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Things to do in Seattle

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Market
“You can't come to Seattle and not visit Pike Place! They have beautiful flowers year round, fresh fish, live music, and lots of vendors. If you want to have a fish thrown over your head, just purchase any fish from the Pike Place Fish Market. ”
  • 906 locals recommend
Landmark
“If Seattle is known for anything, this is it. If views are your thing, purchase a ticket and check out the newly renovated observation deck. For an better view that includes the Space Needle, head over to Kerry Park!”
  • 481 locals recommend
Art Museum
“World-Class Modern, Contemporary, Native American, Asian & African Art In Seattle. ”
  • 340 locals recommend
Park
“Kerry Park is the spot to take the most iconic photo of the city, and it’s only a 15 minute walk.”
  • 451 locals recommend
Park
“A neat experience to see the old gas refinery infrastructure that is now a rustic playground with a great view of the cityscape as a backdrop!”
  • 428 locals recommend
Canal Lock
“Check out boats go through the historic locks or watch the salmon on the fish ladder.”
  • 413 locals recommend
Other Great Outdoors
“Feel like going for a hike without leaving the city? Discovery Park has a 3 mile loop trail through dense forests and it hugs the beach for epic beach combing too. We see bald eagles almost every time we go there.”
  • 407 locals recommend
Beach
“Alki Beach is an ideal spot on a sunny day in Seattle. Families flock to the beach during low tide to spend time exploring the small tide pools that emerge as the water in Puget Sound recedes, and they often share the beach with intrepid seagulls and crows seeking a few mussels or crabs among the rocky formations. Running parallel to the beach, cyclists, runners, skateboarders and rollerbladers can take advantage of a flat, well-maintained path and sidewalk roughly 2.5 miles in length. During nice weather, it’s also common to see Seattleites sunbathing in beach chairs and on towels while others catch rays from kayaks and stand-up paddleboards available for rent. There are also several beach volleyball nets set up for public use, and grills and fire pits are available on a first-come, first-served basis.”
  • 380 locals recommend
Art Museum
“The most famous glass artist in the country, born south of Seattle in Tacoma, displays his finest collection of works downtown just below the Space Needle. A must see for an art lover. ”
  • 314 locals recommend
Museum
“The Museum of Pop Culture (MoPOP), located at the base of the Space Needle, houses fun exhibits of music, science fiction, games, and more.”
  • 253 locals recommend
Beach
“A great sandy beach with stunning views. The water is the chilly Puget Sound. If you want swimming water, head to Lake Washington.”
  • 352 locals recommend
Sculpture Garden
“This waterfront venue offers indoor and outdoor space alongside impressive sculpture. Treat yourself to spectacular views of Elliott Bay, the Olympic Mountains, and gorgeous sunsets!​ Best of all it's always free.”
  • 260 locals recommend
Zoo
“Seattle's zoo is just up the hill on Phinney Ridge. Reservations are required during the coronavirus pandemic.”
  • 240 locals recommend
Neighborhood
“It’s a 5-10 minute walk from the unit. There’s a bunch of restaurants and coffee shops located all around the lake. Good for getting some exercise or just a leisurely walk or float. ”
  • 355 locals recommend
Park
“Walk up Olive Way, then north on Broadway and east on Aloha to Volunteer Park. Walk to the top of the water tower for the BEST VIEW in Seattle.”
  • 292 locals recommend
Outdoor Sculpture
“The Seattle troll is a unique spot in Fremont for taking pictures before a sailing trip or visit to Pike Place Market”
  • 270 locals recommend

Top-rated experiences

Top restaurants

Vietnamese Restaurant
“Yummy Vietnamese food with authentic flavor. If you are feeling a boozy brunch, they make a nice Moscow Mule. ”
  • 130 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
“If you are a foodie, check out this restaurant that has garnered a lot of local and national attention. Be sure to make a reservation (during COVID times), or get there right when they open to snag a table. ”
  • 151 locals recommend
French Restaurant
“My "go to" place for simple, affordable French food in a lively, casual setting. Glasses of wine for as low as $4.00 and they are open until 1am. ”
  • 128 locals recommend
Hawaiian Restaurant
“After the fun 10 minute Water Taxi from Pier 50 Downtown to West Seattle...Marination is right next to the pier. Casual place serving Hawaiian/Korean street food while sitting on picnic tables looking directly back at the Seattle skyline. If you are short on time for a ferry to Bainbridge, this is a great alternative.”
  • 143 locals recommend
Italian Restaurant
“Love Pink Door. It's a hidden gem. One of my favorite Italian restaurants in the city. Hard to get into to (make advance reservations) but not pretentious. A lo”
  • 105 locals recommend
Caribbean Restaurant
“The best Cuban sandwhich for under $10. (Caveat.... a relative left after a disagreement and started a rival Cuban shop...Un Bien in Ballard...many prefer this one!) You may need to join a line to experience this popular eatery.”
  • 130 locals recommend
Diner
“Breakfast all day, dinner options available later in the day, and surprisingly great cocktails.”
  • 110 locals recommend
Beer Store
“Hundreds of rotating beers on tap and rotating food truck. Very family friendly. Lots of board games to choose from. ”
  • 116 locals recommend

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