Our Top 6 Things to do in Seattle!


Seattle, Washington, USA is one of our absolutely favourite cities in the world and we are so lucky that it is located so close to our home in Vancouver, BC, Canada.  It is a picturesque city intricately built along Puget Sound on the Pacific Coast.  Being so close to this wonderful city, we visit it often and have come to appreciate some of the best things Seattle has to offer.

Pike Place Market


A large open air market located a stone’s throw from the waterfront.  There are all kinds of quaint, interesting shops and stalls selling everything imaginable.  Make sure to check out the famous fish market right at the main entrance to Pike Place.  It is worthwhile to order a fish and watch the show unfold.  There are some real nice things to buy from the market, or just window shop. 

Seattle - Pike Place Market

Professional Sporting Event

Like many major United States cities, Seattle is crazy about its football and baseball.  On Sundays in the fall, the Seattle Seahawks play at CenturyLink Field.  Even newcomers to American Football will enjoy the atmosphere created by the fans and the game.  It is well worth a visit to check out one of the loudest and most exciting crowds in the world.  In the summer, the focus shifts to baseball and the Seattle Mariners.  Although the games can take a while (sometimes 3 hours or more), there is plenty of entertainment in the stands to keep you entertained.

Seattle - CenturyLink Field

The Space Needle

Rising 184 m (605 ft.) above the ground, the Space Needle is a standard of the Seattle skyline.  Built in 1962, it was a feature of Seattle’s World’s Fair.  Make sure to take a trip up to the observation deck to get a great view of all of Seattle.  It is easily accessed by monorail from downtown Seattle. 

Seattle - Space Needle

Woodland Park Zoo

Woodland Park Zoo was opened in the 1880’s and currently spans 92 acres.  It is about 3 km (about 2 miles) from downtown Seattle and an easy day excursion by car or bus.  The zoo contains many different kinds of animals in varying habitats with good viewpoints.  Therefore, there is a good chance you will see many of the animals.

The 1st Starbucks

Yes Seattle is the birthplace to the famous coffee maker.  The first location for Starbucks was located directly across the road from Pike Place Market.  While there, make sure to get a coffee 

 Stroll along the Waterfront

Head down to the waterfront from Pike Place and walk along the waterfront from there towards Citibank field.  As you walk, look towards the water and there are some great views of the sound and watch for some sea-life.  The Seattle Aquarium is located right on the edge of the sound.  The design of the building has created a nice setting to see a vast selection of sea-life.  As you walk you will also come across Ivar’s restaurant.  They are well known for the seafood, especially fish and chips (which are delicious).  Another good restaurant on the waterfront is the Crab Pot Restaurant & Bar.  This is a great place for some dinner and make sure to order the crab.  They serve it to you by dumping it on to the table and all they provide is a cutting board and a mallet.  We truly enjoyed smashing our dinner.  The last place to visit on the stroll is the Ye Olde Curiosity Shop.  This is the store for buying those things, no one realized they needed.  They have some really interesting things in this shop, including shrunken heads, and Mexican jumping beans.  It is well worth the visit to see some of the odd things in the store. 

Seattle - Seattle Aquarium

That is our choice for the best things to do in Seattle, in no particular order.  We have a more complete list in our travel guides section.  If you have the opportunity to make your way to Seattle, we highly recommend you take full advantage of the chance.


What would you add to the list of must see in Seattle?


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2 Responses to Our Top 6 Things to do in Seattle!

  1. That a great list of things from Seattle. I would add checking out Alki Beach in West Seattle. It’s a beautiful location and offers a great view of Downtown. Cheers!
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    Adrian Ann December 10, 2014 at 10:10 am Reply
    • Thanks for the suggestion, Adrian. We have never been to Alki Beach but we will try and check it out on our next trip to Seattle.

      evan&tracy December 10, 2014 at 9:19 pm Reply

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