in the city center close to the attractions and rated well by those who stayed there.
–> Check prices and availability of Ace Hotel Seattle at Booking.com or on HotelsCombined
↓↓↓ Best Money Saving Travel Tip for Seattle: Get a CityPASS ↓↓↓
What are your favourite things to do in Seattle? Would you make any changes to this Seattle itinerary?
Disclaimer: We were provided with a CityPASS as well as complimentary entry to several venues and/or media rates. However, the opinions expressed here are strictly my own.
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