Things You (May) Have Never Done in Seattle
1. Tour the Experience Music Project (EMP) Museum.
2. Visit the original Starbucks store and purchase a gift card unavailable anywhere else in the world.
3. Stroll through the Pike Place Market, watch the famous fishmongers and pet Rachel the pig.
4. Visit the Smith Tower observation deck in Pioneer Square.
5. Take the Seattle Underground Tour.
6. Ride a ferry to Bainbridge Island and enjoy ice cream at Mora’s.
7. Tour Boeing’s Everett facility and see how a 747 is built.
8. Visit the Asian Art Museum in Volunteer Park.
9. Sit on the dock in Chandlers Cove on Lake Union and watch the sunset.
10. Take the Victoria Clipper to Canada for the day and have tea at the Empress Hotel.
11. Cross one of Seattle’s floating bridges and view the Snoqualmie Falls.
12. Relax in the Japanese Garden at the University of Washington Arboretum.
13. Call your personal steward to order room service, relax in your Pan Pacific room and enjoy views of the Space Needle and the lights of Queen Anne Hill.
14. Seattle is a city of neighborhoods. There are two close-by locations that offer an offbeat charm, good shopping and great food. Fremont is a 10-minute cab ride on the other side of the ship canal. Billing itself as the "center of the universe," Fremont retains some of its counterculture pedigree even as it layers on a modern level of sophistication. Another 5 minutes by cab from Fremont is Ballard, Seattle’s Scandinavian heartland now upscaled and uplinked to a vibrant new generation of young residents with a multicultural viewpoint on food, fun, and music. The Tractor and the Sunset are terrific music venues on Old Ballard Ave, and some of the best Italian food in Seattle can be found at Volterra. Do not miss the fish and chips at Totems - the best in the known world.
15. Take pictures with all the "pigs on parade" and feast at Crab Pot. (seasonal)
16. Visit the Klondike Gold Rush National Historic Park, which is located inside the old Cadillac Hotel building, to learn more of Seattle’s history, from the fire that burned it down to the gold rush that helped build it up.
17. Visit Alki Beach, which was made famous in a scene from the movie "Sleepless in Seattle" where Tom Hanks flies a kite with his son. You can also wind surf or roller blade.
18. Visit the Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge, which is home to over 250 species of endangered birds, fish and mammals.
19. Check out the wineries near Woodinville and go for a hot balloon ride.
20. Embark upon the art walk around Pioneer Square every Monday with free, guided walking tours and wine/snack provided by galleries.
21. Go swimming at Madison Beach.
22. Take a canoe tour of the Mercer Slough.
23. Frolic to the music in the International Fountain at the Seattle Center with a picnic lunch.
24. Spy the herons at Renton’s Black River Heron Rookery.
25. Give your mom a Mothers Day "bouquet" by taking her to the Washington Park Arboretum.
26. Bicycle through the Burke-Gilman Trail.
27. Dance tango…check out the annual Seattle Tango Magic Festival the last week in July.
28. Make a day of it…visit the science fiction museum, Seattle Center, International Fountain, and Space Needle…all for $33.
29. Take a nature hike at the Bloedel Reserve (by reservation only).
30. Hike Mt. Ranier and enjoy an astoundingly beautiful day hike on a path called "Paradise," where one can see ice caves, even in the summer.
31. Visit the Sev Shoon Art Center to watch artists at work.
32. Eat so many fresh berries and salmon that you feel like a bear.
33. Visit Agua Verde, for great food and kayak rentals at Lake Union.
34. Check out the Museum of Flight.
35. Ride the Duck - a musical tour. You will be riding on an Amphibious World War II vehicle that shows Seattle from both land and water, including downtown, Pike Place Market, historic Pioneer Square, Funky Fremont, then, SPLASH into Lake Union for a spectacular view of the city skyline, luxurious yachts and Houseboats.
36. Fly a kite at the 534-acre Discovery Park overlooking the Puget Sound.
37. Check out Rudy’s barbershop for a real hipsters hairstyle.
38. Head into Ballard and Fremont and check out the life size troll under the bridge for some great photo memories.
39. A walk down the piers will take you into the world of the past - old Ivars restaurant, fire station and views of the one and only Puget Sound. Stroll down towards the water, which brings you to gorgeous views of small ships, large cruisers, sailboats and maybe even a pirate ship.
40. Get buried in the stacks of books at Elliot Bay Bookstore.
41. Visit the Seattle Public Library.
42. For a taste of the Orient, go to the Uwajimaya grocery store in the International District.
43. Kayak on Lake Union.
44. Take part in Seattle’s HempFest.
45. Enjoy a Seattle Architecture Foundation walking tour of Art Deco; behind the scenes Historic Theaters; Art & Architecture; or Toilets of the Town.
46. Take a walking art tour starting at Olympic Park.
47. Explore the Seattle Gallery Scene.
48. Visit the Seattle Asian Art Museum and conservatory and walk around the park.
49. Check out Frye on 9th or Photogarhics Center NW on 12th.
50. Take an “edible” walking tour.
51. On a sunny day, Argosy cruise tour affords views of the Lake houses on Lake Union, through the locks, past Magnolia, and views of Seattle from the water.
52. Drive to Mt Rainier National Park. Take a leisurely hike through the park and have a picnic in a quiet place.
53. Take in a concert at the Triple Door.
54. Visit Seattle’s Aquarium and the Woodland Park Zoo.
55. Visit Teatro Zinzanni for the best in dining and entertainment.
56. Take a ride on the Washington State Ferry system, leaving right out of downtown Seattle and either head over to Bainbridge Island to walk right up to Winslow Way and have a fabulous meal and shopping or head over to Bremerton (a bit longer boat ride) and walk a few steps to a great new restaurant and shopping area.
57. Seattle is all about the water…take a seaplane tour from Lake Union or Lake Washington out over the Sound. The islands look just like they do on the maps.
58. Visit the flagship Nordstrom store.
59. Visit Snoqualmie Falls early in the morning and have breakfast at the Lodge with firehoney from the sky.
60. Visit Bruce Lee’s Grave on Capital Hill and Ballard locks.
61. Boating related suggestions for all levels:
Beginner - Rent a canoe at University of Washington Aquatic Center. Paddle to the Arboretum and have a picnic on the beach. Watch for birds, turtles and beautiful wooden boats.
Intermediate - Rent a single or double sea kayak at Aqua Verde (also in the University District). Paddle around Lake Union, Lake Washington and down the ship canal. Have a great, healthy Mexican dinner at Aqua Verde with the locals.
Expert - Rent a restored wooden sail boat at the Center for Wooden Boats in South Lake Union (a sailing checkout is required). Have lunch at BluWater Bistro on Lake Union.