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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. ”
  • 894 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!”
  • 487 locals recommend
Art Museum
“Located in the heart of downtown, SAM is Seattle's world-class art museum, hosting traveling exhibitions and its own collection of works by Pacific Northwest artists. If you love the visual arts, SAM should be on your list of must-visit places.”
  • 344 locals recommend
Park
“Kerry Park is a small public park and viewpoint on the south slope of Queen Anne Hill in Seattle, Washington, United States. The park's view is considered to be the most iconic views of the city skyline, with the Space Needle prominent at the center, Elliott Bay to the west, and Mount Rainier in the background.”
  • 448 locals recommend
Park
“Gasworks Park has an amazing view of Seattle’s skyline, also the remains of an old gasification plant that ran from the early 1900’s to the mid 1900’s. There’s plenty of free parking and lots of places within the park for kids and adults to explore. Be sure to walk up the park’s hill where you’ll see a rose compass at the top.”
  • 430 locals recommend
Canal Lock
“Ballard locks is a great location to watch boats and fish make their way from the Puget sound to Lake Washington. Just a 10 minute drive from home”
  • 411 locals recommend
Other Great Outdoors
“Discovery Park is a 534-acre park on the shores of Puget Sound in the Magnolia neighborhood of Seattle, Washington. It is the city's largest public park and contains 11.81 miles of walking trails.”
  • 408 locals recommend
Beach
“Ali Beach is a very popular destination during good weather and the summertime. There are several restaurants and coffee shops, and a fantastic walking/biking path! It's easy to get there - you can drive or take the water taxi from downtown. ”
  • 375 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. ”
  • 301 locals recommend
Museum
“This awesome museum use to only focus on music, but now it’s changed to all kinds of pop culture. You’ll see exhibits from important Seattle bands like Nervana & Pearl Jam. When you enter the museum, you’ll see the massive TV screen and the statue just recently placed outside of the museum of Chris Cornell.”
  • 243 locals recommend
Beach
“Beach in Seattle? Yep! Also trees, trails, dog park, views, boardwalks, playgrounds... Golden Gardens has it all. ”
  • 341 locals recommend
Sculpture Garden
“This is a great path along the water with cool sculpture scattered throughout. It's great for a long walk or jog. ”
  • 258 locals recommend
Zoo
“Woodland Park Zoo spans 92 acres, 70 of which are developed as exhibits and public spaces including entries and parking. See amazing wildlife from all parts of the world. There’s also a petting zoo for families to enjoy. Snack bars are available for a quick bite. Google for ticket and park hours information.”
  • 239 locals recommend
Neighborhood
“ GREENLAKE - One of Seattle's most beloved neighborhoods enticing visitors with its vast array of activities. The expanse of water and green space in the center of a dense urban neighborhood draws thousands of people daily from all over the city - a social gathering place surrounded by a multitude of amenities. The 3-mile path around the lake (just one block from house) provides a perfect recreational spot for walking, jogging, biking, and skating.”
  • 348 locals recommend
Park
“A park with more than just trails and a great view, check out the conservatory, Bruce Lee's grave site, and the Black Sun sculpture when you visit this iconic park in Capitol Hill.”
  • 300 locals recommend
Outdoor Sculpture
“The Fremont Troll was made famous by the movie “Ten Things I Hate About You”. This massive troll lives under the Aurora Bridge in the Fremont District. He holds a an old VW Beetle in his left hand. In the area there’s shops and restaurants for you to enjoy. Although parking can be a little difficult it’s worth the short walk to see the troll under the bridge.”
  • 271 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Vietnamese Restaurant
“Great Vietnamese place with a late night bar. Grab some Vermicelli and a Moscow Mule”
  • 134 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
“Arguably the best oyster bar in Seattle, your taste buds will be as delighted by the food as you are by the service”
  • 149 locals recommend
French Restaurant
“french bar/cafe 7am to 2am everyday pain au chocolat, european league soccer and a chic collection of magazines and newspapers”
  • 128 locals recommend
Hawaiian Restaurant
“The view outside Marination Station to downtown Seattle is incredible!! Grab a bite to eat and sit to enjoy the view, or take a stroll on the sidewalk outside the restaurant. While here, walk onto the water taxi to downtown! The view as you approach the city via the water taxi is equally impressive!”
  • 139 locals recommend
Italian Restaurant
“Great date night out - excellent Italian food with entertainment. Check out their website to see what band is playing or if they have burlesque or aerial show. www.thepinkdoor.net Reserve far in advance!”
  • 102 locals recommend
Caribbean Restaurant
“The spot for a sandwich that will blow your mind. Caribbean meats and their special caramelized onions on a baguette. Ridiculously tasty. ”
  • 132 locals recommend
Diner
“Comfort food done with a twist. You like fried chicken? Good for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.”
  • 109 locals recommend
Beer Store
“Very popular with the locals. A gazillion beers, sit outside at tables, everyone is friendly, a different food truck every day.”
  • 117 locals recommend

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