Things To See And Do In Seattle

October 2, 2018
October 2, 2018 Hilary

Things To See And Do In Seattle

Seattle, the largest city in the Pacific Northwest, is home to some of the world’s most well known companies, Starbucks, Microsoft, and Amazon to name just a few. Also famously known as the birthplace of Jimi Hendrix and Grunge, music plays a large part in the Seattle scene. Oh, and maybe it’s worth mentioning that for 26 years it was home to yours truly. Yes, I spent my formative years listening to the aforementioned grunge and stomping around town in the unofficial official uniform of the PNW: a hoodie and Doc Martens.

Seattle Washington Postcard Mural #belltown #seattle #streetart

Seattle Postcard

It’s been 18 years since I’ve called the Emerald City home, but family and close connections guarantee that I visit regularly.

Dapper Elephant Ballard Seattle Washington


By no means a comprehensive list I’ve grouped this Rain City guide by neighborhood. Featuring quirky shops, activities, places to eat, and plenty of street art, I hope you’ll find some fun new ideas and of course there are few old favorites listed here as well.


Located south of Downtown Georgetown was Seattle’s first neighborhood. The area has a vibe, which to me fell somewhere between industrial and quirky Seattle hipster. There are multiple eateries to choose from, a chocolate factory, a record store, and even a trailer park mall to explore.

Georgetown Mural Seattle Washington #georgetown #seattle #streetart

Georgetown Mural Seattle Washington

Our mid-day meal at the Jules Maes Saloon was excellent and I’m still thinking about the delicious French dip I enjoyed there. A return trip to this fun neighborhood is a definite.


The area just south of Downtown (SoDo) though primarily still an industrial district is definitely on the upswing and though it takes a little more effort there are pockets worth exploring.

SoDo Skyline View Seattle Washington

Seattle Skyline from SoDo

The SoDo Track

One such place is the SoDo Track a two mile transit corridor leading into the Downtown core. Over the course of the past three years this area has been transformed by over 60 artists from around the world into an outdoor urban art gallery, which is visible via light rail, bus and a bike/walking path.

SoDo Track Seattle Washington

SoDo Track

While the art is worth seeing this area does have quite a long way to go as far as gentrification is concerned. I suggest bringing a friend along if you’re planning to walk the trail, alternatively one could hop on the Metro bus or train.

SoDo Track Seattle Washington #jillianevelyn

Artists: Jillian Evelyn

SoDo Track Seattle Washington #Gilmore #Yarrington

Artists: Gilmore & Yarrington

SoDo Track Seattle Washington #caseyweldon #sydbee

Artists: Syd Bee & Casey Weldon

Tour the Stadiums

Also located in the SoDo neighborhood are two of the city’s sports stadiums, Century Link Field, home to the Seattle Seahawks and Safeco Field home to the Seattle Mariners. Sports fans will be happy to know that both stadiums have team shops and if time permits both offer group and private tours as well.

Safeco Field is located at 1250 1st Avenue South. One hour tours are available seasonally check the website for availability.  Tickets prices are: Adults,$12, Senior/Military, $11, and children are $10

Century Link Field is located at 800 Occidental Avenue South. Check the website for tour times, which vary throughout the year. Ticket prices are: Adults, $14, Seniors/Military $10, and children 5 – 11 $8. Under 4s are free.

Downtown Seattle

Seattle Skyline

Pike Place Market

The Pike Place Market district is a must see when visiting Seattle. Within this historic district you’ll find the freshest produce, bakers, butchers, farmers, specialty food stores, a crafts market with local artisans and over 200 individual shops as well as many restaurants ranging from takeout to fine dining.


You might also be interested in: Seattle The Pike Place Market 

The Gum Wall

What do you do with your gum when you’re finished chewing it? The obvious answer would be, throw it away, but if you’re visiting Seattle you might consider another option, sticking it to the wall. Yep! You heard me; just stick it to the wall! The Gum Wall that is…


Fresh New Gum

I know!  You’re thinking its super gross, and it is, but at the same time there is something strangely satisfying about adding your blob of soft sticky chewing gum to the wall along with the thousands of other people who’ve done so.

You might also be interested in: Seattle The Gum Wall

The Seattle Waterfront

Views of both Elliot Bay and the City’s skyline, art museums, quirky shops, and dining options make the Seattle Waterfront a very worthwhile destination. Access via the Pike Street Hill Climb makes it an easy walk from Downtown.

Seattle Great Wheel

Seattle Waterfront

The Seattle Aquarium

Families will enjoy a visit to The Seattle Aquarium, which is perched right over the Bay. It’s friendly layout and interactive exhibits make it a wonderful spot for both children and adults alike.

Seattle Aquarium Seattle Washington

Touch Tank at the Seattle Aquarium

The Aquarium is open 9:30 am  – 5:00 pm daily with the exception of Christmas Day. Tickets are: Adults $29.50, Youth ages 4 -12 $19.95, and children under 4 are free. 

The Seattle Great Wheel

The Seattle Great Wheel is just a short distance from the Seattle Aquarium, and an easy walk from Downtown. The gondolas are enclosed and heated, so you’ll be able to enjoy the ride rain or shine, day or night. Picturesque views of Elliot Bay, the Space Needle, and the Seattle skyline are available.

Seattle Great Wheel Seattle Washington

Seattle Skyline

The Great Wheel is located on Pier 57. Tickets are: Adults $14, Seniors $12 and Youth 4 – 11 $9. VIP Tickets are also available for $50.

You might also be interested in: Seattle The Great Wheel

Olympic Sculpture Park

The Olympic Sculpture Park, an extension of the Seattle Art Museum (SAM), is an outdoor art museum located at the north end of the Seattle Waterfront. Stunning views of Elliot Bay and Mount Rainier make a wonderful backdrop for the 19 acres of art on display.

Olympic Sculpture Park Seattle Washington

Olympic Sculpture Park

The Sculpture Park is free and open to the public 365 days a year. 


The Crocodile

Since it opened in 1991 The Crocodile has played an important roll in the history of the Seattle music scene. An impressive list of bands both local and national have played there including Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Everclear, Green Day, The Strokes, Cheap Trick, Yoko Ono, R.E.M., Built to Spill, and the Beastie Boys to name just a few.

The Crocodile Seattle Washington #thecrocodile

The crocodile live music venue

The Croc is located at 2200 2nd Avenue. Check their website for concert listings some of which are open to all ages. Full disclosure: the last show I saw at the Croc was the Old 97s in 2000 ish.

Belltown Street Art

DFace Downtown Seattle Washington

Artist: DFace

Belltown Giant Popsicle Sculpture Seattle Washington

A 17 foot popsicle! Artist: Catherine Mayer

Two Bells Seattle Washington

Two Bells Tavern

Life is a Beautiful Ride Mural Belltown Seattle Washington

Artist: Ambar Del Moral

The Seattle Center

The Seattle Center, originally built for the 1962 World’s Fair, encompasses a large area north of Belltown. The Space Needle, Pacific Science Center, MoPop Museum, Children’s Museum, and the Chihuly Gardens are just a few of the attractions you’ll find there.

Seattle Center Fountain

Seattle Center Fountain

The MoPop Museum

MoPop formerly known as The Experience Music Project (EMP) is an interactive museum dedicated to all things pop-culture. No matter your age there truly is something for everyone, making this an excellent family activity, especially on a rainy Seattle day.

MoPop Museum Seattle Washington

MoPop Museum

You might also be interested in: Seattle The Experience Music Project

Capital Hill

Capital Hill is a vibrant and diverse neighborhood located just east of Downtown. The area is packed with indie shops, bars, restaurants, clubs, and plenty of coffee shops.


Nemos is a mid-sized live music venue with a long Seattle history. Many well known musicians and bands have played here including: The Shins, The Yeah Yeah Yeahs, The Raconteurs, No Doubt and Radio Head just to name a few.

Neumos Capital Hill Seattle Washington Neumos

Neumos Music Venue

Neumos is located at 925 East Pike Street. Check the official website for shows and ticket prices. Some shows are all ages. 

Capital Hill Street Art

#Dface #CapitalHill #CalAndersonPark Seattle Washington

Artist: DFace

@allstatepurplepurse Capital Hill Seattle Washington



Wallingford and Fremont are located a few miles from Downtown. You’ll find multiple parks, restaurants, and shops in both areas. Fremont in particular is known for it’s quirky atmosphere.

Archie McPhee Novelty Shop

We love browsing at Archie McPhee where the store motto is “We Make Weird,” and Bacon dental floss, hand underwear, Moses action figures, baby shooters and pickle bandages are just a few of the bizarre and unusual items you’ll find on the shelves. There simply isn’t another place like it… anywhere!

Archie McPhee Seattle Washington

Archie McPhee

Archie McPhee is located at 1300 N 45th Street. The Store’s opening hours are: 
Monday – Saturday 10:00 am – 8:00 pm and Sun. 11:00 am – 7:00 pm.

Wallingford/Fremont Street Art

#bumblebeelovesyou Wallingford Seattle Washington

ArtistL Bubmblebeelovesyou

The Fremont Troll, located under the Aurora Bridge, is 18 feet high and weighs 13,000 pounds. To give you a sense of scale the Volkswagen he is holding is real! Climbing on the troll is encouraged.

Fremont Troll Seattle Washington

Artists: Steve Badanes Will Martin Donna Walter Ross Whitehead

Phinney Ridge

The Woodland Park Zoo

If you’re traveling with children consider a visit to the Woodland Park Zoo its one of my favorite zoos, and I’ve been to a few! The Children’s Zoo with a farm and a petting zoo is first rate.

The Woodland Park Zoo is located at 5500 Phinney Avenue North. The Zoo is open everyday with the exception of Christmas Day. Tickets: Adults $20.95, Seniors $18.95, Children 3 – 12 $12.95 and toddlers are free.

You might also be interested in: 25 Zoos Around the World

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I love to travel & explore the world both near and far! I do my best to make the most out of life each and everyday! I have two boys and they are, at the ages of 13 and 18, world travelers and all around go along guys. There isnt anywhere I cant take them. It is my hope this blog will be a way to share the fun things Ive learned while on our many adventures together!

Comments (25)

  1. What? EMP is MoPop? Had not heard that. Oh Seattle, how I love you. So many happy memories from my UDub days and starter adult life on Cap Hill. My posse was on Broadway! The gum wall tho? Makes me wretch a little bit in my mouth. Nasty. I would add a crawl up atop Queen Anne for fab views of the Needle and out to the Sound. Now craving a Dicks Burger and chowder.

    • Hilary

      I lived on Highland Avenue, but sadly have NO photos of that amazing view. What? I guess I was too busy enjoying the view. So many places I’d have added if only I had any photos… Greenlake, Ivar’s, Dick’s, international district, Golden Gardens…

  2. I love the photography in this post – it makes me want to book my ticket to Seattle straight away! The outdoor gallery looks amazing. You really showcase this as such a colour-filled and creative city. #farawayfiles

    • Hilary

      Thank you! Seattle is one of my favorite cities, I might be biased 😘. There is a ton to see and do, so it was hard for me to write this as I had so much more I wanted to include. I hope you get there soon… though summer is the best time!

  3. I completely forgot about the gum wall! How gross. I haven’t lived there for over a decade and I still adhere to the hoodies and flip flop code. Not Birkenstocks, though. I never have liked those. #FarawayFiles

    • Hilary

      It so gross, but I love the gum wall…..from a distance, hahaha! I never liked Birkenstocks either. I can’t figure out why they’ve made such a big resurgence recently.

  4. Seattle is one of my favorite cities… Great food scene and just a lot to do! Especially that just outside of it there is so much natural beauty. #farawayFlies

    • Hilary

      Yes! One of my favorites too! I’ve been lamenting that I didn’t take more advantage of the nearby outdoor opportunities when I lived there.

  5. Clare Thomson

    There’s definitely something about Seattle… When I spent three and a bit weeks going around the States in my 20s it was the place I most felt at home in. I can’t quite put my finger on it. Clearly there’s loads more I need to do in this fabulous city – although perhaps not that gum wall. Eurgh! Although I would like to take pictures of it, just not get too close. And I’m a BIG Frasier fan! #FarawayFiles

    • Hilary

      There is so much to do in Seattle. This list hasn’t really done it justice, but I think if I were to really do it justice my post would be miles long. I know the gum wall is disgusting but it’s also strangely beautiful. When I last visited they had recently cleaned it after 20 years and all the gum was fresh 😳 and colorful. The alley smelled like bubblegum.

  6. I can’t believe all the amazing street art I missed out on and many of the other things! I really only saw a few things downtown prior to my flight to Germany. I have to say, the gum wall just totally disgusts me and I don’t even think I want to walk down there haha I’ll just zoom in with my camera haha Germaphobe! #FarawayFiles

  7. I love your fascination with street art! Do you seek it out or do you happen to live in a place which has an abundance of it? Seattle looks very cool although the gum wall? I’m not sure about that one!

    • Hilary

      Since writing this post I’m learning that you might need to have been a Seattleite to appreciate the gum wall… I love all art, but particularly street art for it’s accessibility. To answer your question about street art, I both seek it out and I live in a place with a lot of it. Most LA neighborhoods are covered in art, and if you can believe it I only share a small percentage of what I actually see.

    • Hilary

      You’re correct on both counts it’s both gross and arty! Seattle is fab!

  8. Reading this post makes me wonder how it’s been so many hears since I’ve been there, especially since I have family who live there. I see there’s lots of comments about the Gum wall and while it is disgusting, I find it strangely fascinating! Eeeek ;). #farawayfiles

    • Hilary

      You’ll have to get back for another visit. Lets meet there!! I love the gum wall. I know it’s actually disgusting, but I also find it fascinating and it’s loved by the locals!

  9. I didn’t realise Seattle had such music scene.

    I do like the look of Seattle, I think it’s because it surrounded by so much water. Really enjoyed the street art you discovered, it looks fantastic, particularly the Freemont Troll. #farawayfiles

    • Hilary

      Yes! Many famous musicians and bands have come from Seattle. It was definitely a great place to grow up if one was into music. It is a very pretty city!

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