Things to do in Seattle
Pike Place Market
Pike Place Market is a public market overlooking the Elliott Bay waterfront in downtown Seattle, Washington. The Market opened in 1907, and is one of the oldest continuously operated public farmers’ markets in the United States. This popular tourist destination showcases the regions local business, small farmers, craftspeople, and merchants. Grab a coffee at the first Starbucks and watch out for a flying fish!
Seattle Art Museum, Asian Art Museum, and Olympic Sculpture Park
Check out SAM’s three distinct locations celebrating the region’s position as a crossroads where east meets west, urban meets natural, local meets global. Their collections, installations, special exhibitions, and programs feature art from around the world.
Sandwiched between Seattle’s Belltown and Lower Queen Anne neighborhoods, the Seattle Center is home to the city’s most recognized attractions including the newly renovated Space Needle. It is also a hub for art and entertainment with the Chihuly Garden and Glass exhibit, the Museum of Pop Culture, the Pacific Science Center, and many other cultural venues and attractions around the campus. Take the historic Seattle Monorail from downtown Seattle for a unique aerial view of the city.
Discovery Park is a 534 acres park on the shores of Puget Sound in the Magnolia neighborhood of Seattle. Before there was a park here, this area was Fort Lawton and it is thanks to the fort that this large park is available to the public as an urban trail. It is the city’s largest public park and contains 11.81 miles of walking trails, including beautifully preserved historical barracks, a veteran’s cemetery, local wildlife, the West Point Lighthouse, views of the Olympic Mountains, and beach access. Check out the Discovery Park Loop Trail for 2.8 miles of forest, open meadows, extensive views, and good prospects for bird watchers.
Alki Beach Park
Seattle’s closest beach is a Pacific Northwestern riff on the popular beaches of Southern California. Along this two-mile stretch of beach, you’ll find a fair number of volleyball courts, ample tidepooling opportunities, as well as a handful of restaurants, bars, and cafes. But don’t let the warm weather fool you, the water temperature stays around 52-55 degrees in the summer.
Hiking and Pacific Northwest Wilderness
Seattle is the perfect hub for exploring jaw-dropping wilderness. Check out Evergreen Escapes – Local Tour Company for private and small group tours of the best local state and national parks. Popular day trips include Mt Rainier National Park, Olympic National Park, Deception Pass, and Mt. St. Helens.
Easy: 2.6 miles roundtrip; 500ft elevation gain.
Enjoy a hike through the Cascade foothills to a beautiful set of waterfalls, only 30 minutes from downtown Seattle. This popular trail follows the South Fork of the Snoqualmie River through the rainforests along the western edge of the Cascade Mountains. The trail provides spectacular views of Twin Falls, walls of maidenhair ferns, wildflowers, and fresh salmonberries.
Moderate: 4 miles roundtrip; 1160ft elevation gain
Just 40 minutes from Seattle, Rattlesnake Ridge offers great panoramic views of the cascade foothills and the surrounding mountains including Mount Si and Mount Washington. This is a very popular trail in the summer months so try to visit on a weekday if possible!
Difficult: 8 miles roundtrip; 3150ft elevation gain
Visited by upwards of 100,000 people each year, Mount Si is the most popular hiking destination in WA. People love this trail for its sweeping views of the Puget Sound Basin and Snoqualmie Valley, and for its convenient location only 40 minutes from Seattle. But the crowds do not mean that the hike is an easy one: be prepared for an 8-mile haul with 3150 ft. of elevation gain.
Things to Do in Bainbridge Island
Explore Downtown Winslow
Just up the hill from the ferry terminal, Winslow is one of only 12 nationally accredited historic Main Streets in Washington. Within the island’s charming city center, you will find an eclectic variety of rewarding experiences including one-of-a-kind, locally-owned retail shops, several galleries, and multiple restaurants and bakeries.
Bainbridge Island Museum of Art
Since opening in 2013, the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art (BIMA) has become the cultural living room for the community with the museum’s galleries, auditorium, bistro, store and plaza. BIMA believes art is for everyone and has a commitment to accessibility, providing free general admission to the museum every day.
The Bloedel Reserve
One of North America’s 10 best Botanical Gardens, the Bloedel Reserve is internationally-recognized for the beauty of its natural landscapes and preserved forests. Consisting of a harmonious series of curated gardens, structural features, and distinctive landscapes, Bloedel emanates peace and serenity, nature at its finest.
Libations + Tasting Rooms
Discover one of Washington’s best kept secrets at seven boutique wineries on Bainbridge Island. Each winery has a passion for making great wine with handcrafted style. The wines of Bainbridge Island are produced in limited quantity using some of the finest grapes grown on Bainbridge Island and Eastern Washington.
Bainbridge Island Brewery and Alehouse
Bainbridge Brewing is an independent craft brewery on Bainbridge Island, with two locations: Bainbridge Brewery & Taproom and Bainbridge Brewing Alehouse. Their beers use ingredients almost entirely from great Northwest maltsters and Washington and Oregon hop growers.
Bainbridge Organic Distillers
Bainbridge Organic Distillers is Washington’s first and only USDA-certified organic distillery and works alongside local family farmers to select grain varieties that pull at the earthy flavors unique to Washington soil and growing conditions. Bainbridge Legacy Organic Vodka was named “World’s Best Vodka” by the World Vodka Awards in 2014 and the year prior, its Bainbridge Battle Point Organic Whiskey won double gold and best of show at the American Distiller’s Festival.