Quirky, Mainstream, Fun, Iconic Things to Do in Seattle
With so many things to do in Seattle, it’s no doubt you’ll have a busy vacation once you get there. Traveling people want to know what to do in a city once they arrive, so we’ve helped compile a sampling of Seattle attractions, some of which could be described as…“eclectic.”
One of Peavey’s favorite secrets is the Waterfall Garden Park in Pioneer Square. It’s a tranquil oasis at the corner of 2nd Ave. S. & S. King Street. With tables and chairs all around, it’s a perfect picnic spot as well. The best part is the 22-foot waterfall and low-hanging trees, all of which make you forget you are in a bustling city.
After you’re done relaxing, be sure to stroll down to Pike Place Market, one of Seattle’s most famous landmarks and tourist attractions. Located on First Avenue and Pike Street, it’s one of the oldest farmers markets in the US and anyone visiting Seattle should explore it!
While you’re down there, and after you’ve fully digested lunch, cruise on over to the Post Alley Gum Wall. It can only be described with “disgust, confusion, repulsion, fascination and intrigue” by many Yelp reviewers. Either way, it will likely “stick” in your memory, as it’s literally a wall covered in chewed gum. The Gum Wall is located under the Market and next to the Market Theatre’s box office in Lower Post Alley.
The Post Alley Gum Wall is also the starting point for the Market Ghost Tour, a walking tour of the darker, sketchier side of Pike Place Market. Stops include the city’s first mortuary, part of a graveyard and a former brothel.
Other Downtown Seattle activities that are considerably less scary and gross – and included in Seattle CityPASS– are the Seattle Aquarium and Argosy Harbor Cruise, both located on Seattle’s waterfront. Two other CityPASS stops next to each other include the Space Needle, which is Seattle’s landmark with incredible views of Mt. Rainier, the North Cascades, and Olympic mountains, and Experience Music Project, a funky world where popular music meets science fiction.
While you’re at the Space Needle, don’t forget to check out Chihuly Garden & Glass. Located at the base of the Space Needle, it’s an amazing indoor and outdoor display of Dale Chihuly’s blown glass.
If you’re interested in getting away from downtown, there are some other cool local activities to consider this summer happening in a suburb called Burien. Seahurst Park is a 178-acre park with forests and a beach on Puget Sound. The beach is about 2,000 feet long, and the upper part of the beach has been made into a sea wall.
Every Thursday from May to mid-October, Burien hosts a Farmers Market at the Burien Town Square. It’s a great place to enjoy local fruits, vegetables, fresh cut flowers, handcrafts, and live music. Also on Thursday evenings in July and August at Lake Burien Park is a Music in the Park series. A local hidden gem in Burien is The Tin Theater, which holds just 42 patrons!
Photo credit: Terence T.S. Tam