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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. ”
  • 901 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!”
  • 483 locals recommend
Art Museum
“World-Class Modern, Contemporary, Native American, Asian & African Art In Seattle. ”
  • 339 locals recommend
Park
“The best view of Seattle. On a clear day you can see Mt. Rainier behind the city skyline. ”
  • 444 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
“This is actually a place many Ballard-ites take for granted, but it's really cool! It's a gorgeous, arboretum style park as well, with a salmon fish ladder this is packed with salmon in July and August. The locks are how boats go from the Lake Washington and Lake Union out to The Sound without having to worry about tides.”
  • 410 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.”
  • 406 locals recommend
Beach
“So many good places to eat... Cactus restaurant has amazing food, Alki beach has great views of the city. Good place to get outside, maybe workout or on a hot day get in the water. ”
  • 377 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. ”
  • 312 locals recommend
Museum
“The Museum of Pop Culture or MoPOP is a nonprofit museum in Seattle, Washington, dedicated to contemporary popular culture. It was founded by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen in 2000 as the Experience Music Project. Since then MoPOP has organized dozens of exhibits, 17 of which have toured across the U.S. and internationally.”
  • 251 locals recommend
Beach
“One of the only beaches in Seattle where you can have an open fire! This beach has it all, sand, beach volleyball, espresso/snack bar, salt water, BBQ grills, playground, bathrooms. We love packing a picnic and biking there.”
  • 346 locals recommend
Sculpture Garden
“Cool outdoor, sculpture park. You can do it in the rain as well as sunshine. ”
  • 259 locals recommend
Zoo
“Founded in 1899, Woodland Park Zoo has sparked delight, discovery and unforgettable memories for generations of Northwest families. People who experience the wonders of the natural world are inspired to protect it. That's why every year they lead more than 1 million people on a journey that inspires a lifelong love of animals, makes science come alive, and gives people the tools to take conservation action.”
  • 237 locals recommend
Neighborhood
“Green Lake is one of Seattle's most beloved parks. Its expanse of water and green space in the center of a dense urban neighborhood draws thousands of people daily from all over the city. The park serves as a natural preserve for hundreds of species of trees and plants, as well as numerous birds and waterfowl. The 2.8-mile path around the lake provides a perfect recreational spot for runners, bikers, skaters and walkers. Many others use the athletic fields or visit the park for boating, picnics and swimming. ”
  • 352 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.”
  • 294 locals recommend
Outdoor Sculpture
“If you have a car and are curious about the troll under the Aurora Bridge, check out the Fremont Troll.”
  • 268 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Vietnamese Restaurant
“Yummy Vietnamese food with authentic flavor. If you are feeling a boozy brunch, they make a nice Moscow Mule. ”
  • 129 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
“A little hard to find (aren't many great places) at the industrial end of Ballard Avenue. This is the one of the best places for seafood, Anthony Bourdain was here.”
  • 149 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. ”
  • 126 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.”
  • 141 locals recommend
Italian Restaurant
“Sweet patio overlooking Pike Place Market and water. Entrance is on Post Alley with only it's signature door giving a clue what is inside. Entertainment comes with the Italian fare many nights. A bit of dinner and cabaret! Seattle classic, since I have been in town for 35 years.”
  • 103 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.”
  • 109 locals recommend
Beer Store
“Hundreds of rotating beers on tap and rotating food truck. Very family friendly. Lots of board games to choose from. ”
  • 115 locals recommend

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